October 01, 2013bambi - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for what game- and talk-show staffers call someone who freezes in front of the camera (like a deer caught in headlights).PNCAH - Acronym of the Day
Please, No Cursing Allowed Here
October 02, 2013collaborative filtering - Word of the Day Jargon
The process by which a software program sifts through user profiles or usage patterns and makes recommendations based on purchasing habits. For example, if you go to a Web site looking for a book on vegetarian cooking, and you click on the profile of that book, collaborative filtering technology kicks in and recommends a list of similar books. Its list is based on data that reflects the buying habits of other people who purchased that book. Collaborative filtering is a tool intended to increase e-commerce sales through targeted recommendations of additional products (though many see it as a cross between capitalism and big brother).BION - Acronym of the Day
Believe It Or Not
October 03, 2013Server has no DNS Entry - Word of the Day Jargon
An error message you get on the Web when the URL you type into your browser is considered an incorrect address. The way a browser finds Web pages is that it queries a Domain Name Server (DNS) and asks for the numerical IP address of the URL you typed. If it does not get a reply or if the two addresses do not match up, the DNS computer cannot take you to the Web site with that name. It happens when a person or a company moves their Web site to another server (propagation issues go into effect, which can take a few days), or when bills haven't been paid (for example, to the ISP who hosts the site, or to keep the domain name registered). It is an error reported on the server-side, meaning you (the user or client) did not make the error happen. However, there's always the chance you typed the domain name incorrectly.WYSLPG - Acronym of the Day
What You See Looks Pretty Good
October 04, 2013OMB - Acronym of the Day
Oh My Buddhaboomeranger - Word of the Day Jargon
"Boomerangers" are college graduates, between the ages of 22 and 29 who are single, have full-time jobs and live at home with their parents.
The boomerang generation is a subset of generation y, commonly known as the millennials. This segment became more prevalent given changing economic conditions starting in 2008, the growth in multi-generational households, and evolving relationship dynamics between today's young adults and their parents (see: helicopter parents).
October 05, 2013DDoS - Word of the Day Jargon
Refers to DoS (Denial of Service) - an acronym for the disruption that results from an attack on a network. Hackers execute a DoS with the intent of blocking individuals' ability to access Web sites or e-mail. The most common form of DoS results from an attacker who sends so many messages to a Web site that it can't respond to regular users or it shuts down completely (see: broadcast storm). DoS is a criminal act, even if done as a prank; major attacks are aggressively investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.
DDoS stands for "Distributed Denial of Service," an attack in which a multitude of compromised systems attack a single target, thereby causing a DoS for users of the targeted system. The flood of incoming messages to the target system essentially forces it to shut down, thereby denying service to legitimate users.
Historical perspective: Banking: Cyberattacks frustrate bank customers - In October 2012, six major U.S. banks were hit with day-long cyberattacks according to The New York Times. A hacker group with Middle Eastern ties claimed responsibility for the unsophisticated but effective denial-of-service attacks, which it said were in retaliation for an anti-Islam video that mocks the Prophet Mohammed. Accounts at Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and PNC were reportedly not compromised, though customers could not access their money or pay bills online.DFIK - Acronym of the Day
Darn If I Know
October 06, 2013career-limiting move - Word of the Day Jargon
Used among microserfs to describe an ill-advised activity. Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious CLM.BYAM - Acronym of the Day
Between You And Me
October 07, 2013root server - Word of the Day Jargon
A machine that has the software and data needed to locate authoritative data for the top-level domains in the Domain Name System (DNS) hierarchy. In other words, root servers know which name servers contain authoritative data for .com, .net, .fr, .uk, and so on. Root servers are in fact a special kind of name server. Currently, technical specifications limit the number of root servers to thirteen. These machines are located around the globe-in the U.S., the U.K., Sweden, and Japan.hx - Acronym of the Day
it means history -or- hospital
October 09, 2013premumble - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for opening comments by speakers (or writers) before they begin their real presentations. Hopefully interesting, usually not, they often contain a joke.RAFO - Acronym of the Day
Read And Find Out
October 10, 2013Webitorial - Word of the Day Jargon
Editorial copy created specifically for a Web site or an online publication.DNPMPL - Acronym of the Day
Damn Near Pissed My Pants Laughing
October 11, 2013GTG - Acronym of the Day
Got To Govoice jail system - Word of the Day Jargon
A poorly designed voice mail system that has so many submenus you get lost and have to hang up and call back.
October 12, 2013TFN - Acronym of the Day
Thanks For Nothing -or- Til Further Noticeroad warrior - Word of the Day Jargon
A businessperson who travels frequently for his or her job. A road warrior usually has a Web-based e-mail account or VPN access, a pager, cell phone, or Blackberry, a laptop with wireless access, and hundreds of thousands of frequent-flier miles.
October 13, 2013C-level - Word of the Day Jargon
For example, "In order to sell it, we're going to have to reach the C-level group."DDG - Acronym of the Day
Drop Dead Gorgeous
October 14, 2013TWAIN - Word of the Day Jargon
The de facto standard for scanners, nearly all scanners come with a TWAIN driver (as part of the hardware) that makes them compatible with any TWAIN-supporting software. You will see this term, for example, when you're purchasing a scanner, but unfortunately-and here's a welcome to the world of technology-not all scanner software is TWAIN-compatible, so be sure to check it out before you buy.TTUL - Acronym of the Day
Talk To You Later
October 15, 2013default browser - Word of the Day JargonDRIB - Acronym of the Day
Don't Read If Busy
October 16, 2013DILLIGAS - Acronym of the Day
Do I Look Like I Give A Sh**troll - Word of the Day Jargon
Online it originally meant the act of posting a message in a newsgroup (and later on a blog) that is obviously exaggerating something on a particular topic, hoping to trick a newbie into posting a follow-up article that points out the mistake.
In general, to "troll" means to allure, to fish, to entice or to bait. Internet trolls are people who fish for other people's confidence and, once found, exploit it. Trolls vary in nature; here are four types of online trolls:
- Playtime Trolls: an individual plays a simple, short game. Such trolls are relatively easy to spot because their attack or provocation is fairly blatant, and the persona is fairly two-dimensional.
- Tactical Trolls: This is where the troller takes the game more seriously, creates a credible persona to gain confidence of others, and provokes strife in a subtle and invidious way.
- Strategic Trolls: A very serious form of game, involving the production of an overall strategy that can take months or years to develop. It can also involve a number of people acting together in order to invade a list.
- Domination Trolls: This is where the trollers' strategy extends to the creation and running of apparently bona-fide mailing lists.
You have probably heard various opinions about how to deal with people who write insulting or provocative remarks on various Internet forums. The most common is "Don't Feed the Trolls", which says that all the people in the forum should avoid responding to the troll.
October 17, 2013smurf - Word of the Day Jargon
A network security breach in which a network connected to the Internet is bombarded with replies to PING requests. A smurf attacker sends PING requests to an Internet broadcast address, a special address that broadcasts all received messages to the hosts connected to the subnet. Each broadcast address can support up to 255 hosts, so a single PING request can be multiplied 255 times. The return address of the request itself is spoofed as the address of the victim, so all the hosts receiving the PING request reply to the victim's address rather than the real sender's address.
A single attacker sending hundreds or thousands of these PING messages per second can fill the victim's T1 (or even T3) line with PING replies, bringing the entire Internet service to its knees. Smurfing falls under the general category of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, which are security attacks that don't try to steal information but attempt to disable a computer or network.MTBF - Acronym of the Day
Mean Time Before Failure
October 18, 2013frontdoor - Word of the Day Jargon
The standard user interface for logging in to an application or computer system.ITMA - Acronym of the Day
It's That Man Again
October 19, 2013nerd - Word of the Day Jargon
Similar to a geek (a person who knows a lot about the Internet), but this is more of a brainy person who knows everything there is to know about computers. People used to make fun of those who were considered to be nerds, but now the moniker is considered a badge of honor (especially when the wealthiest man in America is a full-fledged nerd ;-)SoIC - Acronym of the Day
So I See
October 20, 2013VGN - Acronym of the Day
Vegan -or- Vegetarianpangloom - Word of the Day Jargon
The name for a person who, despite living in a time of unprecedented wealth and ease, believes with a vigorous but untested faith that we are all doomed and nothing can be done. Film at 11.
October 21, 2013BIL - Acronym of the Day
Brother-In-Law -or- Boss Is Listeninginfopreneur - Word of the Day Jargon
The name of a business person who collects information from several sources and combines it into novel ways to serve the readers' needs. Classic infopreneur products include:
- Special reports
- Audio recordings
- Video/DVD programs
- Training courses
- Computer-based training (CBT)
- Tips booklets
The term "infopreneur" is a registered trademark belonging to H. Skip Weitzen (author of the book "Infopreneur") who describes an infopreneur as "a person who gathers, organizes, and disseminates information as a business venture or as a value-added service."
October 22, 2013TWHAB - Acronym of the Day
This Won't Hurt A Bitcleansed data - Word of the Day Jargon
Data that has been filtered of errors, duplications, and other information not necessarily useful to applications.
October 23, 2013home networking - Word of the Day Jargon
At its basic level, it is the construction of a network system that enables users within a single home to simultaneously connect to the Internet over a single account and to share printers and other peripherals. As smart homes become an everyday reality, a wide variety of devices that contain chips will become part of the system (including lighting, appliances, security, and televisions). Systems are based on coaxial cable, existing telephone wires (POTS), and wireless radio frequency (RF).MMYT - Acronym of the Day
Mail Me Your Thoughts
October 24, 2013palmtop - Word of the Day Jargon
The generic name for a PC that fits in the palm of a user's hand. Palmtops can connect to a desktop or a laptop to exchange information; this is called "synchronizing," and it is done with a hardware device called a "cradle" (or via an infrared port). Early palmtops served as high-tech message pads and personal telephone books, such as the Palm Pilot. They evolved to include handwriting recognition software (graffiti) that made them easier to use than earlier versions. Palmtops continued to morph and began to include word processing programs, games, and eventually modems and/or wireless connections for sending and receiving e-mail and browsing the Web. It is now commonly called a handheld (as in "a handheld device"), but in Europe and parts of Asia, where it has converged with cell phone technology to become an all-around mobile PDA, it is known as a handy. Some palmtops now have built-in keyboards; Microsoft released a product known as the Pocket PC and there are several competing products, such as the Visor by Handspring and newer versions of the Palm Pilot, that make use of the Palm OS or Windows CE.**// - Acronym of the Day
it means wink wink, nudge nudge
October 25, 2013targeted marketing - Word of the Day Jargonofc - Acronym of the Day
October 26, 2013tab-delimited - Word of the Day Jargon
A text file that uses tabs to separate adjacent fields. It is a common format for downloading information into a spreadsheet.LTF - Acronym of the Day
Lick The Floor
October 27, 2013business need - Word of the Day Jargon
A generic term used to depict the certain needs of an organization. The term is typically used by upper management to explain, or sometimes defend, a business decision.RHIP - Acronym of the Day
Rank Has Its Privileges
October 28, 2013schadenfreude - Word of the Day Jargon
A German term derived from schaden, which means damage, plus freude, which means joy. It refers to the pleasure one takes from the troubles of others.NTM - Acronym of the Day
Not That Much
October 29, 2013README - Word of the Day Jargon
Bundled with software programs or available for download, it's a text file that contains the latest information about installation, any known bugs or incompatibilities, and product documentation errata and addenda. Readme files are often used to inform users of changes made after the official documentation went into final production.gn8 - Acronym of the Day
October 30, 2013connect - Word of the Day Jargon
The line of communication between your computer (or any other device) and the Internet. A commonly heard question is, "What speed is your connection?" To this, you answer "ISDN" or "DSL" or whatever it may be. If you're using a dial-up connection, though, you'd answer with the speed of your modem, as in, "28.8 dude."IUM - Acronym of the Day
If You Must
October 31, 2013frames-free - Word of the Day Jargon
A phrase posted on some Web sites to indicate the absence of frames. Many users don't like frames (for a variety of reasons, including the fact that sometimes they take too long to load or aren't coded accurately-so users get "stuck" inside a frame). Some designers rebel against the use of frames by designing sites that are "frames-free."BFFTTE - Acronym of the Day
Best Friends Forever Til The End