September 01, 2013chevron - Word of the Day JargonGOOD job - Acronym of the Day
Get Out Of Debt job
September 02, 2013cable modem - Word of the Day Jargon
A modem that plugs into a cable network to provide Internet access, typically for homes or small businesses. It receives Internet data over the same type of cable that cable television uses (coaxial cable or fiber-optic cable). Cable modems provide more bandwidth (up to 10 Mbps) than regular modems (which send signals over regular telephone lines, see: POTS). Data-intensive operations, like video, are easily delivered. Cable modems have maximum data rates that are six times those of a T1 dedicated line, but since cable connections are shared, the actual speed is comparable to that of a phone line using DSL.GC - Acronym of the Day
September 03, 2013reality check - Word of the Day Jargon
The concept of taking a step back from a creative project in order to look at it from an objective point of view and to see if it makes sense to anyone else and if there are any practical applications for it in the real world.
For example, when you get really excited or overly involved in something of your own creation, it is easy to get caught up in the bevy of ideas swirling around in your head or to get so carried away with excitement and ambition that you can hardly see straight-and that's when it's time for an RC.OME - Acronym of the Day
Oh My Evolution
September 04, 2013ONID - Acronym of the Day
Oh No I Didn'tcrimeware - Word of the Day Jargon
A malicious category of software programs that assists criminals in accessing a computer user's online accounts at financial services companies and online retailers, for the purpose of stealing the user's private financial information.
September 05, 2013WAN - Word of the Day Jargon
A network that uses high-speed, long-distance communications cables or satellites to connect computers over distances greater than those traversed by LANs (which range about two miles). The Internet itself is considered a WAN.CSL - Acronym of the Day
Can't Stop Laughing
September 06, 2013GOWI - Acronym of the Day
Get On With Ittwitterhea - Word of the Day Jargon
A condition resulting in tweeting frequent, short bursts of the most minute daily activities, it is feeling compelled to tweet constantly about every meaningless thing you do. It also refers to the collection of tweets from a group of people about the same event, resulting in highly repetitive clumps of observations.
September 07, 2013flavor - Word of the Day Jargon
A distinctive quality of a hardware or software, it generally means version with regard to the feature set. For example, if you hear "This software comes in two flavors" that could refer to the full flavor version (which has all of the features) versus the lite flavor (which has a limited number of features).bump - Acronym of the Day
Bring Up My Post
September 08, 2013socket or sockets - Word of the Day Jargon
A method for communication between a client program and a server program in a network. A socket is defined as the endpoint in a connection. Sockets are created and used with a set of programming requests or "function calls," sometimes called the sockets application programming interface (API).
A socket is also an Internet address, combining an IP address (the four-part numerical address that uniquely identifies a particular computer on the Internet) and a port number (the number that identifies a particular Internet application, such as FTP, Gopher, or WWW).RRQ - Acronym of the Day
Return Receipt reQuested
September 09, 2013PONA - Acronym of the Day
Person Of No Accountknowledge retrieval - Word of the Day Jargon
The heart of the new "Knowledge Management" systems, it's the process of tapping into a computer database to "retrieve" an answer instead of simply asking a fellow worker. You may find this unsettling, but such systems increase in value each time a fellow employee gets laid off.
September 10, 2013SBTA - Acronym of the Day
Sorry, Being Thick Againserendipity search - Word of the Day Jargon
An Internet search that uncovers interesting and valuable information that was not intended in the original search. "I found this really cool site on tiki collecting during a serendipity search."
September 11, 2013BCBG - Acronym of the Day
Bon Chic Bon Genre -or- Belle Cul Belle Geullechillaxin - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for chilling and relaxing, as in "What up? Not much, just chillaxin."
September 12, 2013bookmark - Word of the Day Jargon
A direct link to an often visited site, saved in your browser for easy access. Bookmarks help you keep track of Web sites you frequently visit. They're considered by many to be the best thing about surfing the Web. By bookmarking a Web site while you visit it, you can easily return to it later with a simple mouse click, rather than having to remember or type a very long or sometimes cryptic URL.
The World Wide Web can be seen as a huge library of information, and finding your way around can be confusing at first. Bookmarks are one way of personalizing the Web experience by enabling you to quickly return to areas of the Web that interest you. Now you can organize your bookmarks easily with one of many bookmarking services. To bookmark any page in NetLingo, simply click on the "BOOKMARK" image in the upper right corner on every page and pick your service ;-) Or, to learn how to manually bookmark NetLingo, visit our Help & FAQ section.EFT - Acronym of the Day
Electronic Funds Transfer
September 13, 2013telephone number salary - Word of the Day Jargon
A seven-digit salary (or project budget).YGLT - Acronym of the Day
You're Gonna Love This
September 14, 2013R&D - Acronym of the Day
Research & Developmentcountry withheld content - Word of the Day Jargon
Historical perspective: In October of 2012, at the request of the German government, Twitter blocked users in Germany from access to the account of a neo-Nazi group banned there. It was the first time Twitter acted on a policy known as "country withheld content."
September 15, 2013jabber - Word of the Day JargonAFZ - Acronym of the Day
Acronym Free Zone
September 16, 2013dead cell phones - Word of the Day Jargon
Old cell phones that people no longer want or use, primarily because the phones can't do half of the tricks that new cell phones can. But don't toss them into the trash-donate them to a battered woman's organization, for example, because someone can actually use them. Most low-tech cell phones can still be used to dial 911, even if they are not connected to a service.SWIM - Acronym of the Day
See What I Mean?
September 17, 2013Tamagotchi - Word of the Day Jargon
First introduced in November 1996, it is known as the original virtual reality pet. Looking like a small egg attached to a key chain (or bracelet), a Tamagotchi is actually a tiny handheld LCD video game with touch-screen user controls and a software program that displays the image of an animal. The object of the game is to simulate proper pet care and maintenance (so your virtual pet grows). You must interact with it on a regular basis; interaction includes such parental responsibilities as feeding, playing games, scolding, medicating, and cleaning up after the darn thing. If insufficient attention is paid, the creature disappears or "dies."
The popularity of this device has been phenomenal. For example, in June 1997, Tamagotchis were so popular that Wal-Mart and Toys 'R' Us could not keep them in stock; within 24 hours, the FAO Schwartz flagship store in Manhattan sold out of its first shipment of 10,000 units; an armored Brinks truck delivered 3,000 Tamagotchis to its sister store in San Francisco, and those were gone within 5 hours. Originally made by Bandai Toys of Japan, there are now several other manufacturers making similar interactive toys.GMILY - Acronym of the Day
Good Morning I Love You
September 18, 2013AP - Acronym of the Day
Apple Pieclient-side - Word of the Day Jargon
September 19, 2013JOOTT - Acronym of the Day
Just One Of Those ThingsAirCard - Word of the Day Jargon
A device that plugs into a laptop computer, typically through a USB connection or PC Card slot that uses a cell phone signal to provide high-speed Internet access. The devices allow users to have Internet access without relying on Wi-Fi hot spots. They are sold by cell phone companies, and they require a monthly service plan. "AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless.
September 20, 2013FireWire - Word of the Day Jargon
A standard established by the IEEE for a very fast port that may eventually replace serial ports. It is a high speed data bus protocol sometimes referred to as "Serial SCSI." Originally developed by Sony and Apple, Firewire has several advantages for connecting peripheral devices such as scanners, DV camcorders, CD burners and external hard drives. Some of its benefits include: 50 MB/sec throughput, it is "hot swappable" meaning devices can be connected and disconnected without shutting down your computer, no device termination is needed, up to 63 devices can be connected to a Firewire bus, and cables can be up to 30 meters long.DIY - Acronym of the Day
Do It Yourself
September 21, 2013CM - Acronym of the Day
Call Mesupercookie - Word of the Day Jargon
For example, in 2011 Direct Marketing News reported: “According to research from the Stanford University Security Laboratory, Microsoft Corp. ran a “supercookie” on several of its domains that was able to access a browser's history regardless of whether the browser's cookies had been cleared. The Stanford researchers found that Microsoft actually had two supercookies in place, one of which was able to respawn cleared identifier cookies. The other supercookie featured a mechanism that contained the contents of a defunct identifier cookie. A Microsoft spokesperson said via email that the company disabled the “legacy code” that enabled the cookie behavior observed by the researchers. Data collected through the supercookie was not shared outside of Microsoft, said the spokesperson.”
September 22, 2013cloud computing - Word of the Day Jargon
A style of computing in which dynamic, scalable and virtual resources are provided over the Internet. Cloud computing refers to services that provide common business applications online, which are accessed from a Web browser, while the software and data are stored on the servers. For instance, Webmail such as Microsoft's Windows Live Hotmail, Apple's MobileMe calendar, and Amazon's S3 storage service (which numerous other Web applications rely on to hold their data) are examples of cloud computing.
Cloud computing specifically refers to incorporating software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Users do not need to have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure in the "cloud" that supports them.
Most people who partake in cloud computing will experience an outage at some point, causing them to reconsider it as an option over "ground computing." Ground computing refers to traditional, desktop-based programs comprised of closed, proprietary files. The argument goes like this: Why risk the odds of Gmail or Google Calendar going down when you can install a dependable local application like Microsoft's Outlook? There are pros and cons with each method but it should be noted that some technology, such as audio and video files locked with "digital rights management" usage controls, combines the worst aspects of both ground- and cloud-based software because if the servers that control the DRM system go offline, you can lose access to those files through no fault of your own, while the proprietary nature of the DRM file format stops you from playing these songs and videos in competing applications.
The term originally came from the expression "in the cloud," which is a metaphor for the Internet based on how the Internet is depicted in computer network diagrams.fob - Acronym of the Day
the name for a tool, or form of ID
September 23, 2013BSD - Word of the Day Jargon
A family of Unix version operating systems developed around 1980 by Bill Joy and others at Berkeley (or "Berzerkeley," which was said to be known for BSD and LSD). Incorporating paged virtual memory, TCP/IP networking enhancements, and many other features, the BSD versions and the commercial versions derived from them held the technical lead in the Unix world until AT&T's successful standardization efforts after about 1986. BSD is still widely popular, and it is credited with establishing the Internet in colleges and universities since it included TCP/IP. The little dude above is the Berkeley daemon ;-)
FYI: "BSD licenses" represent a family of permissive free software licences, which have few restrictions compared to other free software licenses (such as the GNU GPL or even the default restrictions provided by copyright). Since BSD licenses are closer to the public domain, they have been referred to as "copycenter" as a comparison to standard copyright and copyleft free software.D - Acronym of the Day
September 24, 2013GRRR - Acronym of the Day
Growlingportable device - Word of the Day Jargon
September 25, 2013nerve center - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for the physical location within a company where most of the communication and decision-making occurs.N - Acronym of the Day
September 26, 2013architecture - Word of the Day Jargon
A broad term used to define a couple of distinct computer aspects, one of which is the physical structure or design of a computer system and its components. For example, the architecture may consist of the internal operating system and the chips and programs that make a computer useful.
In addition, "architecture" is used to describe the structuring paradigms, style, and patterns that describe or make up either software systems or Internet/intranet systems. In business, it is used to describe the overall structure of something; for example, a Web site's architecture would be diagrammed so that navigational paths could be analyzed and refined.sup - Acronym of the Day
September 27, 2013IMAP - Word of the Day Jargon
A method of accessing e-mail or bulletin board messages that are kept on a mail server. IMAP permits a client e-mail program to access remote messages as if they were on a user's local machine. E-mail stored on an IMAP server can be manipulated from a desktop computer at home, a workstation at the office, or a laptop computer on the road. With IMAP, there's no need to transfer messages or files back and forth between these computers, as is usually the case with the POP mail access protocol. IMAP was developed at Stanford University in 1986.CS&F - Acronym of the Day
Cute Sexy & Funny
September 28, 2013bang the GUI - Word of the Day Jargon
To consistently interface with a program in order to get to know its features and limitations; to type incessantly in order to teach oneself a new program.5FS - Acronym of the Day
5 Finger Salute
September 29, 2013fractal - Word of the Day Jargon
A word coined in 1975 by Benoit B. Mandlebrot, from the Latin fractus (for "to break"). It is, in the words of one fractal creator, "a shape with the property of self-similarity." A small section of a fractal has the same shape as a larger section, and this similarity appears across a wide range of scales.
It's a visual thing so be sure to click on the links below!TYCLO - Acronym of the Day
Turn Your CAPS LOCK Off
September 30, 2013GIWIST - Acronym of the Day
Gee, I Wish I'd Said Thatthree big C's - Word of the Day Jargon