A graphic facsimile that you can use in chat rooms
When you place files on a UNIX (multitasking, timesharing operating system) system, you can assign the files various levels of permission, specifying who can access them, and what type of access they can have.
An internal system check that is carried out by a PC immediately after the power is turned on.
Text without extraneous codes that designate front, size, font syle, etc.
Temporary storage information on the hard drive.
Two rapid clicks in succession, treated as a single event by the operating system.
A company that sells hardware or software products.
A program that displays information about someone on the Internet. When you are logged in, type finger followed by the e-mail address of the person you want to know more about and you will learn whether or not a person is logged on, what their actual name is, and when they last logged on. Not all Internet Service Providers support this feature. Even for the ones that do, the user has to give file permission to allow people from other hosts to see this information.
Not losing information when power is interrupted
Refers to hardware or software that bridges the gap between two otherwise incompatible applications or networks so that data can be transferred among different computers.
A software program developed by Adobe, Inc., is used to view files in PDF format. The software displays documents with the same layout and design as the original.
A unit of measurement of information storage.
Controls that promise to make the web-surfing experience comparable to that of highly produced CD-ROMS, where you can listen to music, watch animation and video clips, and interact with the program.
The software application that allows you to view Internet pages.
An application that was developed at the University of Minnesota to help organize files on the Internet. Named after the school's football mascot, this is a subject-based, menu-driven guide to finding and retrieving directories of information on the Internet.
A device for storing information
A list of links, compiled and maintained by your web browser, to interesting, useful or important URLs that you can click on to go directly to a website. These are called bookmarks or favorites in some browsers, are a standard feature of most web browsers.
A method of transmitting data over traditional copper telephone lines at speeds higher than were previously possible. Data can be downloaded at speeds of up to 1.544 Megabits per second and uploaded at speeds of 128 Kilobits per second.
Data transfer that continues beyond the boundary of a buffer.
A common method networking computers in a local area network.
The page on the Interent, which most often gives users access to the rest of the Web site.
A graphic divided into regions or "hotspots.", that when clicked, accesses a web page that is linked to a particular region. A typical example of an this is a website that offers national information organized by state and clicking on a state on a map of the United States calls up the appropriate page.
A system that allows people to send e-mail to one address.
An agent is a type of software program that is instructed to go out onto the Internet and perform a specific function on behalf of a user. The most common type of agents are programs called spiders and worms, which roam the Internet, collecting and indexing its content and creating their own searchable databases of the content found. New and custom uses for agents are being developed that will let users do such things as searching online music sites to compare prices for a specific CD title.
To save a file onto your computer from another source, like the Internet.
A standard system for identifying the type of data contained in a file based on its extension.
A computer network limited to the immediate area, usually the same building.
A disk file that provides non-volatile storage of virtual pages swapped out from main memory, in a virtual-memory system.
An HTML tag that marks a specific point in an HTML document as either the source or destination of a hypertext link. This allows you to create links from one hypertext document to another, as well as to different sections within the same document.
A simple electronic connector consisting of a thin, stiff, bare wire intended to fit into a corresponding socket.
A small software application, typically in the Java programming language.
An FTP Server that provides copies of the same files as another server. This site provides an alternate way to access the same files when an FTP site is so popular that the volume of users accessing it keeps others from getting through.
An integrated collection of security measures designed to prevent anauthorized electronic access to a networked computer system.
The name given to any computer directly connected to the Internet.
Refers to the simultaneous use of more than one type of media such as text with sound, moving or still images with music, and so on.
Address locator at the top of any web page.
Connects your computer to your ISP or online service.
Allow users to find their way around a website or multimedia presentation. They can be hypertext links; clickable images or icons; or image maps. They are usually present either at the bottom or top (or both) of each page or screen, and typically allow users to return to the previous page, move forward to the next page, jump to the top of the current page, and return to the home page.
The name given to any computer directly connected to the Internet
GUI to specify or indicate by placing the cursor over: - and click
A form of online etiquette -- an informal code of conduct that governs what is generally considered to be the acceptable way for users to interact with one another online.
The computer network system that gave birth to the Internet. in 1969 as a U.S. Department of Defense experiment in packet-switched networking.
A horizontal strip at the top of a window that shows the menus available in a program.
A 7-bit code that represents the most basic letters of the Roman alphabet, numbers, and other characters used in computing. The characters allow us to communicate with computers, which use their own language called binary made up of 0s and 1s. When we type these characters from the keyboard (which looks like words to us), the computer interprets them as binary so they can be read, manipulated, stored and retrieved. These files are called text files.
Readable memory that cannot be corrupted by accidental erasure.
Any of a number of giant databases on the Internet.
An addition to an HTML tag that extends or qualifies its meaning. For example you can extend the (image) tag by including the ALIGN attribute that lets you specify how you want a block of text to line up with an image.
An electronic discussion group consisting of collections of related postings (also called articles) on a particular topic that are posted to a news server which then distributes them to other participating servers.