Speaking Geek
by Joy Arrieta angelenensis@hotmail.com

[Tired of getting on the Net day after day, encountering hifalutin' Net words and not understanding just what they mean? Every month, you will be seeing here Internet terms and languages that you might find useful in your everyday trek in cyberspace and which will probably make a net geek out of you *G*.]

Lap Dog

A site so lacking in content, if it was a pet it would fit comfortably on your lap.

Wide Areas Information Server. A distributed, client-server system developed to help users search multiple Internet sites at one time and retrieve resources by searching indexes of databases.

WAIS

Packet

A generic term loosely describing one unit of data across a network. One message may be automatically broken up into many packets for transfer at the sending computers and then reassembled at the receiving computer into a complete message, without intervention from the user.

Request for Comments. This refers to documents submitted to standards boards to define communication protocols and standards.

RFC

Hub

A point where two or more computers are connected together. In an email system, a hub might be used for temporarily storing messages being transferred across the network.

Integrated Services Digital Network. An emerging technology, offered by the world's telephone companies, that combines voice and digital services on a single medium. This technology makes it possible to combine sound, video, and data across a computer network. You do not need a modem to use the digital ISDN telephone lines.

ISDN

Worm

A computer program which replicates itself endlessly. In 1989, the famous "Internet worm" successfully (and accidentally) duplicated itself across the Internet, causing an interruption to many computer systems.

This refers to a formal set of rules or standards governing the exchange of data between computers or programs. Protocol determines how computers on a network communicate with each other.

Protocol

Lurker

A person who follows an electronic discussion or newsgroup without actively participating. Lurkers usually outnumber active participants by a wide margin. Beginners are urged to lurk for a time until they have clearly identified the character of an electronic discussion list or newsgroup.

These are executable programs, compressed files, or files that have formatted characters added by a program such as word processing. Binary files frequently have one of the following extensions--EXE, COM, ZIP, Z, or TAR.

Binary files

 


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