by Joy Arrieta
A card cage is the internal area where new electronic circuit
boards can be plugged in.
It is a page designed to display in a particular width Web browser
window. It looks good in the width, but anything narrower truncates
the display. Ice pages often have little messages that say "please set
your browser window to this width"--or they automatically set the
browser to the correct width, saving you the trouble.
Streaming video is the process of transmitting compressed sequences of
video images and then decompressing and playing them on arrival.
Streaming video lets you play a video over the Web without having to
download the entire thing first. Unfortunately, unless you have a fast
Internet connection (ISDN or faster), most streaming video looks more
like trickling video.
A "liquid" page is one in which all the elements align themselves to
fit snugly within any size browser window--leaving no margin on the
left or the right. Liquid pages always provide a full-screen
presentation, but they can look really cramped in small browser
If a phone or related device is going to be controlled by or
communicate with a computer, the programs involved want a standardized
set of rules for exchanging information. The Telephony Applications
Programming Interface (TAPI) is one such set.
A new global specification for short-range wireless connectivity, the
Bluetooth agreement lets portable and stationary communication devices
connect to each other without cables. Support for Bluetooth is being
built into a range of mobile phones, portable computers, desktop
computers, handheld organizers, fax machines, keyboards, and other
devices. Ideally this will mean you'll be able to share informatin
easily among all those many mobile device, such as synchronizing your
address book from one to the next.
A set of screen display specifications that changes the look of your
interface without changing the basic menus and icons and whatnot is
called a "skin." You can find lots of free skins online that can
change the look of Windows and of the Macintosh OS. They can even
change the look of particular programs, such as MP3 music players.
SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is a way for two communicating Internet
programs to keep their exchanges secret. SSL ensures encrypted and
authenticated communications for Web browsers, newsreaders, and other
such software. Many Web shopping sites use SSL connections.
X.509 is an international standard from the ITU-TSS (International
Telecommunications Union-Telecommunications Standards Sector) that
specifies how programs can use digital certificates to "authenticate."
In English, that means it sets the rules for how a program can know
exactly who sent a message. Browsers and e-mail programs can put this
Many PCs have a special port--a mechanical site with electrical wires
for connection to other devices--for plugging in game hardware such as
a joystick, flight stick or steering wheel. This port has 15 pins and
is often part of the sound card.
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