Geek Lingo
by Joy Arrieta ( )


[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*.]


drive bay

it's the space set aside within your computer in which you can install a hard drive, floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, or removable disk drive (such as a ZIP or JAZ drive). You can usually figure out how many drive bays you have by counting the blank panels on the front of your computer.


In nerdland, a signature is a few lines you can set to appear at the end of every e-mail you send, containing your name/address/phone number, a sales pitch, or a quote you think your e-mail friends will enjoy reading. It sure beats typing your name over and over again at the end of every message you send.




 A terminal refers to the keyboard and monitor that is
communicating with a host computer. The most common terminal types are 3270 (for IBM mainframe environments) and VT-100 (for almost all other environments).


A mail gateway refers to a host computer that connects two or more email systems, especially dissimilar mail systems on two different networks, and transfers mail messages among them.

Mail gateway



Signal-to-noise ratio is a slang term used by newsgroup mavens to rate the information value of newsgroups. A newsgroup with a high signal-to-noise ratio has lots of information and not much nonsense; a newsgroup with a low signal-to-noise ratio has, well, more noise than information. How that affects your choice of newsgroups depends on how much you like nonsense.


Four11--or, more accurately, the Internet equivalent of the White Pages: a place where you can look up virtually anyone's name and find his or her e-mail address or telephone number.




A nibble (also spelled nybble) is equal to half a byte, or four bits. Nibbles are important in hexadecimal coding, where each byte can be represented as two hexadecimal nibbles.


A compressed file is a file that has been compacted so that it fits into a smaller space. The most common way of compressing a file is by zipping it using a program called Winzip.

Compressed file


Keyboard mapping

This refers to a list or file that establishes correspondence between each key on a keyboard and the character displayed on-screen or an action taken by a program or system.


He's the person responsible for taking care of email problems and other related issue on a host computer or network




Articles in WIRED! Philippines are copyrighted by the authors.
WIRED! Philippines is a monthly online magazine published and hosted by
Copyright 1999 All rights reserved.