understand the technology that surrounds you everyday - III
We are surrounded by so much technology everywhere that sometimes we wish we knew better. Without further ado, look at this nifty compilation created for the rest of us. This is the third among three lists that explains the real meaning behind everyday words from the world of technology. First, see the first list of technological terms and the second list of technological terms.
Newbie: Slang term for a user who is new on the network.
Postmaster: The administrator responsible for resolving any email problems.
QuickTime: Apple’s method of storing sound, graphics and movie files which is designed for playback via the Internet.
RNA (Ring No Answer): This is the symptom used to describe a modem at a local that rings, but does not pick up the incoming call.
SMS (Short Messaging Service): Allows cell phone users to exchange text basedmessages. Short means less than 128 characters when it started out, but as of today it can accommodate 160 characters. Traditional SMS is now nearly displaced by instant messengers and apps running from handheld devices.
Spam: A colloquial term referring to the act of posting the same message to several inappropriate newsgroups, or mass mailing unsolicited email messages to several users.
SSD (Solid State Drive): A next-generation, microchip-based (flash) storage device with no moving parts. It is significantly faster than a traditional hard drive with read/write mechanical head.
Urban Legend: A story, which may have started with a grain of truth that has been embroidered and retold until it has passed into the realm of myth. Spreads faster on the Internet.
Veronica: Is only a service that maintains an index of titles of items on gopher servers. Closely linked to Archie.
Virus: A program, which infects computer systems by incorporating itself into other programs or computer systems.
W3: An acronym for the World Wide Web
Winsock: A TCP/IP stack that allows you to send data to/from the Internet. Quite different
from a “windsock”.
White Pages: ICQ’s version of a directory. It allowed you to search for people to chat with. A/S/L anyone?
Xbox: Microsoft’s much-popular gaming console.
YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary): Taken from the standard disclaimer attached to EPA mileage ratings. This warning can be found in some UNIX freeware distributions.
ZIP: An open standard that allows you to compress and decompress data. The file extension given to ZIP files is .zip.