This is Bev's glossary page


Internet
is a software that connects all the software around the world.

Gateways
what you activate on the keyboard activates other computers.

Download
copying a file down to a drive such as C-drive or a diskette.

Webmaster
person in charge of the server. e.g. Eric Hagen is in the Webmaster of the CSS server.

Telnet
links you to a dumb terminal, and you type commands to tell it what to do.

Pine
an E-mail program.

FTP
file transfer protocol. A protocol defining how files are transferred from one computer to another.

Emoticons
also know as Smileys, are symbols created by using keyboard characters to convey emotions. In order to see an emoticon/smiley, turn you head sideways. Try it now. :-p

Hypertext
links in a document that allow you to jump from one place to another, using links.

Baud-Rate
measurement of how quickly a modem transfers data.

BPS
short for bits per second, is the number of bits (data) that can be transmitted each second using a modem.

Modem
an acronym for MOdulator/DEModulator. This allows a computer to receive and send information through a regular telephone line. There are two types of modems, the internal and the external. The internal modem looks like a card and is installed by opening a computer's CPU. The external modem is a little machine with pretty lights and sits outside of the CPU.

HTML
short for Hypertext mark up language, which is a collection of editing tags used in documents to establish hypermedia links.

URL
short for Uniform resource locators. This is a standard for identifying information on the internet; it specifies the types of resources being accessed and the path for that name, and example is http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/con/leonpsy/leon.html.

AWGTHTGTTA
an acronym for "Are we going to have to go through this again?" There are all kinds of acronyms to use instead of typing something out, I'll probably add more in but I found some in Kyle Fujii's Glossary. Take a look, they're usually in caps.

Netiquette
PC (politically correct) behavior while you are online. Yes, there are rules while you are surfing through cyberspace, as dictated by onliners with netitude. Take a look at Carol Alamares' definition of netiquette.

Netitude
The smug attitude of old time onliners. :-"

IRC
short for Internet Relay Chat. IRC, pronounced "irk" is being able to talk with others online, it's sort of like teleconferencing. Take a look at what Rebecca Ross had to say.

Argh
This is what I tend to day when I hear a busy signal as I try to connect from my home modem to UHUNIX. See Jill Kaneshiro's definition.

Finger
By typing this command at either the Unix% or WWW% you are able to view who is on the server with you. I've also explained more on this in my labreport. The command 'finger|more' scrolls the screen slowly, so it's easier to see who's on. See Joleen Lai's definition on this command.

Talk
talk is another command you can type at the Unix% or WWW% if you are able to locate someone on the server. (See my definition above on Finger.) When the command 'talk _____' (fill in the blank with the person's login name) is executed, your screen splits in half. If your party that you are ringing respond to the message at the bottom of his/her screen, then you can have a conversation, as though you are on the phone. Neat huh? Take a look at my labreport for more on this! Oh by the way to end your conversation use the command C-c or C-z. Have fun!!

EMACS
the editor program which I've been using to type my labreports. See Todd Takitani's (of the Psy 459 class) definition and remarks about this editor.

PICO
another editor program which I've found to be more user friendly than EMACS. Take a look at Cheryl Remata's definition.

Netscape
a graphical web browser program that allows you to explore the web. I love using Netscape

Mosaic
another Web Browser program.

HREF
are commands used in order to establish a link.

Webpage
a document made to be read all over the WWW.

Access
to get or retrieve data from a computer system.

Prompt
a message or cue that guides the computer during computer processing.

Titles
a name or directory of files. They are usually short, mnemonic, and in a series.
Online
Direct communication with the computer.

Unix Account
a login/username and password given so that we can logon to a machine. See my first labreport on this.

Links
a client program used to get information from a server program.

Lynx
a text based program for the WWW.

IOW
pronounced just the way you spell it, I-O-W. Short for, in other words.

Bit an acronym for Binary Digit; the smallest unit of data that a computer can handle and that can be represented in the digits (0 and 1) of binary notation.

CPU
the "brain" of the computer.

Directory
a special kind of file that organizes other files stored on a disk.

Programming
series of step by step instructions that tell the computer what to do.

Homepage
contains certain references to documents of interest. This is the first document a browser on the Web encounters.

Browsing
finding material througout the Net.

"Handshake"
when the two modems exchange information on how they'll send data to each other.

Falling Links
Links that don't work.

Veronica
an index of items which can be accessed through Gopher.

Marbe's Law
states the frequent use of a word will give you the importance of it. For example: Information Superhighway, I-highway, Data Highway.

Zipf's Law
found that if counted a number of words in a society, and plotted the length of the word and it's frequence, short words were utilized more than long words, such as the "Net."