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Psy 409 Internet Glossary of Cheryl Remata

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Glossary terms

I found a list of some helpful terms in a document called "Entering the World-Wide Web" within the instructor's homepage.

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affective: pertaining to motives, feelings and emotions.

cognitive: pertaining to thoughts, reasoning, and decisions.

sensorimotor: pertaining to physical senses and reactions.

Note: for clarification on top 3 terms, see instructor's descriptions.

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anchor: A source of attachment for a link to another document.See Grant's definition.I have made an anchor with this term.

link:A connection we make between a document or part of a document to a specific part of our file. The link is connect through the use of anchors. Links allow easy access to different web sites and also facilites moving around documents.

dumbterminal: A personal computer is a dumbterminal when it becomes hooked up to a bigger computer and is not doing the operations but rather displays the interaction between the user and the big computer.See Barry's definition.

internet: This is a collection of networks online.

veronica: I found this term while browsing through other sources of searching the Web.This is a searching device for the internet that looks up documents according to keywords that appear in the title.

telnet: This refers to a device that connects different systems within the internet. Update: Telnet allows the user to get access to files and documents from different internet sites through his through various servers into his dumbterminal.

gopher: This is another searching implement that brings up documents or files of interest.

world wide web worm: This is a program that searches for documents that are of interest to the navigator through the keyword(s) that are inputted.

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navigation: In the context of the internet, it is the process of filing through various documents through links and other forms of information searching. Addition, navigation is similar to what we do on the internet, because we move in and out of documents,and choose different directions in our journey through likns. We choose our voyage and, therefore, navigate the internet.

information shock: The experience of emotional imbalance due to the necessity of learning something completely new and unfamiliar. See Linda's definition.
Update: We all experience infoshock because the technology is constantly improving, and just when we have mastered the technology, there is another device or concept even newer and more complex. We have to encounter that new learning epxerience, but we are not so bothered by infoshock later because we build on what we already know, and integrate the new information in our own ways.

HTML: This stands for Hypertext Markup Language, and is used to convey and describe the parts of a document within the Web.See Bev Diaz's definition.

finger: I read about this command in Bev Diaz's labreport. It is what you type in to see who is logged in on the internet. If you want to know if a specific person is online, space after the command "finger" and then type the person's e-mail name.

talk: When you want to have an online conversation with someone, just type "talk," spacebar once, then the appriate name (e-mail).This the internet way of calling someone.

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cyberspace: the world in which we communicate and navigate via computers. Update: cyberspace is an abstract term, like our mental or spiritual spaces. It is there and real, but not but not as tangible as the physical world is, making it harder to believe and understand.

emacs: editor program that allows you to create files and documents and files that will be stored on the world-wide web. Update: The documents that use emacs are written in html code on the back of the document, and when the page is flipped over for a viewer, it is seen as regular text.

pico:another editor program that does the same as the emacs does(creates files and documents on the web), except that it is a more simplified version.

ftp: This stands for file transfer protocol It allows a file to be exported to a certain directory. Carol Alamares has a more expicative definition. Update: The file contents are transferred through computer systems, to a specific site, a more advanced version of transfering something from one computer to another or to a hard disk.

rtf: This stands for rich text file, and it is what your document needs to be converted into into in order for it to be accepted as part of the web files.

WWW: Also known as the World-Wide Web. It provides access to documents and files on the internet. See Allison Asahina's definition

URL: Also known as Uniform Resource Locator. This is like a mailing or home address. It specifies which server, site, and name of files etc. I think of it as a superlink. It is discussed in more detail in a document to which I made link at the beginning of the glossary. Too see it, it's "Entering the World-Wide Web."

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virtual: Taken partly from class discussion, Dr. James called it super, as in virtual reality, super real. It signifies something more powerful than the ordinary. When virtual reality is introduced, it magnifies reality to such a great extent that one cannot tell the difference between reality and illusion.

home page: This is like the cover letter for your resume or the entrance to your directory. The home page can give information about the user, links to the user's other documents, or links to other web sites. It may contain visual icons, and audio-items also.

UNIX: A computer software that allows the user with an account access to the internet. A user may do internet searches for information or may also utilize e-mail with UNIX.

icon: Graphics or an image that may be put up on a web page. They look like little cartoon frames, and brighten up the pages of documents. They may be seen through browsers such as Netscape 1.0.

Netscape 1.0: A clickable software that allows the user to see the web on a more graphics-oriented browser. With netscape, one can view icons and scanned photographs.

modem: Piece of computer hardware need to have communiations programs to operate. For the internet, access to the internet (besides an account) needs a modem and appropriate software.

virus: Also known as a bug in the computer system. A virus is like a disease to the computer, and may destroy files, programs, and even the computer hard drives. Viruses are passed to other computers through infected disks and computers.

e-mail: Electronic mail. This is the way to send letters over the internet. The letters are composed in Pine, then sent to another users account.


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