Definitions of words commonly heard on the Internet
- Internet -
- The entire set of networks.
- cruft -
- Binary or ASCII data that is not needed or wanted.
" I removed the cruft that had filled the /tmp directory."
- flame -
- An angry and often witty response to someone s post (sometimes personal);
Any type of junk mail you send companies because they posted on a newsgroup.
"Perhaps if you had a brain you would know that..."
- flamebait -
- An article that someone post to draw flames.
While often brutal, flames are sometimes amusing.
Or, any type of advertisement posted to a newsgroup.
- flavor -
- different version of software/hardware.
"BSD and system V are two flavors of UNIX."
- foo, bar, baz -
- Often used to help detail a situation while
keeping the discussion abstract.
"O.K. Lets say you have a file called foo. You have another
file called bar. The way you merge the two together into
a third , lets call it bar, is by using the ..."
- homepage -
- a collection of interlinked web pages that
topically relate to a particular organization or domain
- net potato -
- Similar to a couch potato. Someone who
spends a great deal of time surfing the net.
You might even know one.
- newbie -
- A new participant of a particular newsgroup or the internet
as a whole.
"listen you newbie, read the FAQ before you post..."
- sneakernet -
- Data transfer method
using hallways, humans and shoes. Derived from sneaker (another name
for a tennis shoe) and network. "The network is down, I will
just put the file on a floppy and bring it to you via sneakernet."
One can tell the sneakernet is busy when many squeaky sounds
emminate from the hallway.
- spam, SPAM -
- Unsolicited advertisements sent to a
user or newsgroup. The common response is to reply with a "no thanks"
letter. " If I wanted your products I could search on the Web and find them. No more spam thanks, I am full .
SPAM - "Stupid Persons' AdvertiseMent
- snail mail -
- Reference to the relative speed of postal mail .
- surfing the net -
- The action of traveling the World Wide Web
for ones own self interest.
- techie -
- Some one who knows about and is interested in the
technical aspect of the Internet.
- vanilla -
- something is vanilla when it is plain.
- website -
- an entity that provides hypertext pages
to other entities
(note how this does not imply remote machines -
we shall consider a CD with HTML pages on
it and a local client attaching to it a "website")
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