Techie Terms Part Two

Techie Terms Part Two

Here is part two of techie terms – enjoy!

Kerning refers to the spacing between the characters of a font.

Keywords words or phrases that describe content. They can be used as metadata to describe images, text documents, database records, and Web pages.

LAN stands for “Local Area Network,” is a computer network limited to a small area such as an office building, university, or even a residential home.

LDAP stands for “Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.” If you want to make directory information available over the Internet, this is the way to do it.

Localhost refers to the local computer that a program is running on.

Malware short for “malicious software,” malware refers to software programs designed to damage or do other unwanted actions on a computer system.

Meta Tag is a special HTML tag that is used to store information about a Web page but is not displayed in a Web browser.

MySQL pronounced either “My S-Q-L” or “My Sequel,” is an open source relational database management system.

Name Server translates domain names into IP addresses. This makes it possible for a user to access a website by typing in the domain name instead of the website’s actual IP address.

Open Source when a software program is open source, it means the program’s source code is freely available to the public.

Operating System or “OS,” is software that communicates with the hardware and allows other programs to run.

Phishing when phishers attempt to steal your personal information through email.

Ping is a test to see if a system on the Internet is working.

POP stands for “Post Office Protocol.” POP3, sometimes referred to as just “POP,” is a simple, standardized method of delivering e-mail messages.

Protocol when computers communicate with each other, there needs to be a common set of rules and instructions that each computer follows. A specific set of communication rules is called a protocol.

RAM (Random Access Memory) is made up of small memory chips that form a memory module. These modules are installed in the RAM slots on the motherboard of your computer.

Remote Access is the ability to access your computer from a remote location. Programs like PC Anywhere (Windows), Remote Access (Mac), and Timbuktu (Windows and Mac) allow users to control remote computers from their local machine.

Router is a hardware device that routes data (hence the name) from a local area network (LAN) to another network connection.

RSS is a method of providing website content such as news stories or software updates in a standard XML format.

Screenshot or screen capture, is a picture taken of your computer’s desktop.

SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.” SSL is a secure protocol developed for sending information securely over the Internet.

Server is a computer that provides data to other computers.

Sitemap sometimes written “sitemap,” is an overview of the pages within a website.

Template is a file that serves as a starting point for a new document.

Thumbnail image is a small image that represents a larger one.

URL is the address of a specific Web site or file on the Internet.

USB stands for “Universal Serial Bus.” USB is the most common type of computer port used in today’s computers.

VLOG is short for “video blog”.  A vlog is a blog, or weblog, that includes video clips.

Whitelist is a list of items that are granted access to a certain system such as an email address.

WHOIS is an Internet service that finds information about a domain name or IP address.

WYSIWYG stands for “What You See Is What You Get.”

If you missed Techie Terms Part 1 – go here to read.

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Techie Terms Part One

Techie Terms Part One

Techie Terms Part One

I had a great conversation with someone last week and she made me realize that not everyone knows these common “IT” terms.  So here is the first part of a two-part blog post on IT Terms, enjoy!

Affiliates – Website affiliates are what drive Internet Marketing. Companies run affiliate programs to generate leads and sales from other Websites.

API – An application programming interface (API) is a protocol intended to be used as an interface by software components to communicate with each other.

Archive – is a single file that contains multiple files and/or folders. Archives may be created by several different file archiving utilities and can be saved in one of several different formats.

Autoresponder – an email message that is sent based on a trigger; i.e. a purchase is completed, a user signs up for an offer, etc.

Backup – a backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying and archiving of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.

Bandwidth – the amount of data that can be carried from one point to another in a given time period (usually a second). This kind of bandwidth is usually expressed in bits (of data) per second (bps).

Blog – short for “Web Log,” this term refers to a list of journal entries posted on a Web page.

Broadband – refers to high-speed data transmission in which a single cable can carry a large amount of data at once. The most common types of Internet broadband connections are cable modems (which use the same connection as cable TV) and DSL modems (which use your existing phone line).

Buffer – contains data that is stored for a short amount of time, typically in the computer’s memory (RAM). The purpose of a buffer is to hold data right before it is used.

Cache – stores recently-used information in a place where it can be accessed extremely fast. For example, a Web browser like Chrome uses a cache to store the pages, images, and URLs of recently visited websites on your hard drive.

Captcha – is a program used to verify that a human, rather than a computer, is entering data.

Cloud Computing – refers to applications and services offered over the Internet. These services are offered from data centers all over the world, which collectively are referred to as the “cloud.”

CSS – stands for “Cascading Style Sheet.” Cascading style sheets are used to format the layout of Web pages.

Data Transfer Rate – commonly used to measure how fast data is transferred from one location to another.

Database – a data structure that stores organized information. Most databases contain multiple tables, which may include several different fields. For example, a company database may include tables for products, employees, and financial records.

Disk Space (Storage Space) is the total amount of bytes that a disk drive or disc is capable of holding.

Domain Name a specific name that you apply to your website. Once you apply it, users can reach your website by typing this domain name into the browser’s address bar.

Domain Name Registrar is an organization that manages the reservation of Internet domain names.

E-Commerce – (electronic-commerce) refers to business over the Internet.

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a common method of transferring files via the Internet from one computer to another.

Firewall limits the data that can pass through it and protects a networked server or client machine from damage by unauthorized users.

Flash Drive is a small data storage device that uses flash memory and has a built-in USB connection.

GUI stands for “Graphical User Interface,” and is pronounced “gooey.” It refers to the graphical interface of a computer that allows users to click and drag objects with a mouse instead of entering text at a command line.

Hashtag is a number symbol (#) used to label keywords in a tweet.

Host a computer that acts as a server for other computers on a network.

HTML stands for “Hyper-Text Markup Language.” This is the language that Web pages are written in.

Interface can refer to either a hardware connection or a user interface.

IMAP stands for “Internet Message Access Protocol” and is pronounced “eye-map.” It is a method of accessing e-mail messages on a server without having to download them to your local hard drive.

IP Address also known as an “IP number” or simply an “IP,” this is a code made up of numbers separated by three dots that identifies a particular computer on the Internet.

ISP stands for “Internet Service Provider.” In order to connect to the Internet, you need an ISP.

Be sure to check out Techie Terms Part 2.

I’d love to hear your comments. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

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Enjoy your day – Susan

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