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Browser - A software program designed to send user defined requests for information over the Internet, for receipt, interpretation and display of the information by the user.
URL- Uniform Resource Locator (sometimes pronounced "Earl") A location identifier associated with a particular webpage or file on the Internet, e.g. www.bretttrout.com
IP Address - An address which allows computers to find one another over the Internet. Your IP Address may change every time you log on, if you dial up to the Internet through an ISP. This is called a "dynamic" IP Address.
HTTP - Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. This is a protocol for informing your browser how to display information found on a particular webpage. All webpages on the World Wide Web utilize HTTP, making them accessible to all other Web computers.
FTP - File Transfer Protocol. This is a protocol computers use to send files to one another. You may either upload or download files using FTP
XML - eXtensible Markup Language. A computer language which also instructs the browser how to display the information. Additionally, XML includes information relating to the "type" of information which allows other applications to use the information. XML will become increasingly important as mobile Internet devices incorporate data obtained over the Internet into spreadsheets, word processing programs, PDAs and other applications.
Cable Connection - Coaxial cable with very high receive speed of 27Mbps are possible, with transmit speeds of 96kbps to 15Mbps. The number of users sharing access, however, drastically reduces the speed. A cable connection is slightly less than other options since information may pass through neighbors' computers before hitting the Web.
Satellite- 400kbps receive 56kbps transmit. You must also have a dial-up or other modem to transmit.
T1 - A direct connection to the Internet. Very fast at 1.5Mbps, but also very expensive.
PDA - Personal Digital Assistant. Typically a hand-held computer running a small number of specialized applications. PDAs will become increasingly important as wireless capability and increased power, allow PDAs to run full version browsers and software applications, allowing PDAs to quickly access a broader range of information over the Internet.
Download - To copy a file from an Internet server to recordable media, such as a hard drive or a floppy disk.
Backup - What you do when you sight a skunk in the woods.
Bar code - Them's the fight'n rules down da local tavern.
Byte - What yer pit bull dun to cusin Jethro.
Cache - Needed when you go to da store.
Terminal - Time to call da undertaker.
Digital – The art of counting on your fingers.
Hacker - Uncle Leroy after thirty years of smoking.
Hardcopy - Picture looked at when selecting tattoos.
Internet - Where cafeteria workers put their hair.
Keyboard - Where you hang the keys to the John Deere.
Megahertz - How your head feels after seventeen beers.
Modem - What ya did when the grass and weeds got too tall.
Mouse pad - Where Mickey and Minnie live.
Network - Scoop'n up a big fish before it breaks the line.
Rom - Where the pope lives.
Screen - Helps keep the skeeters off the porch.
Serial port - A red wine you drink with breakfast.
Superconductor - Amtrak's Employee of the year
Scsi - What you call your week-old underwear.