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Abbreviation Z

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

This is a terrifically handy site to have: an A to Z of Acronyms & Abbreviations on the net.

There are a couple of ways to use this site too. You can use the search engine near the top of the page, the linked alphabet, or the categories.

The Search Engine is fairly simple to use. Type in what you want to search for, like “LYLAS” and hit “search”, then… Continue reading

What is a Wiki?

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Mark from IL asks:
What is a Wiki?

A:
Good question, Mark! Our readers in Hawaii know that “wiki-wiki” means “quick”. In web-speak they are sites where users can add and edit content. If you’ve ever been to the Wikipedia for information then you have some idea about wikis. At last check they had around 3,237,704 articles in English.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Basic Web Design Terms

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Let’s go over some basics—definitions that is.

I’m sure you’ve come across words and acronyms on the Internet that you don’t know the meaning to. You may even see them every day but find your eyes glazing over with indifference to their definitions. If you plan on building your own website then it would be helpful to know what some of this stuff means. For example, do you… Continue reading

Who’s a Hacker?

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Originally the term “hacker” was used as a compliment in the computer community to denote an expert, especially those who experiment with and use code to improve software and computer performance. In popular usage and in the media, it generally describes computer intruders or criminals.

“Hacking” can be looked at as a collection of skills—like a locksmith’s ability to pick locks—it can be used for good or… Continue reading

Tour the Registry Editor

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

We often tell you about using Regedit to change settings in the Windows Registry. Since playing in the registry should be done with extreme caution, we tell you exactly where to go and what changes you can make. But what do all those keys and values mean?

Well, today I’m going to give a you a closer look at the Registry Editor and what the different areas… Continue reading

Cross Site Scripting

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

CSS or XSS is a method where a hacker will watch for a vulnerable site, one that uses user information, but does not validate the user when they revisit the site.

The hacker will then recreate this link using malicious code that takes advantage of the of the website’s security hole and basically steals user’s information.

This attack can take place through email, message boards—any place really that you can… Continue reading

What is a Blog?

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Q:
What is a blog?

A:
Want to expose your thoughts to the world? Share your favorite links? Shout out your political, religious, or personal beliefs? Well, a blog is the place to do it. It can be a soap box, a pulpit, a diary—whatever you want it to be. There are few rules and can be any size or shape.

Blog… Continue reading

What’s that pointer?

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Q:
What’s the proper name for the little mouse pointer?

A:
The slanted arrow that moves on the screen when you move the mouse can be called a “cursor“, although some might argue that technically only the blinking line in DOS can be called that. C’mon, get with the 21st century! For the average person, the terms “pointer” and “cursor” are interchangeable.

The cursor may change into… Continue reading

Processes and Services

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

Processes and Services? What’s the difference? David offers a little insight. Continue reading

Bluetooth

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

What is Bluetooth technology? Get some answers here! Continue reading

The Start Menu

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Many of our tips tell you to go to the “Start” menu. That’s the button down in the lower left hand corner on your tool bar. If you click it or press the Window key you’ll be taken to the Windows command center.

In this wonderful world you can access programs, the Control Panel or Help & Support. You can do searches or get the “Run” box for launching… Continue reading

RSS Feeds

Monday, December 6th, 2004

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. It’s a way to get news, weblogs, announcements, and any other information automatically updated right on your desktop. You can avoid going from web site to web site for the latest news or constantly checking a favorite page for updates.

In order to get an RSS feed you’ll need a reader. There are many RSS readers… Continue reading

What is an HTML Document?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

What is an HTML document? Find out here! Continue reading

What is CGI?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Q:
I see the letters CGI on many web pages and in many URLs. What is CGI?

A:
CGI is short for Common Gateway Interface. Basically, a CGI script is a
program that runs on a web server. These scripts can do anything from counting hits on a web page to processing forms.

We use several types of these on our web site. In fact, when you… Continue reading

What are Wave (WAV) files?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Q:
What are Wave (WAV) files?

A:
They are basically files on your computer that have gotten moisture in them. The theory being that if you collect enough of this moisture, you’ll get tiny “waves” on your hard drive as a result.

JUST KIDDING – I couldn’t resist. Sorry.

Wave files (they have a .WAV extension) are sound files. They can be anything from a little beep to… Continue reading

What is Safe Mode?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Q:
What is “Safe mode”?

A:
Safe mode is a Windows maintenance mode where only the bare minimum of drivers are loaded. You don’t have access to CD ROMs, printers, or other non-essential devices.

It’s helpful to use this mode when you are having problems with your PC. For example, maybe you just installed an awesome new video card, but in all the excitement loaded the… Continue reading

What are Window Panes?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Q:
What are “window panes”?

A:
“Panes” are generally referenced when you have a split window, like what you would have in Windows Explorer. The “panes” are the individual sides of the window. In explorer the right side is usually called the “right pane”, the left side is the “left pane”.

Why not simply call them the right and left sides? Well, that would make SENSE now… Continue reading

What’s an ISP?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Q:
What’s an ISP?

A:
I get this one a lot. It seems like people are told to “check with their ISP” about this or that and they aren’t sure who (or what) their ISP is.

ISP stands for Internet Service Provider. Your ISP is who you “dial up or connect to” when you access the internet. Compnaies like AOL and Comcast… Continue reading

What are “Newsgroups”?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Q:
What are “Newsgroups”?

A:
Newsgroups (also known as Usenet) make up a world wide message system for discussion and instant libraries of information. If you have an interest in a certain topic, chances are it has its own newsgroup. This is an excellent use of the internet and also a great tip for those of you who love interacting with people online.

Usenet was started in 1979… Continue reading

Q:
What does it mean to “boot” your computer?

A:
Booting a computer is a simple procedure that’s preformed when it acts up. Let’s say it’s the 20th time in an hour that Windows has locked up. You simply lift the computer up at about chest-high level and drop kick it. It doesn’t always fix the problem, but it does tend to make you feel a little better.… Continue reading

Virus, Trojan, Worm

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Q:
What is the difference between a Virus, Trojan, and Worm?

A:
Basically, they all fall under the generally category of “viruses”. However, there are a few distinctions.

Virus – Technically, a virus infects another file (attaches or inserts itself into it). They usually infect program files or MS Office documents. From there, it can replicate, do damage, etc. Unlike a worm, these do not function as a… Continue reading

What is TWAIN

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Q:
I just got a digital camera and was trying to download my photos on to my computer when I received a “not TWAIN compliant” error? What is TWAIN?

A:
TWAIN is an industry wide standard that allows a computer to communicate with a graphic device, such as a scanner or digital camera. Nearly all scanners, digital cameras, and web cams are TWAIN compliant.

Devices that are not… Continue reading

What is “UPS”?

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Q:
What is “UPS”?

A:
Well, if you need to ship a package across the country, around the world, or down the street, you might choose UPS as your carrier. The United Parcel Service began in 1907 by 19-year-old James E. Casey, who delivered packages via bicycle! He and his brother, George, then expanded their business to…

Oh, wait! You probably want the computer term “UPS” seeing as… Continue reading

Business versus Home

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Q:
What are pros and cons of getting a “business workstation” vs. the “home systems”? They look about the same, but are the “business” computers better for business?

A:
In my opinion, most of that stuff is just marketing. Sometimes the business versions include more office oriented software, but for the most part, they’re pretty much the same in quality (unless the manufacturer actually states that the business… Continue reading

What are folders

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Q:
What are Folders?

A:
“Folders,” also known as “directories,” on your computer work in much the same way that file folders in the real world work. You use them to store stuff and help keep organized. Without them, your hard drive would have thousands of files just floating around on it, making it more than a little difficult to find something you’re looking for.

Folders can contain… Continue reading

What is a Network?

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Q:
What is a Network and why do I have a whole Neighborhood of them on my Desktop?

A:
A network is simply a group of computers that are hooked together. A network can be as small as having two computers hooked up and sharing information to something as vast and complex as the Internet.

The Network Neighborhood icon on your Windows desktop lets you browse through the… Continue reading

What’s “IDE”?

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Q:
What’s “IDE”?

A:
IDE, or Integrated Drive Electronics, describes a drive that has its controller components built in (in the real old days, these components were on a card or similar device) . It’s probably safe to assume that’s the type of hard drive you have built into your computer.

Most newer computers can have up to 4 IDE devices attached. These normally come in the form… Continue reading

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