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Computer Acronyms

Friday, March 17th, 2006

It seems that every computer term has an acronym to go along with it and half the time, I have no idea what it means. Can you help by giving me some examples?

Sure, that’s no problem. There are tons of terms that usually only go by certain letters and it can be hard to keep them all straight. There are obviously too many to put… Continue reading


Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Can you please explain to me what a bot is?

The word bot comes from the word robot, meaning work. A bot can be described as automated software that sends out commands when it receives a specific type of input. Bots are often found in chat rooms and through advertisements on Web sites. For example, if you’re ever in a chat room and automatically get kicked… Continue reading


Thursday, March 9th, 2006


Have you ever run into a situation where you need to import or export some data on your computer? Afterwards, did you sit there saying to yourself, what does that even mean? Well, don’t feel bad, you’re not the only one. It can be a little confusing.

Exporting is the process of reformatting information in one program so it can be read by another program. In other words, it’s… Continue reading

What is RAM?

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Alright, so a couple weeks ago, we talked about RAM (random access memory), but have you ever wondered what ROM is? It’s easy to get these two confused, but they are very different. ROM stands for Read Only Memory.

Basically, ROM is the memory your computer uses to get the instructions it needs to boot up every time you hit that power button. ROM goes to work even before all… Continue reading

Understanding Virtual Memory and RAM

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Understanding Virtual Memory and RAM

We often get asked what virtual memory is, because it seems as if many people receive errors on their computers saying they do not have enough virtual memory to complete a task. I had someone write in the other day telling me that he was trying to play a game and it keeps cutting him off in the middle of it because his PC does… Continue reading

What is System32

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

What exactly is System32?

We’ve all been getting e-mails about System32 this week and there seems to be some confusion, so let’s try to clear this up. Basically, System32 is a directory that is required on any Microsoft Windows system. So, if you use Windows, you’ve got to have System32 working in order for

What does DNS mean?

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

What does DNS mean?

DNS stands for Domain Name System (or Service or Server). Basically, the DNS system is the database that makes the Internet work. So, each time you browse a Web site or you send an e-mail, you’re using a domain name. For example, when you go to our Web site, the URL contains the domain name, which is all nice and… Continue reading

More Details in Your Columns

Friday, January 13th, 2006

We’ve talked before about adding info to properties in documents and media files. In case you missed it, head over to the tip on the Worldstart web site…

Well, did you know that in Vista and XP you make any of this info available as columns in Detail View? No? Then check this one out.

I stumbled across this after I created a folder full of… Continue reading

SaaS acronym for Software as a Service

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

The software developers are cooking up new acronyms again. You might hear about SaaS, Software as a Service. It’s also called on-demand software, but I guess ODS wasn’t catchy enough for the acronym makers. Yesterday’s Security Tip featured Windows Internet Security Center, one example of this kind of web-based application. It’s not stored on your computer, so it doesn’t take up your disk space… Continue reading

Codec or codecs defined

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Have you ever tried to play a movie or audio file, only to be met with a message saying that you need to download a codec? What IS a codec, anyways?

The word Codec stands for either Coder-Decoder or Compressor-Decompressor, depending on who you ask. There are audio, text, and video codecs. They’re used to coordinate the

VoIP defined phone internet service

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Megan from Ashtabula asks:

What is VoIP, exactly?

That’s an easy one, Megan!

In addition to being fun to say (go on, try it!), VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. It’s a method for sending voice over the Internet using TCP/IP packets. You may have heard of VoIP phone service

CVV or CVV2 defined

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

When ordering online at our software store or other places online, you may be asked for your CVV number. This three-digit number follows the last four digits of your credit card in the signature space on your card. Because it’s on the back and not raised for easy copying, we ask for the CVV number online because it means that you probably have the card in your hand… Continue reading

Beta Release Programs

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

What is a “Beta Release” of a program?

A beta release of any program or game is a version that has been through extensive in-house testing by the program developers and has been released for public use. This usually comes with very minimal support for the product and has a few different phases which focus on different areas of the program.… Continue reading

Web Design Workshop: Recycle for Speed

While designing your website, you may have noticed that you are using the same graphic images over and over throughout the site. This doesn’t mean that you are being creatively redundant. It just means that the design throughout your site is consistent. That’s good news for viewers of your site.

Using the same graphic multiple times in your site will decrease the… Continue reading

Forward Slash Backslash

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Forward slash is /, and backslash is \. Remember that the name tells me in which direction the top of the slash points. Continue reading

Alt-Tab to switch Open Windows

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Have several windows open on your desktop? Hold down the Alt key and hit Tab to go between the open items.

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Web Design: the Basics (acronyms)

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Let’s go over some basic definitions.

I’m sure you’ve come across words and acronyms on the Internet whose meanings you don’t know. 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 know what the underlined… Continue reading

Podcast 101, part 1

Friday, October 21st, 2005

One of my internet radio shows just started calling itself a podcast. What’s the difference?

Internet radio shows will “air live” at a certain time. If you miss that time, the website may or may not have an archived version. Podcasts are available at any time through archives and are attached to an RSS feed to alert subscribers when a new episode is available… Continue reading

ActiveX Controls

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

ActiveX controls are software components used by web pages to allow your browser to do something with the page, much like a Java applet. They make the website more interactive and program-like. For example, a page might have an ActiveX control to allow viewers to see a working excel spreadsheet in a webpage. Like any piece of technology, the bad guys sometimes create pages with malicious ActiveX components. That threat… Continue reading

Passport Services for password storage

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

You may hear about passports on the internet these days, but they’re not talking about international travel. MSN/Hotmail users are probably already familiar with the concept: one username and password for multiple online services. Here’s the newest twist. Passport service companies will store all of your usernames and passwords for you for some monthly fee. Then you just have to remember your username and password to the passport service, and… Continue reading

IP addresses

Friday, September 16th, 2005

What does “IP” stand for?

Outside the computer world, IP sometimes stands for Intellectual Property.

In computer lingo, IP stands for “Internet Protocol”. You’ll often see it paired with TCP, “Transmission Control Protocol.” Together, TCP/IP allow two different computers to talk back and forth over the internet.

Every computer and server (email servers, IP hosts) has an IP address.The IP… Continue reading

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?

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.

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

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