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AdSense

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

AdSense

After mentioning this term in one of the tips last week, I received several e-mails from all of you wondering what exactly it is. I’m sure most of you can figure out that it has something to do with advertisements, but what else does it entail? Where does the term come from, etc., etc.? Those are all good questions and I’m here to answer them for you right now!… Continue reading

Zero-Day Defined

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Zero-Day Defined

Have you heard of the term Zero-Day before? You may have, but do you know what all a Zero-Day flaw entails? The term itself isn’t very complicated to understand once you know the bottom line of what makes them exist, but if you ever just wanted a simple definition of a Zero-Day flaw, today is your day. That’s exactly what I’m going to give you right now!

These… Continue reading

ISO Images

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

ISO Images

Ever wonder what this term involves? You may know that it has something to do with the digital world, but what exactly does it entail? Well, I’m here to fill you in today!

First of all, an ISO image is known as a .iso file and it is just another term for a disk image or any optical disk image. It’s basically an exact copy of an already… Continue reading

WGA

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Q:
What exactly is Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage? I had a problem with it the other day and I would like to know more about it. Please help!

A:
Yes, this happens quite often. I’m sure you’re not the only one who has been struck by the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) pop up balloon and I know you won’t be the last. Basically, the WGA is… Continue reading

Hijack Mania

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Q:
What exactly is a hijack and are there different kinds that I should look out for when I’m using my computer?

A:
That’s a wonderful question! I’m actually quite surprised that we’ve never gone over this in a tip before. With that in mind, now is the perfect time to do so. Like any virus or piece of spyware that invades your computer, a hijack is similar… Continue reading

Webisode

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Webisode

Have you ever heard of a webisode? It’s a new term that is on the rise in the world of computers. Chances are, if you already know about it, you either heard it on the Internet or maybe you even heard someone talking about it on TV or the radio. So, let’s learn a little more about this up and coming technology, shall we?!

Basically, a webisode is exactly… Continue reading

DRM

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Timothy from IL asks:

I ran into the letters DRM the other day and I have no idea what they mean. Can you help?

DRM is short for Digital Rights Management and it mainly deals with copyright protection issues on CDs, DVDs, etc. DRM is the technology that publishers

NTLDR

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

NTLDR

Have you ever run into the “NTLDR is missing; press any key to restart” error when you’re booting up your computer? I hadn’t either until the other day and I wondered what it meant, so I found out and I thought I would tell you all about it too. First of all, NTLDR is short for NT Loader. It’s basically the boot loader for Windows NT, along with the… Continue reading

Serial/COM Port

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Q:
What is a serial port and is it any different than a COM port?

A:
This can be a little confusing, so I’m glad you asked. We have touched on this topic before, but it wasn’t a very in depth description, so I do believe it’s time we change that! And that’s what I’m here to do for you all today. Keep reading to learn all about… Continue reading

Jewel Cases

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Jewel Cases

Have you ever heard of the term jewel case? You may have seen it mentioned in some of our advertisements that we include in the newsletters. Often times, our software programs come packaged in a jewel case. Know what I’m talking about now?

Well, either way, a jewel case is the two piece plastic case that CDs come in. Okay, I’m sure you know what I’m referring to… Continue reading

Mail To

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Mail To

Are you an avid Web page designer? Well, maybe you’re not a complete pro yet, but you like to experiment with the different features that your Web site program (FrontPage, Dreamweaver, etc.) offers, right? Well, we all know that it takes a lot to put a Web page together and every program does things a little differently, but there is one thing that always stays the same within… Continue reading

Programmers

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Programmers

Have you ever wondered who creates the computer programs and other software you use on a daily basis? Especially if it’s a program you really enjoy using? Don’t you just wish you knew who made such a great piece of software? Well, I can’t give out any names, but I can tell you that those people are called computer programmers. Here’s a little about them.

Programmers, also referred to… Continue reading

Boot Disk

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Boot Disk

So, what is a boot disk? Well, first of all, a boot disk is also often referred to as a bootable disk, so don’t think they are two different things. Basically, a boot disk is just a disk that a computer can use to boot up or start from. Normally, computers boot up from the internal hard drive, but there are other options, such as a floppy disk… Continue reading

HTML vs. Plain Text

Friday, September 29th, 2006

HTML vs. Plain Text

Ever since I mentioned these two terms in a tip last week, I’ve come to the conclusion that some of you aren’t sure what the difference is between them. How do they differ? How do they effect your computing life and why am I even going over this? Well, keep reading and I do believe you will see!

Basically, the differences between HTML and plain text… Continue reading

TCP

Friday, September 29th, 2006

TCP

I mentioned the term TCP Protocol in another tip last week and I got to thinking that some of you may not know what it means. We’ve also used it in some of the other tips we’ve done in the past, so I figured it would be a good idea to give you all a little definition of it today.

TCP stands for Transmission Control Protocol and it deals… Continue reading

Datagrams

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Datagrams

Have you ever heard of datagrams? It’s not a term that comes around too often, so you may not have, but you won’t be able to say that anymore, because I’m here to tell you what they are! The easiest way to understand datagrams is to think of them as a type of communication that is used within the Internet.

Datagrams are often referred to as packets as well… Continue reading

AVI

Friday, September 15th, 2006

AVI

We’ve been talking a lot about different computer terms lately, so I thought I would finish the week off with one more. Have you ever heard of AVI? Maybe you know it as Audio Video Interleave. Either way, it is the term used to describe a multimedia format for videos used on computers. AVI was introduced by Microsoft back in 1992 and has stuck around ever since.

AVI files… Continue reading

Vlog

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Vlog

You’ve heard of a blog, right? Maybe you even have your own that you share with your friends and family over the Internet. So, what about a vlog? Have you heard of that? To be honest, I never heard of it until just the other day, but it intrigued me, so I thought I would share the news with all of you wonderful people too!

A vlog is short… Continue reading

Bitmap

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Bitmap

We used this term in yesterday’s digital photography tip and I got to thinking that some of you may not even know what a bitmap is. So, I figured I would share the definition with you all today! How does that sound? Okay, here we go!

Basically, all of the digital photos that you take with your digital camera are composed completely of bitmaps when you first place them… Continue reading

Wikis

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Q:
I heard the term “wikis” the other day. What does that mean?

A:
Ah, yes, the famous wikis term. I love this question, so thank you very much for asking. I think I love this question so much because of the answer, which just happens to be something I myself use quite often. It seems as if different types of wikis have been popping up all over… Continue reading

Define IM

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Define IM

I know we’ve done some tips on this term before, but we’ve never really explained to you what it exactly is, so I thought I would do that for you today. First of all, IM stands for instant message and it is also known as IMing, like instant messaging. It basically is the most popular way to talk to your friends and family over the Internet.

You do… Continue reading

AGP

Friday, September 8th, 2006

AGP

You may or may not have heard of this term, but either way, AGP stands for Accelerated Graphics Port. Now, you’re probably wondering why I’m bringing it to your attention, right? Well, basically the AGP helps the way your computer communicates with your graphics card, in turn, enhancing both the look and the speed of the graphics you work with on your computer.

The AGP feature even goes beyond… Continue reading

Knowledge Base

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Knowledge Base

Have you ever heard of this term? It’s not used a lot, but it does have something to do with computers, so it’s helpful to know about it. Basically, a knowledge base is a special kind of database for knowledge management within a computer. It holds all of the computerized information for a system and it is able to retrieve the knowledge as well.

There are two major… Continue reading

DOS File Name Structure

Friday, September 1st, 2006

You may know that DOS files are stored in directories or subdirectories. Well, in today’s Windows world, directories are called folders and when talking about DOS, specific rules apply to creating and naming those files and directories.

DOS uses what is called an 8.3 file naming structure, otherwise known as eight dot three. This simply means that a file name can be up to eight characters long and have a… Continue reading

Uploading

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Uploading, to the regular computer user, mainly deals with photos, but the term is also used with other files like documents and music, too. Basically, uploading is the transfer of a file from your computer to another system via the Internet. You can also upload files from your computer to a server over a local area network (LAN) or an FTP server.… Continue reading

GUI

Friday, August 18th, 2006

GUI

What is GUI, you may be asking? Well, it stands for graphical user interface and after talking about a standard user interface last week, I’ve gotten some request e-mails from you all to tell a little about a GUI. For starters, GUI is pronounced “gooey,” so that’s a little bit of an easier way to keep it all straight.

Basically a GUI is the method of working with your… Continue reading

User Interface

Friday, August 11th, 2006

User Interface

We tend to use this term quite a bit in our tips, but do you really understand what all is behind it? First of all, you should know that every time you use a new software program or any new application on your computer, you are experiencing the user interface. Basically, an interface allows you, the user, to interact with any program, any device or any other tools… Continue reading

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