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Archive for the ‘Computer Terms’ Category



Web Site Certificates

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Can you please go over what Web site certificates are? I’m having a little trouble understanding their purpose. Thanks for all your help!

Wow, you guys come up with some really great questions! I have to tell you, the Q&A section of the newsletter is my favorite, because often times

All About WiFi

Friday, October 26th, 2007

All About WiFi

I received an e-mail the other day from a reader asking for some basic information about the term “WiFi.” After reading it, I immediately went to our archives, because I thought for sure we had done a tip on that in the past. Well, come to find out, we have done a few things on WiFi, but we’ve never covered just the basics of it… Continue reading

Terabyte

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Q:
Can you give us some information on what a terabyte is? I’ve heard it mentioned a couple times in some of the online articles I read, but I don’t know too much about it. Please fill us in!

A:
Ah, yes, the terabyte. I’m actually a little surprised that none of you have asked about this before. The term has been around for awhile, but I think… Continue reading

E-mail Harvesting

Friday, October 5th, 2007

E-mail Harvesting

Have you ever heard of the term “e-mail harvesting” before? I know some of you have, because I’ve gotten e-mails and phone calls from you about it. Well, whether you do or you don’t, it’s an important term to be familiar with and that’s exactly what I’m going to go over with you today. Obviously, e-mail harvesting has to do with your e-mail, but in what… Continue reading

API

Friday, September 14th, 2007

The API is basically a set of routines, protocols and tools that are used in the building process of software applications. Continue reading

32-Bit vs. 64-Bit

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Karen from AL. asks:

Can you tell me what the difference is between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows? I’ve tried to research it online, but I’m not getting any concrete answers, so I thought you might have some information you could share. Please help!

Fuzz Testing

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Fuzz Testing

Here’s a new term for you! It’s possible that some of you have heard of this before, but I’m guessing most of you don’t really know exactly what it means in reference to the computer world. So, I thought I would help you all out with that today and fill you in on what fuzz testing really is. Are you ready? Then let’s stop wasting time and get… Continue reading

Definition: Computer Crash

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Tell me, has your computer ever “crashed” on you? Now, tell me, was it really a computer crash or was it something else? It’s hard to be completely sure what constitutes as a computer crash, but don’t worry too much, because you’re not alone.

Basically, a “computer crash” occurs whenever a program (one that’s either an application you’ve installed on your PC or… Continue reading

Cyberspace

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Cyberspace

I’m sure you’ve all probably heard of this term in passing, but have you ever been given an exact definition of it? I mean, I know we’ve mentioned it a lot in some of our other tips, but we’ve never written a tip solely on what cyberspace is. So, that’s what I thought I would do for you today. Here we go!

Basically, cyberspace is the word that is… Continue reading

Wireless Receiver

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Wireless Receiver

Do you use a wireless keyboard or mouse? I know some of you do, because you’ve ordered them from us before! If you do, I’m sure you know that they come with a receiver. Right? Right! Well, if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, allow me to explain it a little more. Basically, the wireless receiver is the component that is used to connect your computer with… Continue reading

Firewall Basics

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Firewall Basics

We here at WorldStart have talked about firewalls before, but we have never just taken a step back and given you the basics about them. So, that’s exactly what I’m going to do for you today!

A firewall is designed to help protect your computer from being attacked by malicious users or by malicious software programs, such as viruses that use unsolicited incoming network traffic and so on… Continue reading

System Tray

Friday, July 6th, 2007

System Tray

In one of the tips I wrote last week, I happened to mention the term “system tray” and without thinking much about it, I figured most computer users know what that is. Well, when I got back into the office on Monday, I had quite a few e-mails from you all asking me about it. So, evidently I was wrong and I want to take this time to… Continue reading

All About the Volume

Friday, July 6th, 2007

All About the Volume

I was brainstorming for new tip ideas the other day and I got to thinking that we have never done a tip on the basics of your computer’s volume controls before. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, go down to your system tray and double click on the little speaker icon (it looks like this: ). A new window will then open that is… Continue reading

Dongle

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Recently, the term “dongle” (pronounced DONG-uhl) has been making its way around our office. Some of my co-workers have been seeing it on certain Web sites, but they weren’t really sure what it meant, so they’ve been asking me to look it up and write a tip on it. Plus, I figured some of you have probably heard it before as well, but maybe you don’t know what it is… Continue reading

Progress Bar

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Progress Bar

Here’s the scenario: You just typed in the address of your favorite Web site and you’ve hit the button that will start the loading process. You then wait patiently in anticipation for the site to come up so you can start using it. Now, while you’re waiting, what do you usually look at to see how much of the site has been loaded? Perhaps you look at the… Continue reading

Active Content

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Active Content

Have you ever heard of the term “active content” before? You may have seen it referenced along with some Web sites, but have you ever gotten a formal definition of it? If not, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what I’m going to give you today. Are you ready to add another computer term to your “I Know What That Means” list? Then let’s do it!

Basically, active… Continue reading

Refresh Rate Basics

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Refresh Rate Basics

So, I was looking in our computer tip archives the other day and found a tip on the term “refresh rate.” I was reading through it and although it was very helpful, it didn’t give just the basics of what the refresh rate really is. And I figured a lot of you would probably want to know, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do for you… Continue reading

Pharming

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Pharming

No, I didn’t spell it wrong! Pharming (with a “ph”) is actually a term used in the computer world. I know you’ve heard of phishing before, because we’ve talked about it in the newsletter and well, pharming sort of goes along with that. It’s just another example of how hackers try to manipulate computer users via the Internet. Keep reading for a more detailed definition.

Basically, pharming is the… Continue reading

Tooltips

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Tooltips

Did you know that everyday, at some point in time while you’re working on your computer, you’ve come across a tooltip? It’s such a common thing with computers these days and most of us probably don’t even realize it when we see one. Do you have any idea what I’m talking about yet? Well, whether you do or you don’t, come along with me as I explain what exactly… Continue reading

FireWire

Friday, May 4th, 2007

FireWire

I’m sure most of you have heard this term before, one way or another, but do you have any idea what it means? FireWire is fairly new to the computer world, so it’s understandable if you’ve never really been given a definition of it. Either way, that ends today. I’m going to do my best to give you the information you want to know, so here we go!

FireWire… Continue reading

What does “Ping” mean?

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Q:
What does the term “Ping” mean?

A:
Basically, ping is short for Packet InterNet Groper and it is a utility that is most widely used to check for network errors. It’s the main utility that is used to verify whether or not a network data packet can be sent to an address (usually an IP address) without any errors.

Now, let me try… Continue reading

Dual Boot

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Dual Boot

Did you know that you can have more than one operating system on just one single computer? If you’ve never heard of the term mentioned above in the title, you’re in for a real treat today! Now, I’m sure most of you are able to figure out (even if it’s just a little) what a dual boot is just by putting the two words together. But, what all… Continue reading

Send To

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Send To

So, what exactly is the Send To option for? Does it even have a purpose? Well, if you’ve ever wondered what the answer to that question is, then come along with me. I’ll explain everything!

One of the most powerful tools in the Windows operating systems is the right mouse button. That one little button opens up so many new options and it makes so many things so… Continue reading

Windows Explorer

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Windows Explorer

I have one more Q&A for you today. I hope you don’t mind too much!

Q:
What exactly is Windows Explorer? I’ve heard the term mentioned several times in your tips, but I’ve never gotten a good grasp as to what it is. Please explain!

A:
You know what? This question came at the most perfect possible time. It was brought to my attention… Continue reading

What is an Avatar?

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the term “avatar” before, right? Besides being a 3D movie by James Cameron, it is also a pretty common term in today’s Internet world. Still, you may have heard of it and still not know what it means or what all it entails.

This is an example of an avatar picture.

An avatar is… Continue reading

BitTorrent

Friday, March 16th, 2007

BitTorrent

The question of the day is, “What is a torrent”? And even better yet, “What is BitTorrent”? Well, as you may have guessed, the word “torrent” is derived from the term “BitTorrent.” You may have heard of these terms before, but what do they mean? BitTorrent is actually the file distribution system that the torrents (a.k.a. files) come from. So, how does all of it work? Well, allow me… Continue reading

Social Bookmarking

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Q:
What can you tell me about social bookmarking?

A:
Well, a lot actually! I know most of you have probably heard of bookmarking and some of you probably know what I’m talking about when I say social networking, but what about social bookmarking? Do those three things even have anything to do with each other? The answer to that is yes and no. Allow me to explain.… Continue reading

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