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Computer Jargon

When can a chip not be
eaten; 
when does a  bug not bite and  when can  something crash and you can’t feel
a thing? 

When it is in a computer.

You have got this far, so obviously you have some
computer ability, but ever come across a term you’re not quite sure of? Here are just a
few definitions but anyone wishing to add some more just contact us on june@hintsandthings.co.uk and we will add
them. 

These are a few of the most basic terms and


only the very tip of a huge iceberg.


TERM

EXPLANATION

BOOKMARKS

Words,
pictures, web sites etc. that have been marked in order to enable immediate access from
within a list in your browser.

BUG

An
error in hardware or software that causes it to malfunction or crash.

CD
ROM

Computer
Disc Read Only Memory

CHIP

Abbreviation
of microchip. A small piece of semiconductor material (usually silicon) soldered onto
printed circuit boards, used to carry electronic circuits

CRASH

Stops
working suddenly.

DATA
BASE

Structured
set of data/information held within the computer.

DESKTOP

What
is on the screen after booting up.

DISK

Data
storage medium e.g. floppy disk, hard disk.

EMAIL

Electronic
mail. Messages sent between computers.


FILE TRANSFER
Mr. Tim
Howe informs me this is accessing information from other computers via networks.

LAPTOP

A
portable computer.


MIME
Multipurpose Internet
Mail Extensions.  Standard for the transfer of binary email attachments.

MODEM

Device
used to convert date from analogue to digital and back again e.g. between a computer and
telephone line.

In the UK we have a shampoo advert
in which they say “and now for the scientific bit”.  They then proceed to
explain in scientific terms why their product is so good for your hair.  Well, here’s
my “scientific bit”, kindly supplied by Pete Crilly –

The term “modem” is an abbreviation for
MODulator/DEModulator, and is a device that converts a digital signal (from the computer)
into an analogue signal (audio in this case), which is sent through the telephone wires.
  At the ‘other end’ another modem receives the analogue signal, converting it back
into a digital signal and back into the computer.

MOUSE

A
device used to move the cursor on the screen.

MULTIMEDIA

An
application combining text, graphics, motion video and sound.

NETWORK

Several
computers linked together by cables, radio waves or telephone lines.

ON-LINE

Connected
to a computer or network.

PC

Personal
computer.

RAM

Random
Access Memory

ROM

Read
Only Memory. Information that cannot be altered.


SEARCH ENGINE
Once
again Mr. Tim Howe advises this is a piece of developed software to interrogate the
Internet to locate and list Internet sites from a pre-selected search argument.

SOFTWARE

Programmes
and other operating information used by the computer.

SURFING

Accessing
information from other computers via networks etc.

I am advised by Mr. Tim Howe of
Lensframe Logic Limited that “Surfing” is in fact the act of interrogating and
exploring the Internet via a search engine.

WEB
BROWSER

Software
used to gain access to the world wide web e.g. Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.

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printer terminology
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