56K Speed at which many modems will run. 56K is short for 56Kbps and is the current top-speed modem available. The taster the speed, the quicker you will be able to download web pages, for example.
Address Also known as URL.Websites need an address so that your browser knows how to locate them among the millions of other sites on the internet.So it's important to type them out exactly as they're written.
American Standard Code for Information Interchange.
A text code that is used to identify characters in text and
AGP Accelerated Graphics Port.Port on your PC which allows high-speed graphics,ideal for game playing.
A two state system which uses 1 and 0 as symbols.The basis
logic,arithmetic and coding of symbols.A binary digit is called a
Bookmark Word or picture 'marked' so you can jump to it by name from within a bookmark list.Used by browsers to mark frequently visited websites..
Browser The program that lets
you view web pages on the internet. The two most popular are
Room A bit like the premium rate chat lines you see advertised
on late night TV,although most won't cost you and arm and a leg
to join in. On the internet, chat rooms enable groups of people
to type messages to each other in real-time.
Cursor A flashing shape on the screen that shows you where the next character you type in will appear.When entering text,the cursor is normally a flashing vertical bar.
CRT Cathode Ray Tube. The glass tube used to produce the picture in a normal computerscreens and television sets.
utility that reorganises (defragments) files and parts of files on your hard
disk - puts fragmented files back together.
Downloaded A file obtained from a website,usually by clicking a word or icon on the webpage.
DPI Dots per inch. A measure of th equality of an image.The bigger the number, the higher the quality.
Desktop Publishing. A type of software
that allows you to arrange text and illustrations on a page.Often
used to lay out magazines.
Software that sits between Windows and a
peripheral and translates the
instructions from Windows into a form that the peripheral
E-commerce The word given to selling goods and services over the internet.
Encryption Documents where the
is turned into a code.A key to this code is required to make
the data readable again.
Firewire A super-fast data link between your PC and devices such as digital camcorders.
Floppy disk Small removable disk for transferring files from PC to PC.
Card The part
of a PC that controls the screens image.Most PCs are fitted
with 2D cards as standard - which is all that Windows 95 needs
-but many new games require a 3D graphics cards instead.
disk A high-capacity storage device that a PC uses for programs
and data, measured in gigabytes. Intormation held on a hard disk is safe
when the power is withdrawn.
Internet Wizard A helpful online 'assistant' designed to guide you step-by-step, through a potentially complex process.
By aligning two infra red ports - these usually look like
a rectangular piece of black plastic -you can exchange data using
nothing but a beam of infra red light.
special language used on websites to create advanced effects,
such as animated sequences and interactive buttons and menus.
Kb Measure of capacity of a storage device.Equal to 1,024 bytes.
Link/Hyperlink If you click on one of these you'll jump electronically from the webpage you're looking at,to the one that the link 'points' to.Typically,links appear on web pages as blue text,but any object on a page can be a link.When the cursor passes over a link it changes from an arrow to a pointing hand.
Log on Another way of saying 'connect' when talking about the internet. After turning on your computer, you may decide to log on to the internet.
Mhz (Megahertz) A measure of how fast the processor in your PC works.For example,a 500Mhz processor carries out 500 million operations per second.
Instrument Digital Interface.A standardised set of digital messages
which specify which note you have pressed,how loud it is,and how
long you hold it down.
MP3 A standard for digitally compressing music,meaning music files created using MP3 aren't nearly as big as other types of music files.This means they can be downloaded quickly from the internet onto your hard disk or onto portable MP3 players.
MS-DOS Microsoft Disk Operating System.The standardised operating system before Windows.Manages how files are stored on your PC.
A way of connecting serveral computers so that
they can share data.
Operating System The software that controls the actions of different parts of your computers,PCs run the Windows operating system,Apple computers run t the Macintosh Operating System.
Plug-in A small program that allows additional features not available in HTML to be embedded in your webpage.
The chip that is the 'brain' of the computer.
The faster the processor,the better the computer will perform.
Any external device such as a printer,modem or scanner that
requires driver files to be installed
PDA A personal hand held computer that maybe able to be docked to a PC to transfer files back and forth.
Portal A website that offers variety of services and resources,such as email,chat,search engines and online shopping.
Random Access Memory.Volatile memory which stores temporary
information such as that held by the screen or where programs reside.
ROM Read Only Memory.Non-volatile memory which stores permanent information so that the computer knows how to do things even when switched off.
Syndication.A method of news item transfer.
A device that lets you copy samples,repeat them,edit
them and play around with their order.Software sequencers are almost like
wordprocessors for sounds,with facilities like drag-and -drop copying.MIDI
sequencers are for playing music using the
Scripts Programs that run on the web server to make your site interactive,collecting email addresses,for example,orlooking up information in a database.
Dedicated computer which provides service to
a network of other PCs.On the internet,a server stores webpages.
Typeface Sometimes called fonts,there are thousands of different typefaces available,each with their own individual letter shapes and characteristics.
USB Universal Serial Bus.A serial Interface system for connecting external devices,such as printers and scanners to a PC.
URL Universal Resource Locator. Usually starting with http:// or www this is the websites address. As long as your computer is hooked up via a modem and an ISP it can find any website,via the internet.
Utilities Programs that augment the Windows operating system in some small way by performing specific tasks on your PC,such as optimising memory use by compressing disk space.
Virus A destructive program that is hidden in other files and programs that can disable your PC once activated.They are usually transferred via the internet and can only be removed with anti-virus software.
Wireless Application Protocol. A secure method
that allows users to access data instantl via handheld wireless
devices,like mobile phones and pagers.
Windows Microsoft's operating system which controls the various parts of your PC -monitor - ,peripherals,keyboards,hard disk etc.The current versionXP and 2000.Older versions are 98,95 and 3.1.
Wizard A helpful "assistant" designed to guide you,step-by-step,through a potentially complex process..
Registry A file on your hard drive which
tells Windows what hardware and software you have installed on your