STREAMING-A technology that allows a sound or video file on a Web page to begin playing as soon as the beginning of the file arrives. Without streaming, the entire file (file sizes are very large for sound and video) must be downloaded before anything can happen.
MPEG-(Moving Pictures Experts Group) An ISO committee that generates standards for digital video compression and audio.
MPEG-1: The first MPEG format for compressed video, optimized for CD-ROM. MPEG-1 was designed for the transmission rates of about 1.5 Mbps achievable with Video-CD and CD-i.
MPEG-2:A variant of the MPEG video and audio compression algorithm and file format, optimized for broadcast quality video. MPEG-2 was designed to transmit interlaced images at 4 Mbps.
MPEG-3: was intended as an extension of MPEG-2 to cater for HDTV but was eventually merged into MPEG-2.
MP-3(MPEG-1 audio layer 3)-A digital audio compression algorithm that achieves a compression factor of about twelve while preserving sound quality.
Flame - An angry or rude e-mail message, often posted as a public response on a discussion group.
Flame troll-Outrageous statement posted in the hope of provoking flames.
Flame War-A heated exchange. When an online discussion degenerates into a series of personal attacks.
Front door -The entry page to a Web site.
GIF-Graphic Internet Format (pronounced "jiff") - a picture format that is very common on the web.
HTML-(Hypertext Markup Language) - The specification used to write and display Web pages over the Internet.
HTTP-(Hypertext Transfer Protocol) - The system used to transfer WWW pages over the Internet.
Home page-A person's private page on the internet.
Hits-A term used to describe the accessing of a World Wide Web page.
JPEG- (Joint Photographic Experts Group) - This is an image file format used on the web, usually for photos.
LINK-A connection. The pointer, the underlined text, which leads to a file or another html page on the web. The backbone of web surfing enabling persons to travel from one web site to another by simply clicking on the link.
Lurking- To observe an online discussion without participating.
Delurking-Getting up the courage to actually post a message to a Usenet newsgroup where you've been lurking.
Mail server-This is any computer on the Net that offers e-mail services.
Mail Bomb: Hundreds or thousands of e-mail messages sent to the same address, sometimes to the central posting address of a discussion group causing an avalanche effect and can bring down a server with the heavy load it causes.