DOWNLOAD-To retrieve a file (document, picture, sound, or program) electronically from a remote computer to your personal computer.
DOWNLOAD TIME-The time it takes to get something from the Net on to your computer.
BANDWIDTH-How much stuff you can send through a connection. Usually measured in bits-per-second. A full page of English text is about 16,000 bits.
BANDWIDTH HOG-A page or program that requires a lot of data to be downloaded before use
Bps-(Bits-Per-Second)-A measurement of how fast data is moved from one place to another. A 28.8 modem can move 28,800 bits per second.
ISDN-(Integrated Services Digital Network)
Basically a way to move more data over existing regular phone lines. It can provide speeds of roughly 128,000 bits-per-second over regular phone lines.
T-1-A leased-line connection capable of carrying data at 1,544,000 bits-per-second. That is still not fast enough for full-screen, full-motion video, for which you need at least 10,000,000 bits-per-second. T-1 is the fastest speed commonly used to connect networks to the Internet.
T-3-A leased-line connection capable of carrying data at 44,736,000 bits-per-second. This is more than enough to do full-screen, full-motion video.
DEMOWARE-This is a crippled version of a retail copy of software. Crippled mean that in some way the functionality of the program has been reduced enough to make the program marginally useful.
SHAREWARE-Computer programs that are available, usually without cost, on a trial basis. After a specified time period the author requests payment if you continue to use the program.
FREEWARE-Freeware is free, completely, no strings attached.
PATCHES/UPGRADES -Patches and Upgrades are not usually complete programs. Basically a patch or upgrade requires that you already have a particular piece of software on your computer. The patch will alter the software, either correcting a mistake in the system, or adding additional functionality to the software.
PLUG-INS- A (usually small) piece of software that adds features to a larger piece of software. Common examples are plug-ins for your browser such as sound players and video players. Adobe PhotoShop also uses plug-ins.
UPLOAD- Opposite of download. This is when you send files from your computer to be stored and used on another computer on the Net. All the files on this site had to be "uploaded" to Tripod in order for you to view them.
VIEWER-These are programs that allow you to see all the wonderful things on the Net besides text. With the right viewers you can see various kinds of graphics, videos, play sound files, and view virtual reality sites. Many of these are already included with the newer browser versions, or available as plug-ins.
ZIP - One of the most commonly used compression formats for PC and UNIX based computers.
Emoticons- Also known as Smileys) Faces made using keyboard symbols to convey emotions.. Example.. The sign :-) is "I'm Happy!"