The following definitions and descriptions (in alphabetical order) are provided for words that
relate to the Internet. If a word is used in a definition and
that particular word has already been defined here, it will be listed in italicized red. If you think of any appropriate Internet
related words that are not listed here please email them to email@example.com.
Broadband - Is a category that that describes high
speed Internet access services such as DSL, ISDN, or
Browser - Is a software
program that allows someone to look at web sites and other Internet information on the World Wide Web. The two most common ones in use today are
Netscape's Navigator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
Cache - Copies of web sites are stored on your local
machine to speed up the re-accessing of those particular sites. In short, caching speeds
up access to web sites that you have recently visited.
Computer Files - Are
electronic data. These can be games, text files, programs, pictures
or other forms of electronic data.
Download - The process of receiving or taking computer
files from another computer and putting them on your computer.
DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) - Is a type of broadband
technology that allows for high speed Internet access. DSL is 50 to 100 times
faster than a 56k modem. It is dedicated access, meaning that a user is connected 24/7. A
nice feature of DSL is that it does not tie up your existing phone line like a modem does.
E-Commerce - Is software that allows for credit card transactions to be
processed through the web. E-Commerce allows customers to securely purchase products
over the web using credit cards.
E-mail (Electronic Mail) - Is one of the more popular services on the Internet. Instead of sending regular
mail, you can send electronic data to other people, including text, images, and other
files. It is cheaper and much faster than sending regular mail. In order to receive email
you need an email address. Pacific Online provides Global Email which allows you to check your
email anywhere in the world from a computer connected to the Internet. You can access this at http://mx.pon.net
E-mail Address - Is your own personal identifer when sending and
receiving email. A
typical email address looks like the following: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send an email to Mr. Doe and he will reply.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) - Allows users to send
and receive computer files between computers, or two
Internet sites. See also the Upload and Download definitions.
Hardware - Are the physical components of a computer system. Contrast
with software. Examples are a computer, modem,
printer, monitor, network card, router, RAM.
Home Page - This refers to the main page on a web site. What is our
home page? Answer: www.pon.net
HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) - Is the language used for creating all
the web sites that are available on the world wide web. Today if you wanted to create your
own web site, you do not need to know HTML. There are programs such as Front Page, that
allow you to create web sites without prior knowledge of HTML.
Intranet - Is not to be confused with Internet (see
below). This is a network for internal use only.
Internet - Is a collection of many thousands of inter-connected networks.
ISP (Internet Service Provider) An ISP like Pacific Online www.pon.net provides a user with a connection to the
LAN (Local Area Network) - Is two or more computers linked together
so that information can be passed between them. A LAN can be as few as two computers,
however there are often many computers in a single LAN. Many businesses, offices or entire
office floors use a LAN.
Ping - Sends varying amounts of data to a specific location in order to
test if that location is available and online. Ping also provides response times of a
particular site (is it slow or fast). Often you hear ping used in association with pinging
another web site to see if it is online and what its response time is.
POP (Post Office Protocol) - Is a system of how the Internet picks up email addressed to you, and downloads it to your computer.
POP (Point of Presence)
PPP (Point to Point Protocol) - Is the method for connecting a computer
to the Internet via a phone line.
Search Engine - A website that allows you to search for particular bits
of information on the Internet. You can think of
search engines like online encyclopedias.
Server - Is simply another computer or software package that provides a
particular service for a user. Examples are a mail server, file server, FTP server.
Shareware - This is software that
is free for distribution. The author of the software expects no payment.
Shockwave - A program that allows you to view multimedia and action on
web sites. Instead of being static these web sites are dynamic.
SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) - This
is how email
is delivered between computers on the Internet.
An SMTP server is where you would send your email
before it is delivered to your desired recipient.
Software - Electronic programs that provide a service are considered
software. Software are programs that are run on computers. Examples are word processing
programs, games, and browsers among many others.
Spam - The Internet's version of
Start Page - The initial web page your browser
displays when it is first opened. You can set your browser to
load up a particular start page if you like.
T1 / DS1 (1.5Mbit high speed connection)
Telephony - The ability to place phone calls using your computer
Upload - The process of sending files from your computer to another
URL (Uniform Resource Locator) - This is the standard method for
providing a web address. If someone asks for our URL, we give them www.pon.net
WWW (World Wide Web) - Is a system that allows users to travel through
linked documents. It is the system that allows you to travel between web sites, from one
link to another.