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basic computer terms and definitions

browser A software program that lets you explore the World Wide Web to find text, graphics, sound, movies, games, chats and more.
cable A a long, rubber-coated bundle of wires, with plugs on either end, that connects computer parts.
CD-ROM A round, shiny portable disk that stores large amounts of software and information.
chat A way people in different places can "talk" to each other by typing their words into a computer.
computer An electronic machine that 1) takes in data and instructions (input) 2) works with the data (processing) 3) puts out information (output)
cursor A blinking line or shape on the screen that tells you where the next character will go.
e-mail Stands for "electronic mail." It's a way of sending messages from one computer to another. You send a message to someone, with attachments such as photos or files, using a modem or network.
download To get a file from someone else's computer, over a network, and save it on your own computer or floppy disk.
icon A tiny picture on the screen that represents a program, file or folder.
Internet Millions of computers around the world connected to each other.
URL The address of a website on the World Wide Web.
World Wide Web (WWW) The part of the Internet that consists of pages (documents) linked to each other around the world. These pages have pictures, sounds, and more.
scanner A device that "takes a picture" of something and turns it into a computerized image.
network A number of computers connected together to share information and hardware.
monitor The TV-like part of the computer that you look at to see information.
peripheral A hardware device that is connected to a computer, usually by a cable.
printer A device for producing text and images on paper.
keyboard A hardware device consisting of a number of buttons (keys) which the user presses to input characters to a computer.
mouse The device used to move an on-screen pointer that's normally shaped like an arrow.
software The programs that run on a computer.
hardware The parts of a computer system that you can touch, like keyboards and mice, output devices like printers and monitors, storage devices like disk drives, and the computer itself.
hard drive A round, metal platter in the computer; it stores large amounts of information.
blog An online journal, the name stands for web log.
wiki A website that anyone can edit.
RSS A way to subscribe to feeds from blogs, news, audio and video posts.
bookmark The process of saving a URL in your Web browser. Allows the user to return to a particular site or entry by making a record of it.
GIF Graphical Interchange Format is a commonly used graphics file format for image files on the Internet.
home page The main page of hypertext-based information for n individual or organization on the World Wide Web (WWW).
login The process entering in information related to an account name and its password in order to access a computer.
netiquette The unwritten "rules" of etiquette used on the Internet.
password Secret code of letters and numbers needed to gain access to a computer or to protect Web pages.
search engine A tool or program which allows keyword searching for relevant sites or information on the Internet.
upload Transferring a file or files from the user's computer to a remote computer.
jpg The most common format for storing and transmitting photographic images on the World Wide Web.
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