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  • A
  • Application
    • This term is often used to describe programs that run on a computer.

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  • B
  • Browser
    • A browser is a software application or program that runs on your computer and interprets HTML as it receives it to form web pages. Examples include Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.
  • Bespoke
    • Designed in a customized or personalized fashion to suit the client.

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  • C
  • CPU or Central Processing Unit
    • This is the centre of your computer system. It does all the calculations. Examples include Intel Pentium and PowerPC chips
  • Chip
  • D
  • Domain Name
    • This is the term used to describe the address of your web site on the Internet. It will usually take the form www.yourdomain.co.uk. The term refers only to the last part (yourdomain.co.uk). It identifies you on the Internet, and all you mail will be sent through it. Domain name are registered by a central body responsible in each country.

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  • E
  • email
    • email is a messaging system that can use several protocols (POP & SMTP & IMAP) to send and receive electronic messages. These message can contain text, graphics or file attachments. You will use a program or application called a Mail Client such as Microsoft Outlook Express to send, receive and manage email.

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  • F
  • FTP or File Transfer Protocol
    • FTP is a common protocol used to transfer files between computers on the Internet. Its most common use is publishing files on the Web.
  • File (n)
    • File is a term used to describe data stored from an application. A file is usually associated with an application. When you save a Word document and call it "hello.doc", hello.doc is a file.

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  • G
  • Generic:
    • Meaning default or 'common'. We use generic to describe a template that is used across all sites to start with. It has no individuality.
  • GUI or Graphic User Interface
    • Pronounced 'gooey' the GUI is what you see on your computer screen. It provides a method of interaction with your computer whether it be typing or drawing or sending email. Most applications will have their own GUI

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  • H
  • HTTP & HTTPS
    • HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. It is the method in which web pages are transmitted (transferred from the server) to your browser. (See Protocol)
  • HTML
    • HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. This is the programming language used to write web pages. You can see what it looks like by clicking "View Source" in your edit menu above.
  • Hardware
    • Hardware is a word used to describe the physical components of your computer such as your monitor, mouse, keyboard, or internal components such as your hard drive, RAM, or processor.
  • Hard Drive or Hard Disk
    • Refers to a non-removable, large capacity storage unit that resides inside your computer. It often stores key operational information including your operating system.

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  • Internet
    • The Internet is a community of computers that are all connected to one another. The Internet is a term that incorporates several technologies including the Web, email and ftp. [MORE>>>]

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  • M
  • Microsoft
    • Global computer firm producing software for computers.

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  • O
  • Operating System or OS
    • Your operating system is what makes your computer run and provides a Graphic User Interface (or GUI) to help you manage files and run applications. Example are Microsoft Window XP, 98, 95, Unix, Linux, and Mac OS.

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  • P
  • Protocol
    • Set of rules defining how two computers communicate.
  • Processor
    • Abbreviation for CPU.
  • PDF (Portable Document Format)
    • Document created to be read using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Common format as reader is freely available and file sizes are low.

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  • R
  • RAM or Random Access memory
    • This is a piece of hardware (a chip) inside your computer that is used to store data while you are using your computer. It is much faster than a Hard Disk but it is erased each time you turn your computer off.

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  • S
  • Software
    • Broad term that encompasses applications and programs. Software generally refers to anything that has been coded or written to run on a computer.
  • Silicon Chip
    • Very small electronic device used to process digital information

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  • W
  • WEB or World Wide Web or WWW
    • This term is used to describe the magazine style content that is distributed over the Internet and viewed using a Web Browser.
  • Word
    • Word or Microsoft Word is a common word processing or text editing tool used on many computers.
  • WAP
    • Stands for Wireless Application Protocol which is used to display web sites on mobile phones.

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