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There are a lot of technical terms used in the IT and web development industries which the layman may not be entirely familiar with.
While we always strive to use plain English when talking to clients, there are inevitably occasions whereby we have to use computer terminology. So, to help you make sense of some of the jargon used in the computer world, we have compiled this handy glossary of techie terms and web speak. We hope it helps to make things a bit clearer!
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. Broadband technology which allows faster data transmission over a normal telephone line (i.e., a traditional line using copper wire). It effectively splits the line in two, allowing telephone calls and Internet connection to be made simultaneously. Download speeds are faster than upload, making it ideal for home Broadband connection.
See Google AdWords.
A popular eCommerce website. It originally began as an online book store but now sells a wide variety of products to Internet users all over the world. Members can also sell their own products through Amazon.
A program which is used to prevent spam emails from being received. It works principally by blocking emails that feature trigger specific words (for example, ‘Viagra’), although other methods exist. It is not foolproof and can sometimes block legitimate emails accidentally.
A piece of software designed to perform a specific task or set of tasks.
The storage of data from a hard drive to another data storage device such as a portable hard drive or an offsite server in order to prevent loss of data in the event of destruction of or damage to the computer.
Computer technology which can identify an individual by unique physical characteristics, for example their fingerprints, or behavioural characteristics, such as the way they speak.
Communications technology which allows for multiple high-speed data transmission over a single medium (e.g. a telephone line).
See web browser.
A specific part of the memory of a computer which is used for temporary storage of frequently used data, allowing it to be retrieved more quickly. It is typically used to store web pages that you have visited previously, so that they can be accessed more quickly if you visit that website again.
Also known as Cat 5 or Cat 5e cable. A type of cable containing twisted pairs of copper wires. Cat 5 cable is mainly used in computer networks and voice transmission and is designed for high signal integrity.
Also known as Cat 6 or Cat 6a cable. A type of cable containing twisted pairs of copper wires. Cat 6 cable is mainly used in computer networks and voice transmission which can carry much higher frequency signals than Category 5 cable.
A compact disc that is designed for use as a data storage device.
Cascading Style Sheets. A method used when building a website that ensures styles such as colours, layouts and fonts are uniform across the site. Using CSS to construct a site also helps to prevent the source code of web pages from becoming cluttered.
An on-screen image, usually an arrow or vertical line, which is moved using a mouse and used to interact with elements on the screen.
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