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This Glossary is different from many others:  It’s “deeper”.  Of course, it has understandable definitions of computer terms, like what’s “skeutomorphic” or “LAMP”.  And tons of FAQs, TIPS and HOW-TOs.  However, my mind works by asking questions that I need answered:  Why did someone name their creation Hadoop or Zygbee or Yelp?  And who were the people who started these things, like the Internet or Twitter or Pantone?  Who created the first icon (Susan Kare) or the Android logo (Irina Blok) and what do they look like?  Who coined the term “cyber”space and why (William Gibson in Neuromancer)?  How did the “@” symbol get in e-mail addresses? Why was the Melissa virus so named (after a prostitute?)? Plus, more complete explanations about complex issues like Bitcoins, The Singularity, the extent of privacy on the Internet and your social networking sites, what cables and connectors look like and how viruses and spyware work.  There’s lots more than you might expect...

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As the Glossary has grown, many definitions have expanded beyond a simple sentence or two.  When that happened, or when new current topics arise, I’ve created an in-depth discussion in an article of its own, separated by topic, shown below.  Think of the Glossary as “sound bites” and the Articles as complete explanations:

In-depth discussion and photos of various computer concepts and items like drives, cables, cookies, Bitcoins, The Singularity, privacy, etc.

HARDWARE

SOFTWARE

INTERNET

WIRELESS

STATS & FACTS

BUSINESS

OTHER

ALL ABOUT SCREENS & MONITORS

WINDOWS 8 PRIMER

ALL ABOUT TWITTER

MOBILE COMPUTING

THE MAGIC NUMBER 65,536

HOW THE INTERNET HAS CHANGED MARKETING

ALL ABOUT THE SINGULARITY

ALL ABOUT COMPUTER CASES

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PASSWORDS

SPYWARE & VIRUSES SUMMARY

SOLVING WIRELESS NETWORK PROBLEMS

ALL ABOUT LIGHTNING

HOW TO DIGITALLY MARKET YOUR BUSINESS

SAMPLE EDITORIALS

ROUTERS, SWITCHES, HUBS

DOS EXPLAINED

CLOUD COMPUTING EXPLAINED

 

10 COMMANDMENTS OF COMPUTING

DO YOU WANT A  WEBSITE?

EXAMPLE TRAINING INSTRUCTIONS

CABLE PHOTOS & TYPES

LIST OF IRQs

CHOOSE BETWEEN CABLE, DSL, FIOS,  SATELLITE

WI-FI, WIGIG & WIMAX EXPLAINED

COMMON SENSE RULES OF COMPUTING

GLOSSARY  OF VIRTUALIZATION TERMS

FAMOUS NAMES IN COMPUTING

CONNECTOR PHOTOS & TYPES

LINUX PRIMER

SOCIAL NETWORKING ISSUES

TYPES OF  WIRELESS NETWORKS

THE DERIVATION OF THE @ SYMBOL

LAWS APPLICABLE TO COMPUTERS & USERS

THE LANGUAGE OF INSTANT MESSAGING

HARD DRIVES EXPLAINED

ABOUT E-MAIL

DO YOU HAVE PRIVACY?

CELL AND SMART PHONES

INTERESTING DATA ABOUT COMPUTERS

E-DISCOVERY RULES

GOOGLE SEARCH SHORTCUTS

EVERYTHING ABOUT PRINTERS + 3D/4D PRINTERS

BITS & BYTES EXPLAINED

SCAMS TO BE AWARE OF

PUBLIC vs. PRIVATE NETWORKS

SPEEDS AND STORAGE SIZES

DATA/BUSINESS RECOVERY PLANS

LIST OF EMOTICONS

RAM EXPLAINED

HOW THE REGISTRY WORKS

HOW DO COOKIES WORK

LIST OF COMMON TCP/IP SOCKET NOS

DOES P = NP?

 

COMPUTING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

SPLITTERS & TAPS EXPLAINED

WHAT ARE TAGS & QR CODES

HOAXES TO BE AWARE OF

SMART PHONES

WHAT MAKES A COMPUTER FAST

 

ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?

THE EARLY COMPUTERS

BACKUP & RESTORE EXPLAINED

10 RULES OF THE INTERNET

DIGITAL CAMERAS EXPLAINED

 

 

WHAT’S THIS ABOUT BITCOINS?

ABOUT TABLETS, PADS, and  E-READERS

BIG DATA & QUANTS

HISTORY OF THE INTERNET

 

 

 

BINARY COMPUTERS, ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM

LAPTOPS

TYPES OF COMPUTER MEMORY

THE INTERNET OF THINGS

 

 

 

LEAKS & WHISTLE BLOWERS

ALL ABOUT KEYBOARDS

ENCRYPTION

INTERNET TRANSMISSION PROTOCOLS

 

 

 

HACKER HALL OF FAME

MAC KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

PROGRAMMING

NSA SPY PROGRAMS

 

 

 

How do I...?

USB, FIREWIRE, THUNDERBOLT

HOW DOES A COMPUTER COMPUTE?

 

 

 

 

MAKE YOUR OWN CABLES

RASPBERRY PI

COMMON CELL PHONE PORTS

 

 

 

 

DO YOU HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO PRIVACY?

TELEPHONE, VoiP

HOW TO SHARE FILES OVER A  NETWORK

 

 

 

 

HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN COMPUTER

CAT CABLES

EASTER EGGS, FEATURES & BUGS

 

 

 

 

TROUBLESHOOTING HOME THEATRE CONNECTIONS

ETHERNET CABLES

 

 

 

 

 

PIONEERING WOMEN IN COMPUTERS

WHO INVENTED COMPUTERS?

 

 

 

 

 

DO I REALLY NEED A COMPUTER?  HOW DO I BUY ONE?

WHAT’S GOOGLE GLASS

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTRICAL TERMS

STORAGE MEDIA

 

 

 

 

 

MATH DEFINITIONS

BOARDS & CHIPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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