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STAY UP-TO-DATE ABOUT NEW HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE AND IMMEDIATE THREATS

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A BASELINE FOR KEEPING YOUR COMPUTER RUNNING SMOOTHLY, VIRUS AND MALWARE FREE

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WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO, DON’T DO

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HOW TO GET YOUR COMPUTER TO DO WHAT YOU WANT IT TO DO

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EXHAUSTIVE DEFINITIONS ABOUT EVERYTHING COMPUTER, TV & PHONE

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WHY USE US? UNSOLICITED PRAISE!

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HOW DO I...?

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EXPLANATIONS ABOUT COMPUTING, TV, PHONES AND HOW THEY WORK

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LONGER EXPLANATIONS THAT ARE JUST TOO COMPLEX TO DISCUSS IN A GLOSSARY DEFINITION

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E-MAIL, PHONE, INSTANT APPOINTMENT

THE MAJORITY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS SITE IS FOUND IN THE GLOSSARY, WHICH CONTAINS NOT JUST DEFINITIONS, BUT LOGOS, HISTORY, PEOPLE AND CURRENT TRENDS FOR THE ENTRIES:

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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 cross-references to helpful FAQs, TIPS and HOW-TOs.  My mind works by asking curious 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 (see the NAMES page)?  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 (see the ARTICLES page) 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...

HARDWARE

SOFTWARE

INTERNET

WIRELESS

STATS & FACTS

BUSINESS

OTHER

ALL ABOUT SCREENS & MONITORS

WINDOWS 8 & WINDOWS 10 PRIMERS

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

TYPES OF  WIRELESS NETWORKS

ALL ABOUT LIGHTNING

HOW TO DIGITALLY MARKET YOUR BUSINESS

SAMPLE EDITORIALS

ROUTERS, SWITCHES, HUBS

DOS EXPLAINED

CLOUD COMPUTING EXPLAINED

CELL AND SMART PHONES

10 COMMANDMENTS OF COMPUTING

DO YOU WANT A  WEBSITE?

EXAMPLE TRAINING INSTRUCTIONS

CABLE PHOTOS & TYPES

LIST OF IRQs

CHOOSE BETWEEN CABLE, DSL, FIOS,  SATELLITE

CELL PHONE DEFINITIONS

COMMON SENSE RULES OF COMPUTING

GLOSSARY  OF VIRTUALIZATION TERMS

FAMOUS NAMES IN COMPUTING

CONNECTOR PHOTOS & TYPES

LINUX PRIMER

SOCIAL NETWORKING ISSUES

COMMON CELL PHONE PORTS

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?

LIST OF COMMON TCP/IP SOCKET NOS

INTERESTING DATA ABOUT COMPUTERS

E-DISCOVERY RULES

GOOGLE SEARCH and GOOGLE NOW 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

SOLVING WIRELESS NETWORK PROBLEMS

DOES P = NP?

HOW TO SELL TO MILLENNIALS

COMPUTING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

SPLITTERS & TAPS EXPLAINED

WHAT ARE TAGS & QR CODES

HOAXES TO BE AWARE OF

 

WHAT MAKES A COMPUTER FAST

SO YOU THINK YOU WANT YOUR OWN BUSINESS

ARE YOU BEING WATCHED?

THE EARLY COMPUTERS

BACKUP & RESTORE EXPLAINED

10 RULES OF THE INTERNET

 

 

 

WHAT’S THIS ABOUT BITCOINS?

 

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?

HOW TO TRACE E-MAILS & WEB PAGES

 

 

 

MAKE YOUR OWN CABLES

RASPBERRY PI

VPNs

EVERYTHING “Wi”

 

 

 

DO YOU HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO PRIVACY?

TELEPHONE, VoiP

HOW TO SHARE FILES OVER A  NETWORK

QUANTUM COMPUTING

 

 

 

HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN COMPUTER

CAT CABLES

EASTER EGGS, FEATURES & BUGS

 

 

 

 

TROUBLESHOOTING HOME THEATRE CONNECTIONS

ETHERNET CABLES

PADS, TABLETS & E-READERS

 

 

 

 

PIONEERING WOMEN IN COMPUTERS

WHO INVENTED COMPUTERS?

HOW THE CHIP WAS INVENTED

 

 

 

 

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

WHAT’S GOOGLE GLASS

DIGITAL CAMERAS EXPLAINED

 

 

 

 

ELECTRICAL TERMS

STORAGE MEDIA

VIDEO CONNECTIONS

 

 

 

 

MATH DEFINITIONS

BOARDS & CHIPS

COMPUTER VIDEO SYSTEMS

 

 

 

 

INVENTION vs APPLICATION

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