Glossary of Technical Terms
The following is a reference to a few terms.
- Browser: A browser is a program that allows you to navigate files, whether it be on your personal computerís files, a local area network (LAN) or a wide area network (WAN) such as the Internet. There are many types of browsers. Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator are two widely used web browsers people use to navigate the Internet.
- Client: A client is a program designed to connect to a server on a network. The client on the user end interacts with the server on the service provider end, allowing data to pass to and fro between them. There are many different kinds of clients. The one you will probably use the most, is your mail client.
- Deamon: A daemon is a program that runs in the background on your computer. Windows 3.x, 95, and 98 do not support this type of background processing, but Windows NT and 2000 do. The word is primarily a UNIX term.
- Desktop: In Windows, your desktop is the screen that appears when you first start up and log on to your computer.
- FTP: File Transfer protocol is a protocol used extensively on the internet to aide in transferring files from place to place. When you download a program from a software vendor, it is usually downloaded from an FTP site.
- Host: Specifically, a host is remote machine that another machine, a client, draws data from. Broadly, a host is a computer connected to a network with a unique address allowing other computers to communicate with it.
- ISP: Internet Service Provider. The Internet Service Provider offers customers access to the Internet. Somne ISPs also offer content (things to do and access on the Internet).
- PRI: Primary rate interface circuits. These are all digital lines between your ISP and the telephone company.
- RBOC: Regional Bell operating company.
- TCP/IP: TCPIP is the protocol that acts as the mediator for all Internet communications. If your windows 95 machine does not have TCPIP installed, you must install it from the Windows 95 CD or diskettes that came with your computer.