It is difficult enough keeping up with technology, let alone keeping up with all the tech terms we hear all the time. So to start off on what will hopefully be a series of technology definitions, here are 16 easy technology definitions for beginners.
1. BitTorrent – A file sharing protocol that reduces the bandwidth required to transfer files. It is often used to share movies and TV shows online (not always legally). To transfer bitTorrent files, you first need to download a BitTorrent client – a software program, many of which are free.
2. Browser – A browser is what you are viewing the World Wide Web from. If you are using a Windows PC, you are most likely using Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox. If you are on a Mac, you are probably using Safari.
3. Cookies – These are bits of data about you that the websites you visit save on your browser. However, most of it is to make things easier for you. It is mostly things like login information, so you don’t have to type it in everytime, or search settings on a search engine.
4. Desktop – The desktop is what you see after you start up your computer, before you open your browser. You can usually customize its appearance. If you have Windows 8, its a whole new ballgame.
5. Drag and Drop – Move your cursor over an object, click to select and drag it to a new location.
6. Favicon – This is the tiny icon that represents a website in a web browser. If you have a blog, and it shows the WordPress, Blogger, Genesis or another logo as the Favicon, you can change it to your own. (I still need to do that).
7. Internet Meme – A story, video, concept, actions, etc. that spreads quickly online until it is happening or seen everywhere.
8. Open Source – The software’s source code is available to the public to be modified. An example is the Firefox browser made their software open-source and thousands of developers used it to create free add-ons for the browsers.
9. Operating System – It is the software that communicates with the hardware that runs all the computers, tablets and smartphones. The mobile operating systems are Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
10. Permalink – The link to a specific blog post.
11. Ping – A test to see if something on the Internet is working. Pinging a server tests its response time.
12. Portal – Internet portals are home pages such as search engines and web directories. Most of the web directory portals do not exist anymore and people that do want a home page directory of web pages create their own.
13. Remote Desktop – This makes it possible to view another users desktop from your computer.
14. Vlog – A video blog. Instead of writing what you have to say, video yourself saying it.
15. Wiki – A website in which many people can collaborate and each can add content from their own browser. Wikipedia is the biggest and most famous example.
16. www – World Wide Web, a subset of the Internet.
17. Hosting – Think of it as the LAND you rent to place your house and address (website domain) on. Hosting coupons are frequently a great way to lock yourself at cheap monthly rate for your website – and major providers like Hostgator always have seasonal discounts like the HostGator Black Friday Deal 2016. You need hosting for people to be able to visit your website and have it online.
If you ever come across technology words you don’t know and you want a good definition, I highly recommend Webopedia. Not only is there a search box for you to find the definition, but there is a “Term of the Day” with a full archive of all terms. You can become a technology term scholar on Webopedia.
I hope you learned something today. Let me know in the comments if these words were way to easy so that I’ll know for next time.