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YAHOO! A Guide To Net Acronyms

May 1, 1996

Those nasty computer-related acronyms: We constantly see or hear them being used on-line and by that snotty 17-year-old employee who works as Computer City. You feel inferior because you have no idea what this equivalent to a doctor’s prescription mumbo-jumbo being presented to you is. And you don’t want to ask because you’ll just be scoffed at and be called names like “silly newbie.”

Well, worry no further, you silly newbie (just kidding)! I have done a little web searching and have found out what many of the most commonly used computer-related acronyms stand for. Now, you can nod along with the snot-master and actually understand some of what he says to you. Here they are, FYI of course …

  • ALIWEB – Archie Like Indexing in the Web
  • AU – Audio (file name extension)
  • ASCII – American Standard for Information Interchange
  • BBS – Bulletin Board Systems
  • BRB – Be Right Back
  • CARL – Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
  • CC – Carbon Copy
  • CD – Change Directory (or Carrier Detect, Collision Detection, Color Display, Compact Disc)
  • CD-ROM – Compact Disc-Read Only Memory
  • CHMOD – Change Mode
  • CGI – Common Gateway Interface (or Computer Generated Images, Computer Graphics Interface)
  • CPU – Central Processing Unit
  • DIR – Directory
  • DOS – Disk Operating System
  • ECAL – Enjoy Computing and Learn
  • ERIC – Educational Resources Information Center
  • FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
  • FTP – File Transfer Protocol
  • FYI – For Your Information
  • GIF – Graphics Interchange Format (file name extension)
  • GIG or GB – Gigabyte (1,000 megabytes or 1 million characters of information)
  • HD – Hard Drive (or Hard Disk, High Density)
  • HTML – HyperText Markup Language
  • HTTP – HyperText Transfer/Transport Protocol
  • IAP – Internet Access Provider
  • IFP – Instruction Fetch Pipeline
  • IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
  • IP – Internet Protocol
  • IRC – Internet Relay Chat
  • IRL – In Real Life
  • ISDN – Integrated Services Digital Network
  • ISP – Internet Service Provider (or Interrupt Status Port, Interrupt Stack Pointer)
  • ISSN – International Standard Serial Number
  • JANET – Joint Academic Network
  • JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group
  • JUGHEAD – Jonzy’s Universal Gopher Hierarchy Excavation And Display
  • LAN – Local Area Network
  • MEG or MB – Megabyte (1,000 kilobytes)
  • MHz – Megahertz
  • MIDI – Musical Instrument Digital Interface
  • MOO – MUD, Object Oriented
  • MOV – Movie (file name extension)
  • MPEG – Moving Pictures Experts Group
  • MUD – Multi-User Domain/Dungeon/Dialogue
  • NCSA – National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • NIC – Network Information Center
  • OS – Operating System
  • PC – Personal Computer (or Printed Circuit, Program Counter)
  • PERL – Practical Extraction and Report Language
  • PINE – Pine Is Not Elm
  • PLATO – Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations
  • POP – Post Office Protocol (or Point Of Presence)
  • PPP – Point-to-Point Protocol
  • RAM – Random Access Memory
  • RGB – Red-Green-Blue (color model)
  • RN – Read News
  • SECAM – Sequential Couleur Avec Memoire (Sequential Color with Memory)
  • SLIP – Serial Line Interface Protocol
  • SPARC – Scalable Processor Architecture
  • SysOp – System Operator
  • SZ – Send ZModem
  • TCP – Transmission Control Protocol
  • URL – Uniform Resource Locator
  • USENET – User’s Network
  • VERONICA – Very Easy Rodent-Oriented Net-wide Index to Computer Archives
  • VI – Visual Interactive (type of editor)
  • VRML – Virtual Reality Modeling/Markup Language
  • W3 or WWW – World Wide Web
  • WAIS – Wide Area Information Server
  • WAV – Waveform Audio (file name extension)
  • WINSOCK – Windows Socket (or Windows Open Systems Architecture)
  • WWIS – World Wide Information System
  • YAHOO – Yet Another Hierarchically Officious Oracle

There you have it. Some of the most common computer-related acronyms defined … well, sort of. I don’t have enough space in this column to explain it all. For more acronyms that you are confused about that I have not covered here, you may want to check out the Babel Computer Oriented Abbreviations and Acronyms Glossary at:

IMHO, don’t forget to ECAL on your PC loaded with RAM, MHz and a CD-ROM!

Hope this column helped you a bit and don’t forget to cut and clip this for future reference. IBB. Confused? That’s because I just made that one up. It stands for I’ll Be Back. Okay … okay, I’m sorry. That was the last one, I promise.

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Doggie-Paddling the World Wide Web

March 8, 1996

“Ring!” – It all started with a call.

It was a dark and stormy November evening. The stars were out and Mr. Full Moon was staring at me.

I placed the call on a highly confidential line. A high, sweet voice greets me at the other end. With her soprano-pitched whisper, she exhales this sweet nothing into my ear, “Hello, Hamilton Library?”

Ok, so it didn’t exactly happen like that. Well, not at all like that. It was a hot and humid February afternoon with Mr. Smiley burning a hole in my skin. I did actually place a call though. And there was a woman who did say, “Hello, Hamilton Library” … honest.

If I haven’t already lost you by now, let me explain myself before you move on to the next article.

A World Wide Web workshop, entitled “Career Surfing and the World Wide Web,” was recently held at Hamilton Library as part of the “Spring Into Careers” series. This event, sponsored by Career Services and funded by ASUH, was the first of many workshops helping expose the university community to many career opportunities and issues.

This “call” I was referring to was the call that was necessary to reserve a seat for my “booty” since advance sign-ups were required. Advance seating for something school-related? That’s a first. I felt like I was making reservations for dinner. This was, of course, because of the limited number of computer terminals, and I was thankful for that. I got to ignore the instructor and act like I knew it all … kind of like what I do in class … just kidding.

The day comes and I appear on the scene (oh no … here I go with the Columbo talk again). Anyway, I checked in and my waitress, er, instructor saw me to my table. The first thing I noticed was the number of computers. I was expecting a presentation-type workshop where we would listen and take notes, ala History 152, but instead, I found myself seated in front of over a dozen terminals.

Finally, the workshop commenced. The whole purpose of the event was to use the Web to find career-related sites and information, but I soon found out that this was more of a Netscape tutorial for beginners.

We were taught, step by step, what each button in Netscape was used for and the functions of other selected tools. They didn’t cover anything in enough depth, while quickly breezing through internet concepts.

Finally, after learning how to open up Netscape, type in a Web page address, and use the back and forward buttons, we were then pointed in the direction to search for job related sites. A little bit of freedom was given here, as far as personal choices went. We were taught how to go to the Yahoo ( site, as well as how to use the Net Search button on Netscape to search for career sites of interest to us. They also pointed us to a site called “Jobweb” ( for more job explorations.

Overall, it was a ground-level introduction to the Internet via Netscape … hardly any career advice or in-depth World Wide Web information here.

They should have spent less time on Netscape and concentrated more on the finding and utilization of job and career-related information on the Internet.

When the class first began, the instructor asked us who had used Netscape before, and everybody raised their hand. That should have been a sign for him to spend more time on trying to stick with the name of the course: “Career Surfing and the World Wide Web” and not so much to background information that most of us knew already.

This workshop is not for you if you are looking for some in-depth World Wide Web wisdom in job hunting. You are better off reading and Internet book, or better yet … place a call to a sweet-talking Internet pro … “Ring!