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ePub

posted Oct 31, 2011, 6:24 AM by Peter Beens   [ updated Oct 31, 2011, 6:28 AM ]

ePub is a open standard for eBooks. Sadly, the present Kindle does not support it, which is one of the reasons I purchased a Nook instead. (summer 2010)

Upload

posted Aug 31, 2011, 3:52 AM by Peter Beens   [ updated Aug 31, 2011, 3:56 AM ]

To copy a file from your local computer to a server or host system; the reverse process of download.


A few examples: In class, you will be uploading files to your hand-in drive (which is located on a school board server) or downloading files from my website to your local computer.

Tether

posted Feb 28, 2011, 5:44 AM by Peter Beens   [ updated Feb 28, 2011, 5:53 AM ]

Tethering is a method for connecting a computer to the Internet via an Internet-capable mobile phone.

Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tethering.

Katzenjammer

posted Jan 7, 2011, 7:46 AM by Peter Beens   [ updated Jan 7, 2011, 7:48 AM ]

I chose today's word because I liked the sound of it!

Katzenjammer -- Uneasiness; anguish; distress. Read more here.

Emotional Intelligence

posted Nov 25, 2010, 5:55 AM by Peter Beens   [ updated Nov 25, 2010, 5:56 AM ]

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the area of cognitive ability involving traits and social skills that facilitate interpersonal behavior. Intelligence can be broadly defined as the capacity for goal-oriented adaptive behavior; emotional intelligence focuses on the aspects of intelligence that govern self-knowledge and social adaptation.

For more information, see http://searchcio.techtarget.com/definition/emotional-intelligence.


Chipset

posted Nov 21, 2010, 7:18 AM by Peter Beens   [ updated Nov 21, 2010, 7:20 AM ]

In computing, the term "chipset" is commonly used to refer to a set of specialized chips on a computer's motherboard (or "main board"), and even expansion cards.

Phishing

posted Nov 4, 2010, 4:07 PM by Peter Beens   [ updated Nov 4, 2010, 4:08 PM ]

Phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

For more information, visit http://www.infopackets.com/news/technology/word_of_the_day/2010/20100803_phishing.htm.

Torrent File

posted Sep 2, 2010, 6:50 PM by Peter Beens   [ updated Sep 2, 2010, 6:59 PM ]

torrent file stores metadata used for BitTorrent. It is defined in the BitTorrent specification[1].

A torrent file contains the URLs of multiple trackers and integrity metadata about all the pieces. It can also contain additional metadata defined in extensions to the BitTorrent specification[2]. These are known as "BitTorrent Enhancement Proposals". Examples of such proposals include metadata for stating who created the torrent, and when.

For more details, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.torrent.

Copyleft

posted Jun 12, 2010, 7:15 AM by Peter Beens   [ updated Nov 21, 2010, 7:22 AM ]

Copyleft is a play on the word copyright to describe the practice of using copyright law to offer the right to distribute copies and modified versions of a work and requiring that the same rights be preserved in modified versions of the work.

Antidisestablishmentarianism

posted May 8, 2010, 10:15 AM by Peter Beens   [ updated May 8, 2010, 10:17 AM ]

This word is a tribute to my old grade 6 teacher, Mr. Bond, who taught us that it was the longest word in the English language. I still remember it to this day!

To see the definition, click here.

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