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The computer industry and the Internet are adding new words everyday to our language. Learn the meaning of these new terms in words you can understand.
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Adobe Acrobat
Acrobat is a software program from Adobe. Use it to create or view Portable Document Format (PDF) files. To view a PDF file, download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The unique name and location of a person, server or site on the Internet. Includes
  1. An e-mail address with a user's e-mail name followed by an @ (at) sign and the user's server domain name.
    Example: yourname@hotmail.net
  2. An Internet address or IP address such as:
    • A string of numbers.
      Example: 356.541.273.67
    • A domain name.
      Example: disney.com, or
  3. A Uniform Resource Locator (URL) address for a specific file or Web page.
    Example: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/InternetIndex/
Alta Vista
A popular search engine on the Internet.
animated GIF
A picture or graphic image on a Web page that moves. GIF is an abbreviation for Graphics Interchange Format.
Also called anti-viral. A software program that searches a hard drive and floppy disks for any virus. Keep the anti-virus program updated with the latest virus protection by downloading updates from the manufacturer's Web site.
A small program that runs automatically on most browsers. It loads automatically when you select a link on a Web page that contains the program. See also Java applet. Visit Whatis.com, an online dictionary, for more information on applet.
A technical term for sound.

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