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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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unzip
To unzip a file means to decompress, expands or opens a file that has been made smaller using a compression utility. Visit Whatis.com, an online dictionary, for more information on unzipping.
update
An upgrade that includes the latest information or features for software programs, including anti-virus software. Upgrades are available from the software manufacturer.
URL
    An abbreviation for Uniform Resource Locator. A URL provides the address or path name to reach an Internet site, including the location of the site's files, the file's directory path and the file name. FTP, Telnet, Usenet, the World Wide Web and others. The URL for a Web page indicates the Web site address where the server has that Web site's files, the domain name, the subdomain and file name. The URL contains four parts:
  1. the protocol type (http)
  2. the machine name (www.altavista.digital.com)
  3. the directory path (/av/content/)
  4. the file name (about.htm). For example: http://www.altavista.digital.com/av/content/about.htm.
    Visit Whatis.com, an online dictionary, for more information on URL.
Usenet
An abbreviation for USEer NETwork. A worldwide network of newsgroups that allows members to post messages on a specific subject. Usenets have a specific topic and a set of rules for viewing and posting. They exist both on and off the Internet.
user
Another word for you. A user is anyone sitting at a computer screen who decides where he wants to go on the Internet and what he wants to do. Individual users can even change how they view their computer screens and the World Wide Web by making adjustments on their own computers.

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