Jargon Buster

Adobe Flash Player

A free browser plugin that displays animations, presentations and interactive graphics on a web page.

Adobe Reader

A free program that allows you to read documents in PDF format.

Anti Virus

Anti Virus is a type of software designed to help detect programs that have the potential to harm your computer. These programs are normally sent to your machine by email and through internet downloads.


A computer software program that enables the user to perform specific tasks. For example, Microsoft Word is used for word processing, while Paint Shop Pro is designed for image-editing requirements.


A computer file, such as a word-processor document or spreadsheet, sent along with an email message.

Auto Play

A Windows feature that allows CD-ROM/DVD discs to launch or play as soon they're inserted into a drive.


The process a PC goes through after it is switched on  performing a quick self-test, loading Windows, and so on.
To start up a computer. Because the computer cannot run until it has loaded a program, and it cannot load a program until it is running, it is said to "lift itself up by its own bootstraps" - which explains the origin of the term. In fact it is the BIOS which makes it possible for a computer to start up.


A website known as a brochure is a form of website that gives information rather than an e-commerce website which refers to the buying and selling of goods or services. 

Browser ( Internet )

A software program that allows the user to look at web pages and organise files. Popular browsers include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari.


The process of writing data onto a CD-R or CD-RW to create an audio or data CD.


Compact Disk. An optical storage medium developed for audio and now also used to store computer data. The capacity of a standard CD is approximately 700 megabytes.


Compact Disk Recordable. A type of CD which can be used only once to store information. Once data is burnt onto a blank CD-R, its contents cannot be modified.


Compact Disk Read-Only Memory. A type of CD that allows information to be retrieved but not modified. The term is a misnomer, because CD-ROMs are actually a form of storage rather than memory.


Compact Disk Re-Writable. A type of CD which can be erased and reused.


Cookies are used to store information about you and your activities when you visit some websites. Cookies are used to remember information about you the next time you visit the site such as login or registration information.

Dialogue Box

A small window that pops up to display or request information. In Windows, Menu options that end with an '' always open a dialogue box.

Domain Name

A domain name is a specific web site address.  A domain name is a way to identify and locate computers and resources connected to the Internet. For example ours is www.greenoakwebdesign.co.uk


Download describes the process of copying files or information from the internet to a computer.


Digital Versatile Disk. An optical storage medium with a much higher capacity than the CD, developed to replace the videocassette and now used to store computer data as well as video. The storage capacity of a standard DVD is about 4.7 gigabytes (equivalent to almost 7 CDs).


Digital Versatile Disk Recordable. A type of DVD which can be used only once to store information. Once data is burnt onto a blank DVD-R, its contents cannot be modified.


Digital Versatile Disk Re-Writable. A type of DVD which can be erased and reused.


E-commerce is short for electronic commerce. It refers to the buying and selling of goods and services over the internet.


Ethernet is a coaxial cable used to connect computers, hubs, switches, routers and other computer peripherals. A common method of linking computers into a Local Area Network (LAN).


A file is a collection of information that is stored within a computer system. Files can contain many different types of information, including pictures, music, documents and web pages.


A system that prevents unauthorised access to a computer over a network, such as the Internet. Firewalls can be either built into a routers hardware, or software installed on a computer.


A folder is an electronic ‘container’ that allows you to store your files together, making it easier to organise your information on a computer.


The internet is a global network that connects millions of computers from all over the world.


A special language used to create advanced effects on websites, such as animated sequences and interactive buttons and menus.


A word of particular importance on a web page that cab be used by search engines to identify it.

Mailing List

A service provided by special interest groups that sends regular email updates to its (usually free) subscribers.


A way of connecting several computers and printers so that they can share data.

Operating System

A crucial piece of software which is so important that it loads automatically when you switch on a computer. Windows 98, 2000 and XP are operating systems, as is Mac OSX, Linux, and Palm OS5 (for the Palm handheld computer) Operating systems govern the way the hardware and software components in a computer work together.


An expansion slot for desktop PCs.


A form of internet fraud that tries to trick you into revealing personal details.


To restart a computer. See Boot for more information.

Right Click

Most actions in Windows are performed by clicking the left mouse button. However, since the arrival of Windows 95, many programs and Windows itself make use of the right mouse button click to display a pop-up menu with special functions.


A device that determines the correct destination for data being transmitted from one network to another. Most domestic routers allow up to four computers to be connected together and share the same Internet connection.

Search Engine

A site on the net that indexes the names and addresses of other sites. It enables you to search for sites containing certain keywords, or sometimes even to ask a question in normal language.


A computer that delivers information and software to other computers linked by a network.  A host computer on a network that holds information ( e.g., Web sites ) and responds to requests for information from it ( e.g., links to another Web page ). The term server is also used to refer to the software that makes the act of serving information possible.


Junk email sent to large groups of people offering such things as money-spinning ideas, holidays, and so on.  Slang name for Unsolicited Commercial Email ( UCE ).


Software installed to monitor and report back on a computer's use.

Tool Bar

A row of buttons near the top of a window providing an alternative way to access an application's menu commands. Each button contains a small picture to illustrate its function.


To transfer a file from a desktop computer onto a web server or to transmit a file of data from your computer to another computer.
To copy a file to a networked computer, e.g. a web server connected to the Internet. When creating a web site it is necessary to upload it to a web server before others can access it.


A standard that enables connection of external peripherals such as storage devices, printers, scanners to your PC or laptop.

Web Hosting

While web pages are designed and developed on a single computer, they must be transferred to a server, or host, so that they are available to the rest of the world over the Internet. A host is simply a computer that has a constant, high speed connection to the Internet.  We can provide web hosting for our customers.


A name for the 802.11b or 802.11g standards for wireless networking devices.  Wireless Fidelity.


The operating system found on virtually all modern PCs. It allows you to control your computer and to run programs that let you perform particular tasks.

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