Glossary Terms - F
Frequently Asked Question. Lists of commonly asked questions and their answers, often
posted in newsgroups to reduce the number of novice questions. Read a FAQ list before
asking a question, to make sure yours isn't a frequently asked one.
Slang for facsimile. A technology that takes paper from the sender and produces more paper
that looks just like it at the recipient's end. You can use fax modems to eliminate the
paper step at one end or both, but they may be less reliable than stand-alone fax
machines. Email is cleaner, often cheaper, and more environmentally friendly, and the
results are more useful in other programs. However, you can't easily send signatures or
existing paper documents via email.
A company that can transport paper mail overnight for a hefty sum of money. Email
is far faster and cheaper.
Shorthand for a connection to another machine that sends you mail and news. I might say,
"I have a mail feed from Ed's machine."
A network of cooperating bulletin board systems that has some links to the
A three-letter (usually) code at the end of a filename that indicates file type.
Common extensions include .txt for text files, .exe for application files, and .ini for
fileserver or file server
A machine that provides files via a network. Perhaps because of time spent
working on BITNET, I tend to use it as a synonym for mailserver, or a machine that returns
files that are requested via email.
Another name for archive site or FTP site. A computer on which files are stored
for anyone on the Internet to retrieve.
A Unix program that helps you find out information about someone else on the
A term for any device that would prevent undesirables on the global Internet from
getting at your or your company's network. It also often prevents or controls users from
getting out to the Internet from your local network.
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A conflagration in which lots of people jump in on different sides of an argument
and start insulting each other. Fun to watch briefly, but a major waste of bandwidth.
The act of calling into question someone's thoughts, beliefs, and parentage
simply because you don't agree with them. Don't do it.
An article on Usenet posted in reply to another article. The subject should stay the same
so that readers can tell the two articles are related.
In the World Wide Web, online electronic forms that you can fill in if you have a
forms-capable Web browser such as Netscape Navigator 1.0 or NCSA Mosaic 2.0.
An organization whose goal it is to provide free Internet access in a specific area, often
by working with local schools and libraries. Ask around to see if a Freenet has sprung up
in your area. The first and preeminent example is the Cleveland Freenet. Freenet also
refers to the specific Freenet software, and the information services that use it.
Software that you can distribute freely and use for free, but for which the author often
retains the copyright, which means that you can't modify it.
File Transfer Protocol. One of the main ways in which you retrieve, umm, well, files from
other machines on the Internet.
A method of retrieving files stored on FTP sites via email.
Abbreviation for the expression "For your information."
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