Buxton & District

Jargon Buster!

One of the problems with using computers is all the jargon that exists. It is all very confusing. The aim of this page is to create a list of common computer jargon each with an English translation that will help us understand what it means!!

[If you have a good definition email it to me and I will consider adding to the list. Thanks]

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Boot & reboot This is the name for the various steps the computer takes after you turn it on to the point when you can start using it. To reboot automatically stops and restarts the computer. [Grand order of the boot is what you give a computer when in does not boot or reboot!!]

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Cursor A movable indicator on a computer screen identifying the point where you can do something. [alternative: someone who is having a bad day with the computer!!!]

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Data File This contains audio/video, graphic, or text information in a form that can be read by a computer program and through the computer program can be used by us.

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Internet Billions of computers worldwide connected together via telephone lines, cables or satellites through which they can exchange information using, for example, the World Wide Web.

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URL uniform resource locator (URL) is a specific character string that constitutes a reference to an Internet resource. It is the “address” for a website.
USB Universal Serial Bus – the standard way of connecting electronic accessories to a computer. The USB connection enables data to be communicated and also can provide power to run the accessory.

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Web World Wide Web (WWW) is a system of interlinked documents accessed via the Internet.

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