4.2 Jargon and Acronyms
This, and most other information technology terms are well explained at WhatIs.com
. Good alternates are TechEncyclopedia
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It's perfectly acceptable to ask in a thread where you see an acronym. Techies tend to use more than their fair share of acronyms and other jargon, and they are not always forthcoming about what they mean, assuming that if they know them, everyone does.
If you are too shy to ask in a thread, or it looks like something that you should know based on the context of its use, you can always visit The Acronym Finder
. They've got all the biggies, including DSLR
by Mospaw edited by climbers
last modified: 2003-12-20 13:23:08
The shortcut speech used in IM's, posts, and chat rooms changes almost daily, but some are with us forever. This link explains the most common ones, as well as some of the often-used emoticons: WebSlang
An alternate source for these kinds of acronyms is the Internet Acronyms Dictionary
last modified: 2004-09-07 19:44:06
It's an emoticon, an ASCII glyph. A fairly complete list is here: Emoticons
. The standard set of Broadbandreports.com graphical smilies is here
, although you are not limited to those, and can link to thousands found all over the web.
by climbers edited by Post_It
last modified: 2004-09-07 19:40:43
The L# system is a replacement for the over used LOL. More information can be found at the Official Website
by C_ edited by tmpchaos
last modified: 2004-06-09 18:24:32
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Hacker slang can be found in the 1337 Dictionary
. More traditional hacker language is in the classic Jargon File
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Now, it's mostly a nostalgic piece of history dating from the days of Bitnet and Listserv. But there was a time when you were nobody if you didn't have one of your own...a time when people were proud of their geekiness!
-----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK-----
GE/M/S/TW d@? s:(-) !a C(++++) UHC*(+++)@ P+ L E W>-- N(+) o K-- w(+++) O M V PS@ PE@ Y(++) PGP(++++) t 5 X R tv? b$ DI D G(+++) e(+++++) h(++)@>++ r$ z*$
------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------
In the days of slow access, you could tell someone a whole lot about yourself in a very concise way, by including your personal Geek Code as a signature.
Real geeks memorized every code, and could read them like regular text.
Who knows, it may enjoy a revival. The documentation
is still around. There is a translator
, and for lazy people, a generator
Holding down the ALT key, type the number to the left of the symbol you want on the KEYPAD.(For the full Unicode set, see this link: Unicode.)
|0032|| ||0033|| ! ||0034|| " ||0035|| # ||0036|| $ |
|0127|| ||0128||0129|| ||0130||0131|
|0142||0143|| ||0144|| ||0145||0146|
|0157|| ||0158||0159||0160|| ||0161|
|0252||0253||0254||0255|| || |
Alternatively, you can use the Character Map
For MACs, this is a good site:
Or use the Character Palette:
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Then you need a translator!