Test your techno-vocabulary

November 1, 1998
Richard Ensman

Pharmaceutical Representative

How familiar are you with today's technological terms? See if you can match the terms listed on the left with their definitions on the right. (Answers appear at bottom of page.)

How familiar are you with today's technological terms? See if you can match the terms listed on the left with their definitions on the right. (Answers appear at bottom of page.)

Technology terms:

1. Extranet

2. Aplet

3. Browser

4. Cookie

5. Client server

6. Internet protocol address

7. Multipurpose Internet mail connections

8. Compression

9. Bandwidth

10. Firewall

11. Default value

12. Concept extraction

13. Beta

14. Data bits

15. Virtual reality modeling language

16. Fiber optic technology

17. Domain name system

18. Com port

19. Image map

20. Hypertext markup language

21. Encryption

22. Intranet

23. Java

24. Finger

25. Protocol

26. Spider

27. GIF file

28. T-1

29. Cache

Definitions:

(a) Compressed files used for sending graphics over the Internet.

(b) Simple program which identifies users within a computer system.

(c) Programming language which builds multidimensional Web sites.

(d) Final version of a software package.

(e) Program which brings lively graphics to a Web page.

(f) Web graphic containing icon-based links to various pages of a site.

(g) Configuration which separates one computer system from another, usually for security purposes.

(h) Program which allows individuals to "surf" the Internet.

(i) A mouse or other attachment can be connected to this device.

(j) File placed on the hard drive containing information about a user when particular Web pages are accessed.

(k) Web-based programming language.

(l) Specialized search process beginning at one point in the Web and leading to other related points.

(m) Maximum speed at which data can be transmitted on a network.

(n) Electronic information specifying paths and content of e-mail.

(o) Taxonomy of suffixes (such as "com" or "gov") which identify and link "sectors" of the Internet.

(p) Modern method for sending e-mail messages allowing text and graphics to be sent over networks.

(q) Controls the movement of data between different Internet locations.

(r) Part of memory which stores commonly used data.

(s) "Internal" Web, often used by employees or an organization.

(t) Technology which generates maximum power of individual computers on a network by dividing applications between client computers and a central server.

(u) Reduction of the size of a file, useful for maximizing available disk space.

(v) Process of sending electronic information via high-speed cable.

(w) Sophisticated methodologies, which sponsors of search engines use to lead users to information.

(x) "Web" that can be accessed by an organization's publics, such as vendors or sales professionals.

(y) Electronic location of one computer in a large network.

(z) Conversion of electronic information into code to protect privacy.

(aa) Code often used to prepare materials for the World Wide Web.

(bb) Information that will automatically slide into a field or menu option unless another choice is specified.

(cc) Leased telecommunications line which provides for fast transmission of data.