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Technology Language Cheat Sheet

Information below is similar to a technology dictionary - although it will not be a comprehensive set of words, it will hold the most often heard or referenced. Additional links for websites that are comprehensive and often updated can also be found below.

Technology Dictionary: This one is set up mainly to act as a dictionary, type in the word you're looking for an explanation will be provided.

Webopedia: This site also houses several Quick Reference guides on various items, in addition to their large dictionary offering.


1. Cloud Computing: A type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications. The goal of cloud computing is to apply traditional supercomputing or high-performance computing power, normally used by military and research facilities, to perform tens of trillions of computations per second. To do this, cloud computing networks large groups of servers, usually those with low-cost consumer PC technology, with specialized connections to spread data-processing chores across them. This shared infrastructure contains large pools of systems that are linked together. Cloud computing has started to obtain mass appeal in corporate data centers as it enables the data center to operate like the Internet work through the process of enabling computing resources to be accessed and shared as virtual resources in a secure and scalable manner.

2. clickjacking: Click jacking is a vulnerability used by an attacker to collect an infected user's clicks. The attacker can force the user to do all sort of things from adjusting the user's computer settings to unwittingly sending the user to Web sites that might have malicious code. Also, by taking advantage of Adobe Flash or JavaScript, an attacker could even place a button under or over a legitimate button, making it difficult for users to detect.

Adobe Flash: A bandwidth friendly and browser independent vector-graphic animation technology. As long as different browsers are equipped with the necessary plug-ins, Flash animations will look the same. With Flash, users can draw their own animations or import other vector-based images.

A scripting language developed by Netscape to enable Web authors to design interactive sites. Although it shares many of the features and structures of the full Java language, it was developed independently. Javascript can interact with HTML source code, enabling Web authors to spice up their sites with dynamic content. JavaScript is an open language that anyone can use without purchasing a license.

3. FDE (Full Disk Encryption): Introduced in 2006 as new hard drive technology that performs encryption on the disk drive at the hardware level. The hard drive contains a chip that is used to encrypt every bit of data as it is written and decrypts data as it is being read. The drive requires a user password for authentication and it is secured with strong encryption technology.

4. geotagging: The process of assigning geographic location metadata to a photos' data. The geographic information can include details such as the latitude and longitude coordinates or city and state details for the geographic location of the photo.

5. microblogging: The terminology and technology associated with online blogs. The capability to update your blog with short text updates, using your PC or text messaging-enabled cell phone. Bloggers can usually use a number of services for the updates including instant messaging, email, or Twitter. The posts are called microposts, while the act of using these services to update your blog is called microblogging. Also, social networking sites, like Facebook, also use a microblogging features in profiles. On Facebook this is called "status updates".

6. netbook: Netbooks are small portable computing devices, similar to a notebook, and are great for surfing the web and checking email. What differentiates a netbook from a notebook is its physical size and computing power.