AOL : Short for America Online, a commercial online service that also provides access to the internet.

applet : A small computer program, usually written in the Java programming language.

backbone : Generally a large cable that supports sonnections between many computers.

Bandwidth : The amount of "stuff" a wire of cable can carry at a time. The higher the bandwidth, the faster the service.

bcc : Blind Carbon Copy. Prevents an e-mail receipient from seeing who else the message was addresses to.

bps : Bits per second, a measure of the speed of a modem or similar device. The higher the bps, the faster the device.

BRB : Be right back.

browser : Short for "Web browser", a program like Microsoft Internet Explorer of Netscape Navigator that lets you browse the World Wide Web.

BTW : By thw way.

byte : The amount of storage required for a single character, like the letter "a" or "j".

cache :  Pronounced like "cash", refers to a place in the computer used to store information. Your Internet cache stores recently visited Web pages.

case-sensitive : Does not consider lowercase and uppercase letters to the same. For example, "CAT" is not the same as "cat" when typing a case-sensitive password.

client : The computer on the receiving end of a client-server relationship. When you brose the Internet, your PC is an Internet client.

close button : The button marked "X" in the upper right corner of most program windows.

connectoid : The phone number and other settings that define how Dial-Up Networking connects to a particular network or ISP. Created automatically by the Internet Connection Wizard or manually using the Make New Connection icon within Dial-Up Networking.

default : A pre-selected setting that you can change or leave as is. Not indicative of a problem or "fault".

desktop : The main screen that appears when you first start Windows.

Dial-Up networking : A Windows program that allows connections to networks via phone line. Open the Windows My Computer icon to locate its icon.

by : Anirudh Kumar