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Dropbox

Dropbox cartoon

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Dropbox is an internet based service that offers file hosting capabilities. The service allow you to store files on-line and synchronize them to one ore more personal computers. All you have do to use Dropbox, is to register with them and install the synchronisation application on your computer or mobile phone. The installation creates a special Dropbox folder on your hard drive. All files placed in this folder will be synchronised with all your other devices that have the Dropbox software installed. You can also access your Dropbox files on-line by logging on to their website.

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Tunnel

Network Tunnel

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In computer terms a tunnel is a bi-directional connection between two networks. An example of such a tunnel would be when someone connects to their workplace from their home PC. They would use VPN (virtual private network) software to establish the connection.

This creates a secure connection over a public network, like the Internet. All the data is encrypted and secure from tampering. Another example would be when you make payments over the Internet. You will notice that the URL of the page that processes the payment starts with https://. This is an encrypted connection or tunnel between your browser and the web site.

Tunneling is also referred to as encapsulation. One type of network protocol is encapsulated by another. SSH and SSL are example of such secure protocols.

 

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Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

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Cloud computing is a term used in information technology to describe internet based computing and software services. In computing, cloud is a metaphor for the internet. Cloud computing allows businesses to harness the power of large computer systems and services.

In other words, instead of managing and hosting their computing systems and services on-site within the business domain, businesses can use cloud computing and get these services and systems via the internet.

This means that business systems and resources based on cloud computing can grow with the business needs in a secure and scalable manner.

Here are only some of the companies that offer cloud computing platforms and services:

 

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Cookies

Browser cookies. Feed the cookie monster.

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In computing terms a cookie refers to a small text file stored on a user’s computer by a web site the user might be visiting. Information stored in these cookies are used by web sites to store information related to the user for example the email address, user name or anything else the web site might need to identify the user in the future.

Web sites implement this to improve user experience and personalisation. That is how the web sites know who you are when you visit them a second time round. Clearing your cookies in your browser will delete all this information and the web site will not recognise the user.

Cookies can be disabled in most browsers but this can prevent some web sites from functioning properly.

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Bandwidth Throttling

Bandwidth throttling - its choking me!

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In computer networking terms bandwidth throttling refers to the limiting of usable bandwidth. Network administrators use bandwidth throttling to limit the amount of bandwidth on a per user basis over the entire network.

The main purpose is to alleviate network congestion and to ensure that all users have equal usage of the network resources and to prevent some users from hogging the network bandwidth.

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Bandwidth

Bandwidth - give me more!

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In computer networking terms, bandwidth is a term used to indicate the data transfer rate of a specific communication medium. In other words, how much data, measured in bits, can be transferred from one point to another in a second. Bandwidth is usually indicated in bits per second or bps.

In internet hosting terms, bandwidth is more loosely used to indicate the amount of data transferred to and from a web site over a given period of time. Some web hosting companies will limit the amount of bandwidth allocated to a hosted web site over a period of a month. They will then charge “over bandwidth” usage fees when bandwidth usage goes over allotted amount.

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Tweet

Twitter Tweet

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In Internet and information technology terms a tweet refers to a post or message on Twitter. Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging service that allow users to post messages and follow other user’s messages.

Twitter has a huge following with millions of users around the world. It is used by celebrities, sports people, politicians, companies and many more. A tweet post is usually a short message or statement and is not like the standard blog posts found on the Internet.

Tweets are used to publish status updates or current affairs or opinions.  I use it to notify followers of changes or new post on this web site. Follow Rusted Reality on twitter.

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Google translate

Google translate - yak yak to blah blah

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Google Translate is a free web based language translation service offered by the internet services company Google Inc. You can enter text in one language and choose to translate it into another. You can also translate a web site with this service.

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Yahoo! – Mail

Yahoo Mail

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According to thefreedictionary.com a yahoo is <q>a crude, brutish, or obscenely coarse person or someone that is not intelligent or interested in culture</q>. Yahoo is also used as a way to express joy or excitement.

In computer or information technology terms Yahoo! refers to the Internet services company that offers various services. One of these services is Yahoo! mail which is a free web based email service. Yahoo! mail is one of the largest Internet based e-mail providers in the world.

Yahoo! mail is a free Internet based email service provided by the Internet services company Yahoo. It is one of the largest Internet base e-mail services in the world.

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Surfing the NET

Surfing the net - surf's up

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In computer terms, surfing the net refers to the act of browsing or viewing web sites or online content on the internet. The word “net” is short for internet.

 

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