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Control + Alt + Delete: A Dictionary of Cyberslang
     

Control + Alt + Delete: A Dictionary of Cyberslang

by Jonathon Keats
 

“Not since Dr. Johnson explained the English language to the people of his time has there been a lexicon so witty, deep and indispensable. For any citizen of either the analog or ­digital space who wishes to live in this century instead of the last, this is required reading.”
Stanley Bing, author and columnist for FORTUNE

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“Not since Dr. Johnson explained the English language to the people of his time has there been a lexicon so witty, deep and indispensable. For any citizen of either the analog or ­digital space who wishes to live in this century instead of the last, this is required reading.”
Stanley Bing, author and columnist for FORTUNE magazine

 

 

Bug—A minor glitch in computer software or hardware that often results in major problems for the user or owner. According to legend, the first bug to cause system malfunction was a moth caught in one of the relays of a Mark II computer at Harvard shortly after World War II.

 

Podcast—Audio or video programming automatically downloaded from the Internet onto a portable MP3 player, such as the Apple iPod, for listening or viewing on the go.

 

Thumbing—A method of texting on a portable device, such as a cell phone, by typing with one or both thumbs.

 

Frazzing—Frenzied multitasking, as occurs when the combined output of cell phone, PDA, and laptop overwhelms the processing power of the human brain.

 

Web—The abbreviated name of the World Wide Web, also often shortened to www. In Chinese, the Web is called the wan wei wang, meaning “ten thousand-dimensional net.”

 

The technology revolution is also a revolution in ­language, with new words created seemingly every day. And along with a new vocabulary comes the mortifying fear of being out of the loop. Control + Alt + Delete is a reference book that will inform and entertain you while decoding the fast-changing language of high-tech ­culture. 

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599210391
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jonathon Keats pens the JargonWatch column for Wired Magazine; has written for The Washington Post, Popular Science, and salon.com; and is the author of two novels. He lives in San Francisco.

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