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As "the semantics storehouse of cyberspace" NetLingo contains a broad offering of terms, appealing to all types of online users, from newbie status to advanced techie. NetLingo has helped millions of people learn the new lingo associated with the online world of business, technology and communication. Featured in The New York Times, MSNBC, USA Today, Fortune Magazine, Reader's Digest, People Magazine, PC Magazine, and others, NetLingo is "the hip, handy modern guide to technology" for Web users, educators, programmers, and industry professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970639677
  • Publisher: Netlingo Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/22/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 4.02 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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at (or) the at sign
pronounced: at
The @ sign (also called "the at symbol") is primarily used in e-mail. Located on your computer keyboard, this symbol separates the username and the domain name in an e-mail address. For example, is read and pronounced as "feedback at netlingo dot com." The @ sign was designated as the symbol for the separator in e-mail addresses back in 1972 (by Ray Tomlinson, chief contractor on ARPANet), but for many years, very few people knew about it. Once the Web became commercialized in 1994, the @ sign became an icon for the wired world and suddenly appeared everywhere (mainly due to media hype on television, in newspapers, and in magazines). It even became the name of a cyber café in Silicon Alley. People like the @ sign because it represents the new technology of the Net, but in actuality, it's really only used in e-mail or as part of cryptic passwords. In some newsgroups, it is the symbol for anarchy. Initially, users did not know how to describe it and could not find a name for it. In fact, it was once called "the letter 'a' with a circle around it." International languages also use the @ sign, and several have developed colloquial names for it, such as spider monkey, pig's tail, elephant's trunk, cat's tail, strudel, and cinnamon bun, due to its kundalini shape. For more information on the @ sign, visit this definition on the Web site.
see also: smileys, assicons, ASCII art
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Table of Contents

NetLingo The Internet Dictionary - Content Matters.
Getting Up to Speed
How to use NetLingo

The Dictionary
Symbols & Numbers
Special Report: Company Profiles

1 - Acronyms & Useful Expressions
2 - Smileys & Emoticons
3 - Straight-On Smileys
4 - ASCII Art
5 - Country Codes
6 - File Extensions

Index of Terms sorted by Popular Category
Internet Jargon Every User Needs to Know
Online Business Terms & Phrases
Technical & Computing Terms
Software, Drivers & Helper Apps
Hardware & Networking
Programming, Technologies & Standards
Organizations & Initiatives

Copyright & Trademark Information
About NetLingo
Order Information
copyright NetLingo Inc., 2002
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    Tech-Talk Defined in Everyday Language

    I'm one of the folks acknowledged in the book. But to me that just means that I know this dictionary very well. In NetLingo, we are offered quite a supply of new and useful words. Words that were invented just a few years or weeks ago, with the birth of computers and the rise of the Internet. As the author, Erin Jansen, says, this vocabulary of the Internet represents a new language. Having grown up working in the Internet industry on both coasts, and having run an award-winning Internet version of the dictionary,, Jansen is uniquely qualified to document this language. And we couldn't have a more user-friendly guide than NetLingo: The Internet Dictionary. Jansen has taken pains to define everything in terms her mother would understand -- without a whiff of condescension. If you e-mail, chat, use Word, instant message, work on networked computers, or just surf the Internet, you'll get a lot of mileage out of this dictionary. Anyone who studies or writes about computing will find it an inspired demonstration on how to keep tech talk simple. If you're a new user, a trainer, or a pro who is suddenly surrounded by jargon from the outer realms of computing, keep NetLingo within reach. NetLingo should be considered standard equipment with any computer -- and glued to every Webster's as a supplement. Let¿s not let the jargon stop us from taking advantage of computers and the Web. Once we have access to the vocabulary, we'll get savvy in all sorts of ways.

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