Newton's Telecom Dictionary, 21st Edition

Newton's Telecom Dictionary, 21st Edition

by Harry Newton

This is the world's bestselling and most comprehensive reference book on telecom, data communications, networking, computing and the Internet, with over 675,000 copies sold. Featuring 500 new terms plus hundreds more updated and expanded entries, the 21st edition of Newton's Telecom Dictionary weighs in at over four times larger than any other telecom and IT… See more details below


This is the world's bestselling and most comprehensive reference book on telecom, data communications, networking, computing and the Internet, with over 675,000 copies sold. Featuring 500 new terms plus hundreds more updated and expanded entries, the 21st edition of Newton's Telecom Dictionary weighs in at over four times larger than any other telecom and IT dictionary, and includes wireless, broadband, VoIP, RFID, and fiber optics terms.

Packed with over 22,400 definitions, it explains technical concepts in non-technical language that anyone can understand. It's used by more leading technology companies for training and employee orientation than any other text.

Four bonus sections include: Harry Newton's favorite money-saving tips for telecom, computing, and more; what happens when telecom services are suddenly free? -a vision for this business in the 21st century; how you should orient your precious telecom budget in today's tight times; disaster recovery planning to protect your computing and telecom resources.

Most dictionaries are updated every ten to twenty years. Not this one. Newton updates this dictionary every day and issues a new, expanded, improved and updated edition every ear. This edition is current as of Spring 2005.

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Business Week
Mystified by terms such as pink noise, pure aloha, Gorizont? . . . Newton can help.
PC Magazine
An essential resource.
Now in a completely updated, revised and expanded seventeenth edition, the Newton's Telecom Dictionary continues to be an invaluable dictionary of terms, words, and concepts relevant to telecommunications, networking and the Internet. One particular virtue of this immensely useful reference is Harry Newton's introduction "Where The Telecom, Networking, Fiber, Internet, Web Explosion Is Taking Us". No professional, academic, or community library computer or Internet reference collection can be considered up-to-date without the inclusion of this latest edition of Newton's Telecom Dictionary as a core title.

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The following definitions show a few of the amusing and offbeat terms and explanations scattered throughout the dictionary.

Baby Bills A term for the numerous companies formed by ex-employees of Microsoft. A play on the "Baby Bell," the reference is to Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft.

Back Hoe Fade The degradation in service experienced when a backhoe cuts your buried fiber optic cable. Called fade because sometimes not all communications are cut off. Also, when they are all cut off, the term becomes a euphemism. Better to report a back hoe fade to your boss than to say, "We've just lost 158,000 circuits between New York and Washington. Our cus-tomers are not pleased."

Bozo Filter Imagine that you're receiving zillions of emails from You don't want to receive. Simple. You set up a "bozo filter." This piece of software automatically deletes any incoming emails from Bozo filters are best set up by your email provider at this site. You don't want to set them up on your machine. See Mail Bomb.

Cable Dog Slang expression. In the West, lifelong cable installer who seeks no upward mobility. In the East, worker who deals with underground cable.

Christmas Tree Lights The first electric Christmas lights were created by a telephone company PBX installer. Back in the old days, candles were used to decorate Christmas trees. This was obviously very dangerous. Telephone employees are trained to be safety conscious. The installer took the lights from an old switchboard, connected them together, strung them on the tree, and hooked them to a battery. Then he spent the next 40 years looking for the one burnt bulb...

Crapplet A poorly written or totally useless Java applet. "I just wasted 30 minutes downloading this awful crapplet!"

Drunken Swede A way of describing the sound of a computer doing text-to-speech conversion. "Why, he sounds like a drunk-en Swede." This great definition from Stuart Segal of Phone Base Systems, Inc. in Vienna, VA. Says Stuart, "Our people think that a drunken Swede has recorded this message." It is possible to have a computer generate speech that doesn't sound like a drunken Swede if you throw sufficient horsepower (MIPS and memory) at it. Throwing sufficient horsepower, however, has been expensive, until recently. Drunken Swedes are going to get less and less common as horsepower gets cheaper and cheaper.

Goats People in our population whose voices cannot � under any circumstances � be recognized by voice recognition machines. No one seems to know where this term came from.

Going Cyrillic Going cyrillic is when a graphical display (LED panel, bit-mapped text and graphics) starts to display garbage. "The thing just went cyrillic on me."

Jane Barbie The electronic "Voice With A Smile" on most tele-phone company intercept recordings. Ms. Barbie does her work for the Electronic Telecommunications Inc., Atlanta, GA.

Microspeak A term coined by James Gleick in The New York Times Magazine of June 18, 1997 to refer to the language of euphemisms Microsoft Corporation often indulges in. For exam-ple, Mr. Gleick referred to Microsoft's seeming unwillingness to use the word "bug" and use words such as "known issue," "intermittent issue", "design side effect," "undocumented behavior," or "technical glitch."

Pocket Bongo Picture a group of people. Suddenly, something on someone beeps. But the someone doesn't know (or pretends not to know) which of the many wireless devices he's carrying that is bleating. Is it the cell phone? Or the pager? Or the PCS phone? The person starts patting himself all over, with mock embarrassment. But his look screams, "I'm wired and I'm proud.� His behavior is called "pocket bongo." I read about pocket bongo first in an article by Joan Hamilton in the February 15, 1999 issue of Business Week. The article was headeed, "We've got a bad case of digital gizmosis."

Shoulder Surfing You're standing at a pay phone. You punch in your credit card numbers to make your long distance call. There's a fellow standing behind you. He's carefully watching what you're doing. He is memorizing the digits you have punched in. When you are through, he will write them down and sell them to someone else, who will use them to make fraudu-lent long distance phone calls. Our friend is indulging in a new "occupation." It's called "shoulder surfing."

Squirt the Bird To transmit a signal up to a satellite. "The crew and talent are ready; when do we squirt the bird?"

SUT 1. An ATM term. System Under Test: The real open system in which the Implementation Under Test (IUT) resides. 2. Stupid User Tricks. Also called ESO, or Equipment Superior to Operator. When closing help desk tickets, it describes situations where the problem was user stupidity, such as the power cord not plugged in, the monitor unplugged, the keyboard not attached, etc.

Threshold Of Pain 1. The present price of local telephone service. 2. Unbearable noise.

Zen Mail Email messages that arrive with no text in the mes-sage body...

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