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ACRONYMS TO USE IN CHAT ROOMSA Casual Remark On Net You Must Shorten... They're Often Untrue Statements, Exaggerated - IRCers Not Chuckling Heartily, Although Typing 'ROFL' Or Other Meaningless Sequence. Angela Brett
Words & Wordplay:Acronyms about Acronyms
AN EMAILA Nice Electronic Message Across Internet Lines Angela Brett, who promised to give Tony an email if he found an ACRONYM for INCENTIVE
AOLAutomatically Online Loser Jeff Anonymous (in reference to what many people think about users of America Online)
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APACHEAlways Pretty And Creative Html Everywhere Sean Lamb (Apache is the server software that runs the vast majority of the web)
APACHE (2)A Program Answering Comon Http Enquiries Sean Lamb (Apache is the server software that runs the vast majority of web sites)
ASFAdvanced Spamming Format ASF = Advanced Streaming Format (Microsoft)
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BAUDBlazing Access Using Dialup Steve Keate
BBNBuilding Better Networks BBN = Bolt, Baranek & Newman, one of the companies that helped build the infrastructure of the internet.
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CABLECrappy Asyncronous Bandwidth Limited Experience SafT
CABLE (2)Connect And Begin Leeching Excessively Angela Brett
CANNOT FIND SERVERConnectivity Across Network Nodes Often Tangles Files Innocently Named. Decent Security Ever Requires Vigilance, Especially Remotely Sean Lamb
CHAT BOARDSCan Have A 'Talk' But Only At Roaming Digits' Speed Angela Brett
CHATROOM ACRONYMSCommon, Hardly Artistic Typing Reducers... Often Original Meanings Aren't Consciously Recalled, Only Nonsense You Mechanically Say. Angela Brett, referring to the way many people reflexively type LOL when they didn't laugh out loud, and even go as far as typing LOLOLOLOLOLOL for emphasis, which makes no sense at all.
Words & Wordplay:Acronyms about Acronyms
CIPACan't I Play Anywhere? Thinking about what the CIPA (Childrens' Internet Protection Act) really means for American libraries and schools
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People & Relationships:Law & Order
CIPA (2)Censoring Internet Pages Always Thinking about what the CIPA (Childrens' Internet Protection Act) really means for American libraries and schools
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People & Relationships:Law & Order
CIPA (3)Congress Institutes Protections Awkwardly Thinking about what the CIPA (Childrens' Internet Protection Act) really means for American libraries and schools
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People & Relationships:Law & Order
COMMUNITYConnection Of Many Minds - Usually Nowadays It's Typed Yabbering. Angela Brett
People & Relationships
DIALUPDelves Into Analogue Line's Untapped Potential Angela Brett
DNSDotted Numbers Synonyms Angela Brett (DNS usually stands for Domain Name System)
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DOMAIN NAMEDotcom Operation Means Acquiring Internet Name Nobody's Already Made Exclusive Tony McCoy O'Grady
DOT COMDoesn't Own Tradable Commodities - Owes Money Tony McCoy O'Grady: Dotcoms usually don't 'do' much and frequently lose money or are in debt since their inception.
Commerce
DSLDarned Speedy Link! Angela Brett, as an alternate expansion of the more common Digital Subscriber Line or Direct Satellite Link.
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DSL (2)Download Something Large Angela Brett, as an alternate expansion of the more common Digital Subscriber Line.
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DSL (7)Dialup's So Lame! Angela Brett, as an alternate expansion of the more common Digital Subscriber Line.
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DSL (8)Don't Surf Lightly Edwin Hermann, as an alternate expansion of the more common Digital Subscriber Line.
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DSL (9)Dunderheads Surf Loudly Jeff Anonymous, in reference to loud dialup modems (as opposed to Digital Subscriber Line)... no offense intended :)
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EBAYExcellent Buys Available! Yesterday! Roger Williams
Commerce
E-MAILEmitting Messages Along Internet "Lines" Tony McCoy O'Grady
EMAILEmbarassingly, My Account Is Lacking Gavin Lambert, when his email address changed
E-MAIL (2)Electronic Memos Are In Line Jan Morgan
EMAIL ADDRESSESEach Man's 'At' Is Like A Direct Delivery Route - Envelopes, Stamps, Streets Electronically Superseded Angela Brett
EMAIL ADDRESSES (2)Excessive Millions Are Immediately Live After Doing Domain Registration - Eighty Similar Spams Every Second. Angela Brett - if you buy a domain name you can have every conceivable username @ that domain go to you, but spammers might send the same spam to many of the addresses hoping they're for separate people.
EMOTICON (2)Eyes, Mouth Or Teeth - It's Copied Over Network Tony McCoy O'Grady
EMOTICON (3)Ever More Obtuse - These Indicators Convey Overt Nonseriousness Tony McCoy O'Grady, saying: .....there are emoticons for emotions I've neither heard of, nor experienced! %^&/>
EMOTICON (5)Electronic Mail's Oft-Typed Indicator Conveying One's Nuances Angela Brett
EMOTICONSEach Message On The Internet Contains Our Nonsensical Shapes Tony McCoy O'Grady
ENGLISH (3)Email's Now Global - Language Is Surely Hegemonic! Tony McCoy O'Grady
Science:Linguistics
EPISTLEEveryday Post Is Slow! This Letter's Electronic. Tony McCoy O'Grady
EUDORAEmail Utility Demonstrates Over Reaching Achievement Gavin Lambert, who really likes it - most of the time!
EUDORA (2)Eponym's Unpronounceable. Dummies Only Rarely Accurate. Sean Lamb (who has heard too many users say "Endora" when they really mean "Eudora")
FORBIDDEN ACCESSFinding Oneself Repulsed By Internet Domain, Do Everything Necessary About Creating Complaint - Email Someone Sensible. Tony McCoy O'Grady, in response to the same outage of the Acronyms forums which prompted Jeff's FOUR OH THREE.
Communication:Acronyms Forums
FORUMS (3)Found Online, Responses Usually Mean Something Sean Lamb
GOOGLEGoing Off On Gigantic Lexicon Enterprise W. Kline
GOOGLE (2)Global Operation Often Goes Locating Expressions Tony McCoy O'Grady
GOOGLE (3)Great Oracle - Only Gives Live Entries Gavin Lambert
GOOGLE (5)Google Organizes Our General Links Everyday Apronymous Anonymous
HI SPEED INTERNETHooray! I Surf Porn Exceedingly Efficiently! Do I Need To Eat? Rest? Nope, Ebay Time! Robert Anonymous
HOTMAILHow One Tells Microsoft Administration Is Lacking Sean Lamb
HOTMAIL (2)Has Own Talking Messengers At Indivdual's Location Jan Morgan
HTMLHow They Make Links Tony McCoy O'Grady (HTML usually stands for HyperText Markup Language)
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HTTPHere's That Titled Page Tony McCoy O'Grady - People seem to think that 'http://www.co.nz' is the 'name' of a page, rather than the 'address'. (HTTP usually stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol)
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HTTP (2)How They Transfer Pages Angela Brett, inspired by HTML. HTTP usually stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol.
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INSTANT MESSAGINGImmediate Notes Speeding To Anothers Note Typing Memos, Every Second So Answers Get Instantaneous Notice Gaddingabout Jan Morgan
INTERNET (2)International Non-Tangible Ethereal Reticule Neatly Encapsulating Technology Tony McCoy O'Grady
INTERNET (3)I Need To Email Romantic Notes Everywhere Tonight Rico Leffanta
ISDNIt's So Darn Neat! Angela Brett
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ISDN (2)It Still Does Nothing Acronymous Anonymous
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ISDN (3)I See Dollars Now Chuck Banks
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ISDN (4)Is Someone Dreaming Nonsense? Chuck Banks
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ISP (2)It Starves, Profitless Angela Brett, as a modification of Jeff's ISP.
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Commerce
ISP (3)It's Slow & Pathetic Tony McCoy O'Grady
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ISP (4)Intermittent Squeaky Pauses Tony McCoy O'Grady
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ISP (6)I'm Sorely Peeved! Tony McCoy O'Grady, in reference to Jeff's ISP
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Commerce
ISP (7)Internet Stopper Plugged Jeff Anonymous (in reference to what'll happen when @home finally does go down the loo...well, I have AOL on the side just in case)
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Commerce
ISP (8)It Seeks Profit Jeff Anonymous, as a modification of ISP
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Commerce
LINKLocates Internet Networked Knowledge Gavin Lambert
LOW GEARLeaves One Wondering... Geeks Evidently Aren't Responding. Angela Brett, when the IRC #math channel was rather quiet and somebody said it was in low gear.
MAIL ADDRESSMailing Address Information Lapsed! Another Disaster? Damage Reversed, Everybody See Signature Gavin Lambert
METAFILTERMaybe Everyone That Asked For It Likes To Explore Reasoning Sean Lamb (expanding an unsuccesssful search)
MULTIBABELMost Uninteresting Language Typed In, But After Butchering Elicits Laughter! Angela Brett, referring to http://www.tashian.com/multibabel/ which uses the automated translation at babelfish.altavista.com to translate English into several different languages and back consecutively. The results can be most amusing!
Science:Linguistics
NETNow Everyone's Thieves Sean Lamb (NET, in this reference, is the acronym given by the US Congress to the No Electronic Theft Act, which is supposed to simplify criminal prosecution for distributing proprietary files online)
Re-expansions of existing acronyms
People & Relationships:Law & Order
NET PRESENT VALUENot Estimable! This Priceless Resource Enables Sending Electronic Notes To Virtually Anyone Living & Using Electricity. Angela Brett, thinking of the present value of the 'net.
PATENT (2)Patent Application Truthful? Eolas Needs Tutoring Sean Lamb (the patent office is called to terms by the W3C with prior art on Eolas's web embedding patent)
People & Relationships:Law & Order
PC ROMANCE (2)Private Chat Room: Old Maids Actually Nastily Claim Exoticism Jeff Anonymous
People & Relationships:Love & Lust
PINGProbably Instigating No Good. Steve Keate, while wondering while people online were pinging him.
POPPorn's Offered Plentifully Tony McCoy O'Grady, of Post Office Protocol. (I get more junk mail than stuff I want to read)
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POP (2)Prolong One's Penis Angela Brett, in response to POP, as many spam offers to do just that.
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RSHReal Security Hole The rsh (Remote SHell) daemon is one of the system processes that is often compromised for server hacks.
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SEARCHSeek Every Available Resource Checking Hits Tony McCoy O'Grady
Communication
SLIPSending Little Internet Packets Sean Lamb (SLIP = Serial Line Internet Protocol)
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SLOW DOWNLOADSerious Logjam On Web Documents Open Without Necessary Links - Obviously A Disaster Tony McCoy O'Grady
SLOW EMAILSSecurity Loophole Of Windows Eats Messages After Inundating Linux Servers? Angela Brett -- Email through my email forwarder has been taking a long time to arrive lately, and I wonder if it has to do with extra load on servers due to the latest Windows virus.
SMTPShove Mail Through Postbox Tony McCoy O'Grady (SMTP usually stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)
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SMTP (2)Server Mauled The Postie? Angela Brett, thinking especially of an SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server running Yellow Dog Linux, since SMTP is sort of like a postman, and posties often get mauled by dogs.
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SMTP (3)Send Messages To People Angela Brett (SMTP usually stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)
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SPAMSend People Annoying Mail Angela Brett
SPAM (2)Stupid People Are Many Steve Keate, referring to the people who mindlessly forward spam.
SPAM (3)Sometimes Promises Ample Money Angela Brett
SPAM (8)Some Particularly Aggravating Mail Angela Brett
SPAM (10)Students Propagate Annoying Messages Acronymous Anonymous
SPAM (11)Students Propagate Anonymous Mailings Acronymous Anonymous
SPAM (12)Students Propagate Assinine Mailings Acronymous Anonymous
SPAM (14)Shoves Products At Me Angela Brett
SPAM (16)Scams, Phishing And Maliciousness Bruce Siegel
SPAM (17)Short Pointless Annoying Message Lingwo
SPAM (18)Stupid People Advertising Merchandise Rebecca G. Listening to a news report on spammers and Canada's Privacy Act
SPAM (19)Special Purpose Army Mailer The AKO mail team
SPAMMEDSome Putzhead Apparently Multiply Messaged Eventless Discussion. Jeff Anonymous, after someone posted a URL multiple times on the Apronyms Forums.
Communication:Acronyms Forums
SSHSuperb System Handler Jeff Anonymous (SSH usually stands for Secure Shell)
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SUBSCRIBESign Up By Sending Command, Receipt Is By Email Sean Lamb (who has been on more listservs than he can remember)
TCP/IPTo Connect Properly, Install Properly Tony McCoy O'Grady (TCP/IP usually stands for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol)
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TELNET (2)The Easy Lane - Not Even Tricky Jeff Anonymous (Reflecting on the lack in Telnet of the encryption found in SSH)
TELNET (3)To Email, Learn Numbered, Esoteric Tetrads Angela Brett - I occasionally check my email using a telnet client, and many of the necessary POP commands have four letters and a message number.
USENETUsers Sometimes Even Nasally Expel Tea Jeff Anonymous, answering a failed search, and referring to such newsgroup acronyms as "c|n>s" (coffee through nose to screen)
WEBWait Endlessly, Browse Edwin Hermann
WEB (2)World Exchange Base Mick Bridgstock
WEB IMAGESWith Every Browser In Mind, 'Alt's Give Essential Synopsis. Angela Brett (the 'alt' attribute of an image in HTML specifies the text which shows if the image is not loaded. It's usually good to fill something in so that people using text-only browsers or slow modems know what the picture is of, especially if it's a picture of text which they need to see to make sense of the page.)
WEBTVWas Enlisted By Trainee, Variant Jan Morgan -- not a computer but can get SOME internet functions. A beginner's choice.
WIKIPEDIAWhat I Know Is Perfect, Encyclopedia's Definition Is Augmented. Tony McCoy O'Grady I really like the idea of Wikipedia, particularly the notion that people can add extra detail to an entry in an area they know a lot about.
WIKIPEDIA (2)Which Idiot Keeps Inserting Patently Erroneous Details Into Archive? Tony McCoy O'Grady, mindful that the strength of WIKIPEDIA is also a weakness.
WIKIPEDIA (3)Well It's Knowlege Is Perfect, Except Don't Invest Assurance Sean Lamb
WORLD WIDE WEBWell Organised Reticulation Linked Directly With Immense, Disjointed Electronic World - Engage Browser! Tony McCoy O'Grady
YAHOOYak At Hearts Opponents Online Angela Brett (Hearts is one of the games available at http://games.yahoo.com, you can converse or 'yak' with other players while playing.)
Computers:Games
ZOPEZero Online Publishing Equivalents Sean Lamb (Zope is a web page programming environment)