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Applet
A program, normally small that will perform a certain task. Java applets are now common place on the web creating scrolling text effects, interactive buttons and online chat rooms.
ASCII
(American Standard Code for Information Interchange) - The world-wide standard of code numbers used by computers to represent all the upper- and lower-case Latin letters, numbers, and punctuation. There are 128 standard ASCII codes, each of which can be represented by a 7-digit binary number, 0000000 through 1111111.
ASP Active server pages
Active server pages are pages written in a Microsoft scripting language that are often used for database creation. Unlike normal web pages asp pages are usually created in response to a users input, like the pages that are created as a result of database query.
Auto responder
This refers to a feature of e-mail that will send an automatic reply to an e-mail received by a specific e-mail account. Examples of this include vacation messages where the e-mail sent is saved but an automated reply is sent out saying that the user will reply in person when he/she gets back from vacation.
Backbone
Backbone is a word often used to refer to the physical connections of the internet. The backbone is a collection of high capacity cables that connect most of the major cities in the world to the internet.
Bandwidth
Bandwidth is the amount of information that can flow to a certain point on the internet. ISP’s usually categorize this as either T1 or T3 to indicate the amount of data that can flow to and from their servers. Bandwidth has also come to mean the amount of data that an individual web site can send in a month often measured in GB’s or Thousands of MB’s
Baud
The baud rate of a modem is how many bits it can send or receive per second.
BinHex
(BINary HEXadecimal) - A method for converting non-text files into ASCII files. This is required because Internet email can only handle ASCII files.
Bit
Smallest unit of data either a 1 or a 0, and on its own a single bit has no use other then telling whether something is on or off, but when you combine bits they can provide the power needed to perform any task.
Bookmark
A pointer to a Web site of interest. Within browsers, pages can be "bookmarked" for quick reference, rather than remembering and typing the complete URL in the address bar.

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