Computer Terminology - E

This web page looks at some of the terminology associated with the Computer Industry. This appendix is not to be deemed as complete but does cover a large range of common terminology.

If you find a term not covered in this file you may Email Button and list the word (computer connected terminology ONLY). We will endeavour to locate the meaning and respond to you. If we consider it a common enough term, we will add it to our list. New terminology (with explanation) may also be submitted for consideration.

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eBanking: Banking that is done electronically, generally using the Internet

eCard: Electronic greeting cards.

eCash: Electronic money designed to be used over a network or stored on cards similar to credit cards. Ecash is still more of an idea than a practical reality, largely due to security concerns.

eCommerce: This refers to commerce that is operated over an electronic medium. It is generally associated with commerce that is transacted on the Internet.

eForm: An electronic form that is filled out by a user and sent over a network. They are typically used to place orders or provide feedback. Eforms can be placed on web pages or in Java applets and usually contain text boxes, buttons, and other components.

EIDE: A bus communication protocol.

Electronic Frontier Foundation: To quote their mission statement, "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and access to public resources and information online, as well as to promote responsibility in new media." Their WWW site is located at

email: Electronic mail, the computer-based exchange of mail.

Email Address: This is the address given to an individual Internet access. Each address is different to ensure the mail is delivered. It is highly accurate providing you get the address EXACTLY RIGHT. One character that is incorrect will cause the whole system to fail. The e-mail address consists of the provider domain plus a user id

email never-neverland: A fictitious "place" where lost email is said to wind up.

email overload: The state of being completely overwhelmed by the amount of email one has received.

emoticon: A cute sideways face created by using special characters on the keyboard. Used to express emotions without words. For example, this winking face ;-) indicates "I'm joking", this sad face :-( expresses sadness or "I'm sulking". If this makes no sense, turn your head sideways and look again. Also known as a "smiley".

Encryption: A method of encoding data that can only be read by those for whom it is intended.

Equalisation (EQ): The use of electronics to vary the volume of certain frequency ranges of a sound source.

Ethernet: A standard method of connecting computers to a local area network using coaxial cable invented by Robert Metcalfe at Xerox PARC in the early 1970s.

eWord: The use of the letter e in front of any word (usually a noun) is generally taken to mean the electronic version of the same word.

Exabyte: A terminology for measuring memory size in computers and is equal to 1024 Petabytes or 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 bytes - generally rounded to being 1000 Petabytes or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. Not yet in popular use. Abbreviation is Eb.

Excite: An Internet search engine at

execute: To process or run a computer program.

eyeballs: A viewing audience for a WWW site.

eZine: An electronic magazine.

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