Computer Terminology - L

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.

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LAN: See Local Area Network.

leased line: A permanently established connection between computers over a dedicated phone line which is leased from a telephone carrier. See also dedicated line.

line noise: Static over a telephone line that interferes with network communications.

link: A highlighted word or picture within a hypertext document that when clicked bring you to another place within the document or to another document altogether. See also hyperlink.

list server: An automated mailing list distribution system. List servers maintain a list of email addresses to be used for mass emailing. Subscribing and unsubscribing to the list is accomplished by sending a properly formatted email message to the list server.

Linux: An alternative operating system developed initially by Linus Torvalds in 1991 and is a Unix like system for the Personal Computer.

Local Area Network (LAN): Two or more computers connected by cable and using a suitable operating system and application software so they can directly share hard disks, printers, other peripherals, and files. The network operates within a defined localised area.

LOL: Abbreviation for Laughing Out Loud.

loop: A programming technique of creating a series of repeating actions. Usually, there is some event specified as part of the loop which triggers the ending of the repetitious action.

lurk: To hang out in an area without directly participating. For example, when you're new to a discussion group or chat room, it's a good idea to lurk and become familiar with its scope and general rules before posting. Lurking is perfectly acceptable in cyberspace; the negative connotations of the standard English usage does not apply. See also "delurk".

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