Computer Terminology - N

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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nanosecond: A measurement of time. There are 1,000,000,000 nanoseconds in a second.

nastygram: A disapproving or flaming piece of email.

Navigator: A web browser application from Netscape.

NDA: See Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Net: An obvious abbreviation of Internet. This term finds very common usage amongst those who use it on a regular basis

Netiquette: The rules of Internet Operations. Most of these are either common sense or common courtesy.

netlag: A condition that occurs on the Internet in which response time is greatly slowed due to heavy traffic.

netnews: The content of USENET. See also USENET.

Network: Computers that are connected to other computers for the purpose of sharing information.

Network Adaptor: An expansion card that connects a computer to the cables of a network and transmits the type of signals used throughout the network. On some computers, mainly portables, the adaptor may be an external device, not a card.

net.god: An individual who has achieved an exulted status due to notable technical accomplishments. This accolade is most frequently applied to those who have played a role in creating and developing USENET or the Internet.

net lingo: The slang commonly used on the Internet.

net.police: Those who feel it's their appointed role to flame perceived violations of Netiquette.

net surfing: Browsing or exploring a network or the World Wide Web to find places of interest, usually without a specific goal in mind. Analogous to channel surfing with a TV remote control.

newbie: A network newcomer, one who is new to the world of online communications. Sometimes used incorrectly as a pejorative term, as in "clueless newbie." See also power newbie and knowbie.

newsgroup: A public place where messages are posted for public consumption and response.

Non-Disclosure Agreement: (abbreviation: NDA) A contract commonly used by computer companies to protect the confidentiality of unreleased products. Software developers, reporters, and sometimes beta testers are often required to sign these before they are given access to either information about upcoming products or the product itself.

NSFnet: One of the Internet's primary backbone networks.

nuke: To intentionally delete the entire contents of a given directory, hard drive, or storage volume.

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