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Paul Gil

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By Paul Gil

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    • What Are Litecoins? How Are Litecoins Different from Bitcoins? Created: Saturday, April 19, 2014 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Litecoin digital currency has been around since late 2011. In 2014, this currency is getting more and more respect from the masses as it has proven itself as a viable form of personal wealth, and its big brother Bitcoins has seen tremendous market capitalization. About.com explains more on Litecoins and how they work...
    • What Is 'SSL'? What Is 'SSH'? Created: Thursday, August 13, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      You see these odd technical expressions around the Net. Techie guys say "we use full SSL for our shopping carts" or "our network administrators use full SSH management techniques". But what exactly do these terms mean?
    • What Is an 'IP Address'? Is It the Same as 'Domain Name'? Created: Thursday, July 12, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      You see this "ip address" expression more and more. Your computer has an ip address, your phone has an ip address. Even Coke machines have ip addresses. But what exactly is an "ip address"? About.c...
    • What Is 'SaaS' (Software as a Service)? Created: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      You will hear the expression, 'SaaS', more and more. As the 21st Century marches on, there are going to be fundamental changes to how people use their computers, and SaaS/cloud computing is destin...
    • Step-by-Step: How to Configure Your Computer to Play Music in Teamspeak 3 Created: Friday, September 14, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Gamers and Mumble Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in Teamspeak 3 using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.
    • What Exactly Is 'Codec'? Why Would I Ever Need It? Created: Monday, August 07, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      "Codec" is a technical term for the "compression/decompression" of large downloadble files. Commonly associated with music and movie files transmitted through the Internet, codec works like this...
    • Definition: "Cache" in Computers Created: Saturday, September 24, 2005 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Glossary of Internet Terminology, from the About Network: "cache"
    • Emoticons and Smileys 101 Created: Saturday, February 07, 2004 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Emoticons are modern day hieroglyphs. These 'emotional icons' are used as creative shorthand in email and text message conversations to convey emotion and style. Here is a list of both the common a...
    • The Best Memes of the Last 15 Years Created: Saturday, October 01, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Here they are: the Greatest Internet Memes, distinguished by popularity over the last 15 years on the Web...
    • How do I play .bin, .cue, .dat and .rar movie files? Created: Sunday, February 20, 2005 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Are you having problems playing a .rar or .bin file movie? Frustrated over why your 24-hour download isn't showing for you? Here is the explanation of how to play downloaded movies in .bin, .cue, a...
    • What Is 'Ermahgerd'? What Does It Mean? Created: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      You've likely seen 'ermahgerd', or its abbreviated 'gerd' on Facebook pages, Reddit links, or lolcat photos. This modern derogatory expression has come about as both a meme and a verbal expression of 'stupdity'. About.com explains ermahgerd here...
    • What Does 'O.P.' Stand For? What Does It Mean? Created: Saturday, April 30, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      You've seen the expression 'OP' used in an online forum? What exactly does OP stand for? About.com explains this curious OP abbreviation here...
    • What Is 'DH'? What Does DH Stand For? Created: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      People regularly use the strange abbreviation
    • Android Tablet Web Surfing: A Quickstart Guide for New Tablet Owners Created: Saturday, May 26, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Congratulations on your new Android tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich operating system? There is much ahead to learn, but the basics won't take very long. About.com has assembled a quick reference gui...
    • What Is 'IP version 6'? Why Is IPv6 Important to Internet Users? Created: Thursday, June 07, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Perhaps you've read the IPv4 is 'running out of addresses', and that something called 'IPv6' is going to solve the problem. This is indeed the case, and About.com explains why here...
    • What Is 'Whaling'? Is Whaling Like 'Spear Phishing'? Created: Monday, April 04, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      And no, we're not talking about fish. Learn what "whaling" and "spear phishing" mean and how to protect yourself from scammers.
    • What Is 'ASP' (Application Service Provider)? Created: Sunday, October 04, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      "Application service provider" is remote software that you access through a web browser. Learn more about ASP, including benefits and downsides.
    • What Is 'Port Forwarding'? How Do I Set My Own Port Forwards? Created: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      You hear about 'port forwarding' as a way to improve your download and game speeds, but what exactly is port forwarding? About.com explains how port forwards work, and where you can get information on configuring your own computer ports...
    • The Top 10 Internet/Email Scams Created: Monday, January 16, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2014. See examples and explanations here...
    • What Is 'TMI'? What Does It Mean? Created: Thursday, September 02, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      You see this peculiar "TMI" expression in online games or in instant messages. But what exactly does "TMI" mean?
    • Torrents 101: How Torrent Downloading Works Created: Saturday, January 01, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Torrent sharing is the contemporary way to download music and movie files from the Internet. More popular than Kazaa and eDonkey, bittorrent sharing is actually quite easy to learn. Here is a 10-minute tutorial on using bittorrents.
    • The Most Addictive Sites on the Web, 2013 Created: Sunday, January 06, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Here they are: the most infectious and addictive websites of 2013. Photo blogs, online confessions, animals being cute for the camera, sarcasm and cynicism, bizarre news... there is something for e...
    • PeerBlock Firewall: Keep Your P2P Private on Windows 7 Created: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      PeerBlock is a powerful firewall product designed for P2P users to protect their computers from unauthorized searches by private agencies and corporations like the RIAA, MPAA, or MediaDefender."
    • The Top 10 eBay Newbie Mistakes, 2014 Created: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Are you still new to the eBay universe? Are you self-taught, and still working on getting your feedback into the triple digits? If so, perhaps you have committed one of these 10 tragic mistakes. Ab...
    • Texting Abbreviations, 2014 Created: Saturday, February 19, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The worlds of text messaging, email, and online discussions have spawned hundreds of bizarre jargon words.
    • What Is 'Flaming'? Created: Thursday, December 24, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      'Flaming', or 'to flame', means to attack someone verbally online. Flaming entails insults or any outright hostility directed at a specific person.
    • How to Download Torrents: a Beginner's Guide to Torrent File Sharing Created: Thursday, December 23, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Torrent downloading is the most popular form of internet use today (as measured by sheer volume of data). If you want to try torrent downloading, here are the essentials of getting started as a tor...
    • How to Tell If a Movie Torrent File Is Fake Created: Friday, July 09, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      There are always bad people who will abuse and deceive others in any system. In the case of P2P file sharing, abusive users will try to spread viruses or attempt to bilk others of cash by spreading...
    • Top Torrent Download Sites Created: Thursday, July 21, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      By volume of data, bittorrent file sharing is the most popular form of internet use today. Torrents have become the new backbone of P2P file sharing. At the center of this P2P frenzy: the Top Torre...
    • What Is a 'Meme'? What Are Examples of Modern Internet Memes? Created: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      You have undoubtedly experienced modern internet memes, but may not be aware of it. Perhaps you have been "Rickrolled", or watched a video of the "Star Wars Kid". All of these, and more, are modern Internet memes. About.com explains memes here...
    • Nasty People on the Internet Created: Thursday, March 22, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Here are the nasty individuals who will grief you on the Web: trolls, phishermen, cyberstalkers, scammers, spammers, hackers and more. Don't let your online experiences get tainted by these digit...
    • Reasons Why Highspeed Internet Can Become Sluggish Created: Saturday, April 23, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Your ISP claims that you will get 8 megabits per second Internet download speed. But your computer seems really slow to open Web pages. Why is that? Are there some technical problems that can be ...

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