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Glossary

administrator

1. A person who oversees the operation of a network. 2. A person responsible for installing programs on a network and configuring them for distribution to workstations. This person may also update security settings on workstations.

alert

A dialog box that appears in a graphical user interface (GUI) to signal that an error has occurred, or to provide a warning.

alias

A shortcut icon that points to an original object such as a file, folder, or disk.

browser

A software application that makes navigating the Internet easy by providing a graphical user interface. This lets the user click menus, icons, or buttons rather than learn difficult computer commands. Also called a Web client.

compressed file

A file that has been compressed using a special data storage format in order to save space on your disk.

compression

Using a mathematical algorithm to process data from a file or disk, such that the resulting data occupies less physical space on the disk. Individual files or entire disks can be compressed by various types of utility software.

document file

A file that is created by, or associated with, a program and contains no executable code. Examples include word processing documents, databases, and spreadsheets.

download

To transfer a file from one computer system to another, through a modem or network. Download usually refers to the act of transferring a file from the Internet, a BBS (bulletin board system), or a service such as America Online.

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