Internet Jargon Glossary
Before the FAQ's there has to be the Glossary to cover all those pieces of computer jargon that people without a clue can actually appreciate.
If you spy anything thats not added to the glossary, then please post it into this thread (including links), and I shall keep the first post updated.
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Agent = (See also Robot & Spider), an Agent is used to obtain Data from a persons machine and called an Agent because of particular "Agencies" methods of gaining data. Agents are usually used for "Spyware" to collect data from spying.
A.I = Artificial Intelligence. A.I. is something that has captured attention for many years, ever since the first release of thew film "Metropolis" (circa 1927) that contained a plot of a mechanised world creating robotic labour. A.I. has been something that people have aspired to build and many authors have added to the construction of potential rules of governing. (i.e. Isaac Asimov)
Such Mathematicians as Alan Turing during and after a time of war where the use of computers was being tested for it's code crunching ability, He questioned as to if one day, machines will think for themselves.
This spawned the rules of the Turing test, and later generated the Loebner prize.
There are multiple types of A.I. in creation to list them here would be absurd, how ever the most notible at present is www.mit.edu, however due to the nature of the tests/prizes the number of groups, universities and companies increases towards a common goal.
Backdoor = Backdoors use to be common place when people were creating programs so they could get round security if necessary, But with the first emergence of hackers in the late 70's - early 80's, backdoors were pretty much obsleted.
Over the past 10 years though, it's known that government bodies around the world have asked for backdoors to be incorporated into programs to aid legal parties in obtaining data. (Notibly with keys to encryption)
This means although the backdoors are encoded, they still exist within the programs.
Boot = A boot doesn't mean "kick the computer", (although some might find that's an alternative.) Boot actually means a reset/reload of the operating system, program or computer itself. There are different time of boot's.
Soft-Boot: Is usually a combination of keypresses or telling the OS to exit.
Hard-Boot: Is when a person actually turns the power off from the computer and on again.
Re-Boot: usually means a Hard-Boot, and is usually a command that is asked to be done after something has installed.
Bot = short for Robot (See also Agent & Spider), Bot's are usually used for obtaining data through Datamining. They comprise of code that does a repetative automated task like searching for data. Such Robot's can be used by search engines to track for updates to websites, or by spammers to gain e-mail addresses from websites.