Over the course of time I have established my own vocabulary: I use terms that aren't really words, or I use words in a way that perverts their proper usage. This document defines some of these terms and phrases for you.

Most recently added term:   grep [14 November 2002]

Somebody who understands how to configure and modify the Apache webserver software. Apache is a great piece of open source software that is used heavily to drive websites. We want to learn about Apache.

boss man (or boss person)
The person that relies on you (the programmer) for their success. I've had numerous bosses and those that I've liked the best are those that left me alone.

core dump
When huge amounts of information is dispensed without interruption. To me, a good Instructor is one that is good at core dumping on a variety of computing-related topics.

A person that accesses a machine without permission. Here is a detailed definition from Webopedia. A cracker should not be confused with a hacker. As a rule hackers do not like crackers. Hackers are generally good, crackers are almost always bad. [ More... | Wikipedia: Hacking]

I've adopted Donald Knuth's suggestion and dropped the hyphen from e-mail. In fact, I dropped the hyphen on all "e-" phrases (e.g. ecommerce, ezine, eboard, echat, esoldier, etc.), but this idea did not work. [e.g. If you write emotion then is it the word emotion or is it e-motion?]

Unix systems come with a command named grep that searches files for patterns. Anytime I need to search for anything, then I need to grep for it. Example: I need to grep for my keys.

The first webpage of a website is it's homepage. Some people use webpages called "splash screens," but I don't do them. The first webpage to a website is the most important webpage. It better be good if you want people to be continuous visitors to your website.

A hyper-link is a select-able connection from one word (or phrase), picture, or information object to another. Hyperlinks are used in hyper-text (hypertext) systems. In many instances, the term link is used to mean hyperlink. The hyperlink -- so simple, yet so powerful. I like to exclaim... the Power of the Hyperlink.

A hyperlink is suffering from linkrot if clicking on it results in some sort of a "page not found error." Linkrot sucks. A good website should be void of linkrot. GDT suffers from serious linkrot. [In some cases, a hyperlink suffering linkrot is referred to as a stale hyperlink.]

memory leak
The inability to remember certain things. I use age for excuse, but sometimes I think it is true. The older I get, the more memory leaks I experience.

Large quantities of important things that are collected together and given the name stuff. There is good stuff and bad stuff.

Something that is really, really bad. Awful. Terrible. Worst than having an ingrown toe nail surgically removed by a quack. Here is a website that doesn't suck, its called [Note: During late 2001 people stopped working on These days the website displays archived postings.]

swapped out
When one's mind goes blank. (Happens to me all the time.)

SysAdmin refers to system administration or system administrators (I am forever mis-typing the word administrator).

A file fetched from the Internet that is displayed in a browser.

Software that is responsible for fetching Internet resources.

A collection of one or more related webpages.

YAA is Yet-Another-Ancronym. YAA stems from the Unix yacc command. The yacc command is yet-another-compiler-compiler (i.e. it is a command the can be used to write a compiler program). I have defined YABO (Yet-Another-Buffer-Overflow) and YACO (Yet-Another-Computer-Organization) and YACLL (Yet-Another-C-Like-Language).


A small, fast down-loading screen that focuses on a specific topic. These items typically contain numerous hyperlinks.

GDT contains numerous bloggers such as the MOTD, Internet Observer, Security Watchdog, Unix and Linux Logger, Computing Bits, and Biotech Trekker.

A course put on by me -- GDT (i.e. G.D. Thurman).

An electronic finger (efinger). This resource allows me to give somebody the Finger via the Internet. [click for an offensive finger]

A small piece of information (usually of a personal nature) that is of little or no importance. [ RFC 3092::Etymology of Foo]

The way we acknowledge those who provide good stuff to use on the website.

Author: Gerald D. Thurman []
Created: 15 July 1999