Magazine article Techniques

Talking the Talk

Magazine article Techniques

Talking the Talk

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The Internet offers a wealth of information and access capability to public documents. But there is no official group that oversees the system nor are there strong codes of conduct. Therefore, users should guard their private information as they would with any stranger. If you find a newsgroup or chat room offensive, leave it. If you get flamed by a fellow user, inform your Internet service provider, which can issue a warning or even revoke the person's online privileges.

What's a newsgroup, you ask? How does one get "flamed?" Read on for more Net definitions.

log on

To enter a protected computer system, you have to enter a password to identify yourself.

emoticon

A combination of keyboard characters that depicts an expressive face turned sideways. For example, :-) is a smiley face, which indicates happiness. :-& is tongue-tied.

newsgroup

Forum for people to discuss a particular topic. …

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