I met a friend for dinner who found out that someone broke into his online accounts. Naturally, he was concerned about his data, but also the amount of time it would take to fix the problem. I told him one way to reduce the risk of account breaches is to use something called "two factor
What Does This Term Mean?
Technology is full of acronyms, abbreviations, slang and a whole bunch of strange terms. The problem is too many people think we know what these terms mean.
In this section, I try to explain some of these.
There was a lot of interest in websites that show searches from search engines like Google and Yahoo! These sites displayed your query results side by side. The approach is interesting, but if people are looking for combined results, a better approach might be a metasearch engine. (Update:
USB or universal serial bus has been around since the mid-nineties. Although the technology is ubiquitous, people are still confused by some USB types and limitations. I’ll admit it can be confusing, but I’m glad I no longer have to wrestle with parallel and serial ports. I’ll explain the
Have you every browsed the web and seen a reference to OPML? If you were to look up the abbreviation, you would see it stands for “outline processor markup language”. It’s used for describing outline-based content like articles and play lists. I think a better representation is “other people’s
An interesting email question came in about MIMO. The reader wanted to know what it was and if these broadband routers could help solve his wireless situation. Defining MIMO is the easier part. The harder part is finding out if all MIMO routers should be considered. MIMO technology is used in
One of the lesser-known, but important computer files is the hosts file. It's a basic text file without a file extension that was designed to map or override IP addresses before accessing a domain name server. While often used for running a development website, it's also used to block domains.
ActiveX sounds like a complex term, but it's not. It is a way to make programs interactive using a set of controls and rules. You might think of them as small browser apps that assist with videos and games. The controls are seen mostly in Internet Explorer including IE 11 or browser extensions