Dictionary of Computer Terms?

Category: Reference

I'm wondering if there is a 'definitions' website that provides free definitions for people who do not know what every little computer term means. I consider myself something of a computer geek and I am the basic 'go to' in my company, but I have almost no knowledge of the technical aspects of computerdom. I just want a site where I can find a simple definition of a computer terms and how it pertains to what I am doing right now.

Yes, there are a few good sites for finding plain English translations of computer terms.

The Free Online Dictionary of Computing, also known as FOLDOC, is (according to its creator) "a searchable dictionary of acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architectures, operating systems, networking, theory, mathematics, telecomms, institutions, companies, projects, history, in fact anything to do with computing."

Yes, but does it come with free steak knives?

FOLDOC - http://foldoc.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/index.html

WhatIS.com is a computer and Internet dictionary and encyclopedia. It contains over 4,500 individual encyclopedic definition/topics, a number of "Fast Reference" pages and learning tools. The topics contain about 12,000 hyperlinked cross-references between definition-topics and to other sites for further information. The site is constantly updated.

WHATIS - http://www.whatis.com

If those two sites don't help you find the knowledge you seek, try Yahoo's "Computers and Internet > Dictionaries" category here:


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10 Aug 2005

I am hungry for learning the same things as your reader, so I signed up for Webopedia's Term of the Day. (webopedia.com) Every day I get a new term in my inbox, and each defined term has numerous links included for some of the other words used in the definitions and explanations. So I can explore more things on a topic for as long as I want on their website. About once a month I get an "ad" for a Jupiter Webcast seminar, and that's about the only inconvenience. If I am too busy or the term is something I don't care to learn about, I delete it.

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23 Feb 2006

What is the definition for POST?

EDITOR'S NOTE: That would either be "the thing you tie a horse to" or "Power-On System Test".

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23 Feb 2009

There is a saying that goes something like "You should try to learn something new every day". Well, thanks to you Bob, by clicking on the couple of links just in the article above, I have learn't a lifetimes worth. Thankyou very much for helping to bring more knowledge to the world. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates your fine work. Thanks.

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