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ecash -- Electronic money designed to be used over a network or stored on cards similar to credit cards. Ecash is still more of an idea than a practical reality, largely due to security concerns.

eform -- An electronic form that is filled out by a user and sent over a network. They are typically used to place orders or provide feedback. Eforms can be placed on web pages or in Java applets and usually contain text boxes, buttons, and other components.

Electronic Frontier Foundation -- To quote their mission statement, "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and access to public resources and information online, as well as to promote responsibility in new media." Their WWW site is located at http://www.eff.org

email -- Electronic mail, the computer-based exchange of mail.

email address -- An electronic mail address. Email addresses follow the formula: user-ID@domain-name.

email never-neverland -- A fictitious "place" where lost email is said to wind up.

email overload -- The state of being completely overwhelmed by the amount of email one has received.

emoticon -- A cute sideways face created by using special characters on the keyboard. Used to express emotions without words. For example, this winking face ;-) indicates "I'm joking", this sad face :-( expresses sadness or "I'm sulking". If this makes no sense, turn your head sideways and look again. Also known as a "smiley".

encryption -- A procedure that renders the contents of a message or file unintelligible to anyone not authorized to read it. PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is a commonly-used encryption program.

Ethernet -- A standard method of connecting computers to a local area network using coaxial cable invented by Robert Metcalfe at Xerox PARC in the early 1970s.

Excite -- An Internet search engine at http://www.excite.com

execute -- To process or run a computer program.

eyeballs -- A viewing audience for a WWW site.


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