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icon -- A small graphic image that represents a file or application and when clicked upon produces a programmed result. Use of this mnemonic convention originated at Xerox PARC and was subsequently popularized by the Apple Macintosh. Producing an effective icon is non-trivial because of size and color restraints. See iconographer.

iconographer -- A skillful designer who elevates icon design to an art form.

identity hacking -- Posing as someone else. Posting anonymously or pseudonymously, usually with the intent to deceive.

IMHO -- Abbreviation for In My Humble Opinion.

inbox -- A folder where you receive incoming mail.

infobahn -- A variant of information superhighway.

information superhighway -- An unimplemented proposal by Vice President Al Gore to wire the US for hundreds of cable television channels. Now synonymous with the Internet.

Infoseek -- An Internet search engine at http://www.infoseek.com

install -- To load and configure a piece of software on a computer.

Integrated Services Digital Network -- (abbreviation: ISDN)
A technology offered by telephone carriers that allows for the rapid transfer of voice and data.

Internet -- A worldwide network of networks that all use the TCP/IP communications protocol and share a common address space. First incarnated as the ARPANET in 1969, the Internet has metamorphosed from a military internetwork to an academic research internetwork to the current commercial internetwork. It commonly supports services such as email, the World Wide Web, file transfer, and Internet Relay Chat. The Internet is experiencing tremendous growth in the number of users, hosts, and domain names. It is gradually subsuming other media, such as proprietary computer networks, newspapers, books, television, and the telephone. Also known as "the net", "the information superhighway", and "cyberspace". See also ARPANET, domain, and Domain Name Service.

Internet Explorer -- A free web browser application from Microsoft.

Internet Relay Chat -- (abbreviation: IRC)
A chat network that operates over the Internet. Originally evolved from the UNIX talk program, IRC is similar to the chat systems found on commercial online services.

Internet Service Provider -- (abbreviation: ISP)
1. A business that delivers access to the Internet, usually for a monthly fee. PSI, UUNET, and Netcom are examples of established ISPs but there are thousands of smaller ones all around the world.
2. Any business that provides Internet services such as web sites or web site development.

Internet Society -- (abbreviation: ISOC)
To quote its home page at http://info.isoc.org: "The Internet Society is a non-governmental International organization for global cooperation and coordination for the Internet and its internetworking technologies and applications. The Society's individual and organizational members are bound by a common stake in maintaining the viability and global scaling of the Internet. They comprise the companies, government agencies, and foundations that have created the Internet and its technologies as well as innovative new entrepreneurial organizations contributing to maintain that dynamic."

InterNIC -- The InterNIC is the entity that controls the registration of most domain names on the Internet. The InterNIC is a cooperative activity between the National Science Foundation, Network Solutions, Inc. and AT&T. Its home page is at http://internic.net/

interoperability -- The ability of software and hardware on multiple machines from multiple vendors to communicate meaningfully.

intranet -- A private network that uses Internet-related technologies to provide services within an organization.

IP address -- A string of four numbers separated by periods (such as 111.22.3.444) used to represent a computer on the Internet. The format of the address is specified by the Internet Protocol in RFC 791. When a PC accesses the Internet through an ISP, it sometimes receives a temporary IP address.

IRC -- See Internet Relay Chat.

ISDN -- See Integrated Services Digital Network.

ISOC -- See Internet Society.

ISP -- See Internet Service Provider.


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