PASSION FOR COMPUTERS
All Programs Menu
the menu that appears when you click the Start button and point to All Programs.

bookmarks/favorites
shortcuts to web pages that you have visited and wish to return to.

boot/reboot
to start/restart your computer.

browser
the program on your computer that allows you to view web pages.  Examples of browsers are Internet Explorer,
Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, etc.

burn (music)
to record music from your computer to a CD disk.

rip (music)
to record music from a CD to your computer.

chat
to communicate with another over the Internet by typing messages back and forth.

cookies
tiny files websites place on your computer containing various info about your preferences.  Cookies can be
beneficial-- good cookies are used by trusted websites to store your sign-in info so that you do not have to enter
this info every time you visit.  Bad cookies are spyware, as they track websites you visit for the purpose of learning
your preferences so they can target specific advertising to you.

cursor
the blinking mark associated with your mouse.

defrag
to rearrange items on your computer so that Windows runs more efficiently.

desktop
the background you see after starting your computer, when Windows is completely loaded.

download
to bring something from another computer to your computer--e.g., software.

firewall
a program or device that protects your computer against intrusion from a user at another computer.

flash drive
a small external piece of equipment that holds files, documents, pictures, videos, music, etc. that you can take
wherever you go and use by simply plugging it into any computer.

icons
tiny little pictures that represent various programs and areas of your computer.

monitor
computer screen.

netcam/webcam
a special camera that enables you to use the Internet to see another person in a different location.

OS
abbreviation for Operating System.  Windows XP is an OS -- as is Windows Vista and Windows 7.

screensaver
an animated program that plays when your computer has been idle for a specified time - originally intended to
protect screens from image burn resulting from  a static image.  Image burn is no longer a threat for today's
monitors, but many people still like screensavers for personal enjoyment.

software
a set of instructions written by a programmer instructing the computer on how to perform a specific tasks.  AKA
program; application.

spyware
a program meant to spy on your surfing habits-- usually for the purpose of targeting advertising.

Start Menu
the menu that appears when you click the Start button.

surf
to move around the Internet by visiting different websites.

system tray/notification area
the area in the bottom right corner of your screen that shows the date, time, various icons, and various popup
messages.

usb port
an opening to connect equipment (printers, scanners, cameras, etc) to your computer.

virus
a program deliberately created to cause computer problems.

wallpaper
the picture that you see on your Desktop after Windows has loaded.
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