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diskette


Also known as a floppy disk. Called a diskette because it was smaller than the original huge floppy disks, now long obsolete.
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It says...


It means...
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404 error


An error message received when you try to access a web page that either doesn't exist or is unavailable at the address you gave.
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80211a


Different standards for operating wireless networks (Wi-Fi). Loosely the higher the letter, the faster the speed. So far they are mostly incompatible with each other.
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80286


Three generations of PC processor, now pretty much obsolete, the ancestors of Intel's Pentium. The 286 was the earliest processor able to run (just about) a version of Windows, although the 386 was really the minimum to run it properly. The 486 was the earliest processor able to run Windows 95 - just about. Machines of this vintage cannot run [..]
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ActiveX


A Windows technology which allows programmers to do various things on your computer. Unfortunately it also allows hackers to do bad things to your computer, particularly via webpages in Internet Explorer, and is safest switched off. (In Internet Explorer go to Tools/Internet Options/Security and set the Security Zone slider for Internet to High. A [..]
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activex


A Windows technology which allows programmers to do various things on your computer. Unfortunately it also allows hackers to do bad things to your computer, particularly via webpages in Internet Explorer, and is safest switched off. (In Internet Explorer go to Tools/Internet Options/Security and set the Security Zone slider for Internet to High. A [..]
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ADSL


(Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) A method of connecting a computer to the internet over an ordinary phone line using ethernet office networking technology instead of an ordinary modem, which produces a much faster (broadband) connection. Asymmetric because it is faster from internet to PC than the other way (also true of a 56K modem).
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Adware


Software which displays advertisements on your computer. Sometimes installed as part of a "free" application, sometimes by stealth. See also Malware, Spyware.
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afaics


(As Far As I Can See/Know/Recall) Internet slang.
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