Hazel Geek Glossary

A client is anything which issues requests to a server. An FTP client requests files from an FTP server. A web browser is a client which makes requests from a web server.
If you grok something, you understand it. You grok nuclear physics. You grok reverse speech. You grok Spock. You grok pet rock. You grok Don Knotts. See the grok entry in the Jargon File.
Hardgoods are items sold over the Internet which must be shipped. These include clothing, computer equipment, rocket launchers, lifelike synthetic lawn companions. Contrast with softgoods, which are immediately downloadable.
Jargon File
The Jargon File is a collection of hacker lore and lingo maintained by Eric Raymond. Useful to consult when you're stumped by a bit of documentation which seems to lapse into geekspeak.
RL is "real life" as opposed to VR "virtual reality." It can generally be used to contrast an online presence with an offline one, and shouldn't be taken to mean that something online is not "real", simply because it doesn't exist in a concrete sense offline.
A server is anything which accepts requests from a server. An FTP server transfers (or otherwise manipulates) files to an FTP client. A web server sends HTML files to a web browser.
Softgoods are items sold over the Internet which can be downloaded upon purchase. They are purely digital items such as computer games, software, and pornographic images. Contrast with hardgoods, which must be shipped.
In programming lingo, something is true if it isn't false. Generally, the only things that are false are those which aren't defined and those which have a value of 0 (zero, null, nothing).
URL stands for "uniform resource locator." It indicates the location of some file on the Internet. Usually it's a web address such as http://hazel.netsville.com/, but it can indicate any file on an Internet host accessible by a given protocol. For example, ftp://ftp.netsville.com/pub/hazel/ points to the /pub/hazel directory on our ftp.netsville.com site, which should be accessed using the FTP protocol.

Last modified: Fri Aug 27 15:00:53 EDT 1999