Cyberspeak: An Online Dictionary

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f you can't translate the following sentence, then you need Cyberspeak. "Here's the URL: for that k ezine (IMHO) that had me ROFL." Translation: "Here's the Uniform Resource Locator for that extremely cool online magazine (in my humble opinion) that had me rolling on the floor laughing." Don't be at a loss for cyberwords!

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There are scores of computer dictionaries and glossaries out there, and you'll probably want to own more than one. But Andy Ihnatko's Cyberspeak makes a fine little addition to your collection. The word list is not exhaustive, but it's up-to-date, online-heavy, and strikes a nice balance between hip and geek. Many entries are unapologetically opinionated, but the author delivers what most other glossaries lack: a huge dose of cybercultural context. If you don't know that UNIX is "the third most popular religion ... the fifth most popular basis upon which to start a fistfight" you'll soon be up to speed. It isn't all ranting, though. You'll find quick yet solid info-fixes for anything from answerbot to Zmodem.

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An ironic result of the continuing evolution of online computerese and Internet jargon is that a profitable market for "cyber-books" has burgeoned, and here is yet another example. (Dave Barry does a pretty good satire of such books in his Dave Barry in Cyberspace, LJ 9/15/96.) Curiously enough, Ihnatko, a programmer and a columnist for MacUser magazine, not only defines "cyber-" as a prefix meaning "computer" but adds, "In the name of a commercial product or service, [it] usually denotes a cynical and ill-informed attempt by Big Business to make some quick bucks." Oh well, if your newbie patrons still need to know the meaning of such acronyms as TIA (thanks in advance) and BTW (by the way) and such terms as flame bait, then by all means acquire this dictionary. IMHO (in my humble opinion), you should get one for the reference stacks and one for circulation?if you're interested in parting with "some quick bucks."?Joe J. Accardi, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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