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Monday, March 19, 2001
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Smiley: A way to describe emotion online. Look at this with your head tilted to the left :-). There are scores of these smileys, from grumpy to quizzical.

SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol): The de facto standard for sending mail on the Internet.

Snail mail: Mail that comes through a slot in your front door or a box mounted outside your house.

Sysadmin: The system administrator; the person who runs a host system or public access site.

TCP/IP account: The other type of services provided by the VSNL that enables complete graphical access to the WWW.

Terminal: There are several methods for determining how your emulation keystrokes and screen interact with the public-access site’s operating system. Most communications programs offer a choice of "emulations" that let you mimic the keyboard that would normally be attached directly to the host-system computer.

URL (Uniform Resource Locator): An address on the World Wide Web

VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal): A satellite terminal for transmitting and receiving information. Also used loosely to define the process of data transmission through satellite.

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