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Andrew_B
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Glossary suggestions

Please use this thread to provide suggestions for new entries on the PlusNet Glossary.
If you wish to provide feedback on its design or tone then please use this thread.
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chillypenguin
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Re: Glossary suggestions

mod:note
This thread is for suggestions for new entries only all other posts will be removed.
Jonathan
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ChrisL
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Re: Glossary suggestions

RFC
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The internet is built on RFCs - it stands for "Request For Comments" and defines practically every public access protocol used on the internet.

Perhaps a more general definition from some bright spark?
Chris
Spider
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Re: Glossary suggestions

When you read some of the explanations in the glossary they feature others words featured in the glossary. How about linking the word to the explanation. This could be either as a book mark of hover text.
spraxyt
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Re: Glossary suggestions

In view of comment on the UserGroup site, here, I suggest adding an explanation of
Ticket
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A file contained within a support tracking system which records the interactions between a user and support staff (or an automated system). "Raising a Ticket" is a means by which a user commonly requests help to resolve an issue preventing their service from working as they expect it to.

David
Bob_Milton
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Re: Glossary suggestions

Suggestions I have made in the PUG forum that I repeat here in case they get overlooked.
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More suggestions,
ISPA, Ofcom, throughput speed, 21CN, DSLAM, Fttc, Fttp, QoS, WBC, Usenet, peer-peer, CHAP, PDF.
And then,
dB, deciBel, 1/10th of a Bel. It is a logarithmic expression of a power ratio, used so that gains and losses may be added or subtracted to or from a signal, instead of multiplying and dividing. The Bel is a large unit hence the use of deciBels.

Example: if the power ratio is 2:1 or 1:2 then the difference is said to be 3dB (approx). Log2 is .3010, so ten times log2 is 3.01dB.
And,
dBm0, This indicates a reference level of 1 milliWatt, taken as 0. Thus a power level of +3dBm0 is 2mW and one of       -3dBm0 is 1/2 mW.
chillypenguin
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Re: Glossary suggestions

mod:note
Please can we keep this thread for suggestions for new entries only. This is not the place to discuss the glossary see the links that Andrew gave in his original post.
As you can see this will be aggressively moderated.
Jonathan
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pierre_pierre
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Re: Glossary suggestions

Brownout (electricity) drop in voltage in an electrical power supply, so named because it typically causes lights to dim.
In computer security, a sandbox is a security mechanism for safely running programs. It is often used to execute untested code, or untrusted programs from unverified third-parties, suppliers and untrusted users.
The sandbox typically provides a tightly-controlled set of resources for guest programs to run in, such as scratch space on disk and memory. Network access, the ability to inspect the host system or read from input devices are usually disallowed or heavily restricted. In this sense, sandboxes are a specific example of virtualization.
pierre_pierre
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Re: Glossary suggestions

A roadmap may refer to:
    * A map of roads, and possibly other features, to aid in navigation
    * A plan, e.g.
          o Road map for peace, to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
          o Technology roadmap, a management forecasting tool
Penny
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Re: Glossary suggestions

Quote from: chillypenguin
Please can we keep this thread for suggestions for new entries only.
... As you can see this will be aggressively moderated.

This one relates to the Glossary page itself (so stick it wherever you like, Chilly, if you don't feel it fits in this thread).
Down the bottom there is:
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say it better?

I guess that goes for any page in the DIY support area - such wording might help elevate perceptions of this area to something along the lines of a vast and immensely readable PN-provided relevant-information-resource rather than 'a-place-for-techno-divs-with-problems'.

Regards,

Penny.
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chillypenguin
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Re: Glossary suggestions

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so stick it wherever you like, Chilly
Ouch!  Shocked
It is a valid suggestion, like Spider's so I will leave it here. But if it becomes a point of discussion, I may move it out to its own thread.
Jonathan
jmd
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Re: Glossary suggestions

favicon? please .............................. [sorry also asked on another thread  what it is and suddenly realised it should be on this  so have crossthreaded - apologies in advance!]
Strat
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Re: Glossary suggestions

1) vISP
2) Realm
and what is the difference between the two if any.
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James
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Re: Glossary suggestions

Appreciate that this isn't a glossary suggestion, but just so you know Strat...
vISP: A virtual ISP.  Basically an ISP held within a parent ISP.  So for example, Force9 is a vISP of PlusNet PLC.
Realm: The bit after the @ sign in your broadband username, eg: @plusdsl.net or @metro1.net. These are different to vISPs as each vISP can have multiple realms.  It's just part of the authentication process when connecting to broadband.
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Re: Glossary suggestions

vISP = virtual Internet Service Provider.
Plusnet have a few of 'em - such as Metronet and Force9 - basically they are ISPs that exist, but just share all of the parent company's infrastructure, staff etc.
Realm = When you enter the login name into your modem/router, the realm is the @plusdsl.net part. When anybody orders an ADSL line activation from BT Wholesale, they have to tell them what they want this part to be - each one of these 'realms' has a defined route to the ISP coded into the BT network.
Its this 'realm' which ties the connection to PN - only authentication credentials matching these will be successfully routed to the ISP and eventually the internet. (Its why you can't use Orange ADSL credentials to log on to a PN ADSL line.)
EDIT: jameseh beat me to it.