Technical Glossary: B
Major path for a network (high speed, high capactity connections).
Amount of data that can pass within a given time period. This is usually terms of seconds. Think of bandwidth as a pipe of water -- the larger the pipe -- the more water can pass in a given time period.
Bulletin Board System. Systems that post information and files for people to dial into and look at or download. Most BBSs are run by private organizations and often charged a membership fee. The Internet has deminished the use of BBS because most information is freely available over the Internet, but BBSs were very popular in pre-Internet days.
A system of 1's (ones) and 0's (zeros) that the computer is able to understand. Computers can only understand two concepts: "on" and "off". So, 1 represents "on" and 0 represents "off". Basically, everything read by a computer is reduced to a system of ones and zeros (binary).
All non-texted based files. Binary files are usually images, audio data, wordprocessor files, program files, etc. If you were to open a binary file in a text-editor, you would see lots of weird symbols.
One binary digit -- which is either 1 (one) or 0 (zero). The computer read this as "on" or "off".
Bitmapped images are images composed of rows of dots (pixels) that contain color information. A large array of these dots can represent a graphic image. These files are also know as Raster graphic files. Some popular raster graphics fileas are BMP, GIF, JPEG, TIFF, and PNG.
Bits Per Second. A popuar way to measure the amout of data that can be transferred on a given system. See Bandwidth. For example, a standard 28.8 modem can transfer upto 28800 bits per second (bps).
Also know as a web browser. Software that allows users to look at web pages on the Internet.
By The Way. Popular abbreviation used in e-mail, chat rooms, and newsgroup postings.
Last Updated: Thursday, March 25, 1999