Feature Creep (a.k.a. scope creep and requirements creep) refers to the continued addition of new functions and features to a software or information system project during the development phase. The requests for new functions and/or features can come from the client’s desire for a ‘bigger and better’ product, or from the developers’ own desires to improve the product.
Infonesia (short for Information Amnesia) refers to the inability to remember where a particular item of information was seen or heard. The temporarily forgotten information can come from a variety of sources such as: mail, e-mail, newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, and/or TV.
Censorware is software that is set up to filter out and/or block access to websites containing: undesirable web content, age-inappropriate content, sexually explicit content, illegal download websites, social websites in work environments, etc. Parental controls and software that limit the websites children have access to also fall into this category of software.
Sheep Dipping refers to the use of a computer isolated from the main network with one or more anti-virus/anti-malware programs installed to check removable media for viruses or malware. The flash drives, portable hard discs, memory cards, CDs, etc. must clear this ‘hurdle’ before being allowed near the other computers or into a high security computing environment.
Dark Fiber refers to optical fiber and supporting infrastructure that is installed or laid in the ground, but is not currently in use. The Dark Fiber may have been set up in anticipation of customer growth and demand in a given area, or for future ‘internal’ use by the company who installed it to connect their own offices.
A Microsite (a.k.a. Minisite and Sitelet) is a small website that may: contain just a few web pages, focus on a very specific singular topic or subject, serve a very special purpose, or be created for a short term purpose (such as a convention, event, or marketing campaign). The Microsite will have its own unique address that visitors or users will be encouraged to link to directly.
Hot Desking is very similar to Hoteling, except focused on desks, cubicles, or work stations. These desks, cubicles, and work stations can be shared by multiple employees across different shifts, employees who are in the office at different times of the day, or simply be available to use as needed on a first come, first served basis without reservations ahead of time.
Data Cleansing (a.k.a. Data Scrubbing) refers to the process of detecting incomplete, incorrect, inaccurate, misspelled, improperly formatted, duplicate, and/or irrelevant data in a database. Once the erroneous data has been found, it is modified, replaced, updated, and/or deleted as necessary in order to make the database as accurate and consistent as possible.
Retrocomputing refers to the use of older computer hardware and software. For most individuals, Retrocomputing is a recreational hobby, but for others the focus is on collecting rare or valuable hardware and software (sometimes for sentimental reasons).
Nomophobia refers to the fear or anxiety an individual may feel when unable to obtain a signal from a mobile phone tower, forgetting to bring their mobile phone along, or having the battery run out of power, thus leaving them totally ‘disconnected’. Nomophobia is an abbreviation for “no-mobile-phone phobia“.
Cobweb Site (a.k.a. Cobweb for short) is a slang term that refers to a website that has not been updated for a very long period of time, i.e. it has been unaltered for so long as to have figuratively grown/collected cobwebs from just ‘sitting around’.
Breadcrumbs (a.k.a Breadcrumb Navigation) refers to the series of navigational steps taken to reach the desired location (information) in a website’s content. Breadcrumbs are also found in file management software such as Windows Explorer, Mac OS Finder, Nautilus, Dolphin, etc.
Search Engine Optimization, also known as SEO, is a branch of marketing research that focuses on helping websites to appear as high as possible in a search engine’s rankings. The goal, if all goes as planned, is to help a website appear within the first or second page of results provided by a search engine, thus greatly increasing the traffic to, and popularity of, the website in question.
The term Meta Tag refers to the portion of HTML coding in a web page that provides a basic description about, or identifies the type of content a particular website contains. Two of the most important types of Meta Tags are ‘keywords’ and ‘description’ tags.