Into the Jargonosphere! Top 10 Cyberslang Terms

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In honor of Jonathon Keats' City Lights appearance tonight at 7, we're compiled this list of tecnohbabble using his book, Control + Alt + Delete: A Dictionary of Cyberslang, and the vast libraries of in- and-misinformation on Wikipedia. Dig it -- you might learn something useful (or useless):

Chiptune: "...music written in sound formats where all the sounds are synthesized in realtime by a computer or video game console sound chip, instead of using sample-based synthesis. The "golden age" of chiptunes was the mid 1980s to early 1990s, when such sound chips were the most common method for creating music on computers." --Wikipedia

Copyleft: "...a play on the word copyright and is the practice of using copyright law to remove restrictions on distributing copies and modified versions of a work for others and requiring that the same freedoms be preserved in modified versions." --Wikipedia

The Desktop Metaphor: "...a set of unifying concepts currently used in a number of graphical user interfaces in computer operating systems. The monitor of a computer represents the user's desktop upon which documents and folders of documents can be placed. A document can be opened into a window, which represents a paper copy of the document placed on the desktop. Small applications called desk accessories are also available, such as a desk calculator, etc. " --Wikipedia

Easter Egg: "...a hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, or video game. The term draws a parallel with the custom of the Easter egg hunt observed in many western nations." --Wikipedia

Mociology: "...the study of human behaviour in a mobile world and the study of mobile device/phone lifestyles." --Wikipedia

Mojibake: "...the phenomenon of incorrect, unreadable characters (garbage characters) shown when computer software fails to render a text correctly according to its associated character encoding. It is a loanword from Japanese." --Wikipedia

Phantom ring: "...a pop culture term used to define the act of hearing a sound similar to your cell phone's ring tone and mistakenly believing its your cell phone ringing. It may occur while a person is listening to the radio or watching television." --Wikipedia

Porn: "...sometimes shortened to porn or porno, is, in its broadest state, the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal and/or sexual relief. It is similar to erotica, which is the use of sexually-arousing imagery used mainly for artistic purpose. Over the past few decades, an immense industry for the production and consumption of pornography has grown, due to emergence of the VCR, the DVD, and the Internet, as well as the emergence of more tolerant social attitudes." --Wikipedia

Retrocomputing: "...a term used to describe the use of old computer hardware and software today. Retrocomputing is classed as a hobby and recreation, enthusiasts often collect valuable hardware and software and also make use of it[1]. Retrocomputing often gets its start when a computer user realizes that expensive fantasy systems like IBM Mainframes, DEC Superminis and Cray Supercomputers become affordable on the used computer market, usually in a relatively short time after the computers greatest popularity. Many people have personal computer museums, with collections of working vintage computers such as Apple IIs, IBM PCs, ZX Spectrums, Atari and Commodores. However, retrocomputing is often accomplished through emulation on more modern computers rather than using real hardware." --Wikipedia

Simulacrum: "...from the Latin simulare, "to make like, to put on an appearance of",[1] is first recorded in the English language in the late 16th century, used to describe a representation of another thing, such as a statue or a painting, especially of a god; by the late 19th century, it had gathered a secondary association of inferiority: an image without the substance or qualities of the original.[2] Philosopher Frederic Jameson offers photorealism as an example of artistic simulacrum, where a painting is created by copying a photograph that is itself a copy of the real.[3] Other art forms that play with simulacra include Trompe l'oeil,[4] Pop Art, Italian neorealism and the French New Wave." --Wikipedia

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