No matter your age or your level of expertise, technology changes so fast, we all need somewhere to lookup technical jargon and obscure acronyms. Today's picks are online dictionaries specializing in Internet and computer terms: some are designed for elementary school students, and others for techies of all ages.
An acronym is a word or abbreviation formed from the initial letters or successive parts of a compound term. When you don't know what they mean, acronyms can be a major source of technology confusion, but acronyms are not limited to the world of computers. After receiving your PSAT scores, you might decide to not take an extra AP course so you can devote more time to studying for the SAT. Don't despair, Acronym Finder will guide through the acronym jungle. Definitions can be listed Most Common First, or you can specifically select Slang and Chat (BRB, I'm LOL) or Information Technology.
Google now supplies definitions through its search function. Simply search for either "what is your-term-here" or "define your-term-here" and you will see a Web definition at the top of the search results. To see only definitions (and no search results) try "define: your-term-here" . What's interesting about the results is that they do not come from a single glossary, but rather are culled from a large variety of sources. For a single, more definitive result from Dictionary.com, simply search on your word in Google, and then click the "[definition]" link at the right-hand margin of the blue bar.
Designed for professionals who need to keep up with technology, Webopedia has a number of features you won't find in the other glossaries. Visit their home page to learn what's hot ("Top 15 Terms"), what's new ( "Recently Added") and to sign up for the Term of the Day newsletter. Once you've arrived at a definition page, you'll see links to related categories and terms, and the ability to email a definition to a friend. The site is maintained by professional editors who verify their work against multiple sources, so if technology is your game, Webpedia deserves a spot in your favorites list.
Designed for elementary grades, Yahooligans! Glossary is browseable, but not searchable, which means you'll need to click around to find your definition. If you strike out, Yahooligans's includes a link to Matisse's Glossary of Internet Terms ( http://www.matisse.net/files/glossary.html ) on every page. Matisse's looks dry, but does include some tongue-in-check humor. Check out the definition for CATP.