Computer & Internet Glossary

Definitions of some computer and Internet related terms.

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Analog

Software for analysing and reporting the traffic through a web site. We use this product to provide you with statistical reports about your web site.

Apache

Software for serving web sites. We use Apache for all of our web hosting services.

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C

A computer programming language. Most of the products we use are written in C. You can write your own programs in C for deployment as programs behind your web site. See also CGI.

C++

An object oriented computer programming language. Some of the products we use are written in C++. You can write your own programs in C++ for deployment as programs behind your web site. See also CGI.

CGI

The term often used to describe the use of programs on the server to extend your web site. CGI programs may be scripts written in DCL, Perl, Python or the various UNIX shells, or they may be programs written in C, C++ or Java.

In all cases, except a private server, we require that the sources of CGI programs be kept on our server. We reserve the right to inspect the sources and if necessary disable the use of CGI for a site. CGI programs which cause excessive CPU loads on our system may also be disabled.

Other computer programming languages like Fortran may be available. If your site is hosted using Microsoft IIS, you may use ASP and other Miscrosoft techniques. However, we still require the source of the software to be available when these run on a shared server.

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FTP

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a tool for moving files bewteen computers. It is often used to transfer files from PCs to servers. We use currently the ProFTPD software to provide this service.

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Java

An object oriented computer programming language. Some of the products we use are written in Java. You can write your own programs in Java for deployment as applets used by your web site or servlets for use programs behind your web site. Use of Java servlets requires a private web service or server.

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Mailman

An email list manager. It allows the list owner to manage their list, and list subscribers to manage their subscription through a web interface. It also includes the email style subscribe and unsubscribe requests similar to other email list managers. This is our preferred email list product.

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OpenVMS

A powerful operating system supplied and fully supported by Compaq. We use this on some of our AlphaServer and VAX computers. The secure parts of our own web sites are hosted on this platform.

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Perl

A computer programming language. Some of the products we use are written in Perl. You can write your own programs in Perl for deployment as programs behind your web site. See also CGI.

PHP

A web site programming language. Some of the products we use are written in PHP. You can write your own programs in PHP for deployment as programs behind your web site. Use of PHP may require a private web service or server. See also CGI.

Postgres

An SQL database product. Some of the products we use have a Postgres database.

Python

A computer programming language. Some of the products we use are written in Python. You can write your own programs in Python for deployment as programs behind your web site. See also CGI.

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Telnet

We allow Telnet access to our servers.

Tru64 Unix

A version of unix supplied and fully supporterd by Compaq. We use this on our AlphaServer computers. This platform provieds our main web hosting service.

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Unix Shell

The command language used with Telnet sessions can also be used to write CGI scripts. The default shell we provide for you is bash. You may requeste a different default shell such as ksh if you wish. See also CGI.

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VPN

Virtual Private Network

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Webmail

See webmail page

Windows

We can support web hosting using Microsoft IIS on this platform. We also support customers with Windows 2000 networks in their offices. We can setup and manage your internal network and its connection to the Internet through us or another party.

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