34Get a Grip on the Jargon

Technology in general, and e-mail in particular, has a whole slew of crazy words, abbreviations, and acronyms that can make a relatively simple process—such as setting up your new e-mail account—complicated and frustrating. Following is a list of common terms and what they mean to the average e-mail user.

Archive. A way of compressing and storing e-mails that takes them out of your e-mail program and places them in a separate, less readily accessible file. If you notice that it’s taking longer and longer to download new messages, it’s probably because you have too many old messages taking up memory space. Archiving past e-mails frees up space and puts the zip back in your inbox.

ASCII. American Standard Code for Information ...

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