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Information technology is not the easiest industry to work in. The acronyms, the jargon and the technology itself change so fast that, no matter how hard you try, you'll find yourself thinking, 'what the heck's that?' every now and again.

Information technology is not the easiest industry to work in. The acronyms, the jargon and the technology itself change so fast that, no matter how hard you try, you’ll find yourself thinking, "what the heck’s that?" every now and again. Next time you’re too embarrassed ask what a RNAAPP is, just go to www.whatis.com. The site gives clear, intelligent explanations of technology terms, from acoustic couplers to femtoseconds to XOR logic gates. It’s not basic, school-level stuff, either: it’s written for professionals who need to keep up. Look up the term you heard and didn’t understand, or just keep an eye on the word of the day and discussion groups. There are links to other useful Web sites, a book of the week and a list of "every file format in the world". Your suggestions of new words are also welcome — share what you know with others. It’s not the easiest site to get around, with a clumsy split screen and no "home" button, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it works. A RNAAPP, by the way, is a remote network access application, to be found in Windows 95/98. — By Gillian Law Whatis?.com

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