Technology Basics

Lets talk technology. Something we more than likely into contact with everyday! Don’t worry. I know a little something to help.

First, ever sent an email that had an attachment well over sending size (1MegaByte) ? Unless you wanted to overload your and their sever, do not do it. Basic computer data knowledge is important to understand, especially for any journalists out there, because of the technological world we live in today. This is a part of basic digital literacy.

Want a byte or a little bit of my food? Haha, never mind. I am corny! But this is important. Bytes and bits are simple computer data terminology.

Byte– a unit of measure for digital information. SIngle byte contains eight consecutive bits and can store a single ASCII (as-kee) character.

ASCII– defines 95 printable characters that create text the text in communication devices…basically the entire keyboard!

(I had pictures here but I can’t load them in. No worries, though. I will find out)

The Internet (If you repeat it over and over, it sounds stupid to be so important)

Ahh, the World Wide Web or is it the Internet?  I wonder what life without it was like! Anyways, The Internet is bigger. According to definition, the Internet is global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to link several billion devices worldwide (WikiPedia).

How the Internet Works?

You’ve probably heard of an IP address. Every device that is connected to the Internet has an IP address and this is so one device can find another in a huge network. The TCP/IP protocols are the reason you can send and retrieve stuff too. If you are trying to do so, your info goes out over a a network and it uses domain name server (DNS) to find to server in which you are trying to receive. Once the target server gets it, it can send a response quickly back to you. It doesn’t even have to travel down the same path, This is what makes the Internet such a massive, powerful resource. It is flexible!

More stuff…then you have your Internet Service Providers (ISPs), web browsers, Really Simple Syndication (RSS)…and so on.

I want to talk more about RSS. RSS allows you to “subspace to an information feed that gets delivered directly yo an RSS reader or Web browser,” So, this allows you to not have to perform those same web searches. It is crazy how many people do not know of RSS. You learn more and save so much more time! It tracks dozens and hundreds of topics for you. Why do all the work?

Setting one up is as simple as three steps:

1. Select a reader

2. Find a feed

3. Add it to your reader!

You can move through one RSS reader to another by using an outline processor markup language (OPML). It enables you to export all your feed from one reader and import them into a new one with a few clicks. It doesn’t matter how many your subscribed to!

These are all basic Internet lingo that is imperative to know. It will help you understand how the Internet system works and this is only a smudge of information. If you understand how something works, you will not only use it better but you will  be at a better advantage. The world really can be at your fingerprints!


Briggs, Mark. “1.” Journalism Next: A Practical Guide to Digital Reporting and Publishing. Los Angeles: SAGE/CQ, 2013. N. pag. Print.

“Internet.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 Apr. 2014. Web. 01 Sept. 2014.

Strickland, Jonathon. “How does the Internet work?” 07 May 2010.


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