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B - 1. the second letter of the alphabet. 2. the
drive letter usually used on a PC
for the second floppy drive. The first
floppy drive is ordinarily referred to as A and the
hard drives start at C
(at least in the U.S.) 3. n. a single hexadecimal
digit used to represent the decimal number
Baby Ruth - a candy bar often mistakenly
thought to be named after George Herman "Babe" Ruth, but actually
named for President Grover Cleveland's baby daughter Ruth. See Reggie,
BackStage - a database-driven web site management
tool from Macromedia.
BAE - Bruce
A. Epstein, the author of this glossary, and founder of Zeus
BAK - Back At Keyboard, a
common chat session abbreviation indicating
that you have returned from a temporary absence. See AFK.
Barney - 1. Fred Flintstone's sidekick. See
Betty. 2. the Mesozoic Antichrist.
Basic - a simple programming
language, often interpreted, rather than
compiled. See Visual
Basic, C, FORTRAN,
BAT - the file extension for DOS batch
batch file - a file containing a series
of commands to be performed in sequence. Common in DOS.
See AUTOEXEC.BAT, BAT.
BCD - Binary-Coded Decimal.
Beatles, The - famous British rock band originating
in Liverpool. See John Lennon, Brian
Epstein, Flaming Pie, Apple,
Beer Pong - the Sport of Kings.
behavior - 1. a feature or attribute of an
object, such as a method
of a parent script. The behaviors of
an object are the functions it supports which can be used to manipulate
the object. For example, if a "dog" object had a "sound"
behavior, it might cause the dog to bark when called. See OOP.
2. the operation of a computer program. See well-behaved.
beta - 1. n. the second milestone of software
development, a beta version includes most functionality, (hopefully) without
substantial bugs or unimplemented features remaining. See alpha,
beta test, gold master.
2. adj. characterized by an unreliable nature, as in, "Don't rely on
beta software." 3. n. a deadline, as in, "We'll never make beta".
Beta - a video tape standard, eclipsed by the
inferior VHS standard in the consumer market, but
used for high quality video capture.
beta test - to thoroughly test a software
product in order to discover, and hopefully remedy any bugs.
Betty - 1. See Archie,
Veronica. 2. Betty Rubble. See Barney.
3. A cute chick.
Big Blue - IBM. See
binary - 1. v. representable by two states,
either on or off. 2. n. the "base two" number system. See bit,
ASCII, EBCDIC. 3.
n. an executable program file.
binary-compatible - adj. identical
and compatible across one or more platforms. Director,
DIR, DXR, DCR
and other data files are binary-compatible on both Mac and Windows meaning
that identical files can be used on both platforms. Xtras,
XObjects and Projectors
are NOT binary-compatible and must be unique for each platform.
BinHex - 1. n. a file format used for data transfers
on the internet. A BinHexed file usually has a ".hqx"
extension. If you open a BinHexed file in a text editor, it should indicate
"This file must be decoded with BinHex version x.x". BinHexed
files are as much as 50% larger than the original file, but can preserve
the file's format when downloading. BinHexing a file adds a wrapper which
prevents errors when shuffling between UNIX servers.
2. v. to encode or decode a BinHex file.
BIOS - Basic Input/Output
System - computer code contained in ROM
that is used to boot up PCs.
Popular brands include Phoenix BIOS.
birth - 1. n.
a special method used in Director
4 to instantiate a child
birth method returned an instance
of the object and was called before calling the object's other methods.
new method replaces the
method in Director 5. 2. v. the create a child object. 3. n. a process whereby
a baby is passed through a surprisingly small opening.
bit - a single Binary
digIT representing an on/off state, as indicated by a zero (off)
or one (on). There are eight bits in a byte, and four
to a nibble. See hexadecimal.
bite - 1. lunch 2. the expected result of petting
a pit bull. 3. See byte, nibble.
bitmap - a graphic in which each pixel
is specified individually. See BMP, pixel-based.
black - 1. a color (usually occupying the last
position (index 255) in a color palette) with an RGB
value of (0,0,0). When performing a Fade to White with the palette channel
under Windows, Director will not fade black pixels to white.
Use an off-black color instead. 2. a color
included in the CMYK specification to provide
deeper blacks than is otherwise possible.
black box - 1. the airplane data and cockpit
voice recorders, which are actually painted orange. 2. anything which accepts
input and outputs a result, and can be used without regard or knowledge
of its internal working, such as a computer module. See encapsulation.
block - 1. a unit of storage on a hard
drive. A file may span multiple blocks. 2. a contiguous
amount of RAM. See fragment,
Blood, Sweat, Code - the Code
blue screen - 1. a background used in chroma
key compositing. 2. what Windows displays when it crashes. Also BSOD.
BMP - a common graphic (BitMaP)
file format (pronounced "Bee-Em-Pee"
not "bimp") under Windows, also used on the Macintosh. See PIC,
PCT, PICT, TIFF.
BMUG - Berkeley Macintosh User's
Group, a large user group which publishes books on ResEdit, AppleScript,
and a large semi-annual newsletter that contains product suggestions and
body - 1. the message portion of an e-mail. Some
mailing lists require that commands be
placed in the body of an e-mail message addressed to the list
server. See subject line. 2. an HTML
tag containing the main portion of an HTML document. 3. Jesse "The
Body" Ventura, professional wrestler and actor ("Predator").
Favorite quote: "I ain't got time to bleed."
boot - 1. n. a type of shoe. 2. v. to start up,
short for "bootstrap". A computer is usually booted from a program
stored in ROM. See boot drive.
boot drive - (also boot disk) the computer
disk which contains the operating system, and is used as the "master
drive" on a computer. The Macintosh boot drive is called the Startup
Disk. The PC boot drive is ordinarily assigned the drive
letter C, but in foreign countries it may be
Brinkley, Christie - supermodel
and ex-wife of Billy Joel. Virtual reality
fantasy girl in classic episode of "Mad
About You". See David Brinkley,
Brinkley, David - aged news commentator.
Unpopular choice for virtual reality
fantasy in classic episode of "Mad
About You". See Christie Brinkley.
browser - 1. n. software that helps you navigate
large amounts of data. An image browser might offer quick access to a large
database of pictures. A web browser provides
a way to access text, graphics and audio on the World
Wide Web. The term "browser" commonly refers to a web browser.
See File Explorer, MIE,
Netscape. 2. n. a tire-kicker in a department
Bruce the Moose - Bruce
brush palette - a floating windoid
that lets you select or configure the paint brush in a painting program
or Director's Paint window. See palette.
BSOD - Blue Screen of Death,
what Windows NT displays when it crashes.
BTW - By The Way, a common
bug - 1. an insect; 2. an error in a computer program,
see debug, anomaly,
outstanding issue, unverified
report, feature, beta
Burgess, Rob - president of Macromedia.
See Bud Colligan.
bus - 1. a big yellow vehicle carrying juvenile
delinquents. 2. an electronic computer pathway over which data travels.
See SCSI, GPIB, HPIB,
Byte - a magazine about PCs.
byte - a piece of data consisting of eight bits
(two nibbles). A single ASCII
character is represented by one byte. A byte can contain one of 256
possible values (0 through 255) the hexadecimal
equivalent of 00 through FF. See EBCDIC, K,
KB, MB, kilo,
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