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F - 1. the sixth letter of the alphabet. 2. a drive
letter on a PC following the drive designated
E. 3. n. a single hexadecimal
digit used to represent the decimal number
FALSE - 1. a Lingo constant
with a value of zero (0). See
2. See TCIITM.
FAQ - (usually pronounced "Eff-Ay-Cue",
but occasionally "fack") a list of Frequently
Asked Questions and (hopefully) the corresponding answers.
FAQs are the best place to learn the basics about a product or service.
Zeus Productions strives to answer questions well beyond the scope of most
FAQs in our FUQs. Visit FAQ/FUQ
Central. See FDT.
FAT - File Allocation Table,
a hidden component of the DOS directory structure
that stores information about where each file is located on the disk. 2.
see Fat Binary.
Fat Binary - a "Fat
Binary" or "Fat" executable is one that contains both native
PowerPC instructions and also 680x0
instructions in a single file. This makes the file somewhat larger, but
allows it to run optimally on either type of Macintosh. The Mac
OS automatically runs the correct "half" of a Fat executable.
Fat Mac - 1. nickname for the second Macintosh
model released, with 512 KB of RAM, which followed the original 128 KB Mac.
2. A Big Mac with extra cheese and special sauce.
Fat Xtra - an Xtra
that will work with both 68K Macs and PowerMacs.
See Fat Binary.
FDT - Frequently Debated Topics.
feature - a bug that
will never be fixed.
Fed Ex - 1. v. to ship something overnight with
a high degree of reliability. Fed Ex delivery of any Zeus
Productions software is available for an extra charge. See TCIITM,
snail mail, USPS,
UPS, e-mail, MIME.
2. n. Federal Express, Inc..
Express, Inc. - a highly reliable overnight delivery company, commonly
known as Fed Ex.
Finder - 1. party allowed to keep something.
2. the Macintosh application responsible for the Mac
OS's look-and-feel, including the
desktop. See System,
System Folder, GUI.
File Explorer - a file browser
in Windows 95 which lets you view files on a local or remote machine. Not
the same as Microsoft Internet
file format - the nature of a file, including
any relevant header information and the data contained in the file, such
as ASCII, PICT, TIFF,
file I/O - reading and writing data to/from
a file. See I/O.
FileIO - the FileIO
XObject or FileIO Xtra.
FileIO XObject - an XObject
from Macromedia that comes with Director and allows you to read and write
external text files. Replaced by the FileIO Xtra.
FileIO Xtra - an Xtra
from Macromedia that comes with Director and allows you to read and write
external text files. The Xtra replaces the FileIO
File Transfer Protocol - the
standard protocol for transferring files from one computer to another over
the Internet. Commonly referred to as FTP.
See ftp, ftp site.
File Type - all Macintosh files include a
four-character File Type which indicates the format of the file. This allows
a document to be properly interpreted by an
application, or in the case of an application,
alerts the Mac OS that it is an executable file.
See extension, APPL,
Creator Code and Desktop
Database. Refer to the TechNote,
"File Types, Creator Codes and
fka - as in "The Artist Formerly Known
As Prince". See aka.
flame - to debate with great emphasis and vigor.
Flaming Pie - an album by Ex-Beatle
Paul McCartney, whose name is taken from a quote
by John Lennon.
float - 1. n. a floating-point
number with a precision determined by the operating system. See integer,
2. n. the Lingo
3. v. to hover or be otherwise buoyant.
floating-point - a number with a fractional
portion, expressed as a decimal, such as 6.9.
See float, integer.
floppy disk - a low-cost removable diskette
used with floppy drives. The 5.25" variety
was once prevalent, but now most drives use 3.5" diskettes. Even though
the plastic shell of a diskette is hard, the internal medium is flexible,
hence the name "floppy". See hard
floppy drive - a low-cost storage device
featuring removable floppy disks. Floppy drives
have been largely supplanted by higher capacity CDs
and Zip drives. See hard
floptical disk - a removable re-writable
floppy optical disk that stores a lot of data cheaply, but
is not particularly fast.
Florentine - 1. adj. served or prepared
with spinach 2. n. a cookie
made with orange peels and almonds, coated in chocolate.
3. adj. from Florence Italy.
F.O.B. - Free On Board,
without charge to the buyer for merchandise placed aboard a carrier at the
point of shipment.
FOL - Fact Of Life, uncommon
e-mail abbreviation usually indicating that
you wish something were not true, but accept it as inevitable, such as a
bug. (Also Furry Otter Laughing, Falopian Ovarian
Laproscopy, Figurative On-line Liason, Facetious
Orgasmic Liturgist, Fugitive Oblong Lutist,
or FiOna appLe).
font - 1. a family of typefaces, such as Helvetica.
See Fontographer, FONTMAP.TXT,
TrueType. 2. font of wisdom, a knowledgable
FONTMAP.TXT - a configuration file which
instructs Director regarding cross-platform font
Fontographer - a font
creation tool from Macromedia.
font substitution - the process of
choosing an alternate font, font size or type style if the requested font
is not available in the requested size and type style. Font substitution
is controlled via the FONTMAP.TXT file in Director.
food - chocolate,
cookies and Cheetohs(R)
format - 1. v. to prepare a floppy or hard disk
for use under a particular operating system. Formatting a drive ordinarily
destroys all the data on the drive, so be careful. 2. n. a DOS
utility which formats disks. 3. n. the type of operating system for which
a disk has been prepared, see Macintosh
format, DOS format. 4. the type of data
contained in a file, as in, "What's this file's
FORTRAN - FORmula
TRANslator, a programming language noted for its mathematical precision,
and not much else. See float, C,
forum - a public area where users may obtain
information on a particular topic, often run by a company offering a product.
The Macromedia forum on AOL is accessible via Keyword:
Macromedia. See message board.
fragment - to split up. Computers deal with
blocks of information often of a fixed size. Some files are too large to
fit into a single block and therefore span multiple
blocks. If the blocks associated with a file are not contiguous,
the file is said to be "fragmented". Fragmentation is a result
of the repeated allocation and deallocation of blocks for use by various
programs, and generally slows down the operation of the computer. A fragmented
hard drive is remedied with a de-fragging
utility. Rebooting your computer will de-fragment RAM.
frame script - a Lingo script present
in one or more frames in the frame channel. Frame scripts are executed when
the playback head enters the associated frame.. See movie
script, sprite script, frame
script, score script.
Freehand - 1. n. a graphics program from Macromedia,
formerly Aldus Freehand. 2. adj. drawing without
the aid of templates or similar assistance.
freeware - software that is given away for
free. Ordinarily you may not include freeware on commercial products without
the expressed consent of the copyright holder. Often confused, intentionally
or otherwise, with shareware or piracy.
Frequently Asked Questions
- see FAQ.
front-end - an interface that provides the
visible face for a larger back-end entity. The front-end ordinarily does
not perform substantial processing, but rather directs or controls the processing.
and zOpen allows you to use Director
as a front-end in software samplers, or other projects requiring external
frown - a common emoticon
which looks like a frowning face when viewed sideways :( used to indicate
that you are sad or that your computer-related problem is not solved. See
FTD - a way to deliver flowers via a phone call.
ftp - a keyword used as part of a URL
to instruct the server to download a file, such as ftp://www.zeusprod.com/ftp/order.pdf.
See File Transfer Protocol, http.
FTP - see File
ftp address - the URL
pointing to an ftp server, as in "Do you
have an ftp address from which I can download the file?" See FTP,
ftp client- a program which supports FTP,
and allows you to upload data to or download data from an ftp
site. See Anarchie, Fetch.
ftp server - a computer which provides ftp
services. See anonymous ftp.
ftp site - the collection of files at a given
ftp address. Sometimes used synonymously with
ftp address, as in "Can I download it from
your ftp site?". See ftp, FTP.
FUQ - Frequently Unasked/Unanswered
Questions. (usually pronounced "Eff-You-Cue", but occasionally
pronounced "Phuque") Zeus Productions strives to answer questions
well beyond the scope of most FAQs in our FUQs. Our FUQs
include in-depth answers to both Pre-Sales and Technical questions, and
including questions you didn't even know you had! Visit Zeus's FAQ/FUQ
Central for a list of FUQs on this site. The terms "FAQ" and
"FAQ" interchangeably on this site, but have no fear, All
Our FAQs Are FUQed™.
FWIW - For What It's Worth,
common e-mail abbreviation indicating a gently-offered
or off-topic opinion. See FYI, IMO,
FYI - For Your Information,
common e-mail abbreviation alerting the reader
to sincere and/or timely information, not used sarcastically as is
common in the spoken form. See FWIW, IMO,
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