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SAM - Symantec
Anti-Virus for the Macintosh
sample - 1. n. a discreet measurements in time,
as in a sound sample. See Hertz, kHz,
MHz. 2. v. to digitize; 3. free food at the Price
sampling rate - the number of samples
per second. (measured in Hertz, KHz
sane - rational,
reasonable. Contrast multimedia deadlines.
SANE - a library of math routines on the Macintosh.
scarf - 1. to abscond with, as in, "He scarfed
the last piece of pizza." see open-scarf.
2. muffler (textile, not automotive)
scope - 1. n. a brand of mouthwash. 2. v. to
hunt for or otherwise espy people with an eye towards romantic interest;
reconnoiter. 3. n. the "pervasiveness" of a variable.
A variable's scope denotes the handler or scripts
for which it is a valid, declared value. A
global variable's scope extends to
any handler which declares the global variable. A local
or temporary's variable's scope is limited ot the handler in which it
is defined or used.
Score - Director timeline window which resembles
a spreadsheet. Director 6.0 features an
enhanced Score window designed to be easier to use. See Cast
window, Paint window.
score script - 1. to get a prescription
for drugs; 2. a Lingo script which is called a frame
script if it is used in the script channel,
or a sprite script if it is attached to a sprite
in the Score.
screen capture - a snapshot of the screen
at a given point in time. Director does not support screen capture, but
third-party Xtras may allow you to include such functionality in your Director
presentation. See capture, video
capture, screen recording, screen
grab, screen shot.
screen grab - a single screen
capture, also screen shot.
screen shot - a single screen
capture, also screen grab.
screen recording - the process of
recording the actions appearing on the screen over time, as opposed to a
single screen shot. See ScreenCam.
script - 1. a prescription for drugs, especially
illicit drugs; 2. a Lingo castmember containing programming code to be executed;
3. the Lingo code contained in a script castmember. See variable,
parent script, movie
script, cast script, sprite
script, frame script, score
script channel - the channel in Director's
Score, preceding the first sprite channel. The script channel ordinarily
contains frame scripts with exitFrame handlers.
scripting language - a programming
language such as Lingo, HyperTalk
or SmallTalk. Often interpreted,
not compiled as is C
Score - a spreadsheet-like window showing Director
assets over time.
SCSI - Small Computer Interface
(pronounced "scuzzy") a daisy-chainable
type of bus, used primarily on the Macintosh. PC
users must install a SCSI card to use SCSI devices.
SCSI card - a circuit board which adds the
ability to add SCSI devices to a PC.
SCSI chain - a series of SCSI
devices, connected in series, sometimes requiring a terminator.
SCSI device - a device with a SCSI interface,
such as a hard drive, scanner, CD-ROM or Zip drive..
SCSI ID - each device on a SCSI chain has a
unique ID between 0 and 7.
Sculley, John - former CEO
of Apple Computer, who was hired by and eventually
ousted Steve Jobs.
SDK - Software Development Kit, refers to a development
environment geared to creating programs for a specific operating system,
such as the Windows SDK. See API, IDE,
SEA - Self-Extracting Archive
(pronounced "Ess-Eee-Ay", not "see"), a standalone
application, that, when run, decompresses into one or more component
files. Most SEA files are created by Aladdin Systems'
StuffIt, or CompactPro.
search engine - a utility which locates
text or other data, either in a database or on the internet.
The most popular net search engines are Yahoo,
AltaVista and Lycos.
semantic - pertaining to words, often used
to mean "insignificant" as in "the difference is semantic."
serial - sequential. A serial connection transmits
data in series, rather than in chunks. Contrast parallel.
serial port - a communications port used
to control certain devices, most notably modems,
and some printers. See COM1, COM2.
Contrast parallel port.
server - 1. a waiter or waitress. 2. a computer
providing services to one or more clients. See
print server, network
server, web server.
Seuss - 1. Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. See
the "Incognito Quiz" in our
Amoosement Center. 2. Code name for Authorware
4. See Hopper, Spike.
SF - San Francisco, mistakenly thought
of by residents as "The" City (See NYC).
2. Science Fiction. See vaporware.
SGI - Silicon Graphics Inc., makers or high-end
workstations for computer graphics and engineering. See James
Shared Cast - a Director cast
file used for holding common assets in Director 4.0.4 and prior versions.
In Director 5 and later, multiple casts are all shareable.
shareware - a try-before-you-buy mechanism
for distributing software. The user is entitled to try the software, but
is expected to pay the registration fee if they keep and use it. Unfortunately,
often confused, intentionally or otherwise with freeware.
shiftDown - the Lingo property
shiftDown indicates whether the Shift key is being pressed.
Shift key - the Shift key is used to modify
other keys, to create capital letters, or punctuation marks. It is often
used in conjunction with other modifier keys. For example, Shift-Option-M
indicates that you should press the M key while holding down both the Shift
and Option keys. You can disable
Extensions completely by holding down the
Shift key while restarting the Macintosh. Refer to the Lingo property
shiftDown. See Alt key, Command
Shockwave - Macromedia's
net-platback technology for Director, Authorware
and Freehand content.
shortcut - 1. the best way to Grandma's house;
2. a small file which points to the actual file under Windows. Equivalent
to a Macintosh alias.
SI - Sports Illusttrated.
SimpleText - a basic text editor included
with the Mac OS.
SIT - a file in StuffIt!
SiteMill - application from Adobe Systems
used to create and maintain web sites
SmallTalk - 1. idle chatter made at parties
while waiting for the floorshow to start, dinner to be served, or the bar
to be restocked. 2. the scripting language on which Lingo
is based. See Hypertalk.
smiley - a common emoticon
used to indicate that you are joking, which looks like a smiley face when
viewed sideways :) See frown., grin.
Sniglet - a word created to remedy a linguistic
deficiency. See the Sniglet Archive.
Snafu - 1. a snag; 2. allegedly a military acronym
for Situation Normal, All Fucked Up
SNAG - Sensitive New-Age
Guy; Alan Alda, John Tesh, Yanni. Uncommom e-mail
snail mail - delivery via the USPS,
as opposed to, the presumably faster, e-mail.
See TCIITM, Fed Ex,
SNMP - Simple Network Management
software conflict - 1. a generic
term describing when two or more software programs are incompatible. See
driver conflict, hardware
conflict, Extensions Manager.
2. the convenient scapegoat of all unidentified problems.
SOL - unlucky. See AOL.
SoundEdit - a Macintosh sound-editing utility
SoundForge - a Windows sound-editing utility
bundled with Macromedia Studio products.
source or source code - the human-readable
programming instructions that are then compiled
to create an executable or interpreted
at run-time. Source code is often machine-independent.
For example, the same C programming may work on multiple machines, although
it must be copiled separately for each platform.
Spam - 1. the meat. see Hormel. 2. junk e-mail.
Sparc - a family of UNIX
workstations from Sun. Also SparcStation.
spawn - to create a process.
An executable may spawn a process to perform some task. For example, a word
processor may spawn a process to handle printing.
Spike - the code name for D5.
See Hopper, Seuss.
spinach - 1. Popeye's
favorite food. 2. See Florentine.
Splash - a movie with Darryl Hannah as a mermaid
and Tom Hanks as a fish lover.
splash screen - a graphic that displays
when a program starts, and disappears before you can read what it says.
Adobe Acrobat Reader's splash screen can be
disabled under Windows using the /s flag.
sprite - an item in Director that has been placed
on the Stage, such as a bitmap, text or video.
sprite script - a Lingo script
attached to a Director sprite. Sprite scripts are
executed when the user clicks on the associated sprite. See movie
script, cast script, sprite
script, frame script, score
Sprite Xtras - plug-ins which add new castmember
types, such as MPEG video, QTVR or QD3D, to Director. See Xtras,
Lingo Xtras, Tool
Xtras and Transition Xtras.
srm.conf - Server Resource Map
Configuration file used by HTTPd.
SSL - Secure Socket Layer,
a security standard supported by Netscape Version 2.0 and higher, and Microsoft
Internet Explorer Version 3.01. SSL ensures that confidential data remains
confidential when transmitted vai the internet.
stand-alone application - an
independent executable that does not requie
any other application to run, as opposed to a plug-in
Stage - Director's playback window. The Stage
is where animations take place and interativity occurs.
Start Menu - the Windows 95 menu
bar from which you can launch applications, configure the system, open
control panels, and explore files.
- a Lingo handler called whenever a Director
movie is started. See
- a Lingo handler used in the LINGO.INI
file. Refer to the TechNote, "The
DIRECTOR.INI and LINGO.INI Files".
static - 1. annoying electrical charges that
make your clothing cling to you and shock you when you touch a doorknob;
2. poor TV reception or telephone operation, or other noise caused by interference;
3. unchanging. See constant, dynamic.
4. a C keyword for a static variablewhich persists
over time. The equivalent of a global variable
stationary - adj. couch-potato-like.
stationery - n. a document
Startup Disk - The Macintosh boot
drive is typically the first one found with the System
and Finder together in a System
Folder, but it can be set explicitly with the Startup Disk Control
STD - 1. STandarD. 2. Sexually
string - 1. a piece of twine or rope. 2. a bunch
of characters. "Hello" is a string. See string
constant, string variable, integer,
float, array, list,
string constant - a predefined string,
that doesn't change. Lingo does not provide for string constants. Use symbols
or string variables instead. See constant.
string variable - a variable
containing character data, as opposed to numeric or some other data type
- a Lingo handler called whenever a Director
movie is stopped or exited. See
stub - a brief program or handler that performs
little if any actual work. The stub may be a dummy handler that does nothing,
but is used as a placeholder to prevent program errors. A stub may also
simply pass information onto another handler that performs the real work.
stub projector - a Director Projector
that contains a simple movie that merely calls an external
DIR or DXR file to do
all the real work. Stub projectors are highly recommended for simplified
development and distribution of all Director projects. Refer to the TechNote,
"Creating and Using Stub Projectors".
StuffIt! - 1. A compression utility from Aladdin
Systems which creates SIT and SEA
files. 2. What you say to your boss before quitting.
subject line - the topic of an e-mail message. Eudora allows you to filter
messages based on their subject line. Some mailing
lists require that commands be placed in the subject line of an e-mail
message addressed to the List Server. See
- a software vendor of products such as ACT!,
SAM and Norton
Symantec Anti-Virus - a utility
for guarding against viruses. on the Macintosh.
subject - 1. the
topic of an e-mail. Some mailing lists
require that commands be placed in the subject of an e-mail message addressed
to the list server. Also subject line.
See body. 2. a resident of a kingdom.
subroutine - a programming module which
performs a useful operation. A subroutine often accepts parameters that
affect the calculations or other operatinos it performs.
SUM - Symantec Utilities for the
Mac, which includes Symantec Anti-Virus.
Sun - 1. a large fusion-powered object. 2. Sun
Microsystems, Inc. purveyors of Java and engineering
workstations. See Sparc.
Super VGA - a video standard that allows
millions of colors at greater than 640 x 480 resolution, commonly referred
to as SVGA. See CGA, EGA,
SVGA - Super VGA.
See CGA, EGA, VGA.
symbol - in Lingo, an unchanging expression
that is convenient to use when programming. They are faster to use than
string variables, and easier to decipher
and change than numeric constants.
syntax - 1. an excise tax on behaviors or activities
which are considered sinful. 2. the required or acceptable grammar or structure
for specifying a computer command. Incorrect syntax, such as a typographical
error often results in a syntax error message from
syntax error - 1. a miscalculation of the excise
tax on sinful activities or products 2. an error resulting from incorrect
grammar or structure when specifying a computer command. Refer to the TechNote
"Lingo Error Messages".
system - 1. a computer. 2. something too complicated
to describe in actual words. 3. a way to lose money playing the horses,
the lottery, blackjack, etc. 4. the man, as in "You can fight the system."
5. the scapegoat of all problems, as in "the system is down."
6. See System.
System - a special Macintosh file, which along
with the Finder, constitutes the Mac
OS. See System Folder.
System 7 - versions 7.0 through 7.n of the
Mac OS, most notably, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.5,
7.6 and 7.8.
System Folder - a special folder of the
Mac OS, which contains the System,
the Finder, and the Fonts,
Panels, and Preferences folders.
SysEdit - a utility used to inspect and edit
the CONFIG.SYS, AUTOEXEC.BAT,
WIN.INI and other Windows system files. See
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