Normal postal mail, where an actual physical letter or package is delivered. The term didn’t exist until electronic mail (e-mail)became so prevalent that there was a requirement to differentiate the two. Obviously, the term was invented by e-mail aficionados as a small barb directed at the relative slowness of physical transportation.
Snailmail is sometimes spelled as two separate words, snail mail.
- snake oil
Refers to a cryptography or security product that makes exaggerated claims of what the product is capable of, giving the user a false sense of security. The term snake oil, which is credited to Matt Curtin for using in reference to computer security products, comes from the 19th-century American practice of selling cure-all elixirs in […]
- snapshot backup
A virtual copy of a device or filesystem. Snapshots imitate the way a file or device looked at the precise time the snapshot was taken. It is not a copy of the data, only a picture in time of how the data was organized. Snapshots can be taken according to a scheduled time and provide […]
- snapshot printer
A color printer designed to print photographic-quality snapshots. Most snapshot printers require special paper and use dye sublimation, thermal transfer technologies to produce vivid 24-bit color. The devices, however, are limited to prints no larger than about 4 by 6 inches.
A hardware or software flag. In multitasking systems, a semaphore is a variable with a value that indicates the status of a common resource. It’s used to lock the resource that is being used. A process needing the resource checks the semaphore to determine the resource’s status and then decides how to proceed.
An online marketing slang term coined by Charles Nicholls, founder of SeeWhy, to describe any customer that spreads your offers and promotions through social networks. Social networking sites make it incredibly easy for your “sneezer” customer to share promotions and positive word-of-mouth marketing about your business in a single click with his or her network […]