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Bulletin board: computerised discussion group or information exchange.

Cyber ...: Anything to do with electronic information.

e-mail: Electronic mail sent from computer to computer.

Download: Transfer data between computers.

Internet or Net: A network of networks, theoretically linking 25 million computers worldwide. Anyone with a modem and phone line can tap into the Net.

Multimedia: Mixing text, graphics, pictures, sound and other "media" in one computerised presentation.

Virtual reality: a three-dimensional computer-generated "world".

World Wide Web/The Web: the most exciting part of the Internet, consisting of pages (mostly with graphics) covering a plethora of subjects. Clicking on highlighted words sends you to another page; this is Web surfing.

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