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VOCABULARY PRACTICE SECTION 3. 1. Match the words with their definitions. 1

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1. Match the words with their definitions.

1. network a. a method of exchanging digital messages
2. router b. an object of Internet communication
3. provider c. a computer system that provides essential services across a network to public users in the internet
4. server computer d. the equivalent of a letter box for electronic mail
5. e-mail e. an electronic device used to connect computers to each other, and usually to the Internet, by wire or radio signals
6. digital message f. a group of computers that are connected to each other for the purpose of communication
7. mailbox g. a business or organization that offers access to the internet and related services


2. Whose e-mail addresses are these? Match the addresses to the list of users:  


a. 1. redcrossyouth@algonet.se · a. a UN organization based in Italy
b. 2. webmaster@fao.org.it · b. a US politician
c. 3. today@bbc.co.uk · c. a Swedish charity
d. 4. jsmth@smith.senate.gov · d. a student at French university
e. 5. rossi@cantsoc.com.it · e. a news program on a public broad­casting service in the UK
f. 6. sales@demon.net · f. an Italian wine cooperative
g. 7. lunchx@swtol.usace.army.mil · g. a military organization based in the US
h. 8. s_larrieu@ly.ac.fr · h. an ISP (Institute of Social Psy­chiatry)

3. You can exchange views on almost any subject by joining an Internet newsgroup. Which of these groups would interest the following people?

1. alt.algebra.help; 2. alt.asian-movies; 3. alt.comics.bayman; 4. alt.education.disabled; 5. alt.fashion; 6. alt.sport.soccer.european; 7. alt.tasteless-jokes; 8. rec.antiflues.bottles; 9. al.food.wine; 10. alt. music.world.     a. a football fan; b. a student with math problems; c. a bottle collector; d. a fan of Indian cinema; e. a comic book collector; f. someone interested in clothes.



4. Complete texts below with the words from boxes.

users communication networks messaging

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet text (1) … (chat) or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group (2) … in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message as well as chat and data transfers via Direct Client-to-Client. As of May 2009, the top 100 IRC (3) … served more than half a million (4) … at a time, with hundreds of thousands of channels (the vast majority of which stand mostly vacant), operating on a total of roughly 1,500 servers worldwide. IRC was created by Jarkko Oikarinen in August 1988.


text-based instant chat online

Synchronous conferencing is the formal term used in science, in particular in computer-mediated communication, collaboration and learning, to describe (5) … chat technologies. It has arisen at a time when the term chat had a negative connotation. Today it is occasionally also extended to mean audio/video conferencing or (6) … messaging systems, given they provide a (7) … multi-user chat function. The word synchronous in this case is not to be considered a technical term, but rather describing how it is perceived by humans— (8) … happens in real time before your eyes.

software internet voice telephony

(9) … teleconferencing includes internet telephone conferencing, videoconferencing, and Augmented Reality conferencing.

Internet (10) … involves conducting a teleconference over the Internet or a Wide Area Network. One key technology in this area is (11) … over Internet Protocol (VOIP). Popular (12) … for personal use includes Skype, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger.

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