A column for people who remember what
the world was like before there was color.....
Nancy's Guide To Internet/Web/Chat Abbreviations October 12th, 2000
I well remember the first time I got an e-mail message containing a set of letters that I knew must be an abbreviation for something because of the context in which they were used. I was on AOL at the time and I suddenly found myself wondering what was going on. I didn't know if someone was cussing me out, making a pass, or just saying something normal that everyone understood. The message turned out to be quite harmless. It was "LOL" which can mean either "laughing out loud" or "lots of laughs."
I thought it might be helpful to list some of the more frequently used abbreviations. However, lest anyone think I spend a lot of time in chat rooms, I want to make it perfectly clear that I gathered these from my children and from searching the net. My primary source was www.whatis.com. These are just a smattering of what you may see, and are limited to: a) friendly or semi-friendly messages, and b) those fit to print. The use of abbreviations has spread to many venues on the internet. I would love it if readers would submit additional abbreviations that I have not included.
Any day now
As far as I know
Away from keyboard
Bye for now
Back at the keyboard
Be back in a bit
Back of the envelope calculation
Be right back
But then again....
But what the heck do i know...?
See you later
Do I know you?
Don't quote me on this?
End of message
Face to face
First in, still here
Falling off my chair laughing
For what it's worth
Gee, I wish I'd said that
Great minds think alike
Giggling out loud
Going to read mail
Have a nice day
Hope this helps
In any case
I hate acronyms
ILU or ILY
I love you
In my opinion
In other words
In real life
If you see what I mean
Just in case
Lots and lots of thunderous applause
Laughing out loud or Lots of Laughs
Long time no see
Miss you so much
NP or N/P
No response necessary
Oh, I see
Off the top of my head
Pretty awesome new stuff
Public display of affection
Problem is between keyboard and chair
Goodbye (leaving the room)
ROTFL (or ROFL)
Rolling on the floor laughing
Read the manual
Roll your own (write your own program)
That's all for now
There ain't no such thing as a free lunch
Thanks in advance (used if you post a question and are expecting a helpful reply)
Ta-Ta for now
Thought that, too
Talk to you later
Very big grin
Who died and left you in charge?
Works for me
Wouldn't it be nice if
Way to go!
Want to go private?
Where are you from?
EZNote is a shareware program (US $20) created by John V. Holder. I wrote about one of John's programs, KeySwapper, last week, and another, ScrapIt Pro, a few weeks ago. (see August 23rd column). EZNote allows you to jot down notes quickly, with just the touch of a key, and without leaving the application you are using. Among the attributes of EZNote are these: You can bring up a text editor instantly with one key stroke. You can quickly edit text on the clipboard. You can copy selected text from any application with one key stroke and store it for later reading or editing. You can keep commonly used text clippings for quick access. You can maintain a simple and easy to access address book and phone number list, and you can even keep a daily journal.
The application works on any Mac with OS 7 or above. You can download EZNote at John's home page. Once downloaded you will find the installation button on your desktop.
Double click on it and it will unstuff. (For information on stuffing and unstuffing please refer to the index for Computing With Bifocals.) Next drag the entire EZNote folder into your system folder (or save it there instead of your desktop). Click open the EZNote folder and drag the EZNote icon into the Control Panel Folder. Restart your computer and check to make sure the EZNote icon is displayed along the bottom of your screen with all the other extensions/control panels when you first start your Mac back up. If it is not, you have done something incorrectly. The easiest way to fix it is start over (said she, speaking from experience).
Open the Control Panel and click on EZNote so you can set it up.
As with John's other applications, the directions are plentiful and easy to follow. You will start by designating which keys, or combination of keys, you wish to use to access the five options available with EZNote. Once you have set that up, you will simply have to push your chosen combination of keys to instantly open a new blank note or any of the other five options. The question mark in the example above contains all the directions you need.
Very briefly, here is what each option offers:
New blank note allows you to bring up a text editing window with no text so you can put in anything you want.
Copy Selection/Edit will first copy any text selected from the application you are currently in and bring up a text editing window with the selected text so you can edit the text and create a new note with it.
Get/Edit Notes brings up a window with a list of all the notes that you have.
Append Text/Edit will first copy any text selected from the application you are currently in and bring up a text editing window with the selected text so you may edit the text before appending it to a selected file in the Appendables category.
Append Selection will copy any text selected from the application you are currently in and will append it to the last file you had appended to in the Appendables category.
The preferences allow you to designate a number of extras, such as automatic insertion of date and time, sound on or off, icon at start up, etc., as well as choosing font style and size which can be a big advantage to some readers.
Depending on your own needs and interests, this application offers numerous options and it should be well worth your time to download it and try it out.
If you have ideas related to using your Macintosh for the upcoming holidays that others would like, please take a moment to write me about them.
Copies of Nancy's book Tips, Hints, and Solutions for Seasoned Beginners Using Apple Macintosh Computers With OS X are available in PDF download versions for US$9.57 and in print version for $18.15 plus $4.00 shipping. To view sample pages and get ordering information visit the September 14, 2004 column.
Talking to a generation that remembers what the world was like before there was color,
covers issues for people who don't care how their computer works, but rather what their computer and the internet can do for them.
Nancy has a Master's degree in Human Services Administration and prior to her retirement she worked for almost 30 years in field of mental health and mental retardation. She has been a Mac user for 11 years, and has recently developed an avocation of teaching basic computer skills in both group and one-to-one settings.