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channel surfing

The frequent changing of channels when watching television, especially for an extended period of time. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I hate channel surfing. I can't understand why people don't just pick a program and watch it!
See also: channel, surfing

Internets

An intentionally incorrect pluralization of "Internet" used for comedic effect. A: "Where did you hear about this?" B: "Oh, on the Internets, so it's you know it's true!"
See also: Internet

on the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog

A phrase that highlights the anonymous nature of online correspondence. It originally appeared in a cartoon by Peter Steiner. A: "I can't say something that mean, even to a stranger." B: "Oh, sure you can! On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."
See also: dog, know, nobody, on

scour (something or some place) for (someone or something)

To search thoroughly inside of or all around some place or thing for someone or something. I've been scouring the internet for information about this strange new app my kids are using. We scoured the warehouse for evidence, but we couldn't find anything that would hold up in court.
See also: scour

channel surfing

Switching from one television station (channel) to another frequently, either to search for an interesting program or to keep track of several programs at once. For example, What did you see on TV last night?-Nothing much; I was just channel surfing. The term transfers the surfer's search for good waves to the viewer's search for programs. This practice became widespread with the use of remote-control devices for changing channels while remaining seated some distance from the television set. [1980s] A 1990s version is Internet surfing, a similar process for searching cyberspace.
See also: channel, surfing

channel surfing

verb
See also: channel, surfing
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In order to understand the use of Internet-based consumer health information by vulnerable groups, it is helpful to look at current research and data on specific information behaviors and Internet use by two special communities--the elderly and African Americans.
* What do we know about the information behaviors of the two special populations, and what is known about their use of the Internet?
Virtually all of Will's current teachers at Gunn High School in Palo Alto are at least somewhat literate in computers and the Internet. Many are quite savvy.
Qurabi also gave me a lengthy list of people jailed by the government for things they put on the Internet, some detained for years simply for writing their thoughts in emails.
Wildstrom in an article in the July 17 issue of Business Week, "The War for the Net's Future." In the article, Wildstrom writes, "The Center for Democracy & Technology (www.cdt.org), a think tank on tech issues, argues for an approach that preserves the open nature of today's Internet while creating space for premium networks.
Interviewer: If you don't have access to the Internet, where do you go to do your research?
NET GAINS Give a middle school child from a low-income household a home computer with free Internet access and watch that child become a better reader.
Paul Foster, NTP Liaison and Scientific Review Office, PO Box 12233, MD A3-01, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 USA, 919-541-2513, e-mail: foster2@niehs.nih.gov, Internet: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/
In the October 25 Deseret Morning News, Representative Chris Cannon (R-Utah) noted that the Internet's "potential contributions to economic growth in less developed countries dwarf anything the United Nations could conceivably provide." Yet "there is no other country on the face of the earth whose government would have had the restraint to permit the freedom of thought and action that has produced the present benefits and future promise of the Internet." Rep.
Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) is the current holy grail of communications technology.
Currently, VoIP networks allow you to make voice phone calls--local, long distance, and international--over the Internet. Groundbreaking VoIP applications are already having a disruptive impact on the telecommunications industry.
Let me give you an example of the many ways in which the Internet assisted me on a personal music research project.
"The history of the Internet is a chronicle of innovation by improvisation, from its genesis as a national defense research network, to a medium of academic exchange, to a hacker cyber-subculture, to the commercial engine for the so-called 'New Economy.' Like Heraclitus at the river, we address the Internet aware that courts are ill-suited to fix its flow; instead, we draw our bearings from the legal landscape, and chart a course by the law's words." Heraclitus, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, is attributed with saying that "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." Heraclitus believed that everything is in flux and that an explanation of change is foundational to any theory of nature.
Also, as more ordinary people get into high-speed Internet known as broadband and buy ever-cheaper desktop computers, demand increases on the networks that make up the Web.
During 2003, the internet demonstrated its ability to come down hard when and where it pleased.