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Now the VOA special English program, Words and their stories.

Computer technology has become a major part of people's lifes. This technology has its own special words.

One example is the word mouse. A computer mouse is not a small animal that lives in buildings and open fields. It is a small device that you move around on a flat surface in front of a computer. The mouse moves the pointer or the cursor on the computer screen. Computer expret D* A* develope the idea for the mouse in the early 1960s. The first computer mouse was a carved block of wood with two metal wheels. It was called a mouse because it has a tail at one end. The tail was the wire that connected to the computer.

Using a computer and take some training, people are experts are sometimes called hackers. A hacker is usually a person who usually write software programs in a special computer language. But the word hacker is also use to discribe the person trying to steal information from computer systems.

Another well known computer word is Google, spelled g-o-o-g-l-e, it is the name of a popular search engine for the internet. People use the search engine to find information about almost any subject on the internet. The people who started the company named Google because in mathmatics Googol spelled G-o-o-g-o-l, is an extremly large number, it is the number 1 followed by one hundred zeros. When you google a subject, you can get a large amout of information about it. Some people like to google their friends or themselves to see how many times their name appears on the internet.

If you google someone, you might find that people's name on a blog, a blog is the shorten name for a web blog. A blog is a personal web page. It may contain stories, comments, pictures and links to other web sites. Some people add information to their blogs every day. People who have blogs are called blogers.

Blogs are not the same as spam. Sdam is unwanted sales messages send to your electronic mail box. The name is based on a funny joke many years ago on a British television show "M* P* fly circles". Some friends are added in eat place that only serves a prosessed meat product from the United States called spam. Every time the friend try to speak, another group of people start singing the word spam very loudly. This interferes with the friend's discussion just as the unwanted sales messages interfered with communication over the internet.
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