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[Report] SENEWS-2007-11-25 Report

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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories.

Computer technology has became a major part of people's lives. 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's a small device that you move around on a flat surface in front of a computer. The mouse moves the point or cursor on a computer screen.

Computer expert D. developed the idea for the mouse in the eraly 1960s. The first computer mouse was a carved block of wood with two metal wheels. It was called a mouse because it had a tail at one end. The tail was the wire that connected it to the computer.

Using a computer takes some trainning. People who are experts are sometimes called "hackers". A hacker is usually a person who writes software programs in a special computer language. But the word "hacker" is also used to describe a people who tries to steal informaton 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 name it Google become in mathematics google spelled G-O-O-G-O-L is an extremely large number. It's the number one 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 person's name on a blog. A blog is the shorten name for a net blog. A blog is a personal webpage. It may contains stories, comments, pictures and links to other websites. Some people add information to their blogs everyday. People who have blogs are called "bloggers".

Bloggers are not the same as spam. Spam is unwanted sales messages sent to your electronics mail box. The name is based on a funny joke many years ago on a British television show "M / Flying Circles". Some friends are at eating place that only serves a processed meat product from the United States called "spam". Every time the friends try to speak, another group of people starts singing the word spam very loudly. This interferes with the friend's discussion, just as an unwanted sales message interfere with communication over the internet.

This VOA Special English Programs was written by G. M.
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