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How IT has altered our vocabulary

Internet technologies (IT) have revolutionized the way we approach reality. Because so many parts of our lives are directly or partially interconnected with the internet, the original meaning of some words that we use in tech have been pushed into the shadows.

Of course, there are still words that exist in both the non-tech and tech worlds, but less common phrases and terms have been completely overtaken due to their importance in IT.

In this article, we will discuss some important tech terms and their old meanings. For example, a new generation of young adults raised by the internet does not know the old meaning of a ‘proxy’ but they are familiar with middlemen servers from the best proxy providers. We encourage you to learn more about this tech term if you are not familiar with it, but for now, let’s take a deeper look at these terms and their proper use in the past.

What is a proxy?

In the past, proxies were companies, agencies, or individuals that were authorized by another party to act on their behalf. In this case, the word is usually preceded by the word “by”. For example, if the representative has authorized the other person to vote on his behalf, they vote by proxy.

In tech, proxies are intermediary servers that participate in the transfer of data packets between two networks. Proxy providers rent out different proxy servers to individuals and businesses interested in increasing their level of privacy and security online. Most company tasks today like web scraping cannot be performed without the help of a proxy server.

 What (or who) are servers?

The answers are quite simple – servers serve food or drinks, and servers are players in tennis who serve. However, because servers are such a big part of IT, those meanings become irrelevant.

Today, a server will almost always be a computer in the network that provides services to other computers that are a part of the same network. Servers are the foundation of the internet we know and love today.

Let’s eat some web cookies!

Of course, we know cookies as round, sweet baked goods with various delicious toppings. Cookie monster is our beloved addict of sweets from the children’s television show ‘Sesame Street’. But what about web cookies?

HTTP or web cookies are small pieces of information recorded on our computer during browsing on particular websites. Cookies simplify and speed up website loading and save shopping cart information in online stores. Some cookies also store data filled by the user in forms like names, passwords, addresses, payment info, and other fields.

While some praise web cookies for making the browsing experience far more convenient, advocates for the safety and anonymity online dislike cookies that store too much personal information about the user.

What exactly is browsing?

Because today we only encounter this word in IT, many people do not know or simply forgot the old meaning of browsing. If you ever visited a store and casually, almost lazily scanned presented goods, you can call yourself a browser. Of course, the usage of this word skyrocketed once it found its sweet place in tech.

Now we know browsers as computer programs with unique graphical interfaces that let us access and move between websites. Once you send a connection request to a chosen web page, browsers find and retrieve the desired content.

Scrape… scrape off what?

While we can scrape off materials that stick to the surface, this has a similar but much more significant role in IT.

When we talk about scraping on the web, we refer to the extraction of data from the web. It is a common practice among individuals and companies that helps us collect the necessary information for researching competitors, finding good deals, and making predictions.

Web scraping works the best when we implement another term that we already discussed. A good proxy provider makes data aggregation a piece of cake because it protects the scraper from IP bans and lets it operate at full capacity. Web scraping is a valuable skill that receives plenty of attention in Tech universities and data analytics courses. Needless to say, the word carries a far greater significance in the digital world.

While some of these words were never significant in the past, they have found a new resurgence in a revolutionary IT world. Because digital advancements improve and influence every area of our lives, the alterations in our vocabulary highlight the ever-growing influence of technologies over our lives.

While there are many other less significant terms we haven’t discussed, future advancements in machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and other revolutionary fields will bring new changes into our vocabularies and the way we perceive reality. However, finding the old meanings of these words can be a fun exercise that will help you better understand the intended functionality of IT tools.

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