FACEBOOK
Facebook is a social networking website launched in February 2004 and operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Users can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by workplace, school, or college. The website's name stems from the colloquial name of books given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better. Anyone over the age of 13 can become a Facebook user. F2F Shorthand for "face to face". Refers to communications without computers. Such abbreviations are a common form of netiquette. Recently heavily criticised for lax privacy policy, and for it’s founders unguarded comments about users’ trust in him.

F2F
Shorthand for "face to face". Refers to communications without computers. Such abbreviations are a common form of netiquette.

FINGER
Finger is a program which allows you to determine if a user is logged on, in addition to any other useful information about them (such as whether they have any unread e-mail, or when was the last time they logged on).

FINISHING
All operations after printing.

FIREWALL
A firewall is like a set of gates manned by security personnel. Authorised traffic is allowed in and out of a network, with unauthorised traffic being blocked. They can either be hardware – built into an ADSL router for example, or software – Windows and Mac OS X (the Mac operating system) have them built in.

FLIGHTCHECKING
This is specific software which test files to make sure fonts, images, colours and page size are correct.

FONT
A set of letters, numbers and symbols that share a unified design. The design is called a typeface.

FOUR COLOUR PROCESS AKA FULL COLOUR PROCESS
Full colour printing using four constituent colours: Cyan, Yellow, Magenta and Black.

FOUR-UP, THREE-UP, TWO-UP ETC
No of similar items printed on one sheet of paper.

FOUR BACK NOTHING
Printed four colours on one side only. (4/0)

FOUR BACK ONE
Printed four colours on one side and one colour on the reverse. (4/2)

FOUR BACK TWO
Printed four colours on one side and two colours on the reverse. (4/2)

FOUR BACK FOUR
Printed 4 colours on both sides. (4/4)

FORMAT
Files on a computer can be formatting in a range of different ways. Common formatting techniques are used all over the world for a variety of reasons. Some formats compress the file to the smallest size possible, whilst others concentrate on quality.

FIREWIRE (IEEE 1394 interface)
A high speed serial bus data transfer system developed to enable computers and attached devices to communicate. Smarter than the USB system, it enables a degree of intelligence to be incorporated into computer peripherals, allowing some to talk without need of a dedicated computer at all. Generally faster than USB, other differences are that FireWire uses simpler bus networking, provides more power over the chain and more reliable data transfer, and is less taxing of a CPU.

FTP
File Transfer Protocol. The method which, is usually used for transferring files across the Internet. There are separate FTP programs available, although much of it is now done over the web.

FWIW
Shorthand "For What It's Worth" often used when chatting with people on IRC or via a chat room. Such abbreviations are a common form of netiquette.

 

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