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Internet acronym for "In my humble opinion" or "In my honest opinion".


A private network inside a company or organization that uses the same kinds of software that you would find on the public Internet, but that is only for internal use.

As the Internet has become more popular many of the tools used on the Internet are being used in private networks, for example, many companies have web servers that are available only to employees.

Note that an Intranet may not actually be an internet -- it may simply be a network.

IP Address

Sometimes called a dotted quad. A unique number consisting of 4 parts separated by dots, (e.g.

Every machine that is on the Internet has a unique IP number - if a machine does not have an IP number, it is not really on the Internet. Most machines also have one or more Domain Names that are easier for people to remember.


An institution that provides access to the Internet in some form, usually for money.

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