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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2003 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the avatar option otherwise I would have never known how I look like.

By the way, is 'AVATAR' an english word? What does it mean?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2003 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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From Jargon File (4.3.0, 30 APR 2001) :

avatar n. Syn. [in Hindu mythology, the incarnation of a god] 1. Among
people working on virtual reality and cyberspace interfaces, an
"avatar" is an icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual
reality. The term is sometimes used on MUDs. 2. [CMU, Tektronix]
root, superuser. There are quite a few Unix machines on which the
name of the superuser account is `avatar' rather than `root'. This quirk
was originated by a CMU hacker who found the terms `root' and
`superuser' unimaginative, and thought `avatar' might better impress
people with the responsibility they were accepting.




From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (09 FEB 02) :

avatar

1. An image representing a user in a
multi-user virtual reality (or VR-like, in the case of
Palace) space.

2. (CMU, Tektronix) root, superuser. There are quite a
few Unix computers on which the name of the superuser
account is "avatar" rather than "root". This quirk was
originated by a CMU hacker who disliked the term
"superuser", and was propagated through an ex-CMU hacker at
Tektronix.

[{Jargon File]

(1997-09-14)




From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms December 2001 :

AVATAR
Advanced Video Attribute Terminal Assembler and Recreator (BBS)

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2003 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bond,

Being indian I was aware of the Sanskrit meaning but could not relate it to the present context.

Thanks for the info,
Diba.

Maybe we can revive Sanskrit or other extinct or semi-extinct languages by using more of there terminologies, like, again from Sanskrit -

Rakshas(a) (demons) Hacker
Dev(ta) (semi gods) Anti Hackers
Shraap (curse) Virus
Vur(dan) (boon) Anti-Virus
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2003 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmm. A hacker is old jargon for a very smart computer programmer who cuts code very quickly. A "cracker" is a computer programmer who breaks into other peoples networks with malicious intent. Over the years people have got the two terms very confused. Now we have silly terms like "white hat hackers" and "black hat hackers".

It's good to be a hacker...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2003 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dibakar said:
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...other extinct or semi-extinct languages...


English is filled with many words whose origins are from latin and ancient greek. My favorite is callipygous (spelling has been corrected). Laughing


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2003 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was that about white hats?

Bill, Google says you have the spelling wrong, but I can't argue with the sentiment.

http://www.tiscali.co.uk/reference/dictionaries/difficultwords/data/d0002926.html


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2003 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Maybe we can revive Sanskrit or other extinct or semi-extinct languages by using more of there terminologies, like, again from Sanskrit -

Rakshas(a) (demons) Hacker
Dev(ta) (semi gods) Anti Hackers
Shraap (curse) Virus
Vur(dan) (boon) Anti-Virus


I understand that ancient Hindu literature was written in Sanskrit. But in the modern age the entire literature has been rewritten either in English or some regional language so that people from other cultures can read it. Only a handful of people know this language now ! Maybe it's time for the Indian Govt. to step in and save the language.
My Indian friend tells me that even though Hindi is the national language in India, people in many parts of India do not follow it. Sanskrit would have been a better option as most Indian languages are descendents of it but Sanskrit is not acceptable to people from religions other than Hinduism who speak and understand Hindi. phew !
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2003 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[bond] said:

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I understand that ancient Hindu literature was written in Sanskrit.


Don't forget the great classic "Kama Sutra", the authoritive book on manners translated from Sanskrit into English by the great explorer, Sir Richard Burton.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2003 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard Burton the actor, boozer and two times husband of the lovely Liz?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2003 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He may have been all of those things, but he lived during the 19th century, so he is not the one you are thinking of. Here is a link with a short blurb on him. http://hallbiographies.com/british/50.shtml
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2003 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow ! ... he must be a genious in languages ... I'm still struggling with my German. Our teacher claims that Deutsch grammar is much simpler than English !!! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2003 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bond's
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Maybe it's time for the Indian Govt. to step in and save the language.


It seems you have a very high opinion about Govts, atleast of Indian Govt. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2003 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moreover,

I am a from Bengal so I had to learn Bengali. Now govt wants us to learn Hindi and business demands English so our school decided to each us both, English and Hindi, but in a Punjabi environment. In the event I forgot to speak one language, Telugu, which I picked from my neighbours when I spent some of my childhood years in Andhra.

Now if govt tries to go for Sanskrit too, then my four year daughter who is already having a tough time coping with three languages will stop speaking at all.
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