Acronym for Local Area Network, a LAN is a network contained within a single physical site (one or more buildings), as opposed to a WAN.
The delay in information coming across the network through telnet or other types of connections, usually caused by a slow or error-prone connection somewhere between the two communicating machines. Technically there are two causes of lag, the second being chew.
A user who behaves in a stupid or uneducated manner, a description often applied to newbies.
Network protocols consist of several layers, from the lowest physical (cable, fiber, etc) level to more abstract layers of signaling, data formats, and addressing standards. Under the OSI model there are seven layers.
Link Control Protocol. The low-level communications protocol used in PPP to negotiate and maintain the (usually serial) communications link.
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, a standard mechanism for accessing X.500 and other directory services.
A leased-line is a dedicated (thus "leased") connection linking two or more points without going through any switching equipment.
See also: T1, T3, ISDN and the ISDN Glossary
Line Printer Daemon. The Unix standard print service daemon listens on TCP> port 515 for print service requests. Windows NT Server 4.0 includes lpd emulation as 'TCP/IP print services'. Defined in RFC 1179.
Following a newsgroup or sitting on an IRC channel and reading the messages without saying anything, as if you were 'lurking in the shadows', staying out of sight of the other users.
Unix command used to list files and directories.
Lan Work Place. A Novell product allowing both IP and IPX on the same MS/DOS machine.
Lynx A popular text-only web browser, distributed by the University of Kansas.