Welcome to our Internet Help page. We designed this page with the novice Internet visitor in mind. This page will provide a brief glossary of Internet terms, tips on how to navigate and instructions for downloading and using a media player or media files.
Glossary of TermsThis glossary is in no way exhaustive. It is a list of some common terms used when discussing the Internet.
Cache: as a noun; the space on your hard drive which temporarily stores files from the Internet. As a verb; when the browser saves files from the Internet to the hard drive and then displays them on the screen.
Hyper-Link: a piece of text or graphic, which when left clicked on with a mouse, directs the user to a new web page. A hyper-link often changes on mouse-over. Typically the cursor will change from a pointer to a hand when placed over a hyper-link. Also called a link.
Icon: a small picture which often acts like a button. When clicked on with the mouse a result is produced.
Internet: a term used to refer to the network of computers that are connected all over the world using the TCP/IP protocol.
Media File: a file which is either audio, video or both. Media files come in many formats. The most popular audio formats are; MP3 (*.mp3), Audio File (*.wav), AU (*.au), Real Audio™ (*.ra), and Windows Media™ (*.asf, *.asx, *.lsf, *.lsx). The most popular video formats are; MPEG (*.mpg, *.mp2), Video File (*.avi), QuickTime™ (*.qt, *.mov), Real Video™ (*.rv), and Windows Media™ (*.asf, *.asx, *.lsf, *.lsx). Some media files are streamed, while others are cached.
Mouse-over: either to place the mouse cursor over something on the screen, or the event which happens when this is done (e.g., a picture changing color).
Navigation Bar: this can refer to the strip of icons that are on the top of the web browser. This can also mean a set of hyper-links on a web page which are used to move around the different sections of the web page. These hyper-links can be in the form of text or graphics.
Refresh: to renew the content which your web browser displays. To do this a user merely needs to press the refresh button within the browser's navigation bar. This causes the browser to retrieve the most recent information from the server.
Stream: as a noun; a steady flow of packets coming into your computer while performing actions like viewing a streaming media file. As a verb; to send out a steady flow of packets from one computer to another. A computer does not save the entire stream on the hard drive, and then display it. Instead a user views a streamed file as it is fed into the computer. This decreases the time it takes to see the file.
Traffic: the amount of people trying to access content from a particular place. Traffic can often get heavy during peak hours. Internet rush hour can sometimes hinder downloading and slow the loading of a web page.
Website: a term which usually refers to a group of pages with a single theme (e.g., www.ortv.org), but can mean a single page, with a definite URL (e.g., www.ortv-hartford.org/help.html). Also a web page.
Step 1: Download the media player of your choice. The three types of streaming media files that we use are; Real Audio™, Real Video™, and Windows Media™. To download one of these players please visit their web page by clicking on one of the links below; and choose the media player which is free. It is easier to start with the free version because they are often less complicated. Our media files will play fine with any of the newer versions.
When you arrive at the screen which asks what you want to do with the file you are downloading, choose "save it to disk." Pick an appropriate place on your hard drive to put this file (e.g., C:\MediaPlayer\). When the file is finished downloading, go to the directory you placed it in, and run the file. This will install the media player on your computer. Be sure to read all the instructions carefully. Also, read the downloading instructions on their web page in case there are any special instructions.
Step 2: Play a file on our site. Go to either the Television Mass, Our Television Programs, or Our Radio Programs section of this web page. Click on a file you would like to view. Be sure to choose the format which corresponds to the media player you are using. Sit back and wait for the file to begin playing. If you experience any difficulty, please try again. If you are still having problems try the help section of your media player. Traffic might be heavy, and if you have a slow connection this can be a problem, so try waiting until a later hour and see if that helps.
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