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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

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Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

URL is the abbreviation of Uniform Resource Locator and is defined as the global address of documents and other resources on the World Wide Web.

The first part of the URL is called a protocol identifier and it indicates what protocol to use, and the second part is called a resource name and it specifies the IP address or the domain name where the resource is located. The protocol identifier and the resource name are separated by a colon and two forward slashes.

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United We Stand     See E pluribus unum

Unity, The Law of      See The Law of Unity

Universal Serial Bus (USB)

Short for Universal Serial Bus, an external bus standard that supports data transfer rates of 12 Mbps. A single USB port can be used to connect up to 127 peripheral devices, such as mice, modems, and keyboards. USB also supports Plug-and-Play installation and hot plugging.

Starting in 1996, a few computer manufacturers started including USB support in their new machines. It wasn't until the release of the best-selling iMac in 1998 that USB became widespread. It is expected to completely replace serial and parallel ports.

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universal solvent      See water

unverified personal gnosis

UPG: Unverified Personal Gnosis. Often used in neo-pagan religious discussions to preface or qualify a particular statement on metaphysical reality, this signifies that the information in question is based only on a personal revelation and not on broadly-accepted historical fact or verified documentation. If enough people share the same personal revelation, UPG may evolve over time into VPG (Verified Personal Gnosis), also sometimes known as Community Gnosis.

Unverified Personal Gnosis (UPG) or Unverifiable Personal Gnosis, refers to any spiritual beliefs, truths or revelations experienced or adhered to by an individual that is based on personal experience that differs from or does not exist in accepted lore. The term is used quite a bit in reconstructionist circles to distinguish those beliefs and practices that are held by an individual based on personal experience from those beliefs and practices that have a historical basis or that are drawn from myth, folklore or archaeological evidence.

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I coined the word ur-faith just after I accepted my paganism. It was an idle philsophical speculation that grew to an obsession. I thought that by picking through history and finding the commonalities, I could piece together the Original Faith, the path to the Divine that underlay every other possible approach.

I goofed.

The commonality wasn't the faith and the path, it was humanity itself. I was looking at the problem from the wrong direction. Later I discovered that not even the term was original.

It was a useful lesson. My monotheistic upbringing had one last laugh at my pagan studies.

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useful fiction

The patterns we see in the universe may be nothing more than longing and human conceit. But if using those patterns give us a desired result, then the patterns are a useful fiction. The "ultimate reality" or even our belief doesn't necessarily matter, if we behave as if we believe and successfully reach our goals.

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user experience (UX)

“UX” stands for “user experience.” A user’s experience of the app is determined by how they interact with it. Is the experience smooth and intuitive or clunky and confusing? Does navigating the app feel logical or does it feel arbitrary? Does interacting with the app give people the sense that they’re efficiently accomplishing the tasks they set out to achieve or does it feel like a struggle? User experience is determined by how easy or difficult it is to interact with the user interface elements that the UI designers have created.
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user interface (UI)

The “UI” in UI design stands for “user interface.” The user interface is the graphical layout of an application. It consists of the buttons users click on, the text they read, the images, sliders, text entry fields, and all the rest of the items the user interacts with. This includes screen layout, transitions, interface animations and every single micro-interaction. Any sort of visual element, interaction, or animation must all be designed.
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utility's edge      See edge of utility

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