- Latin for "anno domini" or "in the year of our Lord",
refering to calendar years. (see also B.C.)
ANSI - American National Standards Institute
ASCII - American Standard Code for Information Interchange.
Avoirdupois - (avdp) The system of weights in which 16 ounces equals
B.C. - "Before Christ", refering to calendar
years. (see also A.D.)
Cable Modem - A network device connected to the
coaxial cable from your cable company. Your computer connects to it via
a network card and ethernet cable. Access speeds can be in excess of 500Mps.
CD Burner - A device capable of writing data onto a Compact Disc.
The data can be music or computer files. The formats can be CD-R (recordable)
or CD-RW (re-writable).
CRM - Customer Relationship Management. The business strategy,
process, culture and technology to enable organizations to optimize revenue
and increase shareholder value through better understanding the needs
DPI - Dots Per Inch. The visual resolution of a
screen display or printout. The more dots, or pixels, per inch, the higher
the sharpness and clarity of the image.
DSL - Digital Subscriber Line. Using the same physical
lines your telephone uses, a special service which allows high speed Internet
access and phone service concurrently.
Fortnight - A period of 14 days; two weeks.
Haiku - Invented by the Japanese, a three line poem
containing 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables respectively.
Hexadecimal - A base-16 number system where each
digit may contain a value 0-9 or A-F. For example, the decimal number
255 can represented in two digits with the hexadecimal equivalent
being FF. Used in computer programming and HTML code.
HTML - Hyper Text Markup Language. The language of the web, most
all web pages are written in some form of this language.
- Hyper Text Transport Protocol.
Infrared - (abbrev IR) Electromagnetic waves
in the frequency range just below visible light. Used in electronic devices
to transmit information wirelessly especially remote controls.
ISO - International Standards Organization
ISP - Internet Service Provider. A company that provides access
to the Internet via a dial-up modem connection or other high-bandwidth
access method. Fees are generally charged monthly.
Java - Not only another word for coffee, but a computer
programming language typically used for complex web browser applications.
LCD - Liquid Crystal Display. Typically found in
laptops, calculators and watches, a transparent screen with a layer of
liquid, that when activated becomes opaque.
LED - Light Emitting Diode. An electronic device
typically used as an indicator. Most commonly red, but can be many other
colors. Unlike an incandescent light, there is no filament or heat, so
an LED has a long life.
Modem - Short for MODulate/DEModulate. A device
which allows computers to connect together via telephone lines.
MP3 - (Motion Picture Experts Group layer 3) A compression format
for music files that greatly reduces the file size while maintaining high-fidelity.
- (Network Interface Card) A hardware device that enables a computer to
connect to a physical network.
PCS - Personal Cellular Service. This type of service
allows voice mail, paging, e-mail, caller ID for PCS supported phones.
PDA - Personal Digital Assistant. An electronic device used to
replace traditional address books, to do lists, and calendar information.
PPM - Pages Per Minute. A measure of printer printing speed. The
number of pages, of mostly text, that can be printed in 1 minute.
RIP - to convert music from a Compact Disc(CD) to
an MP3 file.
T1 - A high-speed telecommunications circuit used
to transfer voice and/or data at a maximum speed of 1.5Mbps.
URL - Universal Resource Locator. An Internet address
that points to a specific page or file on the Internet.
USB - Universal Serial Bus. An interface connecting
computers and add-on devices such as printers, keyboards, etc. USB supports
data speeds of 12 megabits per second.
VCR - Video Cassette Recorder