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A.D. - 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 one pound.

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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 of customers.

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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.


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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.

HTTP - Hyper Text Transport Protocol.

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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.

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Java - Not only another word for coffee, but a computer programming language typically used for complex web browser applications.


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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.

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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.

NIC - (Network Interface Card) A hardware device that enables a computer to connect to a physical network.


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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.

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VCR - Video Cassette Recorder





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