• September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    wallpaper

    On a computer that is provided with a desktop kind of user interface, wallpaper is the background pattern or picture against which desktop menus, icons, and other elements are displayed and moved around.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    MetaFrame

    MetaFrame is the name for a thin client/server software application from Citrix that is used to provide Microsoft's Windows Terminal Server product (WTS) with additional server and client functionality by allowing any client, no matter what ...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    clock cycle

    In a computer, the clock cycle is the time between two adjacent pulses of the oscillator that sets the tempo of the computer processor.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    StarOffice

    StarOffice is a free productivity application suite from Sun Microsystems that includes a word processor (Writer), spreadsheet (Calc), database (Base), presentation maker (Impress), illustrator (Draw), schedule managment (Schedule), e-mail (Mail) ...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Accelerated Hub Architecture (AHA) (or Intel Hub Architecture)

    Accelerated Hub Architecture (AHA) (also called Intel Hub Architecture) is an Intel 800-series chipset design that uses a dedicated bus to transfer data between the two main processor chips instead of using the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    distributed file system (DFS)

    A distributed file system is a client/server-based application that allows clients to access and process data stored on the server as if it were on their own computer.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)

    Definition: Learn what the SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) is, what part it played in the history of personal computing and how it is used today.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    ping storm

    A ping storm is a condition in which the Internet ping program is used to send a flood of packets to a server to test its ability to handle a high amount of traffic or, maliciously, to make the server inoperable.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Plug and Play (PnP)

    Plug and Play (PnP) is a capability developed by Microsoft for its Windows 95 and later operating systems that gives users the ability to plug a device into a computer and have the computer recognize that the device is there.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect)

    PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) is an interconnection system between a microprocessor and attached devices in which expansion slots are spaced closely for high speed operation.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    memory leak

    A memory leak is the gradual loss of available computer memory when a program (an application or part of the operating system) repeatedly fails to return memory that it has obtained for temporary use.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    HPFS (High Performance File System)

    HPFS (High Performance File System) is the file system introduced with IBM's OS/2 Version 1.2. HPFS is noted for handling large files (2 gigabytes) across multiple hard disk volumes (addressable up to 2 terabytes) and long file names (up to 256 ...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    TweakUI

    TweakUI is a software utility that lets Windows 9x, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 users modify the desktop user interface and other system characteristics to their liking.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    swap file (swap space or pagefile)

    A swap file (or swap space or, in Windows NT, a pagefile) is a space on a hard disk used as the virtual memory extension of a computer's real memory (RAM).  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Quick Fix Engineering (QFE)

    Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) is a Microsoft term for the delivery of individual service updates to its operating systems and application programs such as Word.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    illegal operation

    An illegal operation, a term often seen in error messages, is a command to the operating system or an instruction to the computer processor that specifies an operation that is unknown to the operating system or processor and that therefore can't be ...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Component Object Model (COM)

    Component Object Model (COM) is Microsoft's framework for developing and supporting program component objects.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    COM+

    COM+ is an extension of Component Object Model (COM), Microsoft's strategic building block approach for developing application programs.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    carbon copy (cc)

    In e-mail, a carbon copy (abbreviated "cc," and sometimes "fcc" for "first carbon copy") is a copy of a note sent to an addressee other than the main addressee.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    PCI-X (Peripheral Component Interconnect Extended)

    PCI-X (Peripheral Component Interconnect Extended) is a computer bus technology (the "data pipes" between parts of a computer) that increases the speed that data can move within a computer from 66 MHz to 133 MHz.  Continue Reading

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