GLOSSARY OF TERMS
- The Television-like display of a computer usually
termed today as the monitor.
- A program used to help prevent monitor burn-in.
Burn-in occurs if the same image is left too long
on a computer monitor. After a designated time
period, the screesaver places random images on the
screen, or moves one or more images around, which
prevents stationary-image burn-in. Some screensavers
also blank the screen to black.
- Small Systems Computer Interface. A type of
controller used with various hardware devices such as
SCSI hard drives.
- To transmit data one bit at a time, as opposed to
parallel which transmits all bits in a byte
- A set of instructions that directs the computer to
perform some function. Also known as a program.
- A set of instructions written as people read & write.
This is then compiled or interpreted by a program to
perform various actions.
- A word coined from the luncheon meat, it refers to
- A program generally used to store numerical information
in rows and/or columns for mathematical computations.
Some use spreadsheets to organise text data, as well.
- Any peripheral that stores information, such as a disk,
tape, CD-ROM, flash drive, etc. for for future retrieval.
- A directory within a directory. Subdirectories typically
are used to hold related files of a given subject.
- A list of commands or options that opens up after
selecting a top-level menu item. It in turn will
contain more menu items.
- The grammar method of a computer - essentually its
- An indicator on the screen of a command line operating system
or in a command-line window of a graphic operating system.
It usually is shown as a flashing cursor preceeded by a
drive letter and other characters. This indicator tells
the user the system is ready to accept input. The best
known command-line systems are DOS and Unix.
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