GLOSSARY OF TERMS
- A program not yet released, but one that has had major
marketing pushed on to the public even though the
developers do not know if the problems can be overcome.
- A named area in memory that holds a value that could
change from user to user or operation to operation. An
example would be a log-in name and password.
Video Graphics Array:
- (VGA) The minimum standard by which computer
monitors are graded. It supports a resolution of
640 X 480 pixels at 256 simultaneous colours.
- The simulation of another computer on one's system.
If done right, the virtual machine will act as if
one is using a real version of the simulated system.
DOXBOX is an example of a virtual DOS machine that
can be run under Windows.
- The usage of the hard drive as if it were RAM. This is
much slower than actual electronic memory because of the
time required to write and read to/from the disc.
- A set of computer instructions that infect a working
system, generally with the idea to perfom something
malevolent. Viruses can destroy hardware, software, and data.
They can be programmed to steal information, or to use a
system to send out spam to other systems.
- The susceptibility of computer memory to lose its data
when power is removed.
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