Technology Terms

Chat abbreviations are commonly used in e-mail, online chatting, instant messaging, and conference postings. Abbreviation Meaning ADN Any day now AFIK As far as I know AFK Away from keyboard ARE Acronym-rich environment A/S/L? Age/sex/location? B4N Bye for now BAK Back at the keyboard BBIAB Be back in a bit BBL Be back later BEG […]

Emoticons (Smileys)

Emoticons (sometimes known as "smileys") are a popular form of expression on the Internet, especially in e-mail. Just type in each character one at a time to create the emoticon. Smile Smile with a wink User with mustache, smiling Mad Sad Crying Also crying Really happy Big grin A kiss A lick Wow! or I’m […]

Kilo, Mega, Giga, Tera, Peta, and All That

Kilo, mega, giga, tera, and peta are among the list of prefixes that are used to denote the quantity of something, such as, in computing and telecommunications, a byte or a bit. Sometimes called prefix multipliers, these prefixes are also used in electronics and physics. Each multiplier consists of a one-letter abbreviation and the prefix […]

International System of Units

The International System of Units (abbreviated "SI" from the French version of the name) is a scientific method of expressing the magnitudes or quantities of seven important natural phenomena. This system was formerly called the meter-kilogram-second (MKS) system. All SI units can be expressed in terms of standard multiple or fractional quantities, as well as […]

Table of Physical Units

This table shows, from the International System of Units, base and derived physical units, their shorthand symbols, and equivalent units in other unit systems. Many of the terms in the table are defined in this topic. BASE UNITS Quantity or phenomenon (and symbol) Standard International unit (and symbol) Alternate units (and symbols) displacement (d) meter […]

3-D browser To 8-VSB (Technology Terms)

3-D browser A 3-D browser is a Web browser that allows the viewer to view and interact with six Web pages at a time by creating a virtual room on the viewer’s screen. Instead of opening six Web pages, minimizing your screen and toggling back and forth between pages, imagine you are standing inside a […]

10BASE- 2 To 3-D (Technology Terms)

10BASE- 2 10BASE-2, one of several physical media specified by IEEE 802.3 for use in an Ethernet local area network (LAN), consists of Thinwire coaxial cable with a maximum segment length of 185 meters. Like other specified media, 10BASE-2 supports Ethernet’s 10 Mbps data rate. In addition to 10BASE-2, 10 megabit Ethernet can be implemented […]

a+ To Abvolt (Technology Terms)

A+ A-Plus (A+) is the name of a process, developed by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a large trade group, that certifies individuals for knowledge about and competency in installing, maintaining, customizing, and operating personal computers. The examination is in two parts, the first covering computer hardware and software in general and the second […]

Abwatt To Active Template Library (Technology Terms)

Abwatt The abwatt (symbolized abW) is the unit of power in the cgs (centimeter/gram/second) electromagnetic system of units. In a direct-current (DC) circuit, 1 abW is the power dissipated, radiated, or expended when one abvolt (1 abV) of potential difference drives a current of one abampere (1 abA) through a component. In a DC circuit, […]

ActiveX To ADSTAR Distributed Storage Management (Technology Terms)

ActiveX ActiveX is the name Microsoft has given to a set of "strategic" object-oriented programming technologies and tools. The main technology is the Component Object Model (COM). Used in a network with a directory and additional support, COM becomes the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM). The main thing that you create when writing a program […]