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A family of 16-bit and 32-bit microcomputers from Atari Computer, Sunnyvale, California, which became popular for games and for their MIDI interface. Some of the models are the Atari 520ST, 1040ST, Mega ST, STe, STacy, Mega STe, TT, and the Falcon. The Atari 2600, 5500 and 7800 were also popular.


Super Video CD. In many respects, SVCDs are upgraded versions of VCDs. SVCDs use MPEG as its compression standard and can hold between 35 to 60 minutes of full motion video on 74/80 min CDs. SVCDs can be played in DVD players, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM drives.


it means to pull all things together into one.


a male who is only interested in one thing

3rd gbic

155M to 10 GB


last minute cheap airline tickets specialist


Controlled Access Unit


Shaking my head


RationalPlan file


Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is a way for a program running in one kind of operating system (such as Windows 2000) to communicate with a program in the same or another kind of an operating system (such as Linux) by using the World Wide Web's Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)and its Extensible Markup Language (XML) as the mechanisms for information exchange. SOAP specifies exactly how to encode an HTTP header and an XML file so that a program in one computer can call a program in another computer and pass it information. It also specifies how the called program can return a response.


A free GNU program designed to work on all UNIX-like operating systems. Its three main components include: The GNOME desktop, The GNOME development platform and The GNOME Office. The GNOME project includes all images, source codes and data files so that users can modify any of the programs as they so choose, and then freely distribute the modified programs.


On the Internet, a skin is a graphic or audio file used to change the appearance of the user interface for a program or for a game character. Skins can usually be downloaded at no charge from sites that provide them. When using a skin, the appearance of the user interface changes, but not the functions available with the program.


Carbon is a set of programming interfaces that let developers build Mac OS X applications that also run on most Mac OS 8 and 9 systems. It's designed to provide a gentle migration path for developers transitioning from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X. Carbon makes it possible to take advantage of advanced Mac OS features while preserving developers' investment in learning OS 8 and 9 source code.


Software that sends information about your Internet sessions back to the computer from which it's launched. Spyware is often built into free downloads and works in the background without a user's knowledge. Since it doesn't record an individual's personal information, it's often used to create marketing profiles based on surfing habits.

ER model

(Entity Relationship Model) ER model is a conceptual data model that views the real world as entities and relationships. A basic component of the model is the Entity-Relationship diagram which is used to visually represents data objects.Dr. Peter Chen's original paper on the Entity-Relationship model (ER model) is one of the most cited papers in the computer software field.

key escrow

A policy of the United States government of allowing strong encryption technology to be exported pending the approval of the Commerce Department and under the condition that the company exporting the technology offer a third key to the government. Some United States companies have agreed to participate in the key escrow system. They include Ascend Communications, Cisco Systems Inc., 3Com Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Nortel Networks, Novell Inc., and Sun Microsystems Inc., all members of the Alliance for Network Security.

type gauge

An instrument for measuring type size and leading. Often it is a clear sheet of plastic with letters of different point sizes on it, which can be laid on top of a printed page to compare the letters on the page with standard size letters on the see-through gauge. A type gauge usually includes scales of inches, picas, and points for measuring type leading and distances between other design elements on the page. It may also have examples of lines and bullets in various point sizes.

type scaler

Software that changes a scalable font into a bitmap on the spot when needed in order to display the font onscreen or print the characters. TrueType and Adobe Type Manager are examples.

resident font

A font which is built into a printer’s read-only memory (ROM) chips. PostScript laser printers normally have a collection of resident fonts. Fonts usually included are Avant Garde, Bookman, Courier, Helvetica, New Century Schoolbook, Palatino, Symbol, Times, Zapf Chancery, and Zapf Dingbats. For each resident font, a screen font must be installed on the computer in order to display the font onscreen. Additional fonts, in which both screen font and printer font must be installed on the computer itself, are called downloadable fonts.


Telephony Application Programming Interface. A programming interface that allows PCs to interact with telephone and voice services, developed by Microsoft and Intel.

Tandy Corporation

A Fort Worth, Texas manufacturer of personal computers and electronic components. Tandy started as a leather company, and later bought the Radio Shack chain of stores. The TRS-80, one of the first home computers, was introduced by Tandy in 1977. Later, Tandy manufactured laptop computers and IBM-compatible PCs.

telecommunication control unit

A communications control unit which is operated exclusively by instructions programmed into the computer to which it is connected. It does not have its own internal control programs.

pseudo language

An in-between language which is generated from a source language, but must be further compiled or interpreted before it can be executed. The purpose of the pseudo language is to make it possible to use the same source language on different types of computers.


A device that finds the best path for a data packet to be sent from one network to another. A router stores and forwards electronic messages between networks, first determining all possible paths to the destination address and then picking the most expedient route, based on the traffic load and the number of hops. A router works at the network layer (layer 3 of the OSI model); a bridge works at the data link layer (layer 2). A router does more processing than a bridge does. A router can be hardware or a combination of hardware and software.


An international effort to advance the science of artificial intelligence and robotics by building a team of robot soccer players that can beat a human World Cup champion team. Five-robot teams compete in front of spectators; the robot designers describe the technology they used to get the competitive edge. The largest robots are about 18 inches in diameter.

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