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  1. Giga - one billion. 2. Grin, or Giggle (chat).

Providing a bandwidth of 300-3400 Hz, this ITU-TSS protocol is the underlying principle of video conferencing systems. Released in 1972, G.711 uses 56 Kbps and 64 Kbps data rates.


Transmitting audio signals at 5.3 Kbps and 6.3 Kbps in 30 millisecond streams, G.723.1 forms the basis for several IP telephony systems but is unsuitable for transmitting Fax tones, DTMF or music.


This codec based on ADPCM functions at speech compression rates of 16-40 Kbps, with 32 Kbps being most frequently used.


A set of audio compression standards such as G.728 and G.729 belonging to the ITU family. ITU stands for the International Telecommunications Union, a body based in Geneva, which is one of the two bodies that set the standards for VoIP.


General Ledger. Part of an accounting program.


Apple's name for the PowerPC 750 chip.


Group of Eight. A group of leaders from eight countries (the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Canada, and Russia) committed working on the Year 2000 problem. Among its actions, the Group of Eight committed over $16 million to the World Bank Trust Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to help international institutions combat the Y2K bug.


Go Ahead

GA: Global Arrays

The Global Arrays (GA) is a public domain toolkit that provides an efficient and portable “shared-memory” programming interface for distributed-memory computers. Unlike other shared-memory environments, the GA model exposes to the programmer the non-uniform memory access (NUMA) characteristics of the high performance computers and acknowledges that access to a remote portion of the shared data is slower than to the local portion. The locality information for the shared data is available, and a direct access to the local portions of shared data is provided. Global Arrays have been designed to complement rather than substitute for the message-passing programming model. The programmer is free to use both the shared-memory and message-passing paradigms in the same program, and to take advantage of existing message-passing software libraries. Global Arrays are compatible with the Message Passing Interface (MPI).


Gain refers to the ratio of the output amplitude of a signal to the input amplitude of a signal. This ratio typically is expressed in dBs. The higher the gain, the better the antenna receives or transmits but also the more noise it includes.


Get A Life


A benchmark that tests a computer's I/O subsystem performance under a controlled load. Later renamed IOmeter.

game pad

A device that allows the user to control every facet of a game via the buttons and mini-joystick on the device. Game pads are much more intuitive and easier to use than a mouse or keyboard.

game port

A socket where a joystick can be attached for gaming.

games network

A network of personal computers linked so the users can play games with each other.


Playing games. Games played on computers include MUDs, RPGs, 3-D simulation games, etc.

GAMS: General Algebraic Modeling System

The General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS) is a high-level modeling system for mathematical programming problems. The program itself consists of a language compiler and a group of integrated solvers. Thus, GAMS is not a solver itself.


The range of colors a monitor can display.

GAN: Global Area Network

Global Area Network (GAN) is a network that is composed of different interconnected computer networks and covers an unlimited geographical area.

Gas-Plasma Display

Gas-plasma display is a type of thin display screen or flat-panel display, used in some older portable computers. A gas-plasma display works by sandwiching neon gas between two plates. Each plate is coated with a conductive print. The print on one plate contains vertical conductive lines and the other plate has horizontal lines. Together, the two plates form a grid. When electric current is passed through a horizontal and vertical line, the gas at the intersection glows, creating a point of light, or pixel.

Gas: GNU Assembler

GNU assembler (Gas) is the default GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) back-end and is used to compile Linux and other operating systems such as the GNU operating system. It is a part of the GNU Binutils package. It runs and assembles on and for a number of different architectures. Gas uses the AT&T assembler syntax, instead of the Intel syntax used in many other assemblers.


Gateway Daemon. Software that supports multiple routing protocols from the GateDaemon Consortium at Cornell University.

  1. Capable of being switched on and off. 2. Switched on.

A set of Macintosh system extensions and control panels which offer protection against viruses. Created by Chris Johnson, Gatekeeper monitors computer activities for suspicious events in an attempt to intercept what could be variants of known viruses or completely new viruses.

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