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Computer and information technology is full of tech jargons and words which only geeks could understand, but having a short form enable a day to day users to communicate to the trouble shooter guy or find the solutions on internet. Like few people know that IP full form is Internent proptocol, but they use it frquently without giving a thought to what does it mean or what its trying to say.Here are the list of top computer and IT related short terms and full terms.
Short Form
Full Form
Common Operating Machine Particularly Used for Trade, Education, and Research
Vines Internet Protocol
System Management Server
InterNet communication Settings
Active Server Page
Application Service Provider
Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator
Information Technology
World Wide Web ( sometimes call W3)
World Wide Wait - slang
Personal Identification Number
Three Dimensional (usually refers to graphics- movies- wallpaper etc created to look as if they are 3 dimensional)
Hardware Compatibility List (what hardware works with Windows 95- a text file)
Internet Service Provider
Computer Aided Design
User IDentification (internet- intranet- and server login accesses)
Disk Operating System
Power On Password
1 Post Office Protocol (how PCs get email from internet)
2 Point Of Presence (internet and WWW terminology for location of server)
Compiled java program- often used as class extension
FORmula TRANslation language (programming language)
MODulate / DEModulate
Network Control Center
Frequently Asked Questions (files often found on BBS and Internets)
Personal Computer
Shielded Twisted Pair
Enhanced Chip Set
Integrated Circuit
Point to Point Protocol
Electronic Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory
Network Interface Card
Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (the beginning of the internet)
Remote Access Server / Service
Desk-Top Publishing
Compact Disk - Read Only Memory
Infrared Data Association
COmmon Business Oriented Language (programming language)
Management Information Systems
Multimedia Information Sources
Server Side Includes (web technology that allows for dynamic data exchange in web pages)
Central Processing Unit
Internet Protocol
1 Personal Computer Interface 
2 Peripheral Component Interconnect
Relational Data Base Management System
Internal Device
Automatic Programming Language
Permanent Virtual Circuits
DataBase Management System
"Conversational Hypertext Access Technology (""talking"" in real time over the internet)"
Application Assessment And Planning package (Lotus migration application)
System File Checker (command line program found with Windows XP)
Cyan- Magenta- Yellow- blacK
Digital Video Disk
DOCument (file format extension used by word processors such as MS Word)
A word processing DOCument file extension  Often used by MS Word
1 Hard Disk 2 High Density (type of disk format)
Point Of Sale (the scanners you see in supermarkets)
Clusters Per Sector (depends on the OS- AND the size of the disk partition)
Characters Per Second
Liquid Crystal Display (often found on laptops)
Flux Changes per Inch (drive tech terminology)
Inter-Processes Communications
Business Organizer Scheduling System (one of the original hand-held organizers)
International Business Machines
Motion Picture Experts Group (file extension MPG)
Dots Per Inch (printing resolution or screen resolution)
Distributed Protocol Interface
Personal Computer System
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
Serial Storage Architecture (another communications port setup (like SCSI) that has fast data transfer but requires high demands of DMA channels)
A Graphics File extension- often used by Corel Draw
Uniform Resource Locator
Expanded Memory Specification (LIM Lotus / Intel / Microsoft)
Digital Equipment (Electronics) Corporation
Advanced Data Connector (database caching w/IIS server)
Remote Data Objects
Video Graphics Adapter
Hewlett Packard
Digital Signal Processing
General Protection Fault (A window error message that occurs when a program crashes)
Microsoft Certified System Engineer
Plasma Display Panel (laptops)
General Purpose
2 Carrier Response
Common Command Set (instructions for SCSI interface)
Active Data Objects
File used by Windows Control PaneL (file extension)
User Defined Command (setting up macros for function keys and other keys)
Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory (re-programmable ROM chips)
Operating System
Make Directory (DOS command)
Independent Computing Architecture
Visual Basic for Applications (programming language bundled with MS Office- can include ActiveX- - not a full VB compiler- but can edit macros and commands)
Text Message
Test Mode (modem diagnostics)
Resource ReserVation Protocol
File Transfer Protocol
First In First Out (Processing method of information on first come - first serve basis)
Information Services Manager
Recommended Standard (ie RS-232)
Sample Rate Conversion
1 Encapsulated PostScript (file extension) 
2 Email Postal Software
1 Asynchronous Transmission 
2 Advanced Technology
1 DataBase
2 decibel
Microsoft Excel file extension
Internet Relay Chat
Basic Input Output System
Musical Instrument Digital Interface
Double Density (type of disk format - more than single density- less than High Density)
Charge Coupled Device (integrated internal circuit inside computer)
Premises Distribution System (AT&T cabling standards for networks)
Unshielded Twisted Pair
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Primary Domain Controller
BitMaP file  A type of graphic- file extension
Red Green Blue (type of color display and printing)
Auxiliary Control Process
Dual In-line Package (the little on/off switches inside of computers- modems- etc)
MicroSoft (That little company up in Redmond- Washington)
Distributed Computing Environment
Data Communications Equipment (hardware that does the communication- usually modems- routers- network cards- etc)
Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code (8-bit code to represent 256 chars)
DeskTop Conferencing
Broken As Designed (Refers to inferior products that will require constant upgrades)
Static RAM
Microsoft Merchant Server
Microsoft Membership System
National Cash Register (pre IBM)
External Device 
Computer Graphics Metafile (file extension)
1-000-000 bytes (Megabyte)
"Reduced Instruction Set Computer (minimal ""self-processing"" power to reduces cost)"
Monochrome Display Adapter 
Open DataBase Connectivity (2 Components) (Microsofts shared data connections)
Routed Internetworking Protocol (Routing Information Protocol)
1 Color Graphics Adapter
2 Computer Graphics Architecture
Terminate and Stay Resident (programs that load into memory and stay there)
Bulletin Board System
American Standard Code for Information Interchange
Catalog File extension
Continuous Asynchronous Transmission
Optical Character Recognition (scanner terminology for software)
Integrated Services Digital Network (Internet connection: faster than a modem- but slower than a dedicated T-1 or T-10 connection- Allows digital and voice data to share the same line)
Security Administration / Account Module / Manager (NT profile terminology)
What You See Is What You Get (computer slang wizzy wig)
MicroSoft Diagnostics (program that comes with DOS)
Inter-network Operating System
Compact Disk - Re -Writeable (can be used or written to more than once)
Power On Self Test
1 Compact Disk (Holds approx630 Mb of info)
2 Change Directory (DOS command) 
3 Carrier Dis-connect (modem talk) 
4 Carrier Detect (modem talk)
Compact Disk
Portable Network Graphic  Newer graphic format that uses smaller files to display pictures
An archived (raw zipped) file extension
Access Control Entry
Metropolitan Area Network (several LANs connected together in a similar geographical region Hospitals and Colleges use these often to share resources)
MANual pages (Unix help files)
Compact Disk Recordable (drives that write (or burn) information to a CD)
INformation File (file extension)
Garbage In Garbage Out (computer slang)
Back up Domain Controller
Complex Instruction Set Computer (refers to a processor- pentium)
HyperText Markup language file extension  File extension name used for web pages
World Wide Web Consortium
A type of virus
Association of Computer Machinery
Audio Compression Manager (Microsoft)
LISt Processing (John McCarthy - 1961)
Video Electronics Standards Association
Digital to Analog Converters
Dynamic HyperText Markup Language
Executable (file extension)
Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor
MicroProcessor System
Advanced Research Projects Agency
Network Information Services
Programmed Input / Output
Printed Circuit Board
Comma Separated Value (usually a text file in this format- can be read by various databases and spreadsheets)
Stuff-It (compressed file extension for Macintosh computers) 
Common Object Request Broker Architecture
Modem Ready
Personal Desktop Assistant (hand held computer)
Dynamic Memory Access (software equivalent to a hardware interrupt)
Dynamic Random Access Memory
Initial Program Loading
Business To Business
Random Access Memory
Industry Standard Architecture
New Technology (Microsofts networking software - version 31 was first release)
"Sun coined the phrase ""Not There"" for the new Microsoft technology"
"IBM coined the phrase ""Nice Try"" for the new Microsoft technology"
Arithmetic Logic Unit
Cascading Style Sheet
Command Line Interface
Amplitude Shif Keying
Local Area Network
Master Boot Record (Part of the information starting at track 0 sector 0 of a disk which allows a computer to communicate with that disk Other items include the DOS Boot Record- the Partition Table- and the FAT)
System Applications and Products
Service Access Point
Statistical Analysis Programming language
Service Advertising Protocol (NT uses to announce available resources to Novell equip)
Secure Application Protocol
1-000-000-000 bytes (Gigabyte)
Multi-media Personal Computers
ICOn bitmap file
Command Sequence Introducer
CompuServe Inc
GNU C Compiler
Security IDentification (NT terminology) or System ID- or Serial Input Data
eXtensible Markup Language
EletroStatic Discharge (transfer of electrical current from carrier to object)
Virtual Machine System
Virtual Memory System (DEC OS)
Voice Messaging System
Process IDentification (number assigned by OS kernal to a process)
Single In-line Memory Module
Mail Transport Agents
Audio Interface File Format
Computer Aided Learning
Object Linking and Embedding
Paint Shop Pro file extension  A popular graphic paint program
Personal Software Products (division of IBM)
Accelerated Graphics Port
Multi - Media Cloaking (frees memory for other applications)
Computer Information Systems (course: Computer Information Science)
Transistor to Transistor Logic
1 COMmand (file extension) 3 COMmon
2 Component Object Module 
3 COMmon object
Computer Telephone Integrated
Programmable Read Only Memory
Hypertext Reference
Local Procedure Call (NT Server terminology)
Synchronous Dynamic RAM
End User License Agreement
Joint Photographic Experts Group (file extension JPG)
Pay per click
Cylinder / Head / Sector
Multi-Protocol Routing
ICon Library file (contains multiple icon bitmaps)
Java Script 
Really Simple Syndication
1 Integrated Development Environment 
2 Integrated Drive Electronics interface (drive/device controller technology)
recursive acronym for GNUs Not UNIX - Linux style build of the UNIX kernel
Business To Consumer
Cathode Ray Tube (antiquated terminology for monitors - mainframe talk)
Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions (address conventions for internet e-mail)
Stand-by Power Supply (see UPS)
Transfer Control Protocol / Internet Protocol
Structured Query Language (database standards)
Domain Name Server (changes addresses: wwwmynamecom to 116225253)
Local Parallel Transmission (the printer ports)
Graphics Interchange Format
Surface Mounted Device (individual chip mounted on a PCB without leads)
Nippon Electric Company (Company that makes computer equipment)
Electronic Switching System
Microsoft Office Manager (The MS Office button bar)
Rich Text Format (extension for files that most windows word processors can read)
Systems Network Architecture
File Allocation Table (the map a computer stores on a disk to where everything is)
Dual In-line Memory Module (new processors or RAM slots hooked together)
Dynamic Data Exchange (predecessor to OLE in earlier versions of Windows)
TeXT (file extension)
Computerized Numerical Control
End Of File
Simultaneous Peripheral Operations On Line
Amplitude Modulation
Super video Graphics Adapter
Pages Per Minute (printer terminology)
Program Evaluation and Review Techniques
Certified Systems Technician
Multiple Document Interface (ie Word can open 2 files at once vs notepad)
True Type Font file (file extension)
Uniform Resource Name (wwwwhoevercom)
Resource Domain (NT Server terminology)
Single Line Controller (A type of processor that does not process math function separately - and can not be upgraded) often found in older laptop computers
an IBM CPU (386 SLC) that is an Sx- Low power chip with Caching
Movie file extension
Audio Visual Interleave
Data Terminal (2 Transfer) Equipment
Virtual Local Area Network (term growing in popularity due to NTs domain structure)
Translated from German it stands for German National Connector
Artificial Intelligence
Cost Of Ownership (the expense of attaining and maintaining particular computer needs)
Frequency Modulation
Wide Area Information System
Desktop Management Interface (keeping personal PC settings stored in a central location- (eg server) Then where ever you login looks and acts like your PC (near future Technology) Networks running NT and 95 from server location are now doing this
Resolution Enhancement technology (HP lazerjet technology)
Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Detection (Ethernet communication)
Secure Sockets Layer (usually NT terminology)
Partition Table (Part of the information starting at track 0 sector 0 of a disk which allows a computer to communicate with the disk Other items include the MBR- DBR- & FAT)
Read Only Memory
Electro-Magnetic Pulse
Advanced Micro Devices Inc (competitor to Intel and Cyrex process chip co)
Auto-Mounter Daemon
Active Matrix Display
"Plug aNd Play (new technology that allows a computer to ""read"" your hardware)"
MicroSoft Network
Borland Database Engine
Serial Line Internet Protocol
Total Cost of Ownership
Video Compact Disk - use a CD in your DVD player for movies
Batch (file extension)
1 Comprehensive Display System 
2 Compatible Duplex System
Most Significant Byte
Hyper Terminal (file extension)
Intelligent Drive / Disk Array
Common Access Method (SCSI type drivers for accessing devices)
Community Antenna Television
Time Of Day (refers to a computers internal clock)
Cyclic Redundancy Check (similar to but not identical to check-sum)
Wide Area Network
Distributable File System (Delphi- VB- BDE- etc)
Visual Display Terminal
Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing
Managed Object Format
Electronic Funds Transfer
Log files maintain information about who is visiting a web site- and what they look at
Terminating Resistor Block (a DIP or SIP on end of Drive cable to terminate signal)
Million of Instructions Per Second
graphic file extension (see TIFF)
1 DATa (file extension)
2 Digital to Analog Converter
Synchronous Data Link Control
American National Standards Institute
Peer To Peer computers connecting over the internet (Kazaa- Napster etc are examples)
Megabytes per second (or Mega-bits Pers Second)
Universal Synchronous / Asynchronous Receiver / Transmitter
Digital Research Incorporated
3D Studio (a high end 3D graphics program) file extension for source files
Binary Large OBject (a field definition for databases such a paradox)
Extensible Firmware Interface
Symmetric Multi-Processing
Private Branch Network
Enhanced Parallel Port (can use longer printer cable than SPP)
United States Robotics (merged with 3 Com)
Media Access Control
Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks
Window Media and Fax viewer file extension
Windows MetaFile (file extension)
DOcument Template file extension
Just In Time (compiler / translator that only runs code when needed)
Rapid Application Development
Run Length Limited code (method of recording digital data)
Secure Electronic Transaction (software to allow monetary transactions from PC - secure)
Drivers file extension found with some older Windows programs such as Lotus 123
Audio File extension (often used by Real Media)
Tagged Information File Format
User Interface
On-line Inquiry and Report Generator (Unix db)
Computer Based Training
DOS Protected Mode Interface
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Common Information Model
"Dynamic Link Library (file extension) (sometimes called a ""dumb little library"")"
Network Interface Protocol
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
Redhat Package Manager (Bundled manager for Redhat distributed Linux)
Revenue Per thousand iMpressions
Hard Disk Drive
Common Gateway Interface
Data Control Systems
Data Collection Systems
Distributed Control Systems
Password Authentication Protocol
Media Control Interface
Universal Naming Conventions
Bits Per Second
Destination Address (network terminology)
Graphical Device Interface
Microsoft DataBase (file extension)
1 Printer Control Language 
2 Print Code Language
Common Internet File System
WAVe file (file extension for sound files)
Application Programming Interface
Microsoft ASseMbler language
1 Personal Web Server 
2 Peer Web Server
Erasable Read Only Memory
Unrecoverable Application Error (error message when a program crashes)
1 Information manager program by Symantec 
2 All Computer Technology (notebook/computer Co)
3 Asynchronous Communication Terminal
1 Terminal Ready (modem talk) 2 Token Ring (type of networking)
WINdows Emulator (program used by Unix/Linux to run Windows programs)
Internet Information Server (Microsoft Internet Server software)
Internet Package eXchange (how computers with different OSs transfer data)
Super Density (a type of format for new DVD disks that allows up to 17 Gb of data to be stored on one CD)
Picture file format
Report Program Generator 
Role Playing Games (often networked)
ARChived file: Older compression file used by PKZIP
HeLP file (file extension)
Object file- often used with 3D file generation programs (extension)
Emergency Recovery Disk
Network Operating System
Kilobyte (1024 bytes)
British National Connector (terminator for cabling)
DataBase File (file extension)
Value Added Network
Handheld Device Markup Language (code for PDAs)
Original Equipment Manufacture
Personal Home Page
Interrupt ReQuest
3D graphic source file extension
Instant Messaging (real time chat)
Object Oriented Programming System
Turbo ASseMbler programming language (Borland / Delphi)
Virtual Channel Memory (new bus technology between RAM and CPU - late 1998)
Dictionary file format
Internet Control Message Protocol
CLear the Screen (DOS command)
Lines Per Minute (How fast a printer prints)
Diagnostic Function Test
Search Engine Optimization
Visual Basic
Electronic Data Interchange
Digital Subscriber Line (private sector connection for direct connect to internet)
Input Output Processors
Software Development Kit (Java or Microsoft usually)
Certified Network (NetWare) Administrator
Installable File System (Delphi- VB- BDE- etc)
Programmed Inquiry for Learning or Teaching (rumor:) Also a popular 3-com PDA
Macromedia Flash source file extension
Network Computer
Network Card
Open Systems Interconnection (Suite of standard protocols for internet communication)
Single In-line Package
Kilobytes per second
Small Office Home Office (computer or program with enough speed or functionality for business use May not have sound or a lot of bells and whistles)
Object Oriented Programming
Java Archive files- used to save web page download time
1 DIMention 
2 Dynamic Information Manager (shared contact information database) 
3 Desktop Information Manager (Microsofts information exchange) 
"4 ""declares variables in Visual Basic programming language"""
Embedded Data Base
Universal Disk Format
OnLine Analytical Processing (32 bit applications with links to ActiveX and Java Beans)
MPEG Layer-4 Audio
New Technology File System (WFW 311 and Windows 95)
Remote Network Access (by use of Dial Up Connection)
1 Application Development Programming 
2 Automatic Data Processing
INOX Leisure Limited
Library files used by exe files and device drivers in Windows 95 (dll format)
Microsoft Certified Professional
Run Length Encoding
Sectors Per Track
Attached Processor
Java Server Page
Radio Frequency Interference
Graphics file extension
Graphic File Format extension (in bitmap format)
Multi-Media eXchange: (New Pentium micro-processor by Intell that improves 3D rendering- although Intel and Microsoft claim the letters dont stand for anything in particular)
Computer Information Officer
Data Access Objects (Visual Basic & Access terminology)
Data Encryption Standard (security methods used for transmitting data)
Compiled Help Markup file extension
Internet Explorer (version 4x) - Microsofts Web Browser
Request For Comments (Similar to FAQs in content)
Hardware Abstraction / Access Layer (NT layer of protocols to define hardware)
Access Control System
Asynchronous Communication Server (similar to file server for modems)
Real Time Audio (music over the internet)
Master File Table (sort of a master FAT that NT uses to recover from errors)
An audio file extension (also AIFF or AIFC)
Binary Coded Decimal
DOS Boot Record (Information at track 0 sector 0 of a disk which allows PC to disk communication Other items include the MBR- the Partition Table- and the FAT)
Authentication Verification
video lan client
Special display effects (wipe- slide fade- ex screen savers- and/or presentation programs)
Virtual Private Network
Integrated Data Processing
MicroSoft Developers Network (Microsoft software developers forum)
AT Attachment interface
Extended Data Out (new RAM and DRAM data access technology)
Line Feed
GNU Public License
Remote Procedure Calls
Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency
Rambus DRAM
Direct Digital Sound
Portable Operating System Interface based on uniX
Java 2 Micro Edition
Software Publishers Association
Classless Inter Domain Routing Routers that- instead of maintaining large list of IP addresses- contain list of other backbone providers and services that do have the addresses- URLs- etc)
Microsoft Outlook email file format
Pretty Good Privacy (refers to network and email security)
TeMPorary File (file extension)
User Datagram Protocol (Network protocol for transferring data packets)
Task Automation Scripting Kit
Certified Network (NetWare) Technician
Conference On DAta SYstem Logic
Automatic Gain Control
National Computer Security Association
Windows Device Manager
Automated Engineered Design system
Least Significant Byte
Object Request Broker
Video Random Access Memory
Information Services
MicroProcessor Unit
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Desktop Application Director (Word Perfect / Corel Perfect Office button bar)
Active X file extension
eXPerience (Microsofts new version of Windows and software)
International Data Corporation
Multiple Systems Operator
Texture files in various formats used by graphics- and 3D rendering programs
Flux changes Per Inch
Network Attached Storage
Open Datalink Interface
A sound file (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) extension
Small Computer System Interface
Terminal (file extension)
Original Manufacture
Business Information Managers (software)
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Global Enterprise Manager
Pay Per Incident: Tech service term- pay for each call to help desk
Compressed file extension  Started as Microsoft installation file type
Request For Proposal
Windows Compatibility List
eXtended Memory Specification
High Performance File System (OS/2 terminology for FAT)
Least Recently Used (How Windows decides which information to flush from cache)
Personal Information Manager
Point Of Contact
Generalized Markup Language
Linux Documentation Projection (on going effort to document Linux OS)
Borland Graphical Interface (Programming environment used by Borland languages)
Indexed Sequential Access Method (database access protocols- Btrieve and Paradox)
Logical Link Control
Point to Point Tunneling Protocol
Fiber Channel Loop
High Speed
Tracks Per Inch (disk drive terminology)
Windows Entertainment Package
Frequently Used Programs
Berkley Software Distribution (released version and add-ons of/for UNIX)
Batch Transfer Program
1 Virtual Memory 
2 Virtual Machine
Communicating Word Processor
Directory Enabled Network
Enhanced Serial Port
Object Transaction Monitor
Rate which information is exchanged (modems: Binary Assembly Un-assembly of Data)
NetBIOS over TCP/IP (method of transporting Microsofts NetBIOS protocols over multiple networks using TCP/IP protocol suites
Windows Internet Naming System (NT protocols - also used with other 32-bit MS)
Extended Industry Standard Architecture
Lotus / Intel / Microsoft
Global Descriptor Table (a database- or register- for Windows to address memory)
Hercules Graphics Adapter
Internet Calendar Access Protocol (Lotus Notes 4x / Domino)
I/O Request Packet (NT Server terminology)
Packet INternet Gopher (request sent to another computer; waits for answers)
Server Message Blocks
Digital Video Interactive
Extended Capabilities Port (setup in BIOS for LPT1 - faster than EPP- or SPP)
Modified Frequency Modulation encoding (old disk drive technology)
Plastic Leaded Chip Carrier (Pentium socket on Mother Board)
Initialization (file extension)
Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
People Cant Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms (coined take off of original)
SCSI Configured Auto-Magically (plug-and-play SCSI cards)
Standard Parallel Port
Archive file  Compressed raw data file
TApe Archive
Voice Over Internet Protocol
Hand held Personal Computer
JavaScript Encoding
Prioritized Interrupt Controller
Intelligent Phone
A 3D graphic file extension
Drive Select Interface
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer
Original Service Release
microsoft Office Service Release (patch and upgrade to Office 97)
Standard Generalized Markup Language
Upper Memory Blocks
1 Word Processor 
2 Word Perfect Corporation
3 Write Pre compensation (older disk reading technology)
4 Write Protected
World Wide Web Consortium (governing body that proposes standards for the Web)
End Of Transmission (file transfer marker)
Multi-User Domain (Dungeon) - multiple persons play games in real time via Internet)
Public Data Network (fore-father to the Internet)
Search Engine Management
Voice Over Data
Microsoft Compatibility List
Beginning Of File
Enhanced MetaFile (graphic file format- often used as extension)
Phase Alteration Line
Advanced Interactive eXecutive (IBMs version of UNIX)
Internet Protocol Security
Training Records Information Management (software package)
Sequenced Packet eXchange
Virtual Reality Modeling Language
Common Desktop Environment (a UNIX windowed environment)
Editing MACroS (Linux / Unix text editor)
Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service
Sound File extension in AU format
e business
Acceptable Quality Level
Attached Resource Computer network (uses star- or bus token passing technology - slow)
Borne Again SHell (2nd Generation Linux command shell)
Concurrent Versions System
Multi- Access Unit (patch panel for IBM to tie to server)
Graphics file extension (PiCTure)
Personal Computer Tools (commonly known as PC Tools- a utility package)
Private Communication Technology
a Font file extension (Used by Adobe font extensions)
Single Sided High Density (type of computer disk formatting)
Asynchronous transfer mode Adaptation Layer
Access Control List
Direct Cable Connection
GUID partition table
Head Disk Assembly (terminology for drive construction)
Practical Extraction and Report Language (found with flavors of UNIX / Linux) programming language - more precisely text reader and generator
Compression files that save disk space (PKZip is most popular)
Knowledge Transfer
Message Handling System (how email handles electronic information addressing)
Need For Speed
Enhanced Graphics Adapter (Accelerator)
Pin Grid Array (AMD mother board terminology)
Professional Graphics Adapter
Texas Instruments
Single Edge Card
Service Level Agreement (vendor agreement on whats under warranty for how long)
Automatic Data Interchange System
ANImated cursors - (file extension used with Windows 95 instead of multiple cur files)  Can also be used by other animation tools or programs
Automatic Numbering Identification
Berkley Internet Name Domain (early version of DNS servers)
Line Printer porT
Unified Modeling Format
Sound file extension
Unified Modelling Language
Central Processor Recovery
Leadless Chip Carrier
Application Binary Interface
DRiVe (file extension)
Master Account Domain (NT Server terminology)
Microsoft Script Component 
Display Control Interface (video display technology)
Local Descriptor Table (Table of contents Windows uses to address memory)
Flash File Extension  Usually an external flash file called by the html document
End Of Message (file transfer marker)
Frame Check Sequence (Token Ring)
Fiber Channel Standard
End Of Line (control characters used with first generation languages)
Lotus / Intell / Microsoft / AST standards (extended memory management software)
Password File
Quarter Inch Cartridge (refers to tape drives used for backups)
Bulk Copy Program
LInux boot LOader
Network Management System
Query By Example
Java Runtime Environment
Memory Management Unit
Wired For Management (Intel hard-wire technology)
Error Correction Code
Raw compression data used for programs like winraw (file extension)
Ubuntu Netbook Remix
Java Virtual Machine
Write Back Caching (newer 486 CPU- and Pentium - faster cache)
Category 5 (refers to thickness and quality of wiring)
Channel Service Unit (also DSU: Digital Service Unit- and a router A CSU/DSU is the modem that connects to the phone line)
Network Direct Services
Search Engine Results Page
Android application package
Multi - Media file extension
Basic Operating System
Job Control Language (mainframe programming language)
"Direct Access Storage Device (mainframe terminology - pronounced ""daz-dee"")"
Microsoft Certified Product Specialist
Database that supports objects- linking- and embedding
Source Address
Appletalk File Protocol
1 CLiP art 
2 windows clipboard file extension
Data Link Control (a low-level protocol)
Inter network Packet eXchange / Sequential Packet eXchange
Advanced Wave Effects
Common Dialog Box
and Email file extension
Double Sided High Density (type of disk format) most common 35 = 144 Mb
General Purpose Computer
Tape Operating System
Backbone Network
Microsoft Windows Media Audio file format and file extension
Batch Command Language
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (one way server(s) manipulate multiple disks / users / and access levels)
Remote Emergency Power Off
Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics
High Memory Area (Architecture)
Logical Disk Format (the formatting done from a users level)
Data Over Fiber
Image File (file extension)
Peer to Peer Networking (2 computers hooked together)
Macromedia flash debugging file
All Points Addressable (mode in which user has control over all aspects of display)
Center for Innovative Computing Applications
Mathematical Analyzer Numerical Integrator and Computer (early mainframe)
A type of processor that does NOT do numeric processing separately - but a Math coprocessor chip can be added to upgrade the unit (Better than an SLC but not as good as a DX or Pentium)
Input Output Errors (95 terminology for GPFs and Application Errors)
Microsoft Certified Systems Technician
File System Driver (OS/2 Warp)
Quick and Dirty Operating System (often used by bootable floppy diagnostic software due to low overhead- and small files size)
System Object Modle
Write And Read Many times (CD-ROM technology)
Appletalk Remote Access
Fast File System
Fast File System (Microsoft and OS/2 first incarnation of HPFS)
Modular Input Output
REMark (command in DOS to ignore a statement as a command)
Variable Bit Rate
Entry Level Systems (early terminology for scaled down PC - no frills)
Machine Oriented Language
Single Sided Double Density (type of computer disk formatting)
Bit Error Rate
Fast Page Mode (older RAM - being replaced by EDO RAM)
Network News Transfer Protocol
Globally Unique IDentifier 
Input / Output
Information Retrieval Language
Power Up Password
Technology Without Any Interesting Name (humorous)
Card On A STick
Host Data Replicator (computer that stores multiple databases from various systems)
Program Information File (file extension for Windows 3x)
Bytes From Index (how HD heads find FAT entries)
Defense Data Network
Virtual Device Driver
Visual Basic Project (file extension)
Visual Basic Scripting language  Used by Microsoft in the same way that Netscape developed the javascript language
Video Local Bus (mother board bus architecture - becoming outdated for the PCI)
1 Virtual Reality 
2 Voice Recognition
JavaScript Object Notation
Microsoft License Pack (referred to for multi-user applications)
Adapter Unit Interface
Bit Error Rate Testing
Low Level Format
Letter Quality
Simple Network Management Protocol
System Policy Editor
Acceptable Use Policy
Advanced Graphic Adapter
Customer Information Control System
Distributed Component Object Model
Image Color Mapping (so printed colors match screen colors)
Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol
Start Frame Delimiter
Borland Graphic Protocol
Internet Locator Service (component of NT 40 +)
Logical Unit Number
Public Key Infrastructure (topology for coding data)
Power Up Diagnostics
Write Through Caching (chip set caching for older PCs)
Built in ASseMbler
Because Its Time Network
Hierarchical File System (Macintosh)
Value Added Reseller
Backbone Network Service
Dial Up Networking
Third Generation Languages (Pascal- C++- QBasic- etc)
Bring Up Diagnostics (NIC PCs use for setups)
Virtual File Allocation Table
Memory Enhancement technology (HP Lazerjet memory technology)
Universal Cable Module
Information file format used by Microsoft for advanced Windows systems  Also used by hackers to store hacked serial number and installation information
Plastic LeadLess Chip (The Pentium Chip)
Quality of Service (first used with ethernet measurement of data transfer)
File Access Protocol
National Software Testing Laboratories
Mail messaging Application Programming Interface
Browser Helper Objects
Network BIOS Extended User Interface
Microsoft Wizard used in various software packages and the MS Windows OS
document extended
Group Code Encoding (method of encoding and securing data)
Relational Data Base
Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (Intel)
IBM graphical operating system
System Application Architecture
High-Speed Uplink Packet Access
All to All Broadcast
Blue Screen Of Death (a Windows or NT crash)
Constant Angular Velocity
Interface Definition Language
Windows Driver Library
Electronic Frontier Foundation (studies impact of computers on society)
facebook markup language
Cyan- Magenta- Yellow
CURsor (file extension)
First In Last Out (Processing Method)
Load High (a command in MS-DOS)
Multi-Station Access Unit
Universal Receiver Transmitter
Click through rate
Enterprise Backup / Restore (UNIX tape backup utility)
FoRM file (often a visual basic or database file)
Network Basic Input Output System
Network Management Module
Landing Zone (where the read/write heads go on a disk to read information)
a popular java extension used by Anfy applets
A type of processor that also does numeric processing (better than an SX or SLC)
Local Bus Addressing (how BIOS can read HD larger than 504 Mb)
Sometimes considered Logical Block Addressing
eXtended Technology
Telephony Application Programming Interface
Virtual eXtended Device Driver (common with the 32-bit Win 95 system) These are 32 bit protected mode drivers that allow mult-threading of applications
Binary File Transfer
Uniform Resource Identification (1925512322)
Animation source file extension
Home Computer User
Certified Network (NetWare) Engineer
Windows configuration file extension
Java Programming Language
Library Information Management System
Lightwave (high end 3D generation program) file extension
Network Associates Incorporated (combined company including McAfee Inc)
Voice Over Fiber
Representational state transfer
Individual / Group bit (for addressing network information)
MicroSoft National Broadcasting Company
Advanced SCSI Programming Interface (communication port technology)
Palo Alto Research Center (where a lot of todays technology was developed)
Project File
Computer + Science NETwork
Field Emission Display (type of monitor)
Hyper Text Template
Relational Access Management Association
Java Native Interface
Web-Based Enterprise Management
Personal unblocking code
Average Access Time
Application RAM Performance
Double Sided Double Density (type of disk format) 35 disks = 720 Kb
Microsoft Favorites (bookmarks of web sites)
Video Capture Board
Content Distribution Network
Advanced Program to Program Communications
Macromedia file type used for Flash Files
Advanced Authoring Format
Common Graphics Environment
Computer Incident Advisory Capability (US govt computer investigation agency)
Custom Updates and Extras (Egghead discount plan)
Global Network Navigator
BIOS Parameter Block (Disk technology)
Common Management Information Protocol
Device Driver Kit (Microsoft)
Three Letter Acronyms (I actually saw this one in publication)
Ghost file extension (ghs when image is spanned across multiple media)  Ghost is a tool used to create an image of a disk or drive
Volume Serial Number (S/N assigned when disk/partition is formatted)
Fourth Generation Language (Java- HotMetal- Page Mill- etc - visual languages)
Double data rate random access memory
Cached Dynamic RAM
Microsoft Certified Trainer
Emergency Recovery Utility (configuration backup utility with Windows 95)
Internet Explorer Administration Kit (profmgrexe)
.mkv files known as Matroska video format
Near Letter Quality (printer terminology - usually old 24-pin dot matrix)
Control Program for Microcomputers (first OS for PCs before DOS)
Internet Consumer Protection Agency
Compact Disk File System (similar to the FAT on a hard disk)
Compact Disk File System
Internet Domain Name
Multiple Virtual Systems
Windows apache Mysql PHP
Pentium OverDrive Chip
Single Sided Low Density (type of computer disk formatting)
Automatic Response Unit
DEC- Intel- and Xerox
Linux Users Group
Virtual Memory Manager
Flux Reversals Per Inch
Plain Old Telephone System
Single User License
Zero Insertion Force (CPU chips that can be removed to upgrade a PC)
Distributable Media Format (a Microsoft disk formatting that allows 177 Meg of info to be placed on a 35 disk that normally holds only 144 Meg
Video-7 Enhanced Graphics Adaptor
Application Configuration Access Protocol
Enhanced Small Device Interface (Hard disk interface- older than SCSI- ISA- PCI newer than the ST506)
Recently Used Program List
Start of TeXt
Java Application Descriptor
Cold Fusion Mark-up Language
Digital Video Effects
Low Level Drive Format (done at factory)
Windows RAM
Open Agent Architecture (new interface architecture for human/PC interaction including hand written- typed - and spoken commands - being developed by SRI International)
The product name, JIRA, is not an acronym but rather a truncation of Gojira
Hewlett-Packard Graphics
Link File Extension  Used to create shortcuts in Microsoft Windows
PassWord List (can refer to network profiles or Windows profiles)
Resource Interchange File Format
Common User Access
Microsoft Excel Template file extension
Advanced Business Application Programming
Network Device Interface Specification
Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter (new chip technology that controls serial port transmission)
Federal Networking Council (governments attempt to control the internet: DoD- DARPA- NASA- etc)
Trusted Computer Platform Alliance - collaboration among Intel- Microsoft- and others to standardize the computer industry- and drive innovative solutions outside the mainstream corporations into an unsupported environment 
Zone Bit Recording
Meta Content format file extension
Extended Partition Boot Record
FONt file (extension)
Sometimes shorted from the WWW or World Wide Web
Linux Apache Mysql PHP
Digital Video Express
Enhanced Print Trouble Shooter
Macintosh processor
LAyered Device Driver Architecture (SCSI type drivers for accessing devices)
Cascading Style Sheets level 1 (specifications for layouts and design of WWW pages)
Parallel Machine
Compressed file extension
Disabilities- Opportunities- Internetworking and Technology
General Electric Information Service (Web based catalog service)
Palm-Top Personal Computer (new hand held computers)
Virtual DOS Machine
DMa request AKnowledgement
DMA REQuest lines
Asymmetric Multi-Processing
Long File Names
Palm Name Recognitiion Protocol (Palmpilot communication with desktop protocol)
Bus Master Interface Controller
Front End Processor
Most Recently Used Program
Non Return to Zero (programming code return terminology)
Vue dEsprit file extension (Popular 3D rendering program)
Microsofts Accessibility Wizard
Anonymous File Transfer Protocol
Corporation for Research and Educational Network (merge of BITNET and CSNET)
Data Link Connection Identifier
a raw compressed image file extension used across multiple files
eXtended Storage Module Drive interface
Data Interchange Format
Ferro-electric RAM
Private Virtual Network
Remote MONitoring
Ziff Davis publication company (publish large percent of computer literature)
Compact Disk - Digital Audio
Data Input / Output
Double Sided Low Density (old style of disk format - not used anymore)
Numeric Processing Unit
Universal Synchronous Receiver Transmitter
VIrtual NEtworking Software (Banyan NOS)
Ethernet Configuration Test Protocol
Fiber Channel Arbitrated Loop (bus technology - better/faster than SCSI)
Compact Disc ReWritable
Flat File DataBase
Desktop Management Task Force (joint effort Microsoft- Compaq- IBM- Cisco- etc to standardize object management on LAN)
Sometime noted as Ext2fs; this is the file system used by Linux OSs
Microsoft Commercial Internet System
Zero Network Administration (where all registration- profiles- policy kept in 1 place)
Data Over Internet Protocol
Library file  Used to hold extraneous information from program to improve performance
Compressed file format (extension)
Xerox Network System
Bitmap Distribution Format
Control Access Unit
Direct Graphics Interface Standard
MicroSoft Distributable Media Format (see DMF)
Electronic magaZINE
Physical Unit Number (method of defining equipment of a computer)
Windows Application Binary Interface
Workbook file extension used by several software packages
Microsoft Word backup file extension
End Of Job (file transfer marker)
Hewlett-Packard Printer Control Language
Zero Administration Client
Artlantis Object file
Data Encryption Key (digital key to unlock encrypted files)
Enhanced Expanded Memory Specification
General Electric Network Information Exchange
International Ad Hoc Committee (computer group that studies and suggests standard for new and existing computer technology)
Joint Users Group (group of dedicated- perhaps proprietary computers)
Multi - Media Compact Disk
Quarterdeck Extended Memory Manager
Visual Structured Query Language
ABnormal END of program (mainframe and programming terminology)
Digital Equipment Corporation (proprietary networking protocols)
Hand Held Device (pocket organizer- scanner- pager- etc)
Visual Basic Library file extension
Function Key
High Speed Token Ring Alliance (HSTR for High Speed Token Ring)
Internal Database Application Programming Interface
Windows For Workgroups (often used for peer-to-peer networking)
Dial Up Networking Connection Enhancement
Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language
Compressed file format extension (raw data compression)
Automatic Built In Self Test
COMMunication port
National Public Telecomputing Network (public network based in Cleveland- OH)
REstructured eXtended eXecutor (high level language for OS/2)
Intelligent Multi-Access Unit
Print Job Language (HP printer language)
Visual Basic RUNtime library files (100- 200- 300- 400- 32) *dll extensions
Ziff Davis TeleVision channel
The Go Programming Language
Cached Video RAM
File Control BlockS
Multicast File Transfer Protocol (used for data streaming)
Second Generation Languages (Basic- Fortran- Cobol- C- etc)
PKWare program (exe2binexe) that converts a compression (zip arc- lhz- etc) file to a binary or executable file This allows a user to decompress the file without having a copy of PK Zip
Dial Up Networking shortcut file extension
Uniform Location Service (used to identify nodes on the net)
Audio File in AIFF format
Floppy Disk Operating System
Zero Administration Kit
Zero Administration for Windows
Ziff Davis Network: formally ZDNET- computer dedicated publisher- and internet site
Facility Control Markup Language
Landing zone for the read/write heads on a disk
Wide Area Information Transportation System
Synchronous VRAM
Track Zero Interrupter (how a disk drive knows where to start)
eXtended COPY (DOS file copy program)
Bring Your Own Access (access the Internet via telnet & your own ISP)
Open Document file system (MAC/Apple- and NT-40 terminology for FAT that will allow the 2 to share files)
World Wide Web Worm
EDitor for LINe text
Multimedia file format extension (mpeg format)
P7A- P7B etc are used in email encryption and certification files
Remote Lan Node
A virtual device driver file extension
Open DataBase Application Programming Interface
SYStem INput
Open Architechture Data Base (like supporting standards like SQL)
Short File Name
Computer Analysis and Technology Unit
Protected Portable Document Format
Read / Write (usually refers to the heads inside a disk drive)
Bill and the Office Of the President (Microsoft slang for management brain-storming)
Enhanced DOS for windows
Shugart Technology (old disk technology manufacture)
Ziff Davis Network (Largest computer publication company network: wwwzdnetcom)
MicroSoft Compact Disk EXecutable (file driver for CD-ROM- often referred to as the messy ducks)
Object oriented Program Application Language (Bundled with Borland/Paradox/Corel)
Object Oriented Programming / Event Driven
Plastic Quad Flat Pack (AMD motherboard terminology)
Research and Development
SYstems OPerator
Universally / locally administered bit (for addressing network info)
Virtual Transmission Automated Messaging
Enterprise Certified NetWare Engineer
Advanced Simulation Technology Inc
Best Of Windows Entertainment Pack
Drive Select (DS0- DS1- etc) numbering starts at 0
Microsofts Java programming language
mp1- mp2- mp3- mp4 are various versions of the mpeg file format (Multimedia files)

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