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

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