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