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