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