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

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