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Glossary of Technology Terms

This glossary of terms has been compiled over a period of 20 years or more in an attempt to explain the jargon and buzzwords that are most commonly used in conjunction with modern technology (i.e. computers, hifi, video, etc). It is hoped that will help to explain at least some of the terminology, especially terms relating to older or even obsolete devices which may no longer be in general use. Emphasis has been placed on the machines most commonly used, such as Amiga, Macintosh, PC's based on the Intel or equivalent processors and UNIX/Linux based machines, but where appropriate other references have also been included.

A complete glossary of computer terms is very difficult to compile, since computers can be used for so many functions ranging from Word Processing, Desk Top Publishing, Graphics, Music, Communications, and so on, and each function brings with it its own set of jargon and buzzwords. If you feel there are computer terms that should be listed, please let us know and we will consider including them. We intend to update it regularly to fix any errors or omissions, and new terms which arise as the technology evolves. Rather than simply explaining the meaning of technical terms etc, we have attempted to include historical and usage information, as may be provided by an encyclopaedia rather than a dictionary, and this may help place the terms in context more readily.

We have also given the common pronunciation where this is not obvious and takes two forms: where words are shown, simply say the word (e.g. asskee); but where one or more letters are shown separated by hyphens (e.g. A-B-C) the letters must be pronounced individually. Some terms use a combination of both forms (e.g. I-triple-E). If the term has some form of acronym or abbreviation this may also be listed.

Where a term relates to more than one type of computer (i.e. multi-platform), it is shown in white. If it relates to only one type of computer, the term is shown in red for Amiga, green for Macintosh, blue for MS-DOS PC's, and purple for Unix and Linux. Where a word is underlined within the text, it too is explained in this glossary, and you should check that if the explanation is unclear.

For example:

AMIGA Explanation of an Amiga only term that is not multi-platform.
MAC Explanation of an Macintosh only term that is not multi-platform.
MS-DOS PC Explanation of an MS-DOS PC only term that is not multi-platform.
UNIX/Linux Explanation of an Linux or Unix only term that is not multi-platform.
MULTI-PLATFORM Where the term is used on multiple computers but each may have a slightly different flavour the following structure is used:
• Amiga: Additional explanation pertinent only to Amiga computers.
• Mac: Additional explanation pertinent only to Apple computers.
• PC: Additional explanation pertinent only to MS-DOS computers.
• UNIX/Linux: Additional explanation pertinent only to Unix and Linux computers.

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