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  • invisible text

    See under keyword stuffing.

  • task switching

    Refers to operating systems or operating environments that enable you to switch from one program to another without losing your spot in the first program. Many utilities are available that add task switching to DOS systems. Note that task switching is not the same as multitasking. In multitasking, the CPU switches back and forth quickly […]

  • livelock

    A condition that occurs when two or more processes continually change their state in response to changes in the other processes. The result is that none of the processes will complete. An analogy is when two people meet in a hallway and each tries to step around the other but they end up swaying from […]

  • RAM latency

    A delay in transmitting data between a computer’s RAM and its processor. Since RAM is not necessarily fast compared to the computer’s processor, RAM latency can occur, causing a delay between the time a computer’s hardware recognizes the need for a RAM access (initiates a request for data) and the time the data or instruction […]

  • document

    (n.) In the PC world, the term was originally used for a file created with a word processor. In addition to text, documents can contain graphics, charts, and other objects. Increasingly, the line separating word processing files from files produced by other applications is becoming blurred. A word processing application can produce graphics and a […]

  • HSSI

    Short for High-Speed Serial Interface. HSSI is a serial interface that supports transmission rates up to 52 mbps. It is used to connect routers on local area networks with wide area networks over a 680×0 or similar high-speed line. HSSI can also be used to provide high-speed connectivity between LANs, such as token ring and […]

  • id10t error

    (pronounced eye-dee-ten-tee) Technical support shorthand used to describe a common computer error caused by a user who has “no idea about what they are doing”. An id10t error is one that the user usually will not admit responsibility for. For example, if a user calls tech support claiming their password will not work, but they […]

  • Output Device

    Any machine capable of representing information from a computer. This includes display screens, printers, plotters, and synthesizers.

  • BITNET

    Short for Because It’s Time Network, BITNET is one of the oldest and largest wide-area networks, used extensively by universities. A new version of BITNET, called BITNET-II, relies on the Internet network to transfer messages and files.

  • DOA

    On eBay, eBay alternatives, and classified ad Web sites, DOA is an abbreviation used to mean dead on arrival, meaning item did not work when received by the buyer.