Short for Advanced Authoring Format, a multimedia file format introduced by Microsoft in 1998. The goal of AAF is to provide a common file format that multimedia authoring applications can use so that it’s possible to develop a multimedia presentation in one application and then edit it in a second application. This will allow designers to use a variety of different tools when creating multimedia content without needing to worry about converting files from one format to another. Whether AAF ultimately achieves this goal will depend on whether the software companies that develop authoring tools adopt AAF.
Short for AppleTalk Address Resolution Protocol, a protocol for mapping a device’s physical hardware address to a temporary Appletalk network-assigned address in Macintosh computer LANs. When a protocol stack sends a data packet, the protocol address specifies the destination. The data link layer relies on AARP to translate the protocol address into the hardware address […]
Short for Apple Attachment Unit Interface, A 14-position, 0.050-inch-spaced ribbon contact connector. Except for the pins that supply power, each AAUI signal has the same description, function, and electrical requirements as the AUI (Attachment Unit Interface) signal. The AAUI is the Apple standard used to connect Ethernet transceivers in early Power Macintosh and Quadra computers.
Short for Advanced Business Application Programming it is an object-oriented programming language used to develop applications for the SAP R/3 system, but was originally used for SAP R/2. It was developed by the German company SAP AG.
Short for Aggregate group Backup And Recovery Support, ABARS is a backup system for MVS S/390 mainframes from IBM. ABARS performs data backup and recovery processes on a predefined set of data called an aggregate. During backup processing, the data is packaged as a single entity in preparation for taking it off-site. This enables the […]
(1) Acronym for abnormal end of task. It refers to software crashes or lossage. Derives from an error message on the IBM 360. (2) Acronym for Absent By Enforced Net Deprivation. Sent in e-mail subject lines warning friends and others of forced loss of Internet access (due to moving, network outages, or illness).