1. A protocol for satellite and terrestrial radio transmissions. In pure Aloha, a user can transmit at any time but risks collisions with other users’ messages. “Slotted Aloha” reduces the chance of collisions by dividing the channel into time slots and requiring that the user send only at the beginning of a time slot. Aloha was the basis for Ethernet, a local area network protocol.
2. Aloha Networks, Inc. — A San Francisco-based company specializing in providing satellite-based Internet access to large Internet Service Providers. Founded by the inventor of the Aloha system, Norman Abramson.
3. @loha @home — software from Media Synergy (www.mediasyn.com) that allows a user to add graphics, animation, and sound to e-mail messages.
- Alpha Processor
A powerful RISC processor developed by Digital Equipment Corporation and used in their line of workstations and servers.
- Alt key
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- Alta Vista
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- Amazon EC2
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