Short for Advanced Power Management, an API developed by Intel and Microsoft that allows developers to include power management in BIOSes. APM defines a layer between the hardware and the operating system that effectively shields the programmer from hardware details.
Short for the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre, one of four non-profit organizations that register and administer IP addresses. APNIC serves the Asia Pacific region, which consists of 62 economies.
Short for Authenticated Post Office Protocol, it is similar to the POP protocol except that APOP enables your password to be encrypted while being transmitted over the network. Using POP mail, when you authenticate your username and password in your e-mail client, your password is sent over the network in plain text. If your e-mail […]
Short for Advanced Program-to-Program Communications. Also known as LU 6.2 and based on IBM’s SNA, APPC is a communication protocol that transaction programs in a distributed computing environment can use to talk to each other. Using APPC, interconnected systems can communicate and share the processing of programs. It consists of two interfaces: programming and data-exchange. […]
To compress a file using the ARC format. The ARC data compression format, created by Systems Enhancement Associates, is particularly popular among bulletin board systems (BBSs). Another common format is ZIP. Files that have been compressed with an ARC utility end with a.ARC extension. To decompress them, you need a utility called ARC-E (stands for […]
Short for Attached Resource Computer network, ARCnet is one of the oldest, simplest, and least expensive types of local-area network. ARCnet was introduced by Datapoint Corporation in 1977. It uses a token-ring architecture, supports data rates of 2.5 Mbps, and connects up to 255 computers. A special advantage of ARCnet is that it permits various […]