(1) Slang term used to mean a mainframe, a very large and expensive computer capable of supporting hundreds, or even thousands, of users simultaneously. It is widely believed that the term Big Iron was derived from early mainframes, which were enclosed in room-size metal frames.
(2) Slang term used by hackers to describe large, expensive and ultra-fast computers, usually meaning supercomputers.
- Big Red Switch
BRS or Big Red Switch is a phrase used to describe an immediate shut down of a system using the main or emergency power switch (e.g., “Hit the BRS”). The term originated from the emergency pull switch on an older IBM mainframe or the power switch on an older IBM PC, which is a large […]
An app (or add-on) that can be used to post Tweets longer than 140 characters on Twitter. BiggerTwitter works by placing a link in the tweet. See “Social Media Tips for Online Marketing Plus 30 Social Media Sites” in the Did You Know…? section of
- Bilinear Filtering
In 3D graphics, Bilinear Filtering is a basic filtering technology used to blend adjoining textures in order to reduce pixelization. Bilinear Filtering is usually the default filtering method on most modern 3D graphics accelerators. Compare with Anisotropic Filtering.
- Bimodal virus
Also called a Boot Sector Infector, a bimodal virus is one that infects both boot records and files on the computer system. See multipartite virus.
An encoding scheme that converts binary data into ASCII characters. Any file, whether it be a graphics file, a text file, or a binary executable file, can be converted to BinHex. This format is particularly valuable for transferring files from one platform to another because nearly all computers can handle ASCII files. In fact, many […]