bulletin board system
An electronic message center. Most bulletin boards serve specific interest groups. They allow you to dial in with a modem, review messages left by others, and leave your own message if you want. Bulletin boards are a particularly good place to find free or inexpensive software products. In the United States alone, there are tens of thousands of BBSs.
- bump mapping
Bump mapping is used to add detail to an image without increasing the number of polygons. Bump mapping relies on light-reflection calculations to create small bumps on the surface of the object in order to give it texture; the surface of the object is not changed. Bumps are applied by matching up a series of […]
- bundled software
Software that is sold with a computer or other hardware component as part of a package. As competition between computer manufacturers has intensified, bundling software has become a key strategy for attracting consumers. In some cases, the bundled software is even more valuable than the hardware. Bundled software can also be part of a software […]
- Bunny Suit (Protective Clothing)
Bunny suit is the slang phrase used to describe protective clothing that someone working in a clean room must wear to prevent dust and human skin and hair particles from entering the room’s atmosphere. A bunny suit worn by production line workers or technicians is typically white and is separate pieces of clothing, including boots […]
Slang term meaning to write data to a CD-ROM. A CD burner is another name for a CD-R drive.
- burn in
To run a system or device for a period of time to ensure that all components are working properly. Most computer equipment undergoes a burn-in test at the factory before being released for sale.