A combo drive refers to optical drives that are capable of recording and/or reading two or more types of optical media. As DVD drives were introduced, combo drives referred to those optical disk drives that combined CD media read and write capabilities with the capability to read DVD media. As the popularity of DVD media grew, the definition of what makes a drive a combo drive also changed. In CD and DVD media, the term now usually describes a DVD drive that also includes CD media read and write capabilities. Before combo drives, consumers needed to choose between a CD burner or a DVD-ROM drive.
Combo drive is also a term which can be used to describe disc players capable of playing one or more media formats. For example, a combo drive that is capable of playing both HD-DVD and Blu-ray discs would be a combo drive.
(adj.) A type of data format in which each piece of data is separated by a comma. This is a popular format for transferring data from one application to another, because most database systems are able to import and export comma-delimited data. For example, data pulled from a database and represented in comma-delimited format looks […]
An instruction to a computer or device to perform a specific task. Commands come in different forms. They can be: special words (keywords) that a program understands. function keys choices in a menu buttons or other graphical objects on your screen Every program that interacts with people responds to a specific set of commands. The […]
- command buffer
A temporary storage area where commands are kept. (In DOS environments, the command buffer is called a template.) DOS and UNIX support several operations for manipulating the command buffer. For example, you can use the F3 function key in DOS to copy the template ‘s contents to the display screen. This is useful for repeating […]
- command driven
Refers to programs and operating systems that accept commands in the form of special words or letters. In contrast, programs that allow you to choose from a list of options in a menu are said to be menu driven. Command-driven software is often more flexible than menu-driven software, but it is more difficult to learn.
- command language
The programming language through which a user communicates with the operating system or an application. For example, the DOS command language includes the commands DIR, COPY, and DEL, to name a few. The part of an operating system that responds to operating system commands is called the command processor. With graphical user interfaces, the command […]