(1) In graphical user interfaces, a desktop is the metaphor used to portray file systems. Such a desktop consists of pictures, called icons, that show cabinets, files, folders, and various types of documents(that is, letters, reports, pictures). You can arrange the icons on the electronic desktop just as you can arrange real objects on a real desktop — moving them around, putting one on top of another, reshuffling them, and throwing them away.
(2) Short for desktop model computer.
- Desktop Computer
(n.) A computer designed to fit comfortably on top of a desk, typically with the monitor sitting on top of the computer. Desktop model computers are broad and low, whereas tower model computers are narrow and tall. Because of their shape, desktop model computers are generally limited to three internal mass storage devices. Desktop models […]
- Desktop Publishing
Using a personal computer or workstation to produce high-quality printed documents. A desktop publishing system allows you to use different typefaces, specify various margins and justifications, and embed illustrations and graphs directly into the text. The most powerful desktop publishing systems enable you to create illustrations, while less powerful systems let you insert illustrations created […]
Many computer commands move data from one file to another or from one storage device to another. This is referred to as moving the data from the source to the destination (or target). The term is also used as an adjective, as in destination file or destination device .
- deterministic system
A system in which the output can be predicted with 100 percent certainty. Contrast with nondeterministic system.
Any machine or component that attaches to a computer. Examples of devices include disk drives, printers, mice, and modems. These particular devices fall into the category of peripheral devicesbecause they are separate from the main computer. Most devices, whether peripheral or not, require a program called a device driver that acts as a translator, converting […]