(1) A graphical user interface developed by Digital Research that is built into personal computers made by Atari, and is also used as an interface for some DOS programs. Like the Macintosh interface and Microsoft Windows, GEM provides a windowed environment for running programs.
GEM also refers to a special graphics file format used in GEM-based applications.
(2) Short for Globally Executable Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) it defines specifications based on MHP together with DVB. GEM is a framework not a standalone specification, used by those wanting to define specifications based on MHP. The GEM specification lists those parts of the MHP specification that have been found to be DVB technology or market specific. The OpenCable Project is based on the GEM standard.
Short for geosynchronous, or geostationary, earth orbit, a satellite system used in telecommunications. GEOs orbit the earth at 22,300 miles above the earth’s surface. They are tied to the earth’s rotation and are therefore in a fixed position in space in relation to the earth’s surface. The satellite goes around once in its orbit for […]
Acronym for gotta go or good game (online gaming). GG is commonly used in newsgroups, chat rooms, instant messaging, text messaging, SMS, e-mail and other real time text-based communications.
Short for gateway GPRS support node it is the gateway between the GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) wireless data network and other external packet data networks such as radio networks, IP networks, or private networks. GGSN provides network access to external hosts wishing to communicate with mobile subscribers (MS).
- Gigahertz (GHz)
Abbreviation for gigahertz. One GHz represents 1 billion cycles per second. The speed of microprocessors, called the clock speed, often is measured in gigahertz. For example, a microprocessor that runs at 200 GHz executes 200 billion cycles per second. Each computer instruction requires a fixed number of cycles, so the clock speed determines how many […]
- GID file
A hidden Windows 95 configuration file, ending with a .gid extension, used by the Windows Help system. The first time you open a Windows help file, the Help system analyzes the file and creates an associated GID file that helps speed up access to help file topics. You can delete a GID file without harming […]