Short for peripheral interface adapter, a specialized interface chip that allows a computer to connect to peripherals such as printers or monitors. The PIA provides two eight-bit ports through which the data passes.
(1) Short for Lotus Picture File, the graphics file format used to represent graphics generated by Lotus 1-2-3. (2) Short for personal Internet communicator. (3) Short for Programmable Interrupt Controller.
- PICT file format
A file format developed by Apple Computer in 1984. PICT files are encoded in QuickDraw commands and can hold both object-oriented images and bit-mapped images. It is supported by all graphics programs that run on Macintosh computers. The original PICT format supported 8 colors. Modern versions of PICT, including PICT2, support 32-bit color (more than […]
Short for process identifier, also called a process ID. It refers to the number assigned to a process by the operating system to uniquely identify a process running on a system.
- PIF file
Short for Program Information file, a type of file that holds information about how Windows should run a non-Windows application. For example, a PIF file can contain instructions for executing a DOS application in the Windows environment. These instructions can include the amount of memory to use, the path to the executable file, and what […]
Acronym for pine is not elm or Program for Internet News and E-Mail, a character-based e-mail client for UNIX systems. Developed at the University of Washington, PINE replaces an older e-mail program called elm.