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.
A utility to determine whether a specific IP address is accessible. It works by sending a packet to the specified address and waiting for a reply. PING is used primarily to troubleshoot Internet connections. There are many freeware and sharewarePing utilities available for personal computers. It is often believed that “Ping” is an abbreviation for […]
Short for Programmed Input/Output, a method of transferring data between two devices that uses the computer’s main processor as part of the data path. ATA uses PIO and defines the speed of the data transfer in terms of the PIO mode implemented, as shown below: PIO Mode Data Transfer Rate (MBps) Standard 0 3.3 ATA […]
Acronym for picture-in-picture, PIP is a feature on some televisions and most HDTV sets that allows you to see a second program inside a small window on your television, allowing you to watch two programs at once.