Refers to the ability of a computer system to automatically configure expansion boards and other devices. You should be able to plug in a device and play with it, without worrying about setting DIP switches, jumpers, and other configuration elements. Since the introduction of the NuBus, the Apple Macintosh has been a plug-and-play computer.
- plug compatible
Able to replace another product without any alterations. Two devices are said to be plug-compatible if either one can be plugged into the same interface. The term is also sometimes used to describe software modules that interface with an application in the same way.
(n.) A hardware or software module that adds a specific feature or service to a larger system. The idea is that the new component simply plugs in to the existing system. For example, there are number of plug-ins for the Netscape Navigator browser that enable it to display different types of audio or video messages. […]
- pluggable authentication module
A UNIX programming interface that enables third-party security methods to be used. By using PAM, multiple authentication technologies, such as RSA, DCE, Kerberos, smart card and S/Key, can be added without changing any of the login services, thereby preserving existing system environments.
Podcasting is similar in nature to RSS, which allows subscribers to subscribe to a set of feeds to view syndicated Web site content. With podcasting however, you have a set of subscriptions that are checked regularly for updates and instead of reading the feeds on your computer screen, you listen to the new content on […]
)(v) To move the pointer on a display screen to select an item. Graphical user interfaces, such as the Macintosh interface, are often called point-and-click interfaces because a user typically points to an object on the screen and then clicks a button on the mouse. (n) In typography, a point is about 1/72 of an […]