Short for persistent URL, a type of URL that acts as an intermediary for a real URL of a Web resource. When you enter a PURL in a browser, the browser sends the page request to a PURL server which then returns the real URL of the page. PURLs are persistent because once a PURL is established, it never needs to change. The real address of the web page may change but the PURL remains the same.
PURLs are managed by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).
Short for permanent virtual circuit, a virtual circuit that is permanently available. The only difference between a PVC and a switched virtual circuit (SVC) is that an SVC must be reestablished each time data is to be sent. Once the data has been sent, the SVC disappears. PVCs are more efficient for connections between hosts […]
Short for player versus player PVP is a type of video or computer games in which the in-game combat takes place between two human players (gamers) rather than a player and a computer controlled opponent.
- Personal Video Recorder (PVR - PTR)
Short for personal video recorder, PVR is a generic term for a device that is similar to a VCR but records television data in digital format as opposed to the VCR’s analog format. VCRs utilize analog tapes to record and play programs broadcast over television, but PVRs encode video data in MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 formats […]
(1) Short for personal Web server, a generic term for a Web server that is used to host Web page files for an individual. (2) When capitalized as Personal Web Server, the name of Microsoft��s Web server program for individuals hosting Web page files from a personal computer. Personal Web Server is a smaller-scale version […]
- Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE)
Short for Pre-Boot Execution Environment. Pronounced pixie, PXE is one of the components of Intel’s WfM specification. It allows a workstation to boot from a server on a network prior to booting the operating system on the local hard drive. A PXE-enabled workstation connects its NIC to the LAN via a jumper, which keeps the […]