Short for run length limited, an encoding scheme used to store data on newer PC hard disks. RLL produces fast data access times and increases a disk’s storage capacity over the older encoding scheme called MFM (modified frequency modulation).
Technically, any disk drive can use MFM, RLL, or some other encoding scheme. The one used depends on the integrate disk controller within the disk drive.
- Returned Materials Authorization (RMA)
(pronounced as separate letters) Short for returned materials (or merchandise) authorization, an alphanumeric identifier used by hardware manufacturers that indicates a user has been authorized by a company representative to return a product to the manufacturer for repair or refund. An RMA is similar to a tracking number in that it identifies a transaction, and […]
Short for Remote Method Invocation, a set of protocols being developed by Sun’s JavaSoft division that enables Java objects to communicate remotely with other Java objects. RMI is a relatively simple protocol, but unlike more complex protocols such as CORBA and DCOM, it works only with Java objects. CORBA and DCOM are designed to support […]
Short for remote monitoring, a network management protocol that allows network information to be gathered at a single workstation. Whereas SNMP gathers network data from a single type of Management Information Base (MIB), RMON 1 defines nine additional MIBs that provide a much richer set of data about network usage. For RMON to work, network […]
Acronym for Root Mean Square. RMS is the process used to determine the average power outputof the speakers over a long period of time. RMS is derived from an equation which produces the most mathematically accurate measure of a speaker’s power output. The RMS value is often seen listed as “watts RMS” on product packaging. […]
(pronounced as a single word) Short for remote office, branch office ROBO is a term used to refer to any off-site office that connects to the organization’s WLAN or LAN externally.