A type of file that contains other files that have been compressed (typically through a ZIP program) for more efficient transfer of the data. The self-extracting file contains within it the program software needed to “unzip” the file and execute the intended application. The end user, therefore, does not need any special software to execute the file. Simply executing the file (which typically involves saving the files on a computer��s hard drive) will unzip the data and run the application.
Self-extracting files, which typically end with the .EXE file extension, are commonly used to transfer large data files efficiently. For example, a software upgrade will often come in the form of a self-extracting file that a user can download from the Internet or detach from an e-mail and execute. Self-extracting files typically can be deleted once they have been executed.
- self-garbling virus
A type of computer virus that will attempt to hide from an antivirus program by garbling its own code. When a self-garbling virus propagates it will change the encoding of its own code to trick antivirus programs and stay hidden on the computer system.
In linguistics, the study of meanings. In computer science, the term is frequently used to differentiate the meaning of an instruction from its format. The format, which covers the spelling of language components and the rules controlling how components are combined, is called the language’s syntax. For example, if you misspell a command, it is […]
- Split Multi-Link Trunking
Split Multi-Link Trunking (SMLT) is an improvement over Multi-Link Trunking (MLT), a method of link aggregation that allows multiple Ethernet links to be aggregated together, and handled as a single logical trunk. SMLT is the splitting of member links in a normal MLT trunk from an end device across two devices. These devices synchronize state […]
In Northbridge/Southbridge chipset architecture designs, the Southbridge is the chip that controls all of the computers I/O functions, such as USB, audio, serial, the system BIOS, the ISA bus, the interrupt controller and the IDE channels. In other words, all of the functions of a processor except memory, PCI and AGP. The Southbridge chip is […]
An Unix-based operating environment developed by Sun Microsystems. Originally developed to run on Sun’s SPARC workstations, Solaris now runs on many workstations from other vendors. Solaris includes the SunOS operating system and a windowing system (either OpenWindows or CDE). Solaris currently supports multithreading, symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), integrated TCP/IP networking, and centralized network administration. A Wabi […]