Refers to a device that is self-contained, one that does not require any other devices to function. For example, a fax machine is a stand-alone device because it does not require a computer, printer, modem, or other device. A printer, on the other hand, is not a stand-alone device because it requires a computer to feed it data.
A definition or format that has been approved by a recognized standards organization or is accepted as a de facto standard by the industry. Standards exist for programming languages, operating systems, data formats, communications protocols, and electrical interfaces. From a user’s standpoint, standards are extremely important in the computer industry because they allow the combination […]
- standard input
The place from which input comes unless you specify a different input device. The standard input device is usually the keyboard.
- standard output
The place where output goes unless you specify a different output device. The standard output device is usually the display screen.
- standard parallel port
Abbreviated as SPP, another name for a parallel port.
- Star Network
)A local-area network (LAN) that uses a star topology in which all nodes are connected to a central computer. The main advantages of a star network is that one malfunctioning node doesn’t affect the rest of the network, and it’s easy to add and remove nodes. The main disadvantage of star networks is that they […]