Streaming or media streaming is a technique for transferring data so that it can be processed as a steady and continuous stream. Streaming technologies are becoming increasingly important with the growth of the Internet because most users do not have fast enough access to download large multimedia files quickly. With streaming, the client browser or plug-in can start displaying the data before the entire file has been transmitted.
For streaming to work, the client side receiving the data must be able to collect the data and send it as a steady stream to the application that is processing the data and converting it to sound or pictures. This means that if the streaming client receives the data more quickly than required, it needs to save the excess data in a buffer. If the data doesn’t come quickly enough, however, the presentation of the data will not be smooth.
There are a number of competing streaming technologies emerging. For audio data on the Internet, the de facto standard is Progressive Network’s RealAudio.
A method of highlighting text by drawing a horizontal line through the characters. This text, for example, has strikeout formatting. Many word processors support edit modes in which deleted sections are displayed with strikeouts. This is particularly effective in workgroups where two or more people are editing the same document. Strikeout is also called strikethrough.
The term used to describe the process of distributing data across several storage devices to improve performance.
See disk striping.
- strong password
(strâng pas´wërd) (n.) A password that is difficult to detect by both humans and computer programs, effectively protecting data from unauthorized access. A strong password consists of at least six characters (and the more characters, the stronger the password) that are a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (@, #, $, %, etc.) if allowed. […]
- structural hazard
In processing, the phenomenon when a planned instruction cannot execute in the proper clock cycle, or clock tick, because the hardware it is running on cannot support the combination of instructions that are set to execute in the given clock cycle, causing resource conflicts. For example, a structural hazard would occur if a processor tried […]