Short for Windows Internet Naming Service, a system that determines the IP address associated with a particular network computer. This is called name resolution. WINS supports network client and server computers running Windows and can provide name resolution for other computers with special arrangements. Determining the IP address for a computer is a complex process when DHCPservers assign IP addresses dynamically. For example, it is possible for DHCP to assign a different IP address to a client each time the machine logs on to the network.
WINS uses a distributed database that is automatically updated with the names of computers currently available and the IP address assigned to each one.
DNSis an alternative system for name resolution suitable for network computers with fixed IP addresses.
Short for Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointing device, the type of user interface made famous by the Macintosh computer and later imitated by the Windows operating systems. Most people now use the term GUI (graphical user interface) to refer to this type of interface, but it’s important to note that when the first GUIs were […]
- WIPO treaties
International treaties, signed in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1996, designed to bring uniformity to international copyright law. The purpose of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among states and, where appropriate, in collaboration with any other international organization, and to ensure administrative cooperation […]
Short for wireless ISP, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that offers services Internet connection services to subscribers using a wireless connection.
- Fixed Wireless (Wireless Local Loop)
Fixed wireless refers to wireless devices or systems that are situated in fixed locations, such as an office or home, as opposed to devices that are mobile, such as smartphones and tablets. Fixed wireless devices normally derive their electrical power from utility mains, as opposed to portable wireless devices that normally derive their power from […]
Short for Windows Media Audio, a Microsoft file format for encoding digital audio files similar to MP3 though can compress files at a higher rate than MP3. WMA files, which use the “.wma” file extension, can be of any size compressed to match many different connection speeds, or bandwidths.