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  • November 22, 2005 22 Nov'05


    A coprocessor is a special set of circuits in a microprocessor chip that is designed to manipulate numbers or perform some other specialized function more quickly than the basic microprocessor circuits could perform the same task.  Continue Reading

  • November 16, 2005 16 Nov'05


    Pong is said to have been both the first coin-operated arcade game and the first popular home video game.  Continue Reading

  • November 11, 2005 11 Nov'05

    Tim Berners-Lee

    Tim Berners-Lee is the creator of the World Wide Web and director of the coordinating body for Web development, the W3C. Berners-Lee credits Vint Cerf and Bob Khan (who defined the Internet protocol (IP) that allows computers to exchange packets of ...  Continue Reading

  • November 09, 2005 09 Nov'05


    MEPIS (pronounced MEHP-us) is a Linux distribution that includes the K Desktop Environment (KDE) based on the Trolltech Qt toolkit and also includes an anti-virus program known as ClamAV. MEPIS was originally released in 2003 by Warren Woodford, who...  Continue Reading

  • November 09, 2005 09 Nov'05


    Firestarter is an open source firewall program for personal computers and servers that support Linux kernels 2.4 and 2.6.  Continue Reading

  • November 09, 2005 09 Nov'05

    System V (System 5)

    System V (System 5) was an early form of the Unix operating system, originally developed by AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph). The first release, Release 1 (SVR1), appeared in 1983. Release 2 (SVR2) followed in 1984, Release 3 (SVR3) in 1987, ...  Continue Reading

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05


    Superscalar describes a microprocessor design that makes it possible for more than one instruction at a time to be executed during a single clock cycle.  Continue Reading

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05

    sequential consistency

    In computers, sequential consistency is best defined by its inventor, Leslie Lamport, who declared that a multiprocessing system had sequential consistency if:".  Continue Reading

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05

    Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service)

    Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) was a mainframe time-sharing operating system that was developed in the 1963-1969 period through the collaboration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), General Electric (GE), and...  Continue Reading

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05

    POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface)

    POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) is a set of standard operating system interfaces based on the Unix operating system.  Continue Reading

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05


    In general usage, zap (noun) is spiciness, kick, or a powerful force.  Continue Reading

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05


    In computers, a utility is a small program that provides an addition to the capabilities provided by the operating system.  Continue Reading

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05


    In computers, an emulator is a hardware device or a program that pretends to be another particular device or program that other components expect to interact with.  Continue Reading

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    core dump

    A core dump is the printing or the copying to a more permanent medium (such as a hard disk) the contents of random access memory (RAM) at one moment in time.  Continue Reading

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    flat file system

    A flat file system is a system of files in which every file in the system must have a different name.  Continue Reading

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    glass house

    Glass house is a term for centralized computing in an enterprise and the mindset of those who plan and administer it.  Continue Reading

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    computer operator

    A computer operator is the person responsible for monitoring and controlling computer systems especially mainframe computer systems in a company or organization.  Continue Reading

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05


    In programming, code (noun) is a term used for both the statements written in a particular programming language - the source code, and a term for the source code after it has been processed by a compiler and made ready to run in the computer - the ...  Continue Reading



  • risk map (risk heat map)

    A risk map, also known as a risk heat map, is a data visualization tool for communicating specific risks an organization faces. A...

  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...


  • cloud ecosystem

    A cloud ecosystem is a complex system of interdependent components that all work together to enable cloud services.

  • cloud services

    Cloud services is an umbrella term that may refer to a variety of resources provided over the internet, or to professional ...

  • uncloud (de-cloud)

    The term uncloud describes the action or process of removing applications and data from a cloud computing platform.


  • federated identity management (FIM)

    Federated identity management (FIM) is an arrangement that can be made among multiple enterprises to let subscribers use the same...

  • cross-site scripting (XSS)

    Cross-site scripting (XSS) is a type of injection security attack in which an attacker injects data, such as a malicious script, ...

  • firewall

    In computing, a firewall is software or firmware that enforces a set of rules about what data packets will be allowed to enter or...




  • bad block

    A bad block is an area of storage media that is no longer reliable for storing and retrieving data because it has been physically...

  • all-flash array (AFA)

    An all-flash array (AFA), also known as a solid-state storage disk system, is an external storage array that uses only flash ...

  • volume manager

    A volume manager is software within an operating system (OS) that controls capacity allocation for storage arrays.


  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.