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  • April 26, 2007 26 Apr'07


    Incentivize is to offer a reward, such as money or a free vacation, in hopes of motivating an individual to perform a specific action, such as enter a contest or work longer hours without being paid.  Continue Reading

  • April 24, 2007 24 Apr'07

    superconducting quantum interference device

    A superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) is a mechanism used to measure extremely weak signals, such as subtle changes in the human body's electromagnetic energy field.  Continue Reading

  • April 18, 2007 18 Apr'07

    ownership tag

    An ownership tag is a security feature on Compaq computers, consisting of an encrypt ed text string that displays at startup to uniquely identify a computer.  Continue Reading

  • April 18, 2007 18 Apr'07

    bridge tap

    A bridge tap is an extraneous length of dangling, unterminated cable on a communications line, usually left over from an earlier configuration, that can cause impedance mismatches and other undesired effects in transmissions.  Continue Reading

  • April 16, 2007 16 Apr'07

    Linux Foundation

    The Linux Foundation is a consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, an open source alternative to the Unix operating system... (Continued)  Continue Reading

  • April 12, 2007 12 Apr'07

    tty command

    A tty command in Linux and other Unix-like operating systems is a shell command that can be entered interactively or as part of a script to determine whether the output for the script is a terminal (that is, to an interactive user) or to some other...  Continue Reading

  • April 10, 2007 10 Apr'07

    first law of thermodynamics

    Energy is neither created nor destroyed.  Continue Reading

  • April 06, 2007 06 Apr'07

    optical transceiver chip

    An optical transceiver chip is an integrated circuit (IC) that transmits and receives data using optical fiber rather than electrical wire.  Continue Reading

  • April 06, 2007 06 Apr'07

    Podcast: Understanding crowdsourcing

    This podcast defines and discusses crowdsourcing, the act of taking a function traditionally performed by an employee and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people using information technology. Crowdsourcing relies on a ...  Continue Reading

  • April 03, 2007 03 Apr'07

    programming language generations

    In the computer industry, these abbreviations are widely used to represent major steps or "generations" in the evolution of programming languages.  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 ...


  • 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.