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1. SAP:
SAP, started in 1972 by five former IBM employees in Mannheim, Germany, states that it is the world's largest inter- enterprise software company and the world's fourth-largest independent software supplier, overall.
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2. static IP address/dynamic IP address:
A static IP address is a number (in the form of a dotted quad) that is assigned to a computer by an Internet service provider (ISP) to be its permanent address on the Internet. When the Internet was first conceived, the architects didn't foresee the need for an unlimited number of IP addresses. Consequently, there are not enough IP numbers to go around. To solve this problem, temporary (dynamic) IP addresses are sometimes assigned.
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3. chat and text messaging abbreviations:
Many of these abbreviations go back to the days of the Usenet and bulletin board systems, even the telegraph. However, newer ones are constantly arising for circumstances that were not foreseen back in the day.
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4. 3G:
We're seeing 3G devices in the marketplace but what does that mean, exactly? 3G refers to the third generation of developments in wireless technology, especially mobile communications. The third generation, as its name suggests, follows the first generation (1G) and second generation (2G) in wireless communications.
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5. Mathematical Symbols:
As you'll see, the null symbol is pretty familiar from anywhere you're not allowed to do something. But there's a lot more -- the symbol for infinity, a symbol for approximately equal -- even an existential quantifier.
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6. TCP/IP:
TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) is the basic communication language or protocol of the Internet or a private network, such as an intranet or an extranet. TCP/IP is a two-layer program. The higher layer, TCP, assembles a message or file into smaller packets that are transmitted over the Internet and reassembled into the original message.
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7. kilo, mega, giga, tera, peta and all that:
A perennial favorite, this table provides comparisons of quantifications of storage volume and other things. How big is an exabyte, for example? As a reader recently commented, an exabyte could store 50,000 years worth of high-quality video content. Kilo, mega, giga, tera, and peta are among the list of prefixes that are used to denote the quantity of something, such as, in computing and telecommunications, a byte or a bit.
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8. proxy server:
A proxy server intermediates between a workstation and the Internet to improve security, administrative control and caching service. A proxy server is associated with a gateway server that separates the enterprise network from the outside network and a firewall server that protects the enterprise network from outside intrusion.
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9. CRM:
Spending's tight and customer relationship management is more important than it's ever been. CRM includes all the methodologies, software and technologies that help an enterprise manage customer relationships in an organized way.
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10. systems development life cycle:
SDLC is a conceptual model that describes the stages involved in an information system development project, from an initial feasibility study through maintenance of the completed application.
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