Dictionary of Computer Terms

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9780028637778: Dictionary of Computer Terms

The eighth edition of Webster's New World "TM" Dictionary of Computer Terms is fully revised and updated with new terms specific to the Internet and World Wide Web and with more than 4,000 of the most important computer terms, acronyms, and jargon.
-- Comprehensive definitions in a compact format, priced to sell
-- Clear tables detailing special reference information, such as label prefixes, hexadecimals, and video resolution

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One of the downsides of the Information Age is that the average citizen has been bombarded with acronyms and technical terms that were once only of concern to men in white labs coats. Even the daily newspapers routinely throw out terms such as "broadband" and "Java application" with only the most cursory of explanations.

Webster's New World Dictionary of Computer Termswill bring you up to date on such geek-speak. This handy reference guide covers everything from the most basic terms ("computer", "RAM", "modem") to phrases that only digerati types will ever need to know. You probably don't need to know what "write precompensation" refers to; if you do need to know, you probably already know it.

Most of Webster's definitions are helpful (finally, a reference source that adequately explains "middleware" and "keystroke buffer" in simple terms), but sometimes the descriptions themselves need clarifications. You'll only get vaguely closer to understanding what "cloud" means after reading its definition.

The danger with this type of reference guide, of course, is that newer terms crop up faster than it takes to browse through the book. Webster's keeps itself remarkably current--this is the eighth edition of the dictionary--so you'll find entries for "Jini" and "Windows 2000".

Whether a computer novice or an aficionado who likes to keep up to date on the latest jargon, Webster's New World Dictionary of Computer Terms will get you up to speed on the latest geek-speak. There's even an entry for "geek". --John Frederick Moore, Amazon.com

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