Computing
Glossary of Terminology

Look below for a guide to the various computing and technology terms, jargon and buzzwords.

The following downloadable versions are also available:

Glossary of Terminology  [PDF]

ADSL

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line

Bluetooth

Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth

C

A high-level programming language

DOS/MS-DOS

Disk Operating System, a program that runs independently of Windows and is responsible for controlling disk drives, organising data and memory resources

Email

Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-mail

Extranet

A private network, separate from an intranet

FAX

Facsimile

ICT

Information and Communications Technology

ISDN

Integrated Services Digital Network

JAVA

LAN

Local Area Network

LINUX

An operating system

MP3

MPEG 1 Layer 3

QWERTY

The normal typewriter keyboard

SDSL

Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line

SMS

Short Message Service

UNIX

An operating system

VoIP

Voice Over Internet Protocol.  Also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/voip

WAN

Wide Area Network

WLAN

Wireless Local Area Network

Zip

A type of compressed file that requires a special program (WinZip etc) to expand or decompress the file

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