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  • absolute URL The Internet address of a page or other World Wide Web resource that includes the protocol and complete network location of the page or file. The absolute URL includes a protocol, such as "http," network location, and optional path and file name. For example, http://www.acme.com/welcome.html is an absolute URL. 
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  • ACPI Advanced Configuration and Power Interface. The Latest standard that specifies how PC laptop power can be efficiently managed. Features include activating devices only whan required and reducung clock speed when full processing power is not needed. 
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  • ActiveXa set of interactive technologies developed by Microsoft, combining OLE (Object Linking & Embedding) and COM (component object model). Unlike java ActiveX is not a programming language, but a set of instructions on how an object should be used. ActiveX controls can be downloaded from the internet, and run just like java applets. However, java will only interact with your web browser, while ActiveX controls can access your windows operating system. 
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  • ActiveX control A component that can be inserted in a page to provide functionality not directly available in HTML, such as animation sequences, credit-card transactions, or spreadsheet calculations. ActiveX controls can be implemented in a variety of programming languages from Microsoft and third parties. 
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  • active hyperlink A hyperlink that is currently selected in a Web browser. Some Web browsers indicate the active hyperlink by changing its color. 
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  • active page The page currently being edited in the FrontPage Editor. 


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  • address A paragraph style usually used to render addresses on a page or to supply signatures or other indications of authorship. Address paragraphs are usually displayed in italics and are sometimes indented. 
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  • ADSLasynchronus digital subscriber line. A permanently on, broadband connection to the internet using conventional phone lines. 
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  • afaik An abbreviation often typed and used in text messaging and or irc chat. means as far as I know. 
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  • aisb An abbreviation often typed and used in text messaging and or irc chat. means as it should be. 
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  • aka An abbreviation often typed and used in text messaging and or irc chat. means also known as. 
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  • anonymous FTP A file transfer (FTP) service in which any user can copy files by logging on with the name "anonymous."  
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  • ansi.sys Defines functions that display graphics, control cursor movement, and reasign keys. Usually loaded in your config.sys file."  
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  • ANTI ALIASING a technique used to adjust jagged diagonal lines and curves in images caused by false frequencies (aliases) to make them look smoother. This process is commonly used to improve the appearance of fonts.  
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  • application software Application software is a series of commands programmed to perform a specific function or application. For instance, Word Perfect is application software. It performs the task of processing documents 
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  • applet A general-purpose programming language created by Sun Microsystems. Java can be used to create Java applets. A Java program is downloaded from the Web server and interpreted by a program running on the machine containing the Web browser. Applets cannot be activated from an operating system. 
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  • API application program interface. A common interface that allows programs to make use of services provided by the operating system or other applications. Winsock for example, is an API that allows Windows and other applications to talk to TCP/IP for internet access.  
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  • APPLICATION a software program such as a word processor, spread sheet, web browser or even a game, that is designed for a specific purpose. 
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  • ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) The predominant method for encoding 7-bit characters on a personal computer. HTML tags and URLs must be in ASCII. The FrontPage Editor generates these elements automatically. Also the transformation of characters into a picture format. Used in viewing sending messaging for fun, across IRC chat. 
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  • authentication database A database on a server that matches user names to passwords. 
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  • afk An abbreviation often typed and used in text messaging and or irc chat. means away from keyboard. 
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  • AGP Accelerated Graphics Port. An expansion slot linked directly to the Motherboard's system bus enabling high performance graphics. AGP graphic cards can access system memory directly, as well as using their own video memory. AGP 2X has a peak Transfer rate of 512mbps (megabytes per second) while the latest AGP 4X runs at 1.1gbps (gigabytes per second). 
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  • ATAPI The attachment packet interface is an extension to the EIDE interface specification that additionaly supports CD-ROM and tape drives. 
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  • AVI audio video interleave. Designed by Microsoft to combine audio and video in a single track or frame to keep them synchronised. Files can be compressed using various audio and video coders (coder/decoder). 
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