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Technology Terms

   A lexicon of technology terminology.


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Mainframe Mostly a mainframe is only a mainframe when compared to a desktop computer. It's bigger and much more powerful. Sometimes it's called a server or CPU.
Mb megabit
MB megabyte
Mb/s megabits per second
MB/s megabytes per second
Megabyte (MB) 1024 kilobytes. About a million bytes of space. Actually it's 2 raised to the 20th power or 1,048,576 bytes of space.
memory The temporary holding area where data is stored while it is being used or changed; the amount of RAM a computer has installed.
menu A list of program commands listed by topic.
menu bar The horizontal bar across the top of the screen that lists the menus.
MHz Megahertz
MIDI Music Instrument Digital Interface. It allows a computer to store and replay a musical instrument's output.
Modem An acronym for MOdulation and DEModulation. The words mean the changing of data from digital (computer language) to analog (phone line language) and then back again.
Mosaic The first Web browser--created by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)--to have a consistent interface for the Macintosh, Windows, and Unix environments.
MPEG Motion Picture Experts Group. A format to make, view, and transfer both digital audio and digital video files.
Multiplexer This is a piece of hardware that allows one item to take the place of several. An example would be using a multiplexer to allow 10 computers to attach where only one could before.
multitasking Running more than one application in memory at the same time.
NACS Netware Asynchronous Communication Services.
nanosecond One billionth of a second. ( or, the time between the theatrical release of a Dudley Moore film and the moment it begins to play on airplanes).
Network This a system that sends and receives data between computers.
Network Adapter This is the hardware that allows the computers that are part of a network to communicate with each other.