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  1. cache (Score: 0)
    In programming, an area of memory specifically used to store information to speed access to that information.
  2. cache memory (Score: 0)
    Also called just cache. High-speed memory usually placed between a CPU and main memory. cache memory holds r...
  3. card (Score: 0)
    A printed circuit board inserted into the expansion bus that expands the functionality of the system such as a {hard dis...
  4. caret (Score: 0)
    The character ^, often used to represent the beginning on a line or a negation.
  5. carriage return (Score: 0)
    The keyboard key usually labelled 'Return' or 'Enter'. At the command line, a carriage return instructs the system t...
  6. carrier (Score: 0)
    Signal used as a reference point from which frequency changes are measures. These frequency changes are the actual data....
  7. CCITT (Score: 0)
    Comite Consultatif International Telegraphique et Telephoneique.
  8. CD-ROM (Score: 0)
    A read-only optical storage media that uses the same technology as music CDs.
  9. Central Processing Unit (Score: 0)
    CPU. The primary chip or processor in a computer. The CPU reads and executes the machine's instructions and make...
  10. CGA (Score: 0)
    Colour Graphics Adapter. An old version of video card.
  11. CGI (Score: 0)
    Common Gateway Interface. Interface by which web pages communicate with programs on the server.
  12. chain (Score: 0)
    Term used to describe the connection between different layers in a network.
  13. character (Score: 0)
    A number, letter, punctuation mark or other symbol that can be displayed by pressing a key on the keyboard.
  14. character device (Score: 0)
    A hardware device that is accessed with no buffering within the operating system. Although such device can be re...
  15. chat script (Score: 0)
    A set of Expect-Reply pairs used by certain communication protocols, such as UUCP and PPP, to log into a remote system...
  16. checksum (Score: 0)
    A value that is calculated based on the bytes within a file. Some checksums are dependent on the order of the bytes ...
  17. child process (Score: 0)
    The process created when one process (the parent) calls the fork() system call.
  18. CISC (Score: 0)
    Complex Instruction Set Computer. The opposite of RISC, a processor which supports a large number of often complex ass...
  19. class (Score: 0)
    The description given to computer networks depending on what portion of their IP address is the network and which ...
  20. clean (Score: 0)
    The state of a data object when it has not had its contents altered. 'Dirty' buffers or pages can be marked clean when t...
  21. client (Score: 0)
    The process or machine that is using a particular resource that is provided by a server. In X-Windows, a client is...
  22. client-server model (Score: 0)
    A model in which some components act as servers that provide resources or services, and other components act as {clien...
  23. clock tick (Score: 0)
    The term used for an interrupt received at regular intervals from the programmable interrupt timer or clock. Clock tic...
  24. CMOS (Score: 0)
    Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor. Technically, any chip that uses the CMOS technology, but more commonly used to ...
  25. COM port (Score: 0)
    Common term for a serial port. Although this is actually the DOS term, it is used often. The term comes from 'communic...
  26. command (Score: 0)
    A set of words or characters that is interpreted by an operating system as a request for it to perform an action.
  27. command alias (Score: 0)
    An alternate name for a command.
  28. command argument (Score: 0)
    Subsequent information passed to a command. This normally refers to information (such as the name of a file) that need...
  29. command flags (Score: 0)
    Arguments passed to a command that change its behaviour.
  30. command line (Score: 0)
    The place on your screen, usually indicated by a prompt, where a user input commands. May also refer to the string o...
  31. command line interpreter (Score: 0)
    A program that accepts and reacts to a command line.
  32. command options (Score: 0)
    Arguments passed to a command that change its behaviour.
  33. command substitution (Score: 0)
    When used in a command, the output of the command enclosed in back-ticks is substituted into the command line be...
  34. compile (Score: 0)
    The process of taking the source code for a program and converting it into instructions that a computer understands....
  35. Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (Score: 0)
    CMOS. Technically any chip that uses the CMOS technology, but more commonly used to refer to a special chip that retains...
  36. Complex Instruction Set Computer (Score: 0)
    CISC. The opposite of RISC, a processor which supports a large number of often complex assembly instructions. The X86 ...
  37. compression (Score: 0)
    The process of encoding data to reduce space. Typically repeated information is replaced with smaller, encoded units...
  38. contention (Score: 0)
    Two or more devices, processes, etc. requesting a system resource at the same time. For example, when two device...
  39. context (Score: 0)
    The set of data, including the CPU register values and uarea, that describe the state of a process.
  40. context switch (Score: 0)
    The process by which a system changes from a current or active process to another.
  41. control character (Score: 0)
    A character that has an ASCII value of less than 32. These are often created by pressing the 'Ctrl' key along with ano...
  42. control key (Score: 0)
    The key marked CTRL on most keyboards. It modifies the value sent by another key when both are pressed at the same tim...
  43. core dump (Score: -1)
    The contents of a program's memory written to the hard disk when it terminates abnormally.
  44. corrupt (Score: 0)
    An object which is damaged or has otherwise lost integrity. Generally used to refer to files or storage media.
  45. CPU (Score: 0)
    Central Processing Unit. The primary chip or processor in a computer. The CPU reads and executes the machine's ins...
  46. cpu privilege level (Score: 0)
    The level of access a process has while running. This essentially determines what memory and hardware can be acces...
  47. crack (Score: 0)
    Term used to describe the process or act of gaining unauthorized access, typically to a computer or data.
  48. crash (Score: 1)
    An abnormal shutdown of the computer or application. Often this exhibits itself as the system 'freezing'. May also cause...
  49. cron (Score: 0)
    Subsystem which executes predefined programs at specified intervals.
  50. cross-over cable (Score: 0)
    A serial cable in which the transmit pin on one end of the cable goes to the receive pin on the other end and vice-ver...
  51. Ctrl (Score: 0)
    Control key on your keyboard. Pressing it along with other keys is used to send control characters.
  52. current working directory (Score: 0)
    The directory that the system accesses when no paths are given. The current directory can also be specified as . or ...
  53. cursor (Score: 0)
    The symbolic indicator of where input is being accepted. It is usually displayed as a box, an underline, an I-shaped {...
  54. cylinder (Score: 0)
    The set of all tracks on a hard disk that are equidistant from the centre of the disk.


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