Acronyms
The computing world is full of acronyms; indeed, the joke goes that TLA is a Three Letter Acronym.

This is a page of some of the acronyms I am familiar with (not all by any means) ... just click the lettered buttons. Think of it as a simple way to get a vague idea of what those danged computer people are wittering on about.

[ A ]

  • ACL: Access Control List
  • AD: Active Directory
  • ADSL: Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line

[ B ]

  • BASH: Bourne-again shell (Linux usually)
  • BASIC: Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
  • BBS: Bulletin Board System
  • BIOS: Basic Input Output System
  • BPS: bits per second
  • BSOD: Blue Screen of Death

[ C ]

  • CAD: Computer-Aided Design
  • CD-ROM: CD Read-Only Memory
  • CD-RW: CD-Rewritable
  • CPU: Central Processing Unit
  • CRLF: Carriage Return Line Feed
  • CSS: Cascading Style Sheets
  • CSV: Comma-Separated Values

[ D ]

  • DB: Database
  • DBA: Database Administrator
  • DHCP: Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
  • DIMM: Dual Inline Memory Module
  • DLL: Dynamic Link Library
  • DNS: Domain Name System
  • DOA: Dead on Arrival
  • DOS: Denial of Service
  • DRM: Digital Rights Management
  • DTP: Desktop Publishing
  • DVD: Digital Versatile Disc
  • DVD-R: DVD-Recordable
  • DVD-RW: DVD-Rewritable

[ E ]

  • E-MAIL: Electronic mail
  • EULA: End User License Agreement
  • EXT: EXTended file system

[ F ]

  • FAT: File Allocation Table
  • FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
  • FDD: Floppy Disk Drive
  • FLOPS: Floating-Point Operations Per Second
  • FTP: File Transfer Protocol
  • FYI: For Your Information

[ G ]

  • Gb: Gigabit
  • GB: Gigabyte
  • GIF: Graphics Interchange Format
  • GIMP: GNU Image Manipulation Program
  • GNU: GNU's Not Unix
  • GPL: General Public License
  • GUI: Graphical User Interface

[ H ]

  • HDD: Hard Disk Drive
  • HCL: Hardware Compatibility List
  • HDMI: High-Definition Multimedia Interface
  • HP: Hewlett-Packard
  • HTML: Hypertext Markup Language
  • HTTP: Hypertext Transfer Protocol
  • HTTPS: HTTP Secure
  • HZ: Hertz

[ I ]

  • IBM: International Business Machines
  • ICT: Information and Communication Technology
  • IDE: Integrated Drive Electronics
  • IIS: Internet Information Services
  • IM: Instant Messaging
  • IMAP: Internet Message Access Protocol
  • I/O: Input/output
  • IoT: Internet of Things
  • IP: Internet Protocol
  • IPv4: Internet Protocol version 4
  • IPv6: Internet Protocol version 6
  • I/F: Interface
  • ISO: International Organization for Standardization
  • ISP: Internet Service Provider
  • IT: Information Technology

[ J ]

  • JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group
  • JS: JavaScript
  • JSE: Java Standard Edition

[ K ]

  • Kb: Kilobit
  • KB: Kilobyte
  • KDE: K Desktop Environment
  • kHz: Kilohertz
  • KVM: Keyboard, Video, Mouse

[ L ]

  • LAMP: Linux Apache MySQL PHP
  • LAN: Local Area Network
  • LCD: Liquid Crystal Display
  • LED: Light-Emitting Diode
  • LFS: Linux From Scratch
  • LGA: Land Grid Array

[ M ]

  • MAC: Media Access Control
  • Mb: Megabit
  • MB: Megabyte
  • MBR: Master Boot Record
  • MHz: Megahertz
  • MIDI: Musical Instrument Digital Interface
  • MMORPG: Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game
  • MMC: Microsoft Management Console
  • MOV: Apple QuickTime Multimedia File
  • MPEG: Motion Pictures Experts Group
  • MS: Microsoft
  • MSN: Microsoft Network
  • MS-DOS: Microsoft DOS

[ N ]

  • NAS: Network-Attached Storage
  • NAT: Network Address Translation
  • NFS: Network File System
  • NIC: Network Interface Controller
  • NTFS: NT Filesystem
  • NTP: Network Time Protocol

[ O ]

  • OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer
  • OS: Operating System

[ P ]

  • P2P: Peer-To-Peer
  • PC: Personal Computer
  • PCIe: PCI Express
  • PCMCIA: Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
  • PD: Public Domain
  • PDA: Personal Digital Assistant
  • PDF: Portable Document Format
  • PGP: Pretty Good Privacy
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • PNG: Portable Network Graphics
  • PnP: Plug-and-Play
  • POP3: Post Office Protocol v3
  • POST: Power-On Self Test
  • PPC: PowerPC
  • PPI: Pixels Per Inch
  • PPP: Point-to-Point Protocol
  • PPPoA: PPP over ATM
  • PPPoE: PPP over Ethernet
  • PPTP: Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol
  • PSU: Power Supply Unit

[ Q ]

  • QA: Quality Assurance
  • QoS: Quality of Service

[ R ]

  • RAID: Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks
  • RAM: Random Access Memory
  • RDP: Remote Desktop Protocol
  • RFC: Request For Comments
  • RGB: Red, Green, Blue

[ S ]

  • SATA: Serial ATA
  • SD: Secure Digital
  • SEO: Search Engine Optimization
  • SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
  • SNMP: Simple Network Management Protocol
  • SOHO: Small Office/Home Office
  • SP: Service Pack
  • SQL: Structured Query Language
  • SSD: Solid-State Drive
  • SSH: Secure Shell
  • SWF: Shock Wave Flash

[ T ]

  • TB: TeraByte
  • TCP/IP: Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
  • TSR: Terminate and Stay Resident
  • TTF: TrueType Font
  • TWAIN: Technology Without An Interesting Name

[ U ]

  • UAC: User Account Control
  • UPS: Uninterruptible Power Supply
  • URL: Uniform Resource Locator
  • USB: Universal Serial Bus

[ V ]

  • VB: Visual Basic
  • VBA: Visual Basic for Applications
  • VBS: Visual Basic Script
  • VESA: Video Electronics Standards Association
  • VGA: Video Graphics Adapter
  • VHF: Very High Frequency
  • VLF: Very Low Frequency
  • VM: Virtual Machine
  • VoIP: Voice over Internet Protocol
  • VPN: Virtual Private Network

[ W ]

  • W3C: World Wide Web Consortium
  • WAN: Wide Area Network
  • WAP: Wireless Access Point
  • WiFi: Wireless Fidelity
  • WLAN: Wireless Local Area Network
  • WMA: Windows Media Audio
  • WMV: Windows Media Video
  • WWW: World Wide Web
  • WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get

[ X ]

  • XML: eXtensible Markup Language

[ Y ]

  • N/A: Not Applicable

[ Z ]

  • N/A: Not Applicable
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