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Abandonware Also known as Abandon Warez, abandonware is a type of software developed several years ago that is no longer being produced, sold, or supported and is considered to be abandoned. However, although many of these programs appear to be abandoned or the companies that developed them are out of business, downloading and installing abandonware is illegal.
Access light Also known as the activity light, the access light is a LED on the front of a computer and/or disk drive that indicates when the computer or disk drive is being used.
Aggro In addition to in-game creatures aggro is also often used in chat and games to describe real-life aggro. For example, a player might say "parent aggro" or "gf aggro" as a way to let others communicating with that user that they need to log off or step away because their parents or girlfriend is giving them grief about being in the game or chatting.
AIMBOT Program / Software tool used with first person shooting games to help the player shoot more efficiently, commonly automatically aiming their gun to the enemy. Because this helps the user shoot more accurately with less skill, this is considered cheating when used. Various programs are available to help detect or not allow players to use Aimbots. One commonly used program is PunkBuster.
Alias Also known as a nick or handle, an alias is an alternative name for a computer, object, person, group, or user. Usually used to replace long names or to keep your own name private.
Anamorphic When referring to DVD movies, anamorphic is an ability that enables a DVD to automatically increase its size to match that of the TV the movie is being displayed on. This allows for better resolution and a better viewing experience. Most DVDs that support this feature will be labeled as Anamorphic Widescreen.
Applet A small Java application that is downloaded by an ActiveX or Java-enabled web browser. Once it has been downloaded, the applet will run on the users computer. Common applets include financial calculators and web drawing programs.
Application Computer software that performs a task or set of tasks, such as word processing or drawing. Applications are also referred to as programs.
Archived A file that contains one or more compressed files. Most archive formats are also capable of storing folders in order to reconstruct the file/folder relationship when decompressed.
ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange, an encoding system for converting keyboard characters and instructions into the binary number code that the computer understands.
ATA Advanced Technology Attachment. A computer disk drive interface standard.
ATAPI Short for AT Attachment Packet Interface, ATAPI is an extension to ATA that allows support for devices such as CD-ROM drives, Tape drives and other computer peripherals and not just hard disk drives. Before the release of ATA-4 or ATAPI-4, ATAPI was a separate standard from ATA. Additional information about ATA, ATAPI and other computer interfaces can be found on our Interface Page.
Audio CD Also commonly known as a music CD, an audio CD is any compact disc that contains audio tracks that enable the user to listen to music, speeches, books on tape, or any type of audio.
AutoPlay Also known as autorun, AutoPlay is a feature that was first introduced in Microsoft Windows 95 and above that enables CDs that have the proper files to automatically run when inserted into the computer. This feature enables for a much easier setup and/or program execution because the program developer can easily start the installation of a program or create a menu that is automatically displayed when the CD is inserted.

 

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