by Joy Arrieta
It is a subset of a program that lets you run an application created
with that program. For example, some database programs (dBase and
FoxPro, for example) let you include a runtime version of the program
with the database applications you create so that people who don't
have your database program can still run your database application on
VRM or the "voltage regulator module for short is a small part in your
computer's motherboard (or main system board) that controls how much
voltage gets flowed to the microprocessor chip.
A heat sink is a device that is either built onto or attached to a
microprocessor chip to help keep the chip cool. Typically, a heat sink
looks like a series of spikes or fins rising out of the top of the
chip, which channel heat away from the chip. Occasionally, the device
takes the form of a fan that spins while the computer is on and blows
the hot air away from the chip.
Netcheque is a technology that enables individuals--more specifically,
registered Netcheque users--to write checks to one another via e-mail
or Web applications. The checks are "deposited" to a server, which
then authorizes a transfer from the writer's bank account to the
recipient's bank account.
Knowing full well that nobody wants to put nickel-and-dime charges on
a credit card, some intelligent folks came up with digital coins:
software "markers" you store in a "wallet" on your hard disk, which
you can use to pay for low-cost Web items (icons and other cheap
software, online game tokens, and so on).
IPP stands for "Internet Printing Protocol." It's a set of standards
for printing over the Internet--that is, for printing a file on your
computer to a printer via an Internet connection. Among other things,
Internet printing would enable you to print a document from your home
PC directly to a printer at work.
CAD or computer-aided design for short, is a kind of software used by
architects and engineers to design three-dimensional objects, like
cars, houses, light switches.
A light pen is a pen with a special tip that lets you select and move
objects on your computer screen by touching the pen tip directly to
the screen. Light pens are popular for giving presentations on huge,
TV-sized monitors. However, you don't see many light pens on people's
desks because they're not as comfortable to use as a mouse or a
WML stands for "wireless markup language." It is the language that
programmers use--or WILL use--to display Web content on an emerging
class of wireless devices, including smartphones, large-screen pagers,
and Web-ready personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Vertiport is the marketing term for a Web site that's focused on one
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