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Local system


The system you are using. Interactions between your computer and another computer on the Internet are sometimes described using the terms "local" and "remote" systems. The local system is your computer and the remote system is the other computer.
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EBCDIC


Extended Binary-Coded Decimal Interchange Code. A standard character-to-number encoding used primarily by IBM computer systems. See ASCII.
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Encryption


A way of coding information in a file or e-mail message so that if it is intercepted by a third party as it travels over a network it cannot be read.
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external viewer


Program used for presenting graphics, audio and movies while browsing World Wide Web pages via a Web client program. Helper applications is another term for these external programs.
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hypermedia


Describes hypertext in which various types of data can be stored - sound, images, video and so on - as regular text.
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Jaggies


See aliasing.
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VOD


Video On Demand.
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Workstation


A networked personal computing device with more power than a standard IBM PC or Macintosh. Typically, a workstation has an operating system such as UNIX that is capable of running several tasks at the same time. It has several megabytes of memory and a large high-resolution display.
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ABI/Inform


A database of articles in more than 800 business-related periodicals and specialty publications since 1986.
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abi/inform


A database of articles in more than 800 business-related periodicals and specialty publications since 1986.
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