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tab
a dialog box component that is used to switch between different sets of data
table of contents
a word-processing software feature which can automatically generate a table of contents for a document
table
used to refer to data held in a database in a conceptual schema which is a flat two-dimensional table
tablet
a mobile computer consisting of a screen only, and controlled by touching the screen
tag
a label used in a markup language such as HTML; attached to a piece of text to mark the start or the end of a particular function
tape drive
a device on which a magnetic tape is mounted in order that information may be transmitted from the tape to the memory of the computer or vice versa
tape
a magnetic storage medium commonly used for storing backup files
task manager
program used to provide information about the processes and programs running on a computer
taskbar
a desktop component that indicates what programs are currently being used and allows the user to switch between them
TCP/IP
the official set of standards for determining the form of the signals used for transmitting data on the Internet
technophobic
having a fear or strong dislike of technology and technological devices
telecommunications engineer
a person who works with systems concerned with communications over long distances
telecommunications
branch of technology concerned with communications over long distances
telecommute
to communicate with your office by computer, telephone and fax while working a distance from your office, e.g. at home
telephony
the science of audio communication through electric devices, also commonly referring software that will make a computer act like a telephone
teletext
a text-based information service provided by television companies using part of the TV signal and visible on sets with suitable decoders
teller machine
a machine used for taking payments in large shops and supermarkets
telnet, acronym for teletype network
an Internet service that allows a user to connect to a multi-user server using a computer as a terminal
template
a preset format for a document or file, a pre-shaped pattern used as a guide for creating a new document of file
temporary file
a file generated by an application and deleted automatically by the application that created it when the file is no longer required
term license
a type of software agreement wherein the customer pays maintenance fees for use of the software over a specified term and, unless the license is renewed, has no right to use the software after the term expires
terminal adapter
a device for connecting an ISDN system to an existing telephone line
terminal
a VDU screen and keyboard used to interact with a computer, usually with no computing capacity of its own
test suite
a set of sentences or phrases in a given language designed to test the effectiveness of a machine translation system
text editor
a computer program for editing basic data or program text, i.e. like a basic wordprocessor
texture mapping
a method for adding detail, surface texture (a bitmap or raster image) or color to a computer-generated graphic or 3D model
TFT display
a type of LCD screen display commonly used in portable computers, using a separate transistor to control each pixel on the display
The Onion Router
a free software implementation of second-generation onion routing, a system enabling its users to communicate anonymously on the Internet
thermal printer
a printer that prints by heating regions of special heat-sensitive paper.
thin client
a low-cost centrally-managed basic computer with a keyboard and display screen processor and memory but no CD-ROM drive, floppy disk drive or expansion slots, e.g. a NetPC or a network computer (NC)
thread
1.a part of a program that can execute independently of other parts; 2. basic ordered sequence of instructions that can be passed through or processed by a single CPU core; 3. in a forum or webmail, a collection of posts or emails, usually displayed from oldest to latest
throughput
the amount of data that passes through a system in a given period of time
toggle-box
a screen icon in Windows Explorer that opens or closes a folder to show or hide its subfolders when the user clicks on it using a mouse
token
a unique sequence of bits granting permission to a user to send on a network
toolbar
horizontal row or vertical column of selectable image that give the user a constantly visible reminder of and an easy way to select certain desktop or other application functions, such as saving or printing a document or moving pages forwards or backwards within a Web browser
tooltip
a label that appears on the screen when the user holds the mouse pointer over an icon
topology
the physical layout of a network
touchpad
a pointing device featuring a tactile sensor, a specialized surface that can translate the motion and position of a user’s finger to a relative position on screen
touchscreen
electronic visual display that can detect the presence and location of a touch within the display area
tower chassis
a personal computer case that stands on end and can be placed on the floor unlike the normal desktop case that sits flat on a desk under the monitor
track
a formatted circular magnetic storage area on a computer disk
trackball
an upside down mouse, consisting of of a ball supported on bearings so that it is free to rotate in any direction; the ball is rotated by the operator to control the cursor and as with a mouse, there are buttons to click to initiate an action
traffic
the volume of signals or data that passes through a network system
transaction processing
the processing of computer transactions by updating the computer file as each transaction takes place rather than storing them until later to be processed as a batch
transaction
a logical unit of work for a database
transceiver
short form of transmitter/receiver; a device that both sends and receives signals
transistor
a solid state electronic switch or amplifier
Transmission Control Protocol
a set of standards for the delivery of error-free data in communications between computers; it comes into operation once a data packet is delivered to the correct Internet address and application port; managing the communication exchanges and providing reliable stream service by structuring and buffering the data flow looking for responses and taking action to replace missing data blocks
transmission
the sending of message
transponder
a device that responds to received coded radio signals by automatically transmitting a different coded signal
Transport Layer Security
extension of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, allows client-server applications to communicate across a network in a way designed to prevent eavesdropping and tampering
transport layer
the part of a network communications system that protects the data being sent, subdividing the data into segments and creates checksum tests; it can also make backup tests; it can also make backup copies of the data
trapdoor
a technique used in a computer crime that involves leaving within a completed program an illicit program that allows unauthorised - and unknown – entry
trash
the folder in Linux operating systems where deleted files are stored
trial
a limited by time restrictions or allowed number of uses version of a program, which allows users to try it out before buying a full license
trojan
a technique used in a computer crime that involves adding concealed instructions to a computer program so that it will still work but will also perform prohibited duties; in other words, it appears to do something useful but actually does something destructive in the background
troubleshoot
to find and fix faults in a system
troubleshooter
a person who finds and fixes faults in a system, or provides a service of computer maintenance
troubleshooting
discovering why something does not work effectively and making suggestions about how to improve it
trust rank
a link analysis technique described in a paper by Stanford University and Yahoo! researchers for semi-automatically separating useful webpages from spam
TTS
a system where a computer reads text to the user using a speech synthesizer
tuned
set to operate on the same frequency
Turned-Based Strategy
a strategy game where players take turns when playing
tux
a fat penguin and mascot of Linux, the name comes from the letters used in Torvalds Unix
tweaking
modifying a certain piece of hardware for better performance
twisted-pair
a common type of network cable that uses two wires twisted together to reduce interference from external signals
typeface
letters and numbers in a particular design, used in printing or on a computer screen
typesetting
preparation for printing