Computer Terminology - T

This web page looks at some of the terminology associated with the Computer Industry. This appendix is not to be deemed as complete but does cover a large range of common terminology.

If you find a term not covered in this file you may Email Button and list the word (computer connected terminology ONLY). We will endeavour to locate the meaning and respond to you. If we consider it a common enough term, we will add it to our list. New terminology (with explanation) may also be submitted for consideration.

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T1: A high speed, high bandwidth leased line connection to the Internet. T1 connections deliver information at 1.544 megabits per second.

T3: A high speed, high bandwidth leased line connection to the Internet. T3 connections deliver information at 44.746 megabits per second.

TCP/IP: Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol: it is the fundamental operating system of the Internet. These are written as a series of code numbers and letters.

telecommunications: The science of sending signals representing voice, video, or data through telephone lines.

telecommuting: To work at home and use a computer and modem to communicate with the office.

teledildonics: Sex in a computer simulated environment. While it's not yet possible, except in conversational form in chat rooms and MUDs, it remains a future possibility.

telnet: A protocol which allows you to sign onto a remote UNIX computer from a another computer located anywhere on the Internet. To telnet into a remote computer, you usually need to supply a user ID and password that is recognized by the remote system.

Terabyte: A terminology for measuring memory size in computers and is equal to 1024 Gigabytes or 1,099,511,627,776 bytes - generally rounded to being 1000 Gigabytes or 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Not yet in popular use. Abbreviation is Tb.

text box: A box into which you can type text.

thrash: When you run out of hardware memory, an advanced operating system will free up memory space by moving the contents of some of your memory to disk. When that information is needed again, it is read from disk back into memory. When your computer is thrashing, memory is being swapped back and forth at such a rate that your hard drive is constantly spinning and not much else is happening with your computer.

thread: 1. A series of postings on a particular topic. Threads can be a series of bulletin board messages (for example, when someone posts a question and others reply with answers or additional queries on the same topic). A thread can also apply to chats, where multiple conversation threads may exist simultaneously.
2. Also refers to an independent process taking place in a multi-tasking environment.

tile: To automatically arrange windows in a tile-like configuration.

title bar: The bar at the top of a window that displays the string of information about the item, usually a file name.

toggle: 1. A switch that is either on or off.
2. If it is on, to turn it off; if it is off, to turn it on.

token ring: A type of LAN with nodes wired into a ring.

toolbar: The row of buttons right below the menu that perform special functions quickly and easily.

TOSsed out: Ejected from the chat rooms on America Online for violating its Terms of Service (TOS) agreement.

traffic: The load of packets carried by a network or portion of a network. Heavy traffic slows down the response time of the individual packets.

Trialware: Software that you can download from a network and "try before you buy." If you like the software and decide to use it beyond the trial period, you must register with the author and pay a registration fee. If you don't wish to register as a user, you are often required to remove the software from your computer. Also known as shareware although trialware is usually commercial software

triple-dub: An abbreivated way to say "WWW" when reciting a URL.

Trojan horse: An insidious and usually illegal computer program that masquerades as a program that is useful, fun, or otherwise desirable for users to download to their system. Once the program is downloaded, it performs a destructive act.

tweak: To make many minor adjustments. To fine tune. Also, a minor adjustment.

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