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Computers I - Terms #4

Either an arrow or an I-beam on your screen. MOUSE POINTER
Refers to software presented in a combination of forms: graphics, text, sound, and animation. MULTIMEDIA
The computer's ability to permit more than one application to be active on the desktop or in memory at the same instant in time. MULTITASKING
A collection of computers and devices connected together, often wirelessly, via communication devices and transmission media, allowing computers to share resources. NETWORK
A set of programs that coordinates all the activities among computer hardware devices. OPERATING SYSTEM
Hardware that allows a user to see the results of input and processing. The two most common devices are a video-display monitor and a printer. OUTPUT DEVICES
A secret code to protect your data and keep others from accessing your computer. PASSWORD
The point at which a peripheral attaches to or communicates with a system unit so it can send data to or receive information from the computer. PORT
A device that connects to a system unit and is controlled by the processor in the computer. PERIPHERAL
A series of instructions that tells a computer how to perform tasks necessary to processing data and information. PROGRAM
The internal memory in your computer where data and programs reside while being executed by the CPU. A memory chip that can be read from and written to. RAM
A temporary storage place for deleted documents. RECYCLE BIN
A description of the sharpness and clearness of an image. RESOLUTION
The process of copying audio and/or video data from a purchased disc and saving it on digital media. RIPPING
Memory that can be read but not written to. It also describes the chip inside your computer that holds data, instructions, and information. ROM
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