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List of computing and IT abbreviations

There are many abbreviations associated with the computer industry - PC, IT, CPU etc. Add them to this alphabetical listing.

  • BASIC - Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, acronym was added later, originally it was simply Basic
  • BBS - Bulletin Board System
  • BIND - Berkeley Internet Name Daemon[?]
  • BIOS - Basic Input Output System
  • BSA - Business Software Alliance
  • BSD - Berkeley Software Distribution (Unix variant)
  • BSOD - Blue Screen of Death (MS Windows specific)

  • CAD - Computer Aided Design
  • CD-R - CD-Recordable
  • CD-RW - CD-Rewritable
  • CFG - Context-free grammar - control flow graph
  • CPAN - Comprehensive Perl Area Network
  • CPU - Central Processing Unit
  • CSS - Cascading Style Sheets
  • CSS - Content Scrambling System

  • DOS - Disk Operating System

  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • GDB - GNU debugger
  • GIGO - Garbage In Garbage Out
  • GNU - GNU's Not Unix
  • GRUB - GRand Unified Boot-loader

  • HCI - Human Computer Interaction
  • HTML - Hypertext Markup Language
  • HTTP - Hypertext Transport Protocol

  • IP - Internet Protocol
  • IT - Information Technology

  • KISS - Keep it simple, stupid

  • LAN - Local Area Network

  • MAN - Metropolitan Area Network
  • MMU - Memory Management Unit
  • MPEG - Motion Pictures (Coding) Experts Group
  • MS-DOS - Microsoft DOS

  • SEAL - Semantics-directed Environment Adaptation Language
  • SEI - Software Engineering Institute

  • TLA - three letter acronym (actually an initialism, not an acronym)

  • WAIS - Wide Area Information Servers
  • WAN - Wide Area Network
  • WAP - wireless application protocol
  • WOL - Wake on LAN
  • WWW - World Wide Web
  • XHTML - eXtensible Hypertext Markup Language

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