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Plains Pocket Gopher Geomys bursarius
2012-04-23 07:27:00

One of thirty-five species of pocket gophers, the plains pocket gopher resides in the farming lands and grasslands of the Great Plains of North America, from Texas to Manitoba in Canada and even as far east as the west Indiana extremities. This range holds a recognized eight subspecies of pocket gophers. Although this gopher’s physical adaptations are minimal, it has adapted to life...

Wi-Fi
2013-03-16 00:00:00

Wi-Fi, a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance, is not a technical term; however, the Alliance has used the term to describe only a narrow range of connectivity technologies including wireless local are network as well as PAN, LAN, and WAN. "IEEE 802.11", the technical term, has been used interchangeably with Wi-Fi even though Wi-Fi has become a superset of IEEE 802.11 over the past few years. It is...

Java
2013-03-16 00:00:00

Java, a programming language originally developed by James Gosling, was developed at Sun Microsystems and released in 1995. Much of its syntax is derived from C and C++ but with a simpler object model and fewer low-level facilities. The applications are normally compiled to bytecode that can run on any Java Virtual Machine regardless of computer architecture. Java, designed to have as few...

Wiki
2013-03-16 00:00:00

A wiki is simply a website that allows the users to create and edit any number of interlinked web pages through a simplified markup language. They are often powered with wiki software and used to collaborative wiki websites, power community websites, for note taking, and in knowledge management systems. Some wikis serve specific purpose while others are more of an open content format. Wiki,...

USB Flash Drive
2010-10-01 18:35:37

A USB flash drive is a flash memory data storage device that is integrated with a Universal Serial Bus. USB flash drives are most often removable and rewritable, and are much smaller than other portable storage devices. They are usually used for similar purposes that floppy disks were. As such it is very easy to design a custom usb for daily use. Flash drives use the USB mass storage standard...

Universal Serial Bus USB
2010-10-01 18:30:17

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) was designed to establish communication between devices and a host computer and is intended to replace many types of serial and parallel ports. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a standard for peripheral devices that began development in 1994. It was originally intended to make it essentially easier to connect external devices to computers by replacing the many...

Touchpad
2010-10-01 18:16:39

A touchpad is a pointing device that is made of a specialized surface that can translate the motion and position of a user's fingers to a comparative position on screen. They are most commonly found in laptop computers, but are also used as substitutes for a computer mouse when desk space is limited. Touchpads may vary in size, but are rarely made larger than 6 square inches. They can also be...

Computer Terminal
2010-10-01 18:20:53

A computer terminal is an electromechanical hardware device that is used for entering data into a computer and displaying it. Although the first terminals were cost efficient, they were very slow compared to punched cards for input. As the technology enhanced and video displays were introduced, timesharing systems were developed and evolved to make up for any other problems. A terminal...

2010-09-29 15:16:42

Computer software is the collection of computer programs and related data that give the instructions to a computer. Different from hardware, software is intangible, which means that it cannot be touched. Some examples of computer software include: word processors, video games, operating systems, and device drivers. Historically, the software industry is much like that of other technological...

Server
2010-09-29 15:02:09

A server is a program that functions as a socket listener. The term server can also be used to generally describe a host that is positioned to carry out one or more such programs. A server functions as either sole-operating software, or one or series of computers that links other electronic devices together. In addition, they often provide important and necessary services to members, both...

Word of the Day
tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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