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COMPUTING ACRONYMS & TERMS' SMORGASBORD

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U ARTs Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitters (serial port type chip utilized in PCs )
UCAID University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (formal nonprofit organization that heads the Internet2 effort)
UDF Uniqueness Database File (personal or unique ID for a networked PC)
UDF User Defined Field (category)
UDP Universal Datagram Protocol (server transmission mechanism)
UFL Universal Font Library (instead of having each application run its own fonts, all fonts are stored in a central location to avoid duplication and save disk space)
UI User-Interface (Windows environment; also see GUI [Graphical User Interface] & VUI [Visual User Interface)
UIAS Unified Information Access System (one global system to access all on-line data bases)
UL 1449 Underwriters Laboratory's listing standard for PC surge suppressors.
UM United Media
UMB Upper Memory Blocks (a switch which specifies whether MS-DOS should manage upper memory blocks; UMB constitutes free memory space in the 384 K of memory available beyond the 640 K of conventional memory).
UNC Universal Network Connection
UNI User-to-Network Interface
Unicode A character set supported by Windows NT [New Technology] that can create the 65,536 characters used by all known modern & ancient world's languages (not supported by Windows 3.1, '95; may be supported by Windows 98; 2000??).
Universal
Resource
Names
Dedicated names for cyberspace objects (thus browsers may pick up a virtual object from the spot it was last deposited at--like a book or pen left at a certain location).
UPS Uninterruptible Power Supply--provided by surge suppressors that include a battery as a back-up or as a permanent power source (also a "snail mail" mode of software transportation as contrasted with the e-mail FTP [File transfer Protocol] off cite immediate software download option)
URLs Internet Uniform Resource Locators (Standard for Internet addresses)
USB Universal Serial Bus
US CERT the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team
USER.EXE Windows code that controls the Windows interface (display of menus, scroll bars & buttons). GDI.EXE, controls data display.
User ID The name or characters one uses to log on to the system thrgh a PC (userid or username have the same meaning)
USGPI U.S. Government Periodicals' Index (Internet)
UTP Unshielded Twisted-Pair cable (also called 10Base-T, the Category 5 unshielded twisted-pair cable is used for Ethernet connections on a LAN [Local Area Network] between workstations).
UVV Usenet Volunteer Vote takers (group that handles vote gathering & counting for the approval or disapproval of new news group proposals; e-mail address: uvv_contact@uvv.org.

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