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Toxic Custard Workshop Files Dictionary Of Computing

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


SCREEN

The display, the VDU, VDT, the terminal, the monitor, the CRT, thing that looks like a television.

See also: monitor


SCREENSAVER

A program designed to stop your monitor wearing out by keeping it busy displaying lots of animation and bright colours on it.

See also: monitor


SCROLL LOCK

For 99.7% of people, the least used key on the keyboard. After "Pause." Oh, and what does "SysRq" do?

See also: keyboard


SERIAL PORT

Another one of those confusing sockets on the back of the computer, which is thankfully a different shape to almost every other socket, thus preventing you plugging your keyboard where your modem should go.

See also: keyboard modem


SHAREWARE

A concept whereby people download (or otherwise obtain) software for free, or for a nominal fee. They then try it out to see if they like it. They then keep it forever, unless they have a pang of guilt, or have a software allowance from their boss, or the nag messages are annoying enough, in which case they grudgingly send in the registration fee.

See also: FTP


SYNTAX ERROR

What the computers of the early to mid 80's used to say if in your ignorance you asked them to "TELL ME THE TIME"


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