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  • Bandwidth

    The maximum data transfer rate of a network or Internet connection. It measures how much data can be sent over a specific connection in a given amount of time. For example, a gigabit Ethernet connection has a bandwidth of 1,000 Mbps, 125 megabytes per second. An Internet connection via cable modem may provide 25 Mbps of bandwidth.

    When visualizing bandwidth, it may help to think of a network connection as a tube and each bit of data as a grain of sand. If you pour a large amount of sand into a skinny tube, it will take a long time for the sand to flow through it. If you pour the same amount of sand through a wide tube, the sand will finish flowing through the tube much faster. Similarly, a download will finish much faster when you have a high-bandwidth connection rather than a low-bandwidth connection.

    Tech Terms Dictionary. Per Christensson. 28 March 2013.


     

  • Banner
    Banner is the enterprise application that manages the content of employees, payroll, finance,
    human resources, budget, recruiting, admissions, alumni and financial aid. Authorized
    users on our network exist in Banner and are assigned the appropriate rights for their job
    assignment. Most of the College’s systems are integrated with Banner for the identity and
    security of its users. New employees obtain basic rights into Banner after their supervisor
    has completed the ITS System Access Form, but cannot view information or edit data until
    their supervisor submits a Banner Security Access Request Form. (The ITS System Access
    form and Banner Security Access Request Forms are located on the Intranet by clicking on
    the Information Technology Services link and then clicking on the Systems tab.)

    NOTE: Your Banner password expires every 120 days, and is not your Universal Password.
    To reset your Banner password, contact the IT Help Desk. (Training opportunities and
    professional development can be found on the Intranet.)
     
  • BIOS

    The Basic Input/Output System is a program pre-installed on Windows-based computers that the computer uses to start up. The CPU accesses the BIOS even before the operating system is loaded. The BIOS then checks all your hardware connections and locates all your devices. If everything is OK, the BIOS loads the operating system into the computer's memory and finishes the boot-up process.

    Tech Terms Dictionary. Per Christensson. 28 March 2013.


     

  • Blog

    Short for Web Log, this term refers to a list of journal entries posted on a Web page. Anybody who knows how to create and publish a Web page can publish their own blog. Some Web hosts have made it even easier by creating an interface where users can simply type a text entry and hit publish to publish their blog.

    Tech Terms Dictionary. Per Christensson. 28 March 2013.


     

  • Bluetooth

    Is a wireless short range communications specification supported by a special interest group comprised of Ericsson, Nokia, Intel, IBM and Toshiba. It allows cable free connectivity between mobile phones, mobile PCs, printers, and hand helds. The range of Bluetooth is 10 meters (30 feet).It supports voice or data transmissions at a rate of up to 1Mbps and has a frequency range of 2.4 to 2.4835 GHz. It is specifically designed to replace the use of cables between devices, such as to connect wireless keyboard or wireless mouse to the desktop computer. Bluetooth technology is even used to send print job wirelessly from a portable computer to a printer or it is used to connect two mobile phones for transferring certain data like music or files. In today’s world Bluetooth Technology is available in cars too, so that the mobile phone is connected to car Bluetooth and it enables the driver to receive or make calls or even connect his music files to the car stereo system. The signals of Bluetooth can transmit through clothing or other non-metallic objects; hence it can connect directly to any Bluetooth Technology encrypted device.

    Wikipedia, 6/30/15

  • Browser

    A Web browser is the program people use to access the World Wide Web. It interprets HTML code including text, images, hypertext links, Javascript, and Java applets. After rendering the HTML code, the browser displays a nicely formatted page. Some common browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari.

    Tech Terms Dictionary. Per Christensson. 7 March 2013. <http://www.techterms.com>