P - Definitions

  • P

    package manager or package management system (PMS)

    A package manager, also known as a package management system (PMS), is a program used to install, uninstall and manage software packages.

  • pager

    A pager is a small telecommunications device that receives (and, in some cases, transmits) alert signals and/or short messages.

  • Palm

    Palm is the trade name for a popular personal digital assistant (PDA), a form of handheld device that is also known as a palmtop computer.

  • Palm OS (Palm Operating System)

    Palm OS is the computer operating system that provides a software platform for the Palm series of handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) made by Palm Inc.

  • PC-DOS (Personal Computer - Disk Operating System)

    Also see DOS. PC-DOS (Personal Computer - Disk Operating System) was the first widely-installed operating system used in personal computers.

  • Pentium 4 (P4)

    Pentium 4 (P4) is the Intel processor (codenamed Willamette) that was released in November 2000. The P4 processor has a viable clock speed that now exceeds 2 gigahertz (GHz) - as compared to the 1 GHz of the Pentium 3. P4 had the first totally new chip architecture since the 1995 Pentium Pro.

  • peripheral

    A peripheral (pronounced peh-RIHF-uh-ruhl, a noun truncation of peripheral device, ) is any computer device that is not part of the essential computer (the processor, memory, and data paths) but is situated relatively close by.

  • personal area network (PAN)

    A personal area network (PAN) is the interconnection of information technology devices within the range of an individual person, typically within a range of 10 meters.

  • personal digital assistant

    Personal digital assistants were the precursors to smartphones. Most PDAs had a small physical keyboard, and many types of applications were written for these devices.

  • personal operating space (POS)

    A personal operating space (POS) is a roughly spherical region that surrounds a portable or handheld digital wireless device operated by a person.

  • Personal Response System (PRS)

    In education, the Personal Response System (PRS) is an instructional technology tool composed of a proprietary software application that is installed on the facilitator's computer, a wireless receiver, and hand-held infrared transmitters that have been assigned to students to record their responses to multiple choice or yes/no questions.

  • phased antenna system

  • picture messaging (photo messaging)

    Picture messaging (sometimes called photo messaging) is the practice of taking a picture with a built-in camera on a mobile phone or other handheld device and sending it to another mobile device or an e-mail recipient.

  • podslurping (slurping)

    Podslurping (sometimes just called slurping) is the unauthorized download of data from a computer to a small device with storage capacity, such as a flash drive or an iPod or other MP3 player... (Continued)

  • policy

    In policy-based networking, a policy is a formal set of statements that define how the network's resources are to be allocated among its clients.

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