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Definitions of Computer and Internet Terms

Computer Terms Beginning with "V"

VCI Stands for "Virtual Channel Identifier." The VCI, used in conjunction with the VPI (virtual path indicator), indicates...
VDU A VDU is a Visual Display Unit. It is another term for monitor or screen, but may also refer to a projector or other...
Vector Mathematically, a vector is a quantity, defined by both magnitude and direction. For example, a vector could be...
Vector Graphic Unlike JPEGs, GIFs, and BMP images, vector graphics are not made up of a grid of pixels. Instead, vector graphics are...
Veronica The name actually stands for "Very Easy Rodent-Oriented Netwide Index to Computerized Archives." Pretty weird, I know...
Vertical Market Software A vertical market is one that supplies goods to a specific industry. For example, a MIDI keyboard manufacturer...
VFAT Stands for "Virtual File Allocation Table." Older Windows operating systems (Windows ME and earlier) used a file...
VGA Stands for "Video Graphics Array." It is the standard monitor or display interface used in most PCs. Therefore, if a...
Video Card Most of the processing done on a computer is done via the computer's central processing unit, or CPU. So in order to...
Virtual Memory Memory is hardware that your computer uses to load the operating system and run programs. It consists of one or more...
Virtual Reality While the word "virtual" is typically overused in the computer world, it is aptly placed in the phrase "virtual...
Virtualization Virtualization allows a single computer to run multiple (operating systems|operating_system). For example, using...
Virus Like a biological virus, a computer virus is something you don't want to get. Computer viruses are small programs or...
Visual Basic Visual Basic is a programming language and development environment created by Microsoft. It is an extension of the...
VLB Stands for "VESA Local Bus." (VESA stands for "Video Electronics Standards Association"). The VLB, or VL-bus is a...
VLE Stands for "Virtual Learning Environment." A VLE is a virtual classroom that allows teachers and students to...
VoIP Stands for "Voice Over Internet Protocol," and is often pronounced "voip." VoIP is basically a telephone connection...
Volume The word "volume" has several different meanings. The most common definition is the magnitude or intensity of a...
VPI Stands for "Virtual Path Identifier." The VPI is an 8-bit header inside each ATM cell that indicates where the cell...
VPN Stands for "Virtual Private Network" (not a successor to the UPN television network). VPN is a network term that most...
VRAM Stands for "Video Random Access Memory" and is pronounced "V-RAM." System RAM is great for loading and running...
VRML Stands for "Virtual Reality Modeling Language." If you think this has something to do with HTML, you're right. While...

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