Computers: Jargon buster

Click to follow
The Independent Online
Communications protocol: A set of rules or standards designed to enable computers to connect with one another and exchange information with as little error as possible.

Communications software: The programs needed to transmit and receive data over a network.

E-mail: Electronic mail - messages sent over a computer network.

Modem: (modulator/demodulator) communications equipment that enables a computer to transmit information over a telephone line or receive information from it.

Optical Character Recognition: The process by which printed characters which have been transformed by a scanner or fax into digitised, computer-readable form are 'recognised' by matching patterns of light and dark in the digitised images with stored sets of characters.

Thermal printer: A non-impact printer that uses heat to generate an image on specially treated paper.

IndyBest product reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we never allow this to bias our coverage. The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing

Comments