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Glossary of Internet & Computer Terms

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Sad Mac
the frowning Macintosh icon indicating the computer cannot boot due to a possible hardware problem.

safe mode
a temporary method of running Windows using the absolute minimum in resources. In the event of a hardware failure or malfunction, it can become necessary to run the operating system in the Safe Mode. In safe mode, it is sometimes possible to back up files and otherwise rescue data that is subject to loss due to eminent hardware failure. Windows is often able to alert the user to such problems before they actually occur. It would be wise to print out the instructions for Safe Mode operation prior to needing them. To do so, go to Start, Help, type “Safe Mode” into the keyword prompt box, click on Display and print the instructions for safekeeping.

(SaMBa) software that allows a Unix server to act as a file server to Windows clients. Samba is a free, open source implementation of the CIFS file sharing protocol, which evolved from SMB, hence the SMB in SaMBa. Samba runs under Linux, FreeBSD and other Unix variants. It can be used with any modern PC as well as other hardware, but due to its efficiency, it also lends itself to old 486s that are recycled to serve as inexpensive file, print and backup servers in a Windows environment.

(Storage Area Network) a network of storage disks. In large enterprises, a SAN connects multiple servers to a centralized pool of disk storage. Compared to managing hundreds of servers, each with their own disks, SANs improve system administration. By treating all the company's storage as a single resource, disk maintenance and routine backups are easier to schedule and control.

a safe environment for running Java applications without threatening a computer’s disk space or memory.

sans serif
type without serifs. Popular sans serif fonts include Helvetica and Arial.

the degree of intensity of a color. Deep vivid color is said to be saturated, while decreasing saturation causes the color to fade.

to transfer data from memory to a more permanent storage medium such as a hard disk, floppy or tape. When a program prompts a user to save work, the transfer that occurs is usually to a file or folder on the hard disk.

Save As
the option to save a file under a different name, format, or in a different folder. The Save As option comes in particularly handy in word processing functions when variations of a single document must be created.

the adaptability of something, especially with regard to size. Scalability refers to the ability of a hardware system or software application to accommodate ever-increasing use or demand. The term is freely used in the marketing of hardware and software to describe versatile products.

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