Competitive Exams: Computer Terminology M to N

Mainframes

Classified by size, the second largest classification of computers. Much larger than desktops or laptop computers

Megabyte (Mb)

Approximately a million bytes.

Megahertz (MHz)

One million machine cycles per second.

Memory

Primary storage that works with the CPU to hold instructions and data in order to be processed.

Microcomputers

Personal computers or desktop computers.

Modem

The device that allows your computer to talk to other computers over a telephone line.

Monitor

An output device with a screen used to show computer images. A video or computer display device.

Mouse

A tool used to move the cursor and pointer on the screen (input device).

Multimedia

To use a combination of text, pictures, sounds, movies, and/or animation.

Network

A system of connected computers that allows a sharing of files and equipment. There are two types of networks: Local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN)

Non-linear

Not moving in a straight line or path; a multimedia presentation that transitions from one image to another in an order that is preset, but not necessarily in a straight path. Example: a non-linear presentation can transition from image 1 to image 3 and back to image 1 using menus and branching to move around the pages

Notebook

A personal computer that can fit into a briefcase.

Numeric Keypad

The portion of the keyboard, usually on the right hand side of a full keyboard, used to enter numbers and basic math functions ( ± */) quickly.