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Welcome to our Glossary.

Here you can find the meaning of words and expressions commonly used by computer-users.

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Karnaugh Mapping
A means to show the relationship between logic inputs and desired output. Generally, a truth table is mapped to a smaller, more workable grid of output values (1's and 0's). Karnaugh Mappings are often used when working with electronic circuits and trying to predict their output.

kbps / Kbit/sec
Kilobits per second. Transmission speed for data. 1 Kilobyte = 1024 bytes = 8192 bits, per second.

KDE (K Desktop Environment)
The KDE project was started in 1996 by Matthias Ettrich as a way to bring a more user-friendly GUI experience to UNIX users. KDE is an Integrated Desktop Environment for UNIX and Linux that adds functionality that X-Windows lacks.

Kernel
This is the guts of any operating system. The kernel is loaded into main memory and stays there, while other pieces of the OS are loaded in and out of memory. The kernel controls all requests for disk, processor or other resources. Generally, the smaller and faster the kernel, the faster the operating system will operate.

Keyboard
The main input device on PCs, it consists of all the letters in the alphabet and the numbers 0 through 9. Usually, especially on computer keyboards, there are extra keys like cursor keys and function keys.

Keyboard Pitch
The distance between the centers of adjacent keys on a keyboard. The pitch of a normal keyboard is 18mm.

KeyGen
Keygen refers to a small program which can generate keys. Commonly these are serial numbers and/or activation codes voor commercial applications. Note: if you use an application often - please buy it! Warning: it is not uncommon that a keygen has been infected by a virus!

Keyword
This is a term used to describe content on a web page so that search engines can properly index the page. It is possible to put up keywords that don't really apply to a particular page to get more traffic, but that is discouraged by most search engines and could result in having all of your web pages go unlisted.

Kilobyte
1024 bytes. Unit for data size.

KNI (Katmai New Instructions)
This is the original code-name for Intel's SSE instruction set.

KVCD, KSVCD, SKVCD, KDVD
KVCD, KSVCD (also refered to as SKVCD), and KDVD templates are TMPGEnc templates created by Kwag. The really cool thing about these templates is that they quizzed just a little bit more out of the current VCD (VideoCD), SVCD (Super VideoCD), and DVD formats. The main kick is that you will (most likely) be able to squize an entire movie on a single CD! Or with DVD: put multiple movies on a single DVD. Some templates even up to 360 minutes of video on a CD! The original templates are made for TMPGEnc, however templates for Cinema Craft Encoder and MainConcept MPEG Encoder seem to exist too.

KVM switch (Keyboard Video Mouse switch)
This is a switch that connects 2 or more computers to the same keyboard, mouse, and monitor. The KVM switch fools each computer into thinking that they are actively connected to a separate keyboard, mouse and monitor. There is always some mechanism (a button and or keyboard command) on a KVM switch to switch between which computer accepts the input of the keyboard and mouse, and displays output to the monitor. Thus, when you move the mouse connected to the switch, your mouse movement is only echoed to the active computer at the time.

Kylix
Object Oriented Pascal for Linux and Windows (called Delphi) developed by Borland.


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