Mnemonic MEANING
AGP Accelerated Graphics Port
ANSI American National Standards Institute
API Application Programming Interface
APIPA Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing
ARP Address Resolution Protocol
ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange
ASPI Advanced SCSI Program Interface
ATAPI AT Attachment Package Interface
ATM Asynchronous Transfer Mode
BBS Bulletin Board System
BDC Backup Domain Controller
BI-DI Bi-directional
BIOS Basic Input Output System
BMP Bitmap image
BNC Bayonet Neill Concellman
bps bits per second
CDB Command Descriptor Blocks
CMOS Complimentary Metal Oxide Silicon
CDFS Compact Disk File System (replaces MSCDEX)
CD-ROM Compact Disk - Read Only Memory
CNAME Canonical Name resource record
CPU Central Processing Unit
CRC Cyclical Redundancy Check
CSMA/CD Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection
DCE Data Comm Exchange
DDI Device Driver Interface
DHCP Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
DIB Device Independent Bitmap
DIMM Dual In-line Memory Module
DLC Data Link Control (protocol)
DLL Dynamic Link Library
DNS Domain Name System
DOS Disk Operating System
DVD None, Ex Digital Versatile/Video Disk
ECP Enhanced Capabilities Port
EDO Extended Data Output
EEPROM Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory
EIDE Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics
EISA Enhanced Industry Standard Architecture
EPP Enhanced Parallel Port
EPROM Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory
FAT File Allocation Table
FAT32 32-bit File Allocation Table
FDD Floppy Disk Drive
FDDI Fiber Distributed Data Interface
FPNW File and Print sharing for NetWare
FQDN Fully Qualified Domain Name
FTP File Transfer Protocol
GDI Graphical Device Interface
GIF Graphics Interchange Format
GUI Graphical User Interface
HDD Hard Disk Drive
HPFS OS/2 File System
HTML HyperText Markup Language
HTTP HyperText Transfer Protocol
IANA Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
ICMP Internet Control Message Protocol
IDE Integrated Drive Electronics
IFS Installable File System (manager)
IHV Independent Hardware Vendor
IIS Internet Information Server
INIC Internet Network Information Centre
IP Internet Protocol
IPC Inter - Process Communication
IPX Internetwork Packet Exchange
ISDN Integrated Services Digital Network
ISP Internet Service Provider
LAN Local Area Network
LFN Long File Name
LPT Line Print Terminal
JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group
MAC Media Access Control
MAPI Messaging Application Programming Interface
MAU Multistation Access Point
MCI Media Control Interface
MIDI Musical Instrument Digital Interface
MMP Multichassis Multilink Point to point protocol
NCP Netware Core Protocol
NDIS Network Driver Interface Specification
NDS Netware Directory Services
NetBEUI NETBIOS Extended User Interface
NetBIOS Network Basic Input/Output System
NetDDE Network Dynamic Data Exchange
NetX Netware shell (real mode)
NIC Network Interface Card
NOS Network Operating System
NT New Technology
NTFS NT File System
ODI Open Datalink Interface (I.e. Novell)
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturers
OLE Object Linking and Embedding
OSI Open System Interconnect model
PCI Peripheral Component Interconnect
PCMCIA Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
PDC Primary Domain Controller
PIC Programmable Interrupt Controller
PPP Point to Point Protocol
PPTP Point to Point Tunneling Protocol
PSTN Public Switched Telephone Network
PWS Personal Web Server
RAM Random Access Memory
RARP Reverse Address Resolution Protocol
RAS Remote Access Service
RFC Request For Comment
RIP Routing Information Protocol
RPC Remote Procedure Calls
SAP Service Addressing Protocol
SCSI Small Computer Systems Interface
SDRAM Synchronous Dynamic Ram
SIMM Single In-Line Memory Module
SLIP Serial Line Internet Protocol
SMB Server Message Blocks
SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol
SOA Start Of Authority resource record
SPP Standard Parallel Port
SPX Sequenced Packet Exchange
STP Shielded Twisted Pair
TAPI Telephony Application Programming Interface
TCP Transmission Control Protocol
TDI Transport Driver Interface
TFTP Trivial File Tranfer Protocol
TLD Top Level Domain
TSR Terminate and Stay Resident
TTL Time To Live
TWAIN Technology Without An Important Name
UART Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter
UDP User Datagram Protocol
UNC Universal Naming Convention
UNIX Pun based on earlier Multics operating system
URL Uniform Resource Locater
UTP Unsheaved Twisted Pair
VESA Video Electronic Standards Association
VFAT Virtualised File Allocation Table for 32bit file access
VLM Virtual Loadable Modules
VMS Virtual Memory System
VPN Virtual Private Network
WDM Win32 Device Manager
WINS Windows Internet Name Service
WWW World Wide Web

Last Updated on 23/05/08
By Tina Cordon