Computing terms explained in plain English
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Kilobytes. A measure of storage capacity. Equal to 1,024 bytes.
Kilobits per second. A measure of data transfer speed.
Adjusting the distance between individual letters. Kerning can be performed manually or automatically in publishing tools.
A piece of malicious software that records all the letters and numbers typed on a PC in an effort to find passwords or other valuable information.
A word in a document or web page that is of particular importance and can be used to search for it. Also used for the words typed into a search tool.
Kilohertz. In computer audio this refers to the number of samples per second taken when a sound was recorded. Audio CDs use 48KHz - 48,000 samples per second.
An online database of helpful information, often run by a software manufacturer to provide help and support.
A tool used to control several computers with one keyboard, mouse and monitor.
Kilowatt hour. A unit of energy used as the standard billing unit for domestic electricity supplies. 1 kWh is one kilowatt of power expended for one hour.
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