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i386 - Intel 80386
i486 - Intel 80486
IANAL - 1. I Am Not A
Lawyer, common e-mail abbreviation used
as a disclaimer and synonym for "I am making this up. Seek professional
legal counsel." See IWTPC, NOLO
Press, Ivan Hoffman, WFH.
2. I am really up tight.
IBM - manufacturer
of computer hardware and software based in Armonk, NY.
See IBM-compatible, PC,
Deep Blue, DOS,
IBM-compatible - a PC that is functionally
identical (YMMV) to those manufactured by IBM,
capable of executing the same software and interfacing
with the same hardware. Generally running DOS or
Windows and employing an Intel
(or similar) processor. See Wintel.
IBM PC - original IBM personal
computer, using an 8088 microprocessor
IBM PC/XT - the successor the original IBM
PC, featuring a 10 MB hard drive and an 8086
processor running at 4.7 MHz. Also PC/XT,
icon - 1. Elvis. 2. a pictorial representation
of a file or other item, common in GUIs.
IDE - 1. a popular bus
for PC hard drives. 2. Metrowerks' Code
Warrior's Integrated Development Environment; 2.
Interstate Drug Exchange, a pharmaceutical supply company.
IE - Microsoft
Internet Explorer. See MIE.
IHTFP - 1. Institute
of Hacks TomFoolery and Pranks.
2. MIT's motto.
IIRC - If I Remember Correctly,
not-so-common e-mail abbreviation.
ILBCNUL8R - I'll be seeing you later, not-so-common
ILM - Industrial
Light & Magic.
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion,
a common e-mail abbreviation, often indicative
of false humility, or a general laissez-faire attitude about the resolution
of the discussion. Sometimes, but not always synonymous with, "I don't
care if you find this really obnoxious." See IMO,
IMNSHO, FWIW, FYI.
IMNSHO - In My Not So Humble
Opinion, a common e-mail abbreviation,
indicating an informed and/or emphatic opinion. Ironically, often offered
more humbly than IMHO. See IMO,
IMNSHBCO - In My Not
So Humble But Considered Opinion, uncommon
e-mail abbreviation, indicating an informed
and/or emphatic opinion. See IMO, IMHO,
IMNSHO, FWIW, FYI.
IMO - In My Opinion, a common
e-mail abbreviation. See IMHO,
IMNSHO, FWIW, FYI.
index.html- a common file name used for
the home page of a web
site, or the top of a subdirectory. A URL that
does not include a document name, such as http://www.zeusprod.com,
will default to http://www.zeusprod.com/index.html
or a similar document, such as home.html.
Industrial Light & Magic
- George Lucas's special effects company based in Marin, CA,
responsible for most CGI in the movies. See ILM.
Inferno - an operating system from Bell Labs,
whose affiliated programming language is called Limbo.
Refer to the newsgroup "comp.os.inferno".
inheritance - 1. money you get from dead
people. 2. The ability of a child object
to inherit methods from an ancestor.
See OOP, encapsulation.
INI file - a Windows initialization
file (pronounced "Eye-En-Eye" or sometimes "Inny") that
holds configuration information. See WIN.INI,
insertion point - 1. Bay of Pigs, Cuba.
2. the point at which text will be entered, as indicated by the cursor
instance - 1. a single occurrence of an object.
A child object is an instance of a parent
script, created with Lingo's
command. See instance variable, instantiate,
instance variable - a variable
that can hold a unique value for each instance of
a child object. Known as a
instantiate - v. to create an instance
of a parent script or object
to create a child object. See OOP,
method, new, mNew.
integer - 1. a whole number that may be positive,
negative or zero. See string, variable,
float, array, list.
2. the Lingo
Machine - a floppy drive controller
chip in Apple II computers, designed by Steve
Intel - manufacturer
of microprocessors used in most PCs
running Windows. See Wintel.
interface - 1. n. a physical or electronic
connection that allows communication between two or more devices, such as
a SCSI interface. See device
driver. 2. software that facilitates interaction between a user and
the computer. See user interface , GUI,
CLI. 3. a software program's
Business Machines - see IBM.
internet - or net,
a global network of computers all obeying an agreed upon protocol
for talking amongst themselves. Originally developed for educational and
military research, and formerly known as ARPAnet.
Often referred to as the World Wide Web,
although they are technically not the same. See domain,
FTP, ftp, www,
Internet Explorer - 1. a web
surfer. See Mark Andreeson. 2.
Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Internet Information Server
- a web server from Microsoft.
internet service provider
- a company offering access to the internet, usually
via a local phone number. See ISP, net.
interpret - v. to decipher. A programming
language, such as BASIC, is interpreted
at run-time, rather than pre-compiled.
interpreter - 1. someone who translates
between foreign languages, such as at the UN. See
C3PO. 2. a computer program which interprets
and executes programming code. See compiler,
intranet - a localized or internal network,
based on the same protocols as the internet,
but limited to, perhaps, company-wide usage.
I/O - Input/Output, the transfer
of data via an interface or to/from a file. See
file I/O, FileIO.
IOW - In Other Words, a common e-mail
IRA - 1. Irish Republican Army;
2. Independent Retirement Account.
IRC - Internet Relay Chat,
a mechanism for interactive multi-user chat sessions via the internet.
IRQ - Interrupt ReQuest, a
device issues an interrupt request when it requires attention from the CPU.
Two devices using the same IRQ number results in a hardware conflict.
irrational - 1. behaving in an inexplicable
or insane manner. 2. an irrational number is one which can not be expressed
exactly by a ratio of two integers, such as pi or
the square root of two. An irrational number, when expressed as a decimal,
has an infinite number of decimal places which never repeat. Contrast rational.
ISP - Internet
Service Provider (pronounced "Eye-Ess-Pee",
IRS - Internal
Revenue Service. See Death and Taxes.
IWTPC - I Watch "The
People's Court", see IANAL, Judge
IWM - see Integrated
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