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P6 - the Intel 80686
microprocessor, successor to the Pentium.
PageMill - a WYSIWYG
HTML editor from Adobe
Systems. See SiteMill.
palette - 1. a small movable windoid that provides
a related set of functions to a main program, such as a tool
palette or brush palette. 2. a group
of 4, 16 or 256 values that determines the available colors on a computer
monitor. Refer to the technote, "Mastering
palette conflict - a situation in
which one or more programs, such as Director and the Windows OS, are both
trying to enforce different palettes, resulting in
graphics appearing incorrectly. zLaunch
for Mac and Windows can help eliminate palette conflicts. Refer to the
technote, "Mastering Director Palettes".
palette issue - if your screen colors
look all wrong, usually too dark, or psychedlic, it is usually a result
of the wrong palette being in effect. Refer to the technote, "Mastering
Palo Alto - 1. tall tree; 2. home to many
high tech companies including HP and Xerox
Palo Alto Research Center -
also PARC, a Xerox research
facility which did most of the seminal work on GUIs
and many other technologies. Their work was the basis for the Mac
OS and Windows.
parallel - a parallel connection transmits
data chunks along multiple wires simultaneously. Contrast serial.
parallel port - a communications port
used to control certain devices, most notably printers. See LPT1,
LPT2. Contrast serial
parallel processing - the use of
multiple coordinated CPUs, each performing a portion
of the required operation simultaneously. See Deep
PARC - (pronounced "Park" or "Xerox
Park") Palo Alto
Research Center. See Xerox.
parent - an item is said to be a parent if it
creates or otherwise controls something else, as in parent window, parent
process, parent script. See ancestor,
parent process - a process which spawns,
or otherwise controls one or more child
parent script - a Director script
that is used to create, and controls the behavior of, child
objects. See instance,
parent window - the main window of an
application which owns or spawns child windows,
palettes or windoids.
partition - 1. an office sound barrier providing
inadequate privacy and noise attenuation; 2. a portion of a hard drive or
CD, formatted for a particular use. See hybrid.
path - the location of a file on a computer. The
syntax for path
specifications varies across different platforms.
Refer to absolute path and relative
path. Refer to the TechNote, "Path
and File Specifications".
- Lingo command returning the location of the currently running Director
movie. Refer to the technote "Path
and File Specifications".
path specification - a string
describing the location of a file on a computer, such as "c:\windows\system\readme.txt"
or "HD:System Folder:Preferences:Director 5.0 Preferences". Refer
to the technote "Path and File
PC - 1. Politically Correct. See PI.
2. Personal Computer, actually a registered trademark of IBM,
but used widely for non-IBM computers. See Wintel.
PC-DOS - a version of DOS
PC, Jr. - ill-fated foray into the home PC
market, most notable for its infrared Chicklet
keyboard. See junk.
PCT - a common graphic (PiCTure)
file format (pronounced "picked").
PC/XT - . Personal Computer/eXtended
Technology, the successor the original IBM
PC, featuring a 10 MB hard drive and an 8086
processor running at 4.7 MHz. Also XT.
PD - Public Domain.
PDA - 1. Personal Digital Assistant,
such as Newton MessagePad 2000, Sharp Zaurus or Velo 1. 2. Public
Disply of Affection.
PDF - see Portable
PDT - Pacific Daylight Time.
peacefully coexist - the ability
for multiple applications or drivers to be active simultaneously. For example,
the 16-bit and 32-bit versions of QTW can peacefully
coexist, so there is no need to remove one before installing the other.
Pentium - the 80586 microprocessor
from Intel, successor to the 80486. Widely
used in Wintel computers. Plural "Pentia".
period - pronounced "dot".
See eight-dot-three, extension.
- an interpreted language for writing CGI
scripts written by Larry Wall.
personal computer - see PC,
PGP - Pretty Good Privacy
- a decent, but not completely secure, encryption scheme popular for e-mail.
Phoenix BIOS - a popular brand of BIOS
ROM chips for PCs.
Photoshop - a graphics application used for
digital image manipulation from Adobe Systems.
Many graphics artists use Photoshop to create and modify imagery that may
not have originated with a photograph.
pi - an irrational
number which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter,
approximately equal to 3.14159, but in reality an infinite non-repeating
decimal. The Guiness Book of World Records cites people who have memorized
pi beyond 10,000 decimal places. The author's brother gave up after a mere
PI - Politically Incorrect. A talk
show hosted by Bill Maher on ABC.
PIC - a common graphic (PICture) file
format (pronounced "pick"). see PICT.
PICT - a common graphic (PICTure) file
format (pronounced "picked") on the Macintosh, also used under
Windows. Also PIC and PCT, especially
under Windows where extensions are limited
to three characters.
PIF - Program Information File
(pronounced "piff") a stub file used
to run a DOS program under Windows. A PIF file
specifies the name of the executable to
run, and the working directory to
be set. Refer to the TechNote, "Shortcuts,
Icons, PIFs and Aliases"
piracy - 1. $4.75 for a decent beer at a ball
game or $6.25 for a tuna fish sandwich at the airport 2. stealing, duplicating
and/or distributing software illegally, or obtaining an unlicensed copy
of software for your own use. Often assumed to be okay by pirates, but not
to be confused with shareware or freeware.
PITA - common e-mail abbreviation
for Pain In The Ass.
Pixar - creators of Toy Story and Renderman.
See Steve Jobs, Disney.
pixel - Picture Element (pronounced
"PIX-il", or sometimes "pix-EL"), a single dot in a
graphic or on a monitor, used as a unit of measure. See dots
per inch, dot pitch.
pixel-based - a pixel-based graphic stores
the information for each and every pixel on the screen. This is memory-intensive,
but may be drawn more quickly than comparable vector-based
graphics, because no run-time calculations are required.
platform - a Lingo command, "
platform" which mistakenly returns the projector type and
not the true platform type. Refer to the technote "Determining
platfrom - 1. a common mis-typing of platform
2. an inquiry into the original of the platypus, as in "Where's that
platypus - 1. a web-footed, egg-laying, duck-billed
mammal of Tasmania. 2. Franco D's pet, as in "And then my platypus
jumped into the sink!".
plug-in - an external add-on which adds custom
functionality not availablein the main application. Plug-ins for Macromedia
products are called Xtras. Many applications support
plug-ins, including Adobe Photoshop and Netscape
POM - Print-o-Matic, a third-party printing Xtra
Pooh - See Winnie-the-Pooh,
Popeye - the sailor man who eats spinach.
port 1. n. a wine fortified with brandy, traditionally
from Portugal; 2. n. a harbor where people dock their boats and drink port;
3. v. to transport, or otherwise translate and/or modify a computer
program or Director Projector from one platform to another, as in, "Who
is going to port this mess to Windows?"; 4. n. a program which has
been translated to operate on another platform, as in "Who messed up
the Windows port? I need a glass of port".
Portable Document Format -
a document format used by the Adobe Acrobat
family of products. This widely used format is portable across multiple
platforms and ensures that a document looks and prints the same on all platforms.
Many on-line documents, such as government Tax Forms, documentation and
manuals are in PDF format.
POS - Point Of Sale, often
referring to marketing items for store checkout lines, or the software that
links the cash register to an inventory tracking system.
post - 1. n. a message in a discussion
group, message board , newsgroup,
or mailing list. 2. v. to send a message
to a discussion group, message board or mailing list. 3. adj. after, as
in post mortem.
Postscript - a resolution-independent
standard from Adobe Systems for describing and
printing text and graphics, first features in Apple LaserWriters.
Many graphics applications and printers are Postscript-compatible. See Encapsulated
Postscript, Display Postscript.
POV - Point Of View, common
PowerComputing - Macintosh clone
PowerMac - a Macintosh computer using a PowerPC
microprocessor. See native, emulation,
PowerPC - a family of microprocessors
manufactured by IBM and Motorola,
used in PowerMacs and some IBM workstations.
See 601, 602,
603, 604, native,
PowerTalk - Apple Computer's architecture
for collaborative communication, including e-mail and messaging.
PR - 1. Press Release. 2. Public
PRAM - 1. (pronounced "Pee-RAM") - battery-powered
RAM that contains configuration information. Certain problems with your
Mac may be resolved (allegedly) by "zapping
the PRAM"; 2. an English carriage (pronounced "pram");
Preference - 1. a hair color by Loreal;
2. a desire or want, expressed or otherwise. 3. a user-configurable option.
See Preference file, Preferences
Preference file - a file, usually
stored in the Preference Folder containing user-definable options which
are saved by the user and restored when the related application is run.
Director's Preferences file is usually called "Director x.x Preferences".
Trashing a preference file will restore the settings
to their default values, and usually cause an application to recreate a
new preference folder. Trashing the preferences is often recommended when
an application is behaving inexplicably and you are too lazy to re-install
Preferences folder - a reserved
folder name on the Macintosh in which an application should store any Preference
files. The Preferences folder is always called "Preferences"
and is always contained within the System
Folder. See Extensions folder,
Control Panels folder.
pre-master - 1. n. a CD from which a master
is produced. The master is used for replicating
the actual CDs. See gold master. 2. v.
to create a pre-master.
Premiere - a popular digital video editing
application from Adobe Systems, which can be
used to create QuickTime and AVI
pre-rendered - graphics that are pre-computed
in advance. This results in higher quality and may result in better performance
at run-time, but confines the visual effects
to those scenes computer ahead of time. For example, Toy
Story was pre-rendered at Pixar, not rendered
dynamically in your movie theatre as you watched.
Compare real-time rendering
primary color - a color that can be combined
with other primary colors to create any possibly color, see RGB
process - 1. an "entity", such as
a computer program running in memory. A process may be part of the OS,
an application that you started, a print spooler,
or many more things. See spawn, thread,
child process, parent
process. 2. to act upon, as in "this program will process the data."
process id - a unique number that identifies
a process running on a computer, see process name.
process name - a process
is uniquely identified by a process name or a process
id which allows the OS to track its existence.
The newest version of zLaunch for Windows
even works with executables that spawn a secondary
processor - the microprocessor which runs
a computer, such as the Motorola 680x0 Family, or the Intel 80x86 Family.
Pro-Choice - holding the belief that a woman
has an inalienable right to decide what goes on in her own uterus. See sane,
rational. Contrast Pro-Life.
(The views expressed here happen to be those of BAE,
principal of Zeus Productions.)
Prodigy - a private computer on-line network,
owned by IBM. See MSN,
Program Manager - the person selling
programs at a baseball game or giving them away at a theater. The desktop
UI program under Windows 3.1, analagous to the Macintosh
Finder. See EGA
Pro-Life - anti-abortion, anti-Kervorkian,
pro capital punishment. Ironically, many Republicans and the Christian Right
that favor less government intervention in other areas feel that a woman's
uterus is best controlled by the state. See hypocrite, zealot. Contrast
Pro-Choice. (The views expressed here happen to
be those of BAE, principal of Zeus Productions.)
Projector - a standalone Director
property - 1. something that
makes you paranoid, conservative and subject to taxation once you own it.
2. Lingo's keyword for declaring an instance
variable in a parent script. Each child
object has its own unique copy of each property variable. Not directly
related to a Lingo property list.
property list - a Lingo
list in which each entry in the list has a label or "property name"
by which the item can be referred. Not directly related to a child object's
properties. Refer to the TechNote,
"Working with Lingo Lists."
protocol - 1. diplomatic etiquette. 2. a communications
standard by which computers or devices interact in an orderly fashion. See
PS/2 - 1. a line of computers from IBM,
successor to the PC. 2. half of a PS. See OS/2.
PST - Pacific Standard Time,
time zone of the Western United States. Three (3) hours earlier than EST,
two (2) hours earlier than CST, and one (1) hour
earlier than MST, . Eight (8) hours earlier than
GMT. See PDT.
punt - 1. v. to abandon or simply not do, as in,
"I punted that problem set and played Beer
Pong instead," or "she punted him"'. 2. v. to kick a
football (obsolete). 3. n. a kicked football.
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