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Sony VAIO Desktop User Guide
A LAN (Local Area Network) is a group of computers connected together within a limited
geographical area. It enables users to share devices (such as printers) and information using
one processor or server.
Short for Liquid Crystal Display. Flat display technology using liquid crystals (and light
polarisation) to provide sharp, flicker-free images on a screen comprised of millions of tiny
cells. Colour can be produced by two basic techniques. Passive matrix is the less expensive of
the two technologies. The active matrix technology (or TFT) produces better quality but is
also more expensive.
Short for Light-Emitting Diode. A semiconductor device that lights up when electricity passes
Short for Messaging Application Program Interface. A Microsoft Windows interface
enabling you to send e-mail messages. It allows e-mail access and distribution among
applications. MAPI-compatible applications include a Send Mail or Send in the File menu of
The maximum amount of RAM that your computer can contain. Once this amount is
reached, you can no longer add additional RAM to your computer.
The motherboard is the main circuit board inside your computer. It holds the CPU, the BIOS,
the memory and so on.
MPEG or Moving Pictures Experts Group is a standard for audio-visual compression of video
sequences. MPEG achieves high compression rates by storing only the changes from one
frame to another. The decrease in data is generally imperceptible to the human eye.
MPEG-1 was developed for digital storage of video and audio data on CD-ROM. MPEG-2
achieves better image and audio quality and is more targeted to TV broadcasting and DVD.