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native - a native application is optimized for
and takes advantage of a particular processor.
In the context of the Macintosh, a native application is optimized for the
PowerPC chip. In the context of Wintel
PCs, a native application is optimized for 32-bit
processing under Windows 95 and/or Windows
NT. See non-native, emulation,
Navigator - 1. Netscape
Navigator. 2. Pavel Ivanovich Chekov.
NBC - National Broadcasting Company,
a television network. See MSNBC, ABC,
NC - 1. North Carolina. 2. No
Charge. 3. Network Computer.
See Oracle, Larry
NCSA - National
Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University
of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign , IL, USA. See Mark
Andreeson, Mosaic, HTTPd.
net - 1. a fishing device often made of rope, or
unfortunately mono-filament. 2. see internet.
3. (pronounced "dot net", not "En-Ee-Tee") the
final portion of the domain name of an internet
service provider. See com, edu,
gov, mil, org,
- 1. Netscape Navigator. 2. Netscape
Communications, Inc. - 1. software maker best known for their Navigator
web browser and inflated market cap. See
Mark Andreeson, James
Clark. 2. slang for Navigator itself,
although the company makes numerous other web server products.
Netscape Navigator - a web
browser created by Netscape Communications,
Inc. Sometimes called Navigator, but
more often simply referred to as "Netscape".
Network Computer - a home entertainment
device envisioned to bring web surfing to the masses. Proferred by Larry
Ellison of Oracle. See NC,
new - 1. a special method
used to instantiate an Xtra
or a child object. The
method returns an instance of the Xtra or object and must be called before
calling other instance-level methods.
The new method replaces the mNew method used by
XObjects, and the
method formerly used by Director 4.0 child objects.
newsgroup - an internet-based discussion
group, focusing on a particular topic, such as a computer language.
See mailing list, message
next 1. a programming keyword used to increment
a counter within a loop. 2. a word rarely heard at the DMV.
NeXT - 1. one-time hardware, now software-only,
company that Steve Jobs thought would earn
his revenge against John Sculley. Next
was the first commercial computer to incorporate a CD-ROM drive and Display
Postscript. See also Pixar
NFR - see Not For Resale.
nibble - four bits,
or one-half of a byte. A nibble can contain one
- purveyor of fine legal self-help books, including Software Protection,
A Legal Guide. See Ivan Hoffman,
nom de plume - pen name, see O.
non-modal - 1. v. a dialog box that allows
you to activate other windows, rather than forcing you to respond to the
dialog box, is said to be "non-modal". See modal.
non-native - a non-native application runs
in emulation mode which is substantially
slower than a native application. If an application
is created for older 680x0 Macs, it will
run on PowerMacs in emulation mode which
is substantially slower. Likewise 16-bit applications under Windows 95 are
not - a boolean operator that performs a logical
negation. For example, NOT (True) = False, NOT (False) = True. This is
a convenient way to toggle some value on and off. See and,
or, xor, and refer to the
Not For Resale - it is generally not
legal to sell "Not For Resale" products obtained for demonstration,
review, promotional or similar purposes.
NotePad - a simple word processor which come
with Windows. See WordPad.
NSAIDs- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs,
such as aspirin or ibuprofen, which reduce inflammation (swelling) but do
not contain steroids
NT - See Windows NT.
NT Server - see Windows
NY - 1. New York City. See NYC.
2. New York State.
NYC - New York City, New York,
USA (aka The City and
"The Big Apple") located in EST
time zone. See NY, SF.
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