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R2D2 - a droid
in Star Wars. See C3PO.
RAID - 1. a pesticide; 2. an array of hard drives
working in concert to provide data very quickly.
RAM - see Random
Access Memory. zLaunch
reduces the amount of RAM required to launch external applications from
Director. See K, KB, MB,
RAM disk or RAM
cache - is the opposite of virtual memory. RAM is used to buffer information
off the disk, just in case it is needed repeatedly or quickly. This can
consumes 1-2 MB of RAM on an 8 MB system, hampering performance. The user
can disable the RAMdisk by commenting out the appropriate line in the CONFIG.SYS
file under Windows, or via the Memory Control Panel on the Macintosh. There
may be multiple applications trying to manage disk and RAM caching. Your
CD-ROM driver, Windows and Director all may attempt to cache data from the
CD or RAM to the hard drive at various times.
RAM footprint - the amount of RAM
that an application requires. zLaunch
and other Zeus products have small memory
random access memory - the generic
memory in a computer used to store programs and data while they are actively
running. Typical computers contain 8 MB, 16 MB
or more RAM.
rational - 1. behaving in an explicable or
sane manner; 2. a rational number is one which can be expressed exactly
by a ratio of two integers. A rational number, when expressed as a decimal,
has a finite number of decimal places or repeats at some point. Contrast
read-only memory - memory whose content
is fixed. The ROM chips in a computer retain information
even when the power is off and enable the computer to boot
rasher - 1. more rash 2. a piece of bacon. See
RBI - Runs Batted In. See
read-only - a mode in which a file, disk
or chip can be read from but not written to, such as a ROM
or CD-ROM. Setting a file to "Read-Only"
will reduce access conflicts. You can set a file's read-only attribute using
"Get Info" (Command-I) on the Macintohs and checking the "Lock"
option. You can set a file's read-only attribute under Windows using the
"Attribute" option in the File Manager (Windows 3.1) or File Explorer
(Windows 95). Contrast read/write.
read/write - a mode in which a file or disk
can be both read from and written to. Contrast read-only.
reality - see virtual
reality check - 1. an approximation
to determine whether the intended approach is viable. It is a good idea
to perform a reality-check to ensure that your plan will work before committing
time and resources to a failed approach. 2. see Tick,
Reality Cheque - the official yacht
of Puma Associates.
real-time - happening live and on-the-fly.
Three-D action games such as Doom, feature real-time rendering,
while games such as Myst contain pre-rendered graphics.
Real Thing - 1. love 2. Coca-Cola (R)
RegEdit - a Windows utility used to inspect
and edit the Registry File. See SysEdit
Reggie - 1. Jughead's
and Archie's friend; 2. Mr. October; 3. a candy
bar, namesake of definition 2. See Baby Ruth.
Registry File - a Windows system configuration
file that stores information about the software setup including file types
and their associated applications. It largely
replaces the WIN.INI file used under Windows
relative path - a path
specification given relative to the current location. For example, a
file called MyFile.DIR located in a folder called "DATA" would
have the relative path "DATA\MyFile.DIR" (on a PC) or "DATA:MyFile.DIR"
(On a Mac). You can convert it to an absolute
REM - 1. (pronounced "rem") a phase of
the sleep cycle during which a person dreams, as indicated by Rapid
Eye Movement; 2. (pronounced "R-E-M") a popular
pop group, Rapid Ear Movement; 3. a keyword used in
DOS batch files indicating that the line is a REMark (a comment)
and is to be ignored.
the pathname & relative path
- Refer to the TechNote, "Path
and File Specifications"
render - 1. to cook off the fat from bacon 2.
to generate a two dimensional picture from a description of a three-d environment.
3. to create a visual representation of HTML code
with a web broswer.
Renderman - a rendering
appliation from Pixar, once bundled with various
Macromedia 3D rendering products.
replication - the process of duplicating
CDs or other media for distribution. See clone.
ResEdit - (pronouced "Rez-Edit")
a Resource Editor from Apple. See resource
resolution-independent - describing
something whose appearance is independent of the resolution at which it
is viewed or printed. See Postscript, Display
resource - 1. an asset for a Macintosh program,
such as a graphic, sound, cursor or window, stored in the program's resource
fork. See mctb.
resource fork - a portion of a Macintosh
program file which contains assets that can easily be replaced or modifed
with ResEdit, without editing the data
fork. Windows files do not have resource forks. The size of a Macintosh
file when viewed on a Windows machine reflects only the size of the data
fork, and will not reflect the size of the resource fork. Therefore, Macintosh
files, such as XObjects, that contain no data
in their data forks, will appear to have zero size when viewed under
Return - the Return key is used to end a line
of text or submit data. It is synonymous with the Enter
key, and is often marked with a bent arrow on the keyboard. See carriage
RGB value - an Red Green Blue
triad, specifying a numeric intensity for the three individual components,
red, green and blue. See CMYK.
Rhapsody - code name for Apple's new operating
system based on OpenStep, and the successor to the soon-to-be-released Mac
Rinaldi Collection - a collection
of Hypercard XFCNs
created by Fredric Rinaldi which perform
numerous Macintosh operations, such as reading directories and posting dialog
boxes. This are widely available on on-line services, such as AOL (keyword
Hypercard) and on various Apple servers. They are generally free for non-commercial
use, but cost $300 US for each commercial application. Some of these that
are not Hypercard-specific can also be used with Director. See Xtras,
Rinaldi, Fredric - a Macintosh programmer,
and employee of Apple France, famous for his collection of Hypercard
XFCNs, known as the Rinaldi
Ritchie, Dennis - co-author of the
C programming language along with Brian
Kernighan. Famous for their programming book on C commonly referred
to as K&R.
RLE - Run-Length Encoding,
a form of compression well suited to pictures with large blocks of a single
color, such as a line drawing.
ROFL - Rolling On Floor ,
Laughing, a common e-mail abbreviation.
Funnier than LOL.
ROFLOL - Rolling On Floor
, Laughing Out Loud, a common e-mail
abbreviation. Funnier than ROFL or LOL
ROM - see Read-Only
Memory, CD-ROM. See RAM.
Roman numeral - see I,
V, X, L,
C, D, M.
RomMaker - CD-ROM
Burning software from JVC. See Toast.
RTFM - a polite rebuke indicating that the information
sought can be obtained by reading the manual. See documentation.
RTM - Remit To Manufacturing,
the deadline for delivering a software product for duplication and distribution.
run-time - 1. adj. occurring during playback,
as opposed to development. See dynamic. 2.
n. a plyabck version of the development environment. For example, a Projector
is a run-time version of Director.
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