Unit 12: Vocabulary

Please study the 16 vocabulary terms below. Then press the Mark Complete button to continue.
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associated
Connected with something else.
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The failure of the printer was found to be closely associated with the upgrade of the operating system.
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daisy chain
Connecting multiple devices in a row or sequence.
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The man daisy chained 3 portable USB drives to increase the storage on his laptop to 3 TB.
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DIP switch
A set of electric switches using a dual in-line package design.
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A DIP switch is an attractive alternative to a jumper setup because there are no parts to lose.
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display
An output screen which contains visual information; some variants include: LED lights, CRT or LCD monitors, and virtual reality goggles.
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The man almost missed his connecting flight because the flight display at the airport showed nothing but a large "fatal error" message.
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dongle
A hardware adapter that can convert one port type to another; a hardware device acting as a security measure for a software program.
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The software no longer functioned when the man lost his dongle.
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enhance
Increase functionality or quality.
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Each year tech manufacturers enhance their latest products to make them more attractive to shoppers.
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extend
Make something go further or last longe.
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The technician used an external SSD hard drive to extend the lifespan of the base model Macbook Air.
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generic
Common, general, or non-specific; unbranded.
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A generic solution is one meant to apply successfully to many situations.
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jumper
A short length of wire wrapped in plastic used to route a circuit by linking two cross connect termination points.
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Instead of software device drivers, older peripherals used to be programmed by setting jumpers.
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modem
A device which converts digital signals into analog signals, and back again when needed.
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You normally need some type of modem to connect to the Internet from home, such as a cable modem or a DSL modem.
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monitor
A visual interface display between the computer and the operator; normally a large rectangular LCD or LED device.
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The old CRT monitor needed to be replaced because it was flickering badly.
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plug and play
A term used to describe the technology where a peripheral device is automatically recognized and configured when it is detected.
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Thanks to plug and play technology, the new printer worked immediately after it was connected.
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printer
A peripheral device that produces a hard copy, normally paper, from data stored in a computer.
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Decent quality printers are very affordable, but the ink can be quite expensive.
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scanner
A device for capturing a binary digital image from a hard copy.
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A scanner can take a photograph or magazine article and digitize it.
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speaker
An internal or external device which converts electrical impulses into audible sound.
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The student turned up the speakers to play a new MP3 for his friends.
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webcam
Any specialized video camera designed to transmit video over the internet.
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Many websites allow video chat using webcams, but this sometimes brings out the worst behavior in people.
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