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Batch processing: The running o£, several computer programs one after another
without the need of a human operator to run each program individually.
Baud: A unit for measuring data transmission speed. It is used to describe the
capacity of a carrier. In general usage, a baud is identical to bits per second.
Beginners: All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (BASIC) An easy-to-learn,
high-level, interactive programming language that is frequently used with personal
computers and in timesharing environments. Bernoulli disk: A magnetic disk-based storage medium in which a single hard disk
platter is encased in a plastic cartridge.
Beta testing: The use of beta version of a software by a selected set of users for
identifying errors that might have been overlooked during the regular testing
Beta version: The version of a software that is released to a selected set of users
for testing before its actual release.
Binary: A characteristic or property involving a selection, choice, or condition in
which there are two possibilities.
Binary Coded Decimal (BCD): One of the early coding systems, which is based on
the idea of converting each digit of a decimal number into its binary equivalent
rather than converting the entire decimal value into a pure binary form. For
example, the decimal number 42 is represented by 0100 0010 in 8-4-2-1 BCD
Binary number system: A number system with a base of two. It consists of two
digits: 0 and 1.
Biometric device: A device used for user authentication that verifies some
physical characteristic of a user, such as the person's appearance, fingerprints,
hand geometry, voice, or signature.
Bit: Acronym for binary digit, which stands for one binary piece of information.
This can be either 0 or 1.
Bitmap: A method of displaying graphic images on a monitor by altering the color
(or turning on or off) of individual dots (pixels) on the coordinate system.
Block: A group of related items (records, characters, etc.) handled as a unit during
input and output. A section of program code treated as a unit.
Blocking factor: The process of grouping two or more rec...
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