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75% AMDAcronyms Made to Deliver AMD = Advanced Micro Devices, a CPU manufacturer.
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100% APPALOOSAAMD Processor Portends Affordability Like One Open Source Application Sean Lamb (Appaloosa was AMD's code name for their less-expensive Duron line of processors)
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100% ATIAbsolutely Terrific Illustrations Jeff Anonymous, referring to the graphics card company.
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100% CD-ROMCan't Detect Round Of Metal Angela Brett, whose CD-ROM drive can no longer see when there's a CD in it.
91% CENTRAL PROCESSING UNITComputers are Everywhere Now That Retailers Are Lowering Prices Roughly Overnight. Computer Education and Solid State Inventions Now Guarantee Us New Innovative Technology Sean Lamb
100% CMOSComputer Must Operate Somehow Tony McCoy O'Grady (CMOS usually stands for Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor)
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85% CRISP IMAGESComputer Reproduction of Images - Scanner & Printer Interacting (with) Macintosh Afford Grandma Enlarged Snapshots. Angela Brett, after finally getting around to start using her colour printer, after getting her scanner working, and discovering that she could greatly enlarge and print a picture of her niece without the printout looking at all grainy. Angela's mother Mary is of course thrilled to be able to print enlargements of photos of her grandchildren, hence the "Grandma" in the expansion.
86% DONGLEDim Oafs Need Greatly to Learn English Tony McCoy O'Grady, who couldn't believe that there really is a piece of computer equipment called a DONGLE.
86% DONGLE (2)Did Older NewZealanders Grow-up Learning Electronics? Tony McCoy O'Grady, when told that Angela had found someone else who knew what a dongle was, but hadn't heard the term for ten years.
100% ENRON MACHINE GUN "E" Nudged Really Ominously Notifies Malfeasance. A Computer Has Insides Not Expected, Generates Unwanted Noise. Jeff Anonymous, referring to the dark side of his desktop computer (the sound card was misrepresented and there is some odd fan noise) and the fact that Dell and the defunct energy company Enron share the "crooked E" logo. Suffice to say that his eyes have looked towards Apple for the next upgrade cycle.
100% EPSONEvil Printer Supplier Overcharges Needlessly Jeff Anonymous (in reference to Epson's practice of gouging on inkjet cartridges)
100% FERRITE COREFew Engineers Realize Ram Is Technology Evolved 'Cause Of Researching Engineers Sean Lamb (who remembers seeing photos of ferrite core memory from his own college days)
100% FIREWIREFast Information Retrieval, Even Without Inconvenient Restarting Everytime. Angela Brett
91% FLOPPY DISKForget Low-end, Obsolete Plastic Paralellograms... Your DIskettes Inefficiently Store Kilobytes. Angela Brett
100% HITACHIHow Is This A Computer-Human Interface? Sean Lamb (Hitachi makes computer monitors...)
100% IBM (3)It's Barbarically Megapriced Jeff Anonymous, after mentioning IBM in I AM GETTING THE MAC
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100% I FORGOT TO RANT ABOUT MY NEW DELL COMPUTERI Feel Overjoyed. Radeon Graphics, Optical Twosome, Transflexive Oversized Readout, And No Tubes. Arrived Bouncily, Overconfident UPS Trafficker Must Yaw. New 'Experienced' Windows... Disk Expansive... Let Linux Claim Open Megabytes. Pleased User Thinks: 'Elephantine RAM' Jeff Anonymous, after getting a Dell Dimension 8250 with: 2.4 Gigahertz Pentium IV, Dual boot Windows XP and RED HAT Linux 8, 120 gigabyte hard drive, 512 megabytes of RAM, 17 inch flat panel display, 128 megabyte ATI Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card and two optical disc drives. See also UPS
80% IMAC (5)I'm a Mean Acronym Creator Angela Brett, after Steve said he was trying to think of a mean expansion for iMAC.
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100% JOYSTICKJust One Young Student That Is Controlling Kicks Sean Lamb (who spent many an evening in the college computer lab playing games)
100% LAPTOP (2)Little Appliance - 'Puter - That's Obviously Portable Tony McCoy O'Grady
100% MODEMMine Often DIsconnectsÉ Extremely Maddening. Angela Brett, whose new modem keeps cutting her off even after having its dongle fixed and the phone lines to the house fixed.
100% MOUSE (3)Makes Obvious Understandable Somehow/Seemingly Explicable! Charles H. Montgomery, Jr.
100% MOUSE (4)Mobile Obviously Understandable/Useful, Software Executor! Charles H. Montgomery, Jr.
100% MOUSE (5)Moving Onscreen, User Selects Entrypoint Tony McCoy O'Grady
100% MOUSE (6)Manually Operated User System Emulator Tiger
100% MOUSE (7)Must One Use Such Equipment? Sean Lamb (who prefers to use the keyboard for most computer operations)
100% MOUSE (8)Makes Onscreen Usability Seem Easy Eric Bridgstock
100% OPTICAL DRIVEOne-Piece To Inscribe CDs And Load DVD-ROMs, I'm Very Envious Angela Brett, referring to DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives.
100% PALOMINOPlanning Another Launch, One Manufacturer Is Now Online Sean Lamb (Palomino was AMD's code name for their Athlon line of processors)
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100% PCI-EPurchasing Computers In Excess Sean Lamb (PCI-E is an acronym for a new graphics bus, the PCI Express; it may launch a wave of new computer purchases)
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100% PPCProductive Processor Cycles Angela Brett, because PowerPCs and other RISC chips are generally faster per MHz than CISC chips.
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100% PPC (2)Performance-Per-Cycle Angela Brett
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75% PPC (3)Pre-eminent Portable Chip Angela Brett (PowerPC processors are good for portable computers because of their PPC (4))
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100% PPC (4)Petite Power Consumption Angela Brett
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100% QICQuirky Information Cabinet Sean Lamb (QIC is really Quarter-Inch Cartridge, one size class of backup tape cartridge; multiple uses causes corruption on the tape)
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100% QWERTY"Quit Writing Everything Rapidly!" Typewriter Yells Angela Brett, since the QWERTY keyboard layout was designed to stop typewriters from jamming, though not necessarily by slowing down typing. (See and the linked article for an interesting discussion on this)
100% ROUTERSRhymes Outers? Uters? The Easiest Route's Silence. Angela Brett, as geeks sometimes argue about the pronunciation of the word router.
100% SCANNERStupid Contraption Apparently Now Needs Extra RAM. Tony McCoy O'Grady, when Angela, after having a lot of problems with her new scanner (see SCSI CHAIN) was told that she needed more RAM to run it. After new RAM was added and some software conflicts were supposedly fixed (see FIXED MY MAC) she still can't get it to scan. Her advice: Don't buy Microtek, they're as troublesome as that *other* Micro company.
100% SCSI CHAINScanner Connection Sans Instructions Can Halt Angela's Imaging Nascency. Angela Brett, when she couldn't get her scanner to work, due largely to the fact that it came with no instructions whatsoever regarding the setting up of a SCSI chain. Poor Angela actually had to resort to looking at her Mac's manual, and Mac users don't need manuals! See SCANNER
100% STYLUSStop Typing... You'll Love Using Scribbles. Angela Brett
80% UMAXUsers May Archive Xposures [sic] Jeff Anonymous, expanding the scanner company per a failed search.
100% USBUsers Sadly Blush Jeff Anonymous, saying, 'There must be a few Univeral Serial Bus users who are ashamed of it... afraid their friends will torture them for playing with the idea that serial might be dead.'
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100% WIRELESSWith ITrip Radio Equipment, Listeners Everywhere Start Stations Angela Brett (the iTrip is an FM transmitter for the Apple iPod... by far the best one if you ask me as it gets all the power it needs from the earphone port, yet has just as good range as competing products which require batteries.)
100% WIRELESS (2)Wireless Infrastructure's Really Excellent Lan Equipment Sending Signals Sean Lamb (who just recently learned the joys of 802.11g)
100% ZIFFZero Insertion Fun, Frankly! Duncan Smith, in response to an unsuccessful search. According to ZIFF means Zero Insert Force Field - Duncan explains: ZIFF means Zero Insertion Force. I think that the extra F is a typo or a joke, becuase I have never seen it before. ZIF means Zero Insertion Force, which is a name for a type of CPU socket which, logically enough, allows you to insert the CPU into the socket with a lever instead of pushing and bending pins.
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