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Mac® Bible by Dwight Spivey

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Appendix E. Glossary

Address Book

Application for maintaining lists of personal contacts and their pertinent information, such as their phone number, e-mail address, street address, and relevant Web pages.

administrator

A powerful user account that has the ability to make permanent changes to your Mac's operating system. An administrator can perform many functions, including (but not limited to) creating and deleting other user accounts or other administrator accounts, installing software for system-wide use, installing device drivers, and the like.

AFP

Apple Filing Protocol. A network protocol used to share files and network services among Mac computers.

AirPort

Apple's range of wireless networking products. AirPort uses the industry standard 802.11 protocol.

AppleTalk

A networking protocol developed by Apple for communications among computers, servers, printers, and any other devices running the protocol. A hallmark of AppleTalk is its ease of use.

application

Software that you can install on your Mac. Applications are designed with specific purposes in mind, such as word processors, Web browsers, e-mail clients, page layout, and so on.

Aqua

The user interface theme designed by Apple used as the default for Mac OS X.

back up

The process of creating copies of your data. Having recent backups prevents losing all of your information should your Mac experience serious hardware problems.

Bonjour

A service discovery protocol implemented in Mac OS X. Formerly known as Rendezvous, Bonjour allows for the ...

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