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RAM -- See random access memory.

random access memory -- (abbreviation: RAM)
The working memory of the computer into which application programs can be loaded and executed. It helps to have more of this "working space" installed when running advanced operating systems and applications.

README file -- 1. A text file included with an application that contains important (and often last minute) information about installing and using the application.
2. A text file on an FTP site that provides valuable information about the context of site.
3. Any text file that you are supposed to read before proceeding.

read receipts -- An optional email feature that notifies you when a recipient has opened the email message you sent him. See also delivery receipts.

Real Soon Now -- Whenever one's previous time commitments allow. A phrase used to indicate that a feature or program will be available sometime between the near-future and the distant-future.

recursive -- A software procedure that calls itself.

refresh -- To clear the screen or part of the screen and redraw it again.

remote login -- Operating a remote computer over a network as if it were a local computer. This can be accomplished via one of several protocols, including telnet and the UNIX program rlogin.

render -- To perform the calculations necessary to draw a complex three-dimensional image.

response time -- A measurement of the time between a request for information over a network and the network's fulfillment of that request. "Overall response time" is an aggregate or average measurement of various response times over a particular network or through a particular host.

RFC -- Abbreviation for Request for Comment. One of a long-established series of informal informational documents and standards that guide the development of the Internet. The most famous is RFC 822, the Internet mail standard drafted by Dave Crocker.

Rich Text Format -- (abbreviation: RTF)
A format for text documents that includes formatting attributes, such as different fonts and typefaces.

root -- The administrative user account on a UNIX system that can bypass security controls. Sysadmins will log in as root when they need to perform tasks such as modifying system files, creating new user accounts, or setting up new services. The root account is also known as the superuser account. Root passwords are closely guarded by security-conscious syadmins. See also sysadmin.

root directory -- The top level in a hierarchical file system. For example on a PC, the root directory of your C: drive contains all the second-level subdirectories on that drive.

ROTFL -- Abbreviation for Rolling On The Floor Laughing.

router -- A computer that directs traffic and moves packets between networks.

RSN -- Abbreviation for Real Soon Now.

RTF -- See Rich Text Format.

RTFM -- Abbreviation for Read The Fucking Manual.


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