Dustin M. Holland

A few of my interests:
  1. Playing guitar
  2. High-definition video capture, editing, and distribution
  3. Florida State Intramural Sports
  4. Scuba diving

Interesting fact about me:

I have been heavily involved with the Christian Campus Fellowship (CCF) for over five years. I first attended CCF regularly at age 16, when I began taking dual-enrollment courses at Tallahassee Community College. My involvement with CCF includes group, study, and worship service leadership, as well as a few other "extracurricular" activities.

Word Definition Citation
Bus A bus is, “a subsystem designed to connect two or more devices together in a system. Chip Weems, University of Massachusetts
CPU A CPU, (Central Processing Unit) commonly referred to as a processor, is the primary control unit in a computer or other digital device that interprets input, instructions, and data. Intel Corporation
URL A Uniform Resource Locator (URL), is an expansion of a Uniform Resource Identifier. “In addition to identifying a resource, it provides a means of locating the resource by describing its primary access mechanism (e.g., its network ‘location’).” Tim Berners-Lee, January 2005
Parallel The parallel connector (or parallel input) used to connect a computer to a printer refers to a parallel circuit. “A parallel circuit is a circuit in which the resistors are arranged with their heads connected together, and their tails connected together. The current in a parallel circuit breaks up, with some flowing along each parallel branch and re-combining when the branches meet again. The voltage across each resistor in parallel is the same.” Boston University Physics
Serial Serial connections are either synchronous or asynchronous. “Synchronous communication uses a clock pulse to synchronize the 8 bits of data being transferred at a time. This mode of communication has the advantage of faster speeds of transmission and more reliability compared to asynchronous communication. Asynchronous communication is much simpler to implement than its clocked counterpart. This mode is the preferred choice of the computer industry. Because asynchronous communication lacks a synchronizing clock between the receiver and transmitter, we must have a fixed data-transfer rate. This fixed data-transfer rate is known as the baud rate.” Intel Corporation, 2006
SCSI The acronym SCSI stands for Small Computer Systems Interface and, for quite some time, was the second most popular hard disk interface used in personal computers. scsisource.com, 2006
RS232 “RS232 is a serial interface. It can be found in many different applications where the most common ones are modems and Personal Computers.” connectworld.net, 2005
USB The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a connectivity specification developed by a number of top technology industry leaders. It provides ease of use, expandability, and speed, and is arguably the most successful interconnect in computing history. Intel Corporation, 2006
Firewire FireWire is one of the fastest peripheral connections ever developed and is widely used for multimedia peripherals such as digital video cameras. FireWire is also widely used on both internal and external hard disks, printers, and a number of other peripheral devices. Apple Computers, 2006
Hard drive Hard drives (or hard disks) are… “the primary computer storage medium, which is made of one or more aluminum or glass platters, coated with a ferromagnetic material.” TechWeb.com
Floppy drive Originally created in 1967, “floppy disks” are a form of portable data storage. The floppy disk survived three physical format changes, decreasing in size from 8” to 5.25”, then down to 3.5”. Today, with the advancement of USB storage devices and widespread high-speed internet, floppy disks have become all but obsolete. computerhope.com
CD-ROM/RW "CD-ROM (Compact Disk-Read Only Memory) is a computer technology which allows information to be stored on a compact disk and accessed through a microcomputer." CD-RW (Compact Disk-ReWritable) is define as, "A recordable compact disc that can be erased and rerecorded." Duke University
Iomega Corporation
Desktop "Usually refers to an individual PC" Krollontrack.co.uk
SIMM "Single inline memory module. A high-density DRAM package alternative consisting of several components connected to a single printed circuit board." S.A. Technologies, Inc.
DIMM "Dual inline memory module. A module with signal and power pins on both sides of the board (front and back)." S.A. Technologies, Inc.
RAM "Random access memory. A data storage device for which the order of access to different locations does not affect the speed of access, except for bursts. Data is typically stored in RAM temporarily for use by the process or while the computer is operating." S.A. Technologies, Inc.
COM1 "The name of the first serial port in a system. Additional ports are labeled COM2, COM3 and COM4." Micro2000, Inc.
ROM "Read-only memory. A type of data storage whose contents cannot be altered by the user." DigitalHymnal.org
Binary Number Binary is a, "Numbering system based on two digits: 0 and 1." Crucial.com
Hexadecimal "A number representation in arabic numerals using the base 16, with digits 0 through 9 and A through F. One hexadecimal digit occupies 4 bits." University of Texas
Octet "(1.) A group of 8 bits (also known as a byte). (2.) Pertaining to a selection, condition, or choice that has eight potential values or states." National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
ASCII "American Standard Code for Information Interchange. Standard 8 bit code used in data communications. Many files interchanged from one software program to another and from IBM to Mac formats go through translation into ASCII." Texas A&M University