Personal Communication Network


(PCN) Any network supporting Personal Communication Service (PCS). Also, sometimes used to refer to the specific implementation (using the GSM-derivative DCS-1800) of initial PCS capabilities in the United Kingdom.

Last updated: 1996-08-23

Personal Communication Services


(PCS) Telecommunications services that bundle voice communications, numeric and text messaging, voice-mail and various other features into one device, service contract and bill. PCS are carried over cellular links, most often digital.

Last updated: 1996-08-01

personal computer


(PC) A general-purpose single-user microcomputer designed to be operated by one person at a time.

This term and the concept has been successfully hijacked by IBM due to the huge market share of the IBM PC, despite its many obvious weaknesses when compared to other equally valid claimants to the term, e.g. the Acorn Archimedes, Amiga, Atari, Macintosh.

Last updated: 1994-11-02

Personal Computer Memory Card International Association

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(PCMCIA, or "PC Card") An international trade association and the standards they have developed for devicies, such as modems and external hard disk drives, that can be plugged into notebook computers. A PCMCIA card is about the size of a credit card.

For some unfathomable reason, around 1995(?) they decided to rename PCMCIA cards "PC Cards", perhaps to encourage sales to confused purchasers.

Address: PCMCIA Administration, 1030 East Duane Avenue, Suite G, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 USA.

Telephone: +1 (408) 720 0107. Fax: +1 (408) 720 9416. BBS: +1 (408) 720 9388.

Last updated: 1996-10-16

Personal Digital Assistant


(PDA) A small hand-held computer typically providing calendar, contacts, and note-taking applications but may include other applications, for example a web browser and media player. Small keyboards and pen-based input systems are most commonly used for user input.

The Apple Newton was a fairly early example.

[First? Notable examples? Current Best?]

Last updated: 2002-09-03

Personal Identification Number


(PIN, "PIN number") A password, typically four digits entered through a telephone keypad or automatic teller machine.

Last updated: 1996-11-03

Personalized Array Translator


(PAT) A small subset of APL.

E-mail: <[email protected]>.

[Sammet 1969, p. 252].

Last updated: 1998-05-09

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