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Part: 6 “Houston, We've Got a Problem” > Glossary Speak Like a Geek: The Comple... - Pg. 329

Glossary Speak Like a Geek: The Complete Archive 329 kilobyte (K) A unit for measuring the amount of data. A kilobyte is equivalent to 1,024 bytes (each byte is a character). laptop A small computer that's light enough to carry. Notebook computers and subnotebooks are even lighter. load To read data or program instructions from disk and place them in the computer's memory, where the computer can use the data or instructions. macro A recorded set of instructions for a complex task or a task you frequently perform. megabyte A standard unit used to measure the storage capacity of a disk and the amount of computer memory. A megabyte is 1,048,576 bytes (1,000 kilobytes). This is roughly equivalent to 500 pages of double-spaced text. Megabyte is commonly abbreviated as M, MB, or Mbyte. memory An electronic storage area inside the computer, used to temporarily store data or program in- structions when the computer is using them. Also referred to as RAM. menu A list of commands or instructions displayed onscreen. Menus organize commands and make a program easier to use. MHz (megahertz) Pronounced "mega-hurts," MHz is the unit used to measure the speed at which computer parts work. For example, a Pentium II 300MHz processor is faster than a Pentium II 233MHz pro-