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Glossary Speak Like a Geek: The Complete Archive 330 multitasking The process of performing two computer tasks at the same time. For example, you might be printing a document from your word processor while checking your e-mail in Prodigy. network computer A network computer (or NC) is a streamlined version of a standard PC that relies on a network server or on Internet servers for most of its computing power. A typical network computer has a monitor, keyboard, mouse, processor, and memory but no hard drive or CD-ROM drive. Pro- grams are stored on a central network computer. Although NCs cannot replace PCs, NCs are excellent for corporations because they require little maintenance and support. newsgroup An Internet bulletin board for users who share common interests. There are thousands of news- groups ranging from body art to pets (to body art with pets). Newsgroups let you post messages and read messages from other users. notebook A portable computer that weighs between four and eight pounds. online Connected, turned on, and ready to accept information. Used most often in reference to a printer or modem. operating system The software that a computer loads on startup. The operating system enables the user and all other programs to communicate with the computer. The most popular operating system is Mi- crosoft Windows. pane A portion of a window. Most programs display panes, so you can view two different parts of a