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Brian Cryer's Glossary of IT Terms with Links


1. Digital Equipment Corporation. In the history of computing, a large and very influential computing company. DEC were acquired by Compaq (and later by Hewlett-Packard) and no longer exists as a corporate entity.
2. Abbreviation for Decimal, meaning base 10. The abbreviation dec is used to denote that a number is a base 10 number to distinguish it between hex, octal and bin (binary).
3. Abbreviation for December, the twelfth month in the year.
4. Decrement. To reduce a number by 1. Some software languages (for example Pascal/Delphi) have a Dec function which decrements its argument.
5. Abbreviation for Deceased, meaning dead or defunct.