PCs Glossary: L

label printer: A specialized, small printer that can create all kinds of labels on label tape.

laptop: A portable computer.

laser printer: A type of computer printer that uses a laser beam to create the image, giving a crisp and fast output.

LCD: Liquid crystal diode; A type of computer monitor, also called a flat-panel monitor, that’s thin and uses relatively little electricity.

LED: Light Emitting Diode; a display and lighting technology used in almost every electronic product.

legacy port: A specific port on older PCs to which you would connect a keyboard, mouse, or printer. These ports have been gradually phased out on PCs and replaced by the versatile USB port.

line in jack: The I/O panel jack where you plug a traditional audio-producing device (stereo, VCR, and so on) into the PC for capturing sound.

local-area network (LAN): A computer network that spans a relatively small area. Most LANs are confined to a single building or group of buildings.

log in: To identify yourself on a computer by entering a user name and password.

log off: To tell Windows that you’re done using the computer without actually turning off the computer; you must log in to use it again.

log on: To identify yourself on a computer by entering a user name and password.

log out: To tell Windows that you’re done using the computer without actually turning off the computer; you must log in to use it again.

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