Glossary of Internet Terms

Letter K

©2001 by Walt Howe
(last updated 22 October 2012)


 

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K

 

K or k
Number prefix meaning 1000 or in computer usage, the similar 210. In some conventions, k means 1000 and K means 210. See Number Prefix Table.
KBps
kilobytes per second
Kbps
kilobits per second
Kermit
A once common terminal emulation program and file transfer protocol that could be used across dialup and telnet connections. It was much slower than xmodem, ymodem, and zmodem in most implementations, but it had the advantage of being able to transfer 8-bit files across a 7-bit telnet connection, which the others would not do. It was developed at Columbia U and was widely used in academia, probably because it was free. It was named for the frog.

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