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OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
OCR programs allow text from items like pictures or magazine pages to be converted into editable text that is useable in text based applications like MS Word or Notepad.
ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity)
ODBC provides compatibility between different programs and database management systems, (or DBMS), that are ODBC compliant. A special database driver is needed as a mediator between the program and the DBMS. The DBMS must be capable of receiving ODBC commands. The program must also be capable of sending them.
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
An OEM computer product is usually considerably cheaper than the boxed version of the same item. An OEM product is quite often packaged only in a plastic bag or plain box. Sometimes no manuals or installation instructions are included. The manufacturer may also not provide any product support. Sometimes the software necessary for installation must be downloaded from the Internet as well.
OLE (Object Linking and Embedding)
OLE allows a user to create an object with one program and embed it into another, while the object retains its original format.
OS (Operating System)
The software that manages your computer environment. Windows XP is an example of an operating system.