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user

[′yü·zər]
(communications)
An individual, installation, or activity having access to a switching center through a local private branch exchange, or by dialing an access code.
(computer science)
Anyone who requires the use of services of a computing system or its products.

user

(person)
Someone doing "real work" with the computer, using it as a means rather than an end. Someone who pays to use a computer. A programmer who will believe anything you tell him. One who asks silly questions without thinking for two seconds or looking in the documentation. Someone who uses a program, however skillfully, without getting into the internals of the program. One who reports bugs instead of just fixing them. See also luser, real user.

Users are looked down on by hackers to some extent because they don't understand the full ramifications of the system in all its glory. The term is relative: a skilled hacker may be a user with respect to some program he himself does not hack. A LISP hacker might be one who maintains LISP or one who uses LISP (but with the skill of a hacker). A LISP user is one who uses LISP, whether skillfully or not. Thus there is some overlap between the two terms; the subtle distinctions must be resolved by context.

user

(jargon)
Any person, organisation, process, device, program, protocol, or system which uses a service provided by others.

The term "client" (as in "client-server" systems) is rather more specific, usually implying two processes communicating via some protocol.

user

An individual who uses a computer or some other equipment. Also called an "end user." The terms "user" and "end user" are synonymous; however, because IT professionals are users themselves when they operate the computer, they may prefer to use "end user" for the target user (employee or customer). See system development life cycle.
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Hence, a practical alternative to no end user involvement is to ask desktop end users to make a minimum of high-level records management decisions if other non-intrusive techniques are not adequate.
In the group of companies with laptop users, the survey also found 57% of companies ask laptop users to manually upload their data onto company servers; with only 29% of companies using software to automatically backup laptop-based files to the corporate network.
When a user moves the cursor over this cell, a small flag will indicate the change, who made it and when.
From 1996 to 1999, for more than 70 percent of the time, a user only viewed the top ten results.
After reviewing the online case study to obtain background information about the crime, users start the interview by choosing 1 of 14 different categories, covering such items as Mike's personal habits, work relationships, or possible involvement in the crime.
User Group Connection broadens visibility and elevates interest in user groups as a qualified target market.
As a result, off-the-shelf software rarely satisfies the more in-depth requirements of larger companies that need modifications to suit the nuances of their operations and substantial ongoing support for their many users.
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User productivity is improved because file system changes do not interrupt user access nor require desktop reconfiguration
Remote access involves more than a straight link between a remote user and a digital library.
Rather, to access them, users need only have their computer modems call the modem of the BBS, and the process is more or less automated from there.