See also: Processor | Front-End | GUI | Script

Describing something occuring without user interface; happening in the background.


  • Routine that detects new hardware and adds it automatically.
  • Program that is installed to perform a job (such as a firewall or anti-virus) that protects the computer automatically. When the user is interfaced when there is a problem, the program ceases to be transparent.
  • DHCP – an easy to use network protocol that connects to the network automatically, receiving an IP Address without any additional configuration – plug in to the wall and start surfing.
  • Distributed computing projects – running in the background to fight cancer, search for intelligent life, or brute force encryption.

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