Thursday, August 27, 2009
My Space and Windows and Java...Oh My!
Computer Lingo = A Lost MyADHDMe.
Chatty Kelly and I were talking about a video clip from You Tube the other day. She commented that it had gone Viral.
She explained to me what it meant in computer terms. I also looked it up on Wikipedia, "A viral video is a video clip that gains widespread popularity through the process of internet sharing."
OK.....so it became well-liked, popular, trendy, famous, faddish.
It made me start thinking of all of the computer lingo that has, quite often, left me staring at the person talking about it, with a glazed zoned out look on my face (unlike the typical zoned out look)....completely oblivious to what they are talking about.
It all started back when people started talking about computer viruses. My dictionary defines a virus as "an ultramicroscopic (20-300 nm in diameter) metabolically inert, infections agent that replicates ONLY within the cells of living hosts, mainly bacteria, plants and animals; composed of an RNA or DNA core, a protein coat and in more complex types a surrounding envelope"
(I think I need a dictionary for my dictionary)
So, ok, I guess it makes sense to call "a segment of self-replicating codes planted illegally in a computer program, often to damage or shut down a system or network", a virus.....even though it makes me nervous because virus' ONLY replicate within the cells of living hosts.
OK, I'm completely confused now just from reading what I've written so far.
Monkeys Are Funny.
I'm switching channels here. My main idea here (and you thought I didn't have one) is that if the world of computers is so advanced and savvy, then why can't they come up with new words to describe things. It isn't just computers either. I'm talking about technology in general.
A few examples:
A mouse = a small rodent that scurries around looking for bread crumbs.
My Space - My Room
Hardware = Purchased at a HARDWARE store...ie nuts, bolts, screws.....
Java = Coffee
Dial-Up = What you did on grandma's rotary phone.
RAM = What my son did with his car when he hit the other car(s).
Disk = Frisbee
Windows = Glass covered holes in the walls of your house to look outside, (remember outside?)
Server = The girl or guy that brings you your food at a resturant.
Menu = What you looked at so you could tell the "server" what you wanted to eat.
Blackberry / Blueberry = Same family as Raspberry and Strawberry
Cut & Paste = Scissors and Glue
Cookies = Dessert.
Motherboard = I'm not quite sure but it sounds like a word from Star trek or a major insult.
Home = Your House.
PDF = Pretty Darn Funny
Twitter & Tweet = The sounds the birds are making outside the "WINDOWS" .
I'm sure the list goes on, but you get my idea...don't you? Of COURSE you do!
you silly goose......hhhmmmm....
Goose = Internet jargon for posts that don't make sense.
(ok, maybe not)