Understanding Computer Jargon Words

Do you have a difficult time understanding computer jargon? Do you
know why it may be good to learn some of this business jargon -
a language that can, for many, sound somewhat strange?

Understanding Computer Jargon - Computers are an essential part of business and life for most people today. But computers are complicated and sophisticated. They can makes us frustrated OR WORSE when they don't "co-operate" - or "crash".

Learning about computers and some related jargon can be quite helpful, especially when your business depends on them; that's why this page is on BusinessTune-Ups executive coaching website.

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Some Reasons for Understanding Computer Jargon

If using computers are an important/significant part of your work/life, understanding its jargon can potentially help you from time to time. Here are some reasons:

Definition of Computer Jargon - words and phrases that are often used by people in the computer industry and others quite knowledgeable about computers. These phrases are often not known by many laymen.

Knowledge is Power - when you can express yourself properly using jargon, you'll sometimes gain the respect of associates in your workplace

When interviewing for a job - knowing some computer jargon may help your credibility

Save you time - understanding computer and software jargon may teach you things about computers so you can do some of the servicing yourself. Or, when relying on others for service, you may be able to help diagnose the problem. You'll also be better able understand to talk with computer technicians.

Save you money - understanding computer jargon helps when you're shopping for a computer, too. Knowing some of the jargon terms may help you decide on the best computer for your needs. You also may save money, by having some credibility to negotiate a lower price. And you'll be less likely to be ripped off when going in for repairs or accessories.

Productivity - learning more jargon terms can help you be more productive, as your knowledge and experience of working with computers and software increases

Builds your confidence - and knowledge base. When you build your skills AND confidence, you'll get more respect and varying opportunities for personal development.

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Examples of Computer Jargon

Here are some examples of computer jargon:

"Browsers" Computers needs software to access websites on the Internet. Examples are Microsoft Explorer, Safari (made by Apple), and Mozilla's Firefox.

"CPU" This refers to the "Central Processing Unit" which, in effect, is the brain of the computer that performs the instructions. CPUs keep getting faster, which allows computers to operate more quickly and process more complicated instructions.

"Crash" When a computer crashes, it ceases to operate, typically in the process of performing a process. Hopefully, you can "reboot" (restart) your computer, and it will reset, and perform the necessary operation. Unfortunately, sometimes a crash may have devastating consequences, such as a loss of data that cannot be retrieved.

"Driver" Software is required to instruct a printer what and how to print. The driver is what the computer uses to "drives" the printer to operate.

"Resolution" The amount of detail that a computer monitor and computer printer can produce is referred to as their resolution. The higher the resolution, the greater the detail.

"Virus" Computers can get viruses. They can get "infected" when software is downloaded into them that contains the virus. Depending on the type and sophistication of the virus, it can spread to other computers. Anti-virus software is available to detect most viruses, and remove them.

More Examples of Computer Jargon

"bus", "cache", "chip", "cookie","database", "dot pitch", "download", "file", "firewall", "folder", fragmentation", "freeware", "gopher", "hardware", "interface", "keyboard shortcuts", "mouse", "network", "operating system", "plug and play", "software", "spam", "upload", and "URL"