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Glossary of computer terms

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Glossary of computer terms

Post by Bhavna on Sun 6 Jan 2008 - 6:00

Alpha
Software undergoes alpha testing as a first step in getting user feedback. Alpha is Latin for "doesn't work."

Beta
Software undergoes beta testing shortly before it's released. Beta is Latin for "still doesn't work." It is worth noting that "Release 1.0" can also be translated as "still doesn't work but rent was due".

Computer
Instrument of torture. The first computer was invented by Roger "Duffy" Billingsly, a British scientist. In a plot to overthrow Adolf Hitler, Duffy disguised himself as a German ally and offered his invention as a gift to the surly dictator. The plot worked. On April 8, 1945, Adolf became so enraged at the "Incompatible File Format" error message that he shot himself. The war ended soon after Hitler's death, and Duffy began working for IBM.

CPU
Central propulsion unit. The CPU is the computer's engine. It consists of a hard drive, an interface card and a tiny spinning wheel that's powered by a running rodent - a gerbil if the machine is a old machine, a ferret if it's more recent and a ferret on speed if it's a "performance model".

Default Directory
Black hole. Default directory is where all files that you need disappear to. The default directory exists in part to ensure you lose some important files when you (or a virus) reformat your hard drive.

Error message
Terse, baffling remark used by programmers to place blame on users for the program's shortcomings.

File
A document that has been saved with an unidentifiable name. It helps to think of a file as something stored in a file cabinet - except when you try to remove the file, the cabinet gives you an electric shock and tells you the file format is unknown.

Hardware
Collective term for any computer-related object that can be kicked or battered, often without breaking.

Help
What we all need. Actually, it is the feature that assists in generating more questions. When the help feature is used correctly, users are able to navigate through a series of Help screens and end up where they started from without learning anything... but now it's their fault and they should buy more RAM.

Input/Output
Information is input from the keyboard as intelligible data and output to the printer as unrecognizable junk.

Interim Release
A programmer's feeble attempt at repentance. (like this one... emmm)

Memory
Of computer components, the most generous in terms of variety, and the skimpiest in terms of quantity.

Printer
A joke in poor taste. A printer consists of three main parts: the case, the jammed paper tray and the blinking red light.

Programmers
Computer avengers. Once members of that group of high school nerds who wore tape on their glasses, played Dungeons and Dragons, and memorized Star Trek episodes; now millionaires who create "user-friendly" software to get revenge on whoever gave them noogies.

Reference Manual
Object that raises the monitor to eye level. Also used to compensate for that short table leg.

Scheduled Release Date
A carefully calculated date determined by estimating the actual shipping date and subtracting six months from it.

User-Friendly
Of or pertaining to any feature, device or concept that makes perfect sense to a programmer.

Users
Collective term for those who stare vacantly at a monitor. Users are divided into three types: novice, intermediate and expert.

  • Novice Users - People who are afraid that simply pressing a key might break their computer.
  • Intermediate Users - People who don't know how to fix their computer after they've just pressed a key that broke it.
  • Expert Users - People who break other people's computers.

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Re: Glossary of computer terms

Post by Shanu on Sat 12 Jan 2008 - 15:45

Bhavna wrote:Computer
Instrument of torture. The first computer was invented by Roger "Duffy" Billingsly, a British scientist. In a plot to overthrow Adolf Hitler, Duffy disguised himself as a German ally and offered his invention as a gift to the surly dictator. The plot worked. On April 8, 1945, Adolf became so enraged at the "Incompatible File Format" error message that he shot himself. The war ended soon after Hitler's death, and Duffy began working for IBM.
Hats off to Duffy Very Happy

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Re: Glossary of computer terms

Post by Prithvi on Tue 22 Jan 2008 - 19:04

lol!

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Re: Glossary of computer terms

Post by Kavi on Tue 22 Jan 2008 - 19:55

Ton konpran mem kin lin ecrire la khisher?? confused

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Re: Glossary of computer terms

Post by Bhavna on Sun 27 Jan 2008 - 16:56

kavi to pa pu tro compre..pa pu to laz sa!

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Re: Glossary of computer terms

Post by Shanu on Mon 28 Jan 2008 - 22:02

wi Kavi evite rente dan ban zafer ki pa pou to laz, lol

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Re: Glossary of computer terms

Post by Varun on Wed 5 Mar 2008 - 19:25

It would be good if someone could give us the meaning of Bhavna? Razz

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Re: Glossary of computer terms

Post by Shanu on Thu 10 Apr 2008 - 11:06

bhavna = discipline


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Re: Glossary of computer terms

Post by Prithvi on Sun 27 Jul 2008 - 15:20

Kumen to kone sa toi shanu??
scratch

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Re: Glossary of computer terms

Post by Bhavna on Thu 7 Aug 2008 - 12:58

the meaining of Bhavna = feelings..whenever u r angry i mak u more angry, when u r annoyed i make u more annoyed and wen u r happy i make u unhappy!!

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Re: Glossary of computer terms

Post by Prithvi on Fri 8 Aug 2008 - 21:16

What if u r angry?

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