IT Jargon Buster

Good morning everyone and welcome to this week's midweek Wednesday blog.

Today we're are talking about IT Jargon Busting.

We all know IT Specialists like to confuse us with different IT Techie terms that leave you feeling really like "What did they just say" or "Just nod and agree"

Well today I'm going to list some of the most common ones they use and put it into easy terms for you, to hopefully help you understand what they are talking about. I will do a more in depth one further down the line which will cover a lot more of these Jargon Busting words.

But for today I'm going to keep it short and sweet with the most common ones you may come across daily.

Application (Also known as App)

Computer software, also known as a program or app that performs a task or a set of tasks. For example: iTunes, Facebook Messenger, Xbox, Office (for the phone), Zoom and Skype.

All these are types of application which is different to software.

Bits, Bytes, Kilobytes (Kb), Megabytes (Mb), Gigabytes (GB), and Terabytes (Tb)

All of the above refer to different sizes of files, or there capacity of storage on devices such as Hard Drive, Xbox, PlayStation, Computers, Laptops, MacBook's.

A Bit is the smallest single piece of information, either a 0 or 1. In short they are classed as a Binary digits.

- A Byte is a collection of 8 bits

- A Kilobyte (Kb) is 1024 bytes

- A Megabyte (Mb) is 1024 bytes

- A Gigabyte (Gb) is 1024 megabytes

- A Terabyte (Tb) is 1024 Gigabytes

So when you see the size of a file or the capacity of a storage item you can see just how big the information is. Generally when transferring items via email it's restricted to 25mb or 35mb in outlook.


This is the process of starting up your computer, laptop or MacBook. There are 3 different types of Boot,

- Cold Boot

Turning on your computer, laptop or MacBook from it being turned off

- Warm Boot

Restarting the computer when it's on, for example after a software update

- Hard Boot

Press and on your on/off button for 5seconds until your computer, laptop or MacBook turns off, leaving it for 1 minute and turning it back on. Normally used when your computer, laptop or MacBook freezes and you're unable to do anything


A small data-memory storage area that a computer can use to instantly re-access data instead of re-reading the data for it's original source, such as hard drive or a website page. This is mostly seen within Browsers as they can just reconnect to the page without having to re-read the whole thing again allowing for quicker browsing.


Compact Disk Read-Only Memory, an optically read disc designed to hold information such as music, reference materials, or computer software. Also can be a CD that's be "burned" as a data disk is also known as a CD-ROM.


A test file sent by a Web Server that is stored on the hard drive of a computer and relays back to the Web server information about the user, his or her computer, and/or his or hers computer activities. Although this sounds scary that don't cause any harm. Ever wondered why you look at amazon for gazebos, then go onto Facebook and the ad's show you gazebos? This is where the algorithms come in as they analyse the information from the cookie to show you relatable adverts.


The processes of safely and securely transferring information to authorised recipient's only. For example Credit Card details (ever wonder why they only show the last 4 digits of card information? This is why) or sending a Confidential file to someone.


Software programs created by people that allow users access to use the software for free. For example Avg - Antivirus, Virtual DJ,


The physical and mechanical components of a computer system such as Chips, Electronic circuitry, Monitors, Disk Drives, Keyboard, Mouse, Routers and Printer.


Hypertext Markup Language. HTML is a computer coding that is used to create websites. If your interested when your on a website press F12, you will see a box that comes up with the HTML coding for that site. It can be over whelming so don't worry you don't need to code that way.

Memory - RAM

Memory, or more accurately Random Access Memory. These are chips inside the computer, laptop or MacBook that are the "thinking space". Which can be thought of as similar to a human mind processing the information it's been given, process it and then show the information. It's a temporary storage built inside instead of permanent storage that needs to be saved like your work.

Operating System

All computers (desktops, laptops, MacBook, tablet or Smartphone) require an operating system to run.

It's basically the master program on the item. It keeps track of what the user is doing, where things are stores etc.

Well know operating systems include Windows, Linux and Mac Os for laptops, desktops, MacBook's but also include Android and iOS on tablets and Smartphones.


Any external elements that are connected to your computer, laptop or MacBook. For example these include external hard drives, scanners, printers, web cameras, microphones and speakers.


Computer programs, also called applications or apps, These include Microsoft Office, Photoshop and Steam.


Watching films, videos, listening to music that is stored on the Internet. Or if your a gamer it can be your playing and streaming it onto the internet via Twitch or something similar.

Popular streaming services include YouTube, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, 4On Demand, Spotify, iTunes and Twitch


A video camera that takes live images and send them to a web browser. Also used in live streaming like Facebook Live, Zoom, Skype, Twitch or a video call.

Little Quiz for yourself: Can you name these following items? Answers Below

Answers: How well did you do?

  1. Laptop

  2. Streaming

  3. Desktop

  4. Peripherals

  5. Software

  6. Applications - Apps

Did you get 6 out 6? That's expert level, no extra assistance required at this time

Did you get 5 out 6? A little assistance required

Did you get 4 out 6? Slightly more assistance required

Did you get 3 out 6? Halfway there, some assistance required

Did you get 2 out 6? Not quite a beginner, some more assistance required

Did you get 1 out 6? Beginner level, let's start from where you feel comfortable and work it together.

That's all for today lovely people.

I'll see you again next Wednesday for my next installment of Maria's Midweek Wednesday Blog.

Have an amazing week. If you want to learn more connect with me today about my group coaching and 1on1 Coaching. You got this!

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