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.


Boot

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