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How to Sound Computer-Savvy Using These Ten Terms

Women in Information TechnologyIf you want to speak like a computer expert, it helps to do your research on computers, Internet trends, and the latest technological advances. To start learning the technical jargon, here’s a list of ten terms that you should know.

  • Beta. If someone says they’re trying the new “beta,” they’re referring to a new or updated version of a program that has been released to a limited audience for testing.
  • Defrag. Defragmenting rewrites your data to place your files next to each other. This process removes empty spaces between files on your hard drive caused by uninstalling programs.
  • Format or wipe. Formatting or wiping a disk or system generally means erasing all of its data. Some users format their hard drives and reinstall the operating systems to maintain system speed and efficiency.
  • Malware is a shortened form of “malicious software” and serves as a useful catchall term for viruses, spyware, Trojan Horses, and other types of programming designed to infect your computer.
  • Noob. Also spelled “n00b” or “newb,” the term derives from the term “newbie” and is used to refer to new or inexperienced gamers or computer users. The term is usually used as an insult.
  • OS. The acronym for “operating system,” which has to be installed on your computer to for it to run. Microsoft Windows 7 is one example.
  • Overclock. Overclocking means changing the settings of your processor to make it run faster than intended. Overclocking can increase your computer speed, but you risk overheating your processor and limiting its lifespan.
  • Partition. A partition creates separate sections within your hard drive. Sometimes techies use partitions to keep their OS separate, allowing them to format the OS without removing their files.
  • Patch. A patch refers to code used to fix errors in a program that has already been released to the public. Patches are usually downloaded as executable files.
  • Trolling. An Internet “troll” is someone who uses their online anonymity to cause trouble on forums, websites, and more. Trolling is any activity solely intended to anger other users.

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