- When people refer to new televisions as “flat screen TV” or “flat screen monitor”
• Flat-screen means the screen is flat; there are still
plenty of bulky CRT monitors and TVs in existence that are flat screen –
the accurate term is “flat-panel” because the TV/monitor’s chassis [or
panel] is flat
- People can’t stand to watch TV shows or a movie on a
computer screen but squinting on a 3-4” smartphone’s screen to watch
YouTube/Netflix is popular.
• This is one of the aforementioned “self explanatory’ trends.
- Some people think a computer processor’s clock speed is the arbitrary deciding factor of its capabilities.
• I’ve been told a 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 is more powerful than a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo
- When someone asks “how much RAM do you have? ” and the response is “500GB” or “1 Terabyte”
- When someone asks “how big is your hard drive? ” and the response is “4 GB”.
• RAM and Hard Drive size are not the same thing
- When people complain their computer is full because their music and movies have eaten up the all their RAM.
• (See # 5)
- When people misuse the word “download” (“Yeah, I downloaded that video game but it took a while because there were 3 CDs”).
• The accurate term is "install"; For example, you can
download a game from Steam Online and it will install it after the
- People think the terms “megabytes” and “megabits” are the
same thing and use each term interchangeably. Megabits is used to
measure transfer speed while megabytes is used to measure storage
• 1 bit =0.125 bytes or 8 bits = 1 byte
- People think Wi-Fi is secure even though they use password protection but leave their Wi-Fi on 24/7.
• Ahem, war-driving and GPU brute-force hacking…
- When a customer’s Internet Service Provider temporarily goes
down and he or she quickly thinks their server has crashed and attempts
to send an email to get it fixed.
- Notebook computer
manufacturers continuously engineer their products for longer battery
running time yet many people always hunt for the nearest power outlet
right when they walk into a coffee shop with their notebook.
- It is still assumed by many that Windows and Office are one
and the same thing (“What version of Windows are you using? ” – “Well I
have Word and PowerPoint 2007... ”).
- When someone says they work in “I.T.” and the response is “Oh, so you’re a programmer?”
• I.T. encompasses a broad range of disciplines such as networking, computer repair, programming, cyber security, etc.