Technical Terms that you don’t have an Idea of being Misused

Using the word Bacteria to refer to a single germ, which should be bacterium instead, mixing up Discrete and discreet and saying my Facebook got hacked, when what they really mean is I left my computer or phone unlocked and my idiot friends thought it would be funny to send those messages to family members.

Well, this blog is all about those technical terms people commonly misuse to clear up any confusion an help you win your next internet fight, here we are.

Hard Disk

Let’s just start with the venerable Hard Disk. There are a lot of people, who use the Hard disk to refer to any sort of non-removable storage in a computer, but it actually only refers to mechanical spinning drives.

If we break it down, the word Hard refers to the rigidity of the disks or the magnetic platters inside. The internals of floppy disks by contrast were flexible, so don’t refer to Solid State Drives (SSDs) as Hard disks or Hard Drives.

If you want to talk generally about mechanical drives and SSDs as a group you can say drive.

GPU and Graphics Card

Let’s talk about your GPU or is it your graphics card. It is common to hear people use GPU to refer to this, but the GPU actually only refers to the Graphics processing unit. The Chip you will find on your Graphics card.

For example GP-104, which Nvidia Brands as a GTX 1070 or 1080 depending on how many of its processing cores are enabled from the factory.

So, then it is fine to call an RX 480, a GPU but if you are talking about a specific model, such as Gigabyte Wind Force 8GB, you are better off calling the whole assembly a Video Card or Graphics Card.

In the case of highly integrated devices like smartphones, the graphics accelerator is usually part of the SOC or system on a chip, So stick with GPU in that case rather than calling your Adreno 540 a Graphics card.


Disk and Disc

Let’s move on to removable media, namely optical Disc. Disk and Disc both sound the same and for this reason, both words are used interchangeably quite often to refer to CDs, DVDs and Blu- Rays and Also for HDDs and Floppys.

Well, Disc actually specifically refers to optical Media, while Disk is used for Magnetic media such as Floppy Disk and Hard Disks.

HD, 2K and 4K

Coming back to Blu-Rays, you might understandably be a bit confused over how the letters HD seem to appear on everything from cheap 1336 by 768 TVs to outrageously expensive 8K displays.

Well, while the term HD is not technically incorrect as long as the resolution is at least 720p (1280 x 720). TV manufacturers often use the term HD without any qualifiers to mean 720p exactly. Making lower end screens sound more appealing.

If you want to know Unequivocally, what each HD variant really means then well here it is.

HD is 720p, Full HD is 1080p, Q-HD or Quad HD means 1440p and U-HD or Ultra HD means 2160p and up.

I guess words like Full and ultra sound a lot sexier to potential buyers than a jumble of numbers. But it is confusing nonetheless and to make things even more baffling terms like 2K and 4K actually refer to cinematic resolutions used in the movie industry.

Which means that true 4K is actually a little wider than most 4K monitors or TVs on the consumer market and if you have ever seen a 1440p monitor advertised as 2K, we will take a moment to shake your head and discuss as the actual 2K resolution used in Cinema is nowhere close to 1440p. Real 2K is actually just a slightly wider 1080p.

So, now there are there any misused tecnical terms that drive you guys crazy? Put them down in the comments section below and while you are at it, let me know if there is any other technical terms that is widely misused by people and we missed.


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