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Questions tagged [terminology]

Questions regarding computer-specific terms and jargon. Make sure you show research effort and that your question can be objectively answered.

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How are multiple keystroke shortcuts called?

Do combinations of sequential keystrokes, like CTRL+R,Z have any specific name? The Wikipedia description does not call them anything: Some keyboard shortcuts, including all shortcuts involving ...
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Is it wrong to refer to the “~” character as the home directory path on Windows? [closed]

The tilde character ~ doesn't function as the home directory shortcut on Windows, unlike as on Unix systems. I've always used the character as the home path in written text for all operating systems ...
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What is the name of that metal stripe, which holds PCI cards?

What is the name of that metal stripe, which holds PCI cards?
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Why traceroute on Windows is named tracert - book that I am reading is claiming that there is some historical context

The book called "UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook, 5th Edition" on a page about traceroute, in the footnote is saying that "Windows have it's own version, named tracert (special points on ...
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Is SQL Server's Telemetry CEIP “spyware”? [closed]

SQL Server has a process called Telemetry that is, opt-out closed-source tracks the user tracks usage patterns bundled with "desirable" software It's marketed as "Customer Experience Improvement ...
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What does Alpha and Beta mean? Can a piece of software be both? [closed]

I'm just wondering what it means to be alpha and beta? Can a piece of software be Alpha and Beta at the same time. Is there any standard that defines these terms? Can a piece of software always be ...
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What is correct terminology for commands? [duplicate]

I'm helping to develop a security tool for Linux servers. We are planning to use domain specific language for building rules and view data inside application. We are trying to look at tools like ...
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What are the text used to search specific fields in Windows Search and Outlook called?

When you search for files in the Windows explorer Search bar or in Outlook there are fields you can specifiy like content: for text found in the file or type: for the file extention of the files you ...
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Name for a single partition of URL path

Suppose we have this URL: https://superuser.com/questions/ask This is its path: /questions/ask What is the name for a partition of a path, i.e. /questions?
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Where did the term “superuser” originate?

Where did the term "superuser" originate? Is it a shortening of "supervisory user", or is it just an indicator of the level of power one such user holds in a system?
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What does IOT mean in regards to SIGIOT?

I've been looking around and I found that it was related to an abort call, Something to do with an IOT trap, but any resource I find seems to assume you already know what that is. Probably isn't ...
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What exactly is microcode and how does it differ from firmware?

Insofar as terminology, what exactly is "microcode" and if it can be updated, how does it differ from firmware? This question is not a duplicate of this question (as far as I can tell) which I've ...
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What is “telemetry” data?

I see occasional references to computers storing "telemetry" data. For example, Computer World just published an article about HP putting software on its computers called "HP Touchpoint Analytics ...
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What is the difference between host name and sub-domain name?

We know that Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) consists of hostname.domain.TLD. Is that hostname also called the subdomain name?  What's the hostname and what's the subdomain name?
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Can email always be sent from alias addresses?

My web hosting provider advertises "unlimited numbers of aliases" for email, but actually the "alias" addresses can only receive mail - not send. In technical terms, does email alias require sending ...
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How do I describe this software tool?

Imagine you have 100 files stored across your computer, and you need to add a certain piece of text in 20 of them. A software tool helps you do this by providing filter criteria, which helps you ...
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How do you verbally distinguish between a single directory in a path and the full path?

This is a terminology question. Say you have a path like C:\foo\bar\MyFolder\ foo, bar, and MyFolder are all individual directories, also known as folders, right? And they're arranged in a ...
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What does GT stand for as in GT1, GTX graphics core nomenclatures?

Does GT stand for anything? If not, does anyone know the historical context/origination of this? Some say, it stands for GigaTransfers. But I don't think GT1 means 1 Giga Transfers and surely GTX ...
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What do letters PC-xxxx in the RAM memory naming stand for?

I have searched online and I did not find a single answer about this question. I know that the numbers after PC reprsent the bandwidth of the RAM memory module, but my question is what do the letters ...
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Is it technically correct to call hard disk drives or an SSD, also RAM memory types (Random Access Memory) [closed]

In computer jargon, is it correct to call drives of various types (e.g. hard disk, SSD, DVD) a type of random access memory (RAM)? From what I understand RAM is a device that holds information that ...
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Correct terminology for WiFi broadcasting and receiving devices?

I am using a mobile device's hotspot to broadcast a Wifi signal, and a computer that connects to the hotspot. What are the correct terms for these two devices?
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What is the difference between adding an exclusion by a file or application?

In Malwarebytes there are several options for adding an exclusion. One is "Exclude a file or folder" another "Exclude an application that connects to the internet". What is the difference? An ...
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What is the name of the 8 white squares surrounding resizable views?

I came across this annoying moment while writing a how-to article and realized I didn't know the name of those white squares that surround views. Here some images for clarification. Windows ...
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Is DNS a directory service or directory lookup service?

I really confuse these two terms, I've seen that DNS is NOT a directory service But while I was reading about it in some textbook it mentioned that DNS is a "Directory lookup service" Can anyone ...
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Why there are two aspect ratios & resolutions for 4K monitors [closed]

Both 4K and UHD computer monitors are generally referred to as "4K" monitors. UHD resolution is 3,840 by 2,160 and 4K resolution is 4,096 by 2,160 UHD aspect ration is 1.78:1 and 4K aspect ration is ...
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Why is the word 'driver' used in IT to describe software that helps hardware interface with the operating system?

What is the logic behind choosing the word driver to describe this kind of software and when did drivers start to be called this way ?
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Is there a special name for keyboards that only have a few keys?

Background I am building a custom embedded computer system and need only a few keys to be accessible by the users. I could attach a button board and program that in but was thinking it would be ...
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In the context of this quote, how many 'chips/sockets' do personal computers contain?

My textbook says the following: Not only have microprocessors become the fastest general purpose processors available, they are now multiprocessors; each chip (called a socket) contains ...
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What's the symbol of both 1 and 0?

Computers process everything using "true" (1) and "false" (0). But quantum computers use "true", "false", and "both true and false" What's the symbol used to describe both? (e.g. true: 1)
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What is the correct term for crunching long words in software? [closed]

When drawing graphs in one of my software packages (KNIME), long text is "crunched" to fit into limited on-screen space, for example: BROWN RAT becomes BRO... SWALLOW becomes SWA... and so on. I've ...
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Terminology - The word command

I have some confusion about the word "command". Does the term command refer to: What the user types in a shell? Ex: 'The "man ls" command will display help about the ls command.' The program that ...
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Are these “slide-in” interchangeable plug adapters standardized/generic?

I'm sure I have or had at least one other device with this handy feature, but here's a photo of my Lenovo netbook's wall-wart power supply with the Australian slide-in adapter plug detached. This is ...
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What does the N stand for in the keyboard shortcut for Chrome's Incognito mode?

The shortcut for Chrome's Incognito mode is Control + Shift + N. Why an "N"? I know in Firefox, it's Control + Shift + P and the P stands for "Private" (browsing).
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What's the difference between SMTP server and SMTP Relay?

What's the difference between SMTP server and SMTP Relay?If I want to send mail from a forum (XenForo) using Google SMTP (Paid Google Apps account), do I need to use Google SMTP server or Google SMTP ...
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What does the “Fi” in “Wi-Fi” mean?

I just got into a heated discussion about Wi-Fi. What does the Fi in Wi-Fi mean? I would have thought potentially "frequency interface" since all network adapters are classified as interfaces. However ...
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Technical term for Cisco's VSS

What's the technical term for Virtual Switching System (VSS) by Cisco Systems? In this Q&A, Cisco calls it a network system virtualization technology. Since I couldn't find another vendor using ...
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Are “PAN” (Personal Area Network) and “ad-hoc network” two terms for the same thing?

When searching the Internet for help solving various issues involving networking my devices via Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi it seems that the terms "ad-hoc network" and "personal area network" (PAN) are ...
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Can a computer with one Wi-Fi adapter both connect to a Wi-Fi network and share Internet over Wi-Fi?

I will explain my use case but I am asking about what is technically available with Wi-Fi technology, so please don't submit alternative solutions as answers. I have a MacBook Air and a cheap Windows ...
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What does Bytes In / Out mean?

When viewing performance metrics for a computer, you might see something like "Bytes In" or "Bytes Out". What does this mean, and how does this related to "Upload" and "Download"? Is it "Bytes In = ...
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What is the difference between terminal and tty?

I have seen these two terms use interchangeably. What do they represent?
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Use of “webmaster” title [closed]

Ok.. There are real questions out there about real problems to be answered.. but, I decided to throw this one.. since sometimes it helps to chill a little from everyday's stuff. My mind was wandering ...
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Whats the difference between WLED and LED in displays?

I want to buy a laptop which have LED backlit display but there are other laptops better than that with WLED backlit display having same price tag. Can anyone explain me what's the difference between ...
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What is pirated software? [closed]

I'm planning to write an article about software-terminology based on software-license in which I also want to include about pirated software which requires clear/exact understanding and meaning of ...
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What do you call it when the errors lead you in the wrong direction? [closed]

I do tech support for a living. Occasionally, I run into a series of circumstances that leads me and/or the other technician I am working with down the wrong rabbit hole, in the wrong direction, and/...
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What exactly is a “network boundary?”

The term “network boundary” is used in various Wikipedia articles and other sources, but I haven’t found an explicit definition anywhere. (Google, Stack Exchange, OneLook, Tech Terms Computer ...
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What is the difference between 4K, UHD and QHD? Do we agree on one official resolution?

Nowadays it seems that Full HD isn’t enough anymore and the terms “4K,” “QHD” and “UHD” are thrown around interchangeably. At the same time, there is not just one “4K” resolution in the catalogs. I ...
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Correct distinction between “extension”, “theme”, “addon”, etc?

In my understanding—which I admit may be limited in this regard, hence why I'm asking here—although there is no strict or standardised set of definition(s) or distinction(s), a generally accepted ...
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What's the correct terminology for + email alias?

I'm trying to find a email host that supports aliases in the form of hello+world@yourdomain.com that will automatically send to hello@yourdomain.com. I know that Google Apps and Office365 both seem ...
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What's the relationship between multiplexer and terminal?

Recently, I learned there's this tmux tool. in wiki, it defines tmux is a terminal multiplexer and I kinda get the idea of what it is capable of. But I'm a little confused about the relationship ...
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How do I phrase what I'm looking for here?

There is a feature I'm looking for on Windows in the command prompt - and I don't think it exists - but rather than looking to see whether it exists in any way - I'm looking to see how to properly ...