Thursday, November 22, 2007

Jargon Buster! Lesson No. 4

Most of today's terms should be familiar to you. Find out what they really mean...

Bit rate
A measure of the speed of data transfer or the quality of a piece of digital music or video. Typically measured in Kbps or Mbps, the larger the number, the faster the transfer or the more superior the quality.

Blog
Short for 'web log', blogs are regularly updated websites usually set out in reverse chronological order and mantained by a single person covering a particular subject.

Bluetooth
A short-range wireless networking standard. Typically used to exchange data between mobile phones and wireless headsets or to empower wireless mice, keyboards and headphones. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) is the latest and fastest.

Blu-ray
A next-generation DVD format, founded by Sony. Can store up to 50GB of data on a single, dual-layer disc. Rival to Toshiba's HD DVD format.

Broadband
A high-speed internet connection. Home broadband can be delivered via phone lines (ADSL) or cable TV, with each requiring a different type of modem to pass the signal to a PC. Home broadband speed currently tops out at about 100 Mbps and mobile broadband (HSDPA) at 7.2Mbps.

Samsung BD-P1000
One of the early adopters, Samsung's Blu-ray spinner pumps out 1080p pictures and uncompressed PCM audio.



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3 comments:

Fleet Admiral Data said...

Hey Regina,

It's been a pleasure reading your highly condescending Jargon Busters. I would, however, remind you to be a 100% correct before you are condescending, so I can't correct you and have to writhe in pain on my own.

You may be surprised to know, but we have home internet from a provider called Starhub in Singapore, and their home internet does not actually top off at 32 Mbps, but at 100Mbps. Not too bad, you're only off by 213%.

That said, I must say I do like your writing style, and you're the reason I pick up the magazine. Keep up the good job.

STUFF Magazine said...

Yes, hello there.

You'd also be surprised to know that the Jargon Busters are not handled by me alone. Please give credit to my friend and colleague, Kevin, The Tech Fan.

But, yes. Thank you for your support and correction, we'll make the appropriate changes and do more in-depth research next time so you can enjoy your solitary writhing. If thats what you're into, you're a very fascinating individual indeed.

We will continue bringing on the goods, you keep up the writhing. Once again, thank you for your support. We welcome your feedback.

-Regina

Anonymous said...

When you hear broadband providers or your colleagues and friends talking about "wireless" they could actually

be talking about two separate things:Wireless

Networking
, having a wire free computer in the house connected to a broadband connection.
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, this is a special kind of broadband package

where you can use it at home, but also in certain places when you are away from home. All you need is your phone

number or pastcode to see if either of these broadband connections are available and you can check it at

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.