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Top 5 IT Terms You Should Know

Technology_words.jpgThere are some IT terms that are no longer “IT”. In fact, they are now mainstream words used by youth and adults alike in everyday conversations.  Some of these words are so commonplace, that you may even be surprised to know have their roots in IT!  Here are top 5 tech words you will hear used by more than just your IT company.

Do you know where they originally came from?

404

Originally a technical term for Not Found 404 (which is an error message seen on a Web page to indicate a requested URL was not found on a server), "404" is now used to imply someone is clueless, as in "There's no use asking him; he's 404."

Bandwidth

The technical definition of "bandwidth" involves the difference between two frequencies and the amount of information that can flow through a channel, as expressed in cycles per second (hertz). It also refers to the range of frequencies (not the speed), or the measured amount of information, that can be transmitted over a connection: the higher the frequency, the higher the bandwidth and the greater the capacity of a channel to carry information

Bandwidth is often used these days to describe someone’s inability to think about or do multiple things at once—for example, "I don't have the bandwidth to deal with your request right now." If a person is described as having "low bandwidth," it means he or she is considered too busy to do anything, or perhaps just unable to do anything!

Just-in-time (JIT)

Traditionally, this phrase describes a compiler that turns bytecode (Java for example) into instructions that can be sent directly to a processor.

Just-in-time also refers to a hot concept in business supply chains. The concept is to keep a company's inventory to an absolute minimum. Parts and raw materials are delivered by suppliers to manufacturers at the precise moment they're needed. In turn, manufacturers produce and deliver their products to their customers just-in-time to be sold.

Slang usage has morphed the meaning into something that can be handled or assimilated quickly, such as just-in-time training: small, easily digestible pieces of information.

411

Online jargon, also known as text message shorthand, used primarily in texting, online chat, blogs and newsgroups, means information.  For example, "Have you got the 411 on that?"

PING or ping

(PING stands for Packet Internet Groper)

Traditionally, this term refers to an Internet program used to determine whether a specific IP address is accessible or online. It works by sending a packet to the specified address and waiting for a reply. PING is used primarily to troubleshoot Internet connections.

PING has recently morphed into a different meaning. Seen in email or text messages as "ping me when you get a chance" (not written in ALL CAPS like the acronym) it is used as slang for getting someone's attention. Another example is, "They've decided to fund the project, so make sure you ping Scott to get him on board." To "ping" someone means to send him or her an email or a text message.

IT and technology are affecting the world in obvious and incredible ways, and language is no exception.  The tech revolution is changing the way we speak, the words we use and the meanings of certain phrases. The question is, do these words have lasting power?  Or will they fade as new technologies emerge?

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