While most IT consultants talk in tech geek-speak, IvanExpert explains complex Mac and tech issues in a way that's easy for non-techies to understand. Here are some examples of tech geek-speak, and what they really mean.
802.11: Wireless internet, such as what you get when using a wireless modem. There are different transmission speeds of 802.11, including 802.11b, 802.11n, and 802.11g.
Broadband: A high-speed connection to the internet (usually cable, DSL, FiOS, or T1), as opposed to a dial-up connection.
Cat 5, Cat 5e, Cat 6: Ethernet cable for connecting computers and wiring computer networks. Cat 6 provides a better quality signal than Cat 5 or 5e.
Downstream speed: The speed that your internet connection allows you to download files or data.
FireWire: A connector for transferring data. Comes in 2 speeds, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800, and in a variety of different-shaped ports. The best-known alternative to FireWire is USB.
HDMI: Stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. It's a connector for transmitting audio and video data digitally, in uncompressed format.
IMAP: Mail that synchronizes across multiple computers and electronic devices (including email in folders and sent mail).
ISP: Stands for Internet Service Provider, which means the name of the company that provides your internet access (in NYC, usually Time Warner or Verizon).
LAN: Stands for Local Area Network, which means a network connecting computers in a specific location such as an office or a home.
RAM: Stands for Random Access Memory. RAM represents how much your computer can do all at the same time. More RAM means you can run more programs simultaneously on your computer, and also means your computer may run faster.
SSD: Stands for Solid State Drive. Storage for files and data that is an alternative to a standard hard drive (HDD) with moving parts. The advantages are that it's faster, quieter, and less prone to mechanical failure.
Upstream speed: The speed that your internet connection allows you to upload files or data.
VGA: Stands for Video Graphics Array. It's a connector for transmitting analog video signals.
VPN: Stands for Virtual Private Network. Allows you to access your office computer or office network from outside the office.
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