Misused Technology Terms



are you tired of people using the word bacteria to refer to a single germ mixing up discrete and discrete and saying oMG my Facebook got hacked when what they really mean is I left my computer phone unlocked and my idiot friends thought it would be funny to send those messages to your sister well one you must be a lot of fun at parties and to me too which is why on today's episode we're going to be tackling a number of commonly misused tech terms to clear up any confusion and help you win your next internet fight so let's start then by talking about the venerable hard-disk there are a lot of people who use the term hard drive 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 SSDs or solid-state drives as hard disks or hard drives if you want to talk generally about mechanical drives and SSDs as a group you say drive speaking with internal PC components for minutes let's talk about your GPU or is it your graphics card it's common to hear people use GPU to refer to this but the GPU actually only refers to the graphics processing unit this chip here our example is a 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's fine to call an RX 480 a GPU but if you're talking about a specific model such as this gigabyte wind force 8 gig you're better off calling the whole assembly a video card or graphics card and 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 adrenal 420 a graphics card let's move on to removable media namely optical disks I'm bringing them up to highlight the difference between disk with a C and disk with a K they both sound the same and for this reason both words are used interchangeably quite often to refer to CDs DVDs and blu-rays and these things but this with a C actually specifically refers to optical media while disk with a K is used for magnetic media such as floppy disk and hard disks the more you know and coming back then to blu-rays you might understandably be a bit confused over how the letters HD seem to appear on everything from cheap 1366 by 768 TVs to outrageously expensive 8k displays well while the term HD isn't technically incorrect as long as the resolution is at least 720p 1280 by 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 well HD is 720 as we've covered Full HD is 1080p q HD or quad HD means 1440p and UHD 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's confusing nonetheless and to make things even more baffling terms like 2k and 4k actually refer to cinematic resolutions used in the movie industry meaning that true 4k is actually a little wider than most 4k monitors or TVs on the consumer market and if you've ever seen a 1440p monitor advertised as 2k we'll 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 then are there any misused tech terms that drive you guys crazy put them down in the comments below and while you're at it let us know if you'd like to see a second episode of misused tech terms do you find yourself racing against the clock as a freelancer having so little time at the end of the day after you've done your work to sit down and fight with your accounting software it's like sparring with expenses and invoices terrible anyway the modern world of the internet there 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46 Comments

  1. Khaoscraft said:

    1. Calling everything chip
    2. Extreme generalization of USB devices
    3. Calling wifi internet. Internet is internet! WiFi is wireless connection to internet!!
    4. People calling lag "glitch"
    5. People calling optical drives "DVD readers"
    6. People thinking all computers are laptops

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  2. Mikey said:

    SSD vs Mechanical Hard Drive vs M.2 all getting called a hard drive really annoys me

    June 30, 2019
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  3. Stephan Joubert said:

    The internet is down. That one gets me. When they mean, my connection to the internet is down.

    June 30, 2019
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  4. TheBatimDude said:

    Dude what I fukin hate is when people SAY RAM AS THERE STORAGE CAPACITY my cousin that I thought was good with computers he was talking to me and he was like yeah I only got 30 gb of ram I am like Nani he is like yeah it’s not that much I keep correcting him and he keeps saying it and OMG THAT IS THE WORST

    June 30, 2019
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  5. CRAZY KITTY CAM said:

    0:55 Linus you do that

    A LOTTTT

    June 30, 2019
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  6. Adam Mzaour said:

    When i was 8 (i'm 12 now), my friends used to say (swedish translation):
    Uninstall: Load away (Ladda bort).

    LOAD AWAY

    June 30, 2019
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  7. Paulo Henrique said:

    The most popular mistake is call the tower where the computer parts are as CPU. But it ‘s incorrect. CPU is the processor.

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  8. Dustin Brooks said:

    I hate when people call a monitor the computer. I worked at NASA as tech support and often got calls because "my computer won't turn on but the light is on" …..morons were turning their monitors on and off 😂

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  9. Fortnite Gaming said:

    When people just openly admit to not being a tech person:

    "Woah whats that IPHONE/IPAD?"

    OR (not that bad) when people think ROM and RAM are the same thing

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  10. mystery INF said:

    * buy a gpu *
    Parent:U sure u want to buy a FAN with a half price of xbox,why not go with xbox instead of a DESIGN FAN

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  11. Popsii said:

    I hate when people use to term PC to mean any type of computer. My old Commodore Amiga is a personal computer but it's certainly not a PC.

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  12. Robin Jokes said:

    Google DRIVE? What is that?

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  13. Pinhead Larry said:

    Poor ssd can't get hard…

    That was a terrible joke , im sorry…

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  14. Fast Gameplay said:

    My friend thinks the more ram you have the bigger game you can run.
    Like a pc with 8gb ram can run a game upto 8gb in size😑

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  15. Marco Botha said:

    I hate it when no one can see the deffrence between Oled and LCD.

    June 30, 2019
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  16. bu tre said:

    One more thing about graphics cards, they're all aibs unless it's an integrated graphics chip. It doesn't matter if it's a reference card, founders edition, or board partner aftermarket. Every single one is an add in board and even nvidia and amd both fuck that one up.

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  17. Not Eix said:

    everyone i talk to mixes up cartridge and cards
    you dont get your switch games on a card
    you could on the gba but you needed extra hardware

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  18. Glow Berth said:

    The one that drives me mad is people using 2K to refer to 1440p. People should just call it QHD if they dont want to say 1440p. it sickens me

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  19. MohandL3G said:

    I hacked my Android Phone = I rooted my Android Phone
    I hacked my iPhone = I jailbroke my iPhone
    I hacked my PS4 = I jailbroke my PS4

    Hacked/Hacker is the most misused term

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  20. MohandL3G said:

    I hacked my Android Phone = I rooted my Android Phone
    I hacked my iPhone = I jailbroke my iPhone
    I hacked my PS4 = I jailbroke my PS4

    Hacked/Hacker is the most misused term

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  21. KidBrine said:

    Memory being used to represent Drives

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  22. FuckSafety said:

    years ago i thought the channel was named linux tech tips and was mostly about linux OS.

    June 30, 2019
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  23. Crazy Dave 652 said:

    0:12 oMg mY fAcEboOk gOt HaCkEd

    June 30, 2019
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  24. Oratio G said:

    Must get a new PC, this one is to slow. Delete most of your porn, your disk to full.

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  25. Leester said:

    Sorry dude. My parents just got around to using the word harddrive after 20 years. I'm just not up for that fight.

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  26. TheLadapower said:

    When talking about the speed of the Internet/network connectivity and someone uses MBps (megabyte) instead of Mbps (megabit)… Drives me nuts.

    June 30, 2019
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  27. Tichomír Dunlop said:

    Calling every smartphone an iPhone and every tablet an iPad. Fuck Apple.

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  28. Master Wolf said:

    When I was a kid I didn’t know what screen saver was and my mom told me it was to protect the PC from getting a virus

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  29. Master Wolf said:

    I really hate when people call “CPU” to the PC case

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  30. Chaos Endures said:

    Calling the storage units the "memory" of a pc (hdd, ssd)

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  31. binou_tech said:

    My friend: Has a 6 core cpu
    My friend: I HavE 6 CpUs

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  32. Screen Patch said:

    Linus: shows iphone
    Also linus:shows a snapdragon cpu

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  33. Manu said:

    when people refer to system units as "CPU's" -_-

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  34. Rahul JC said:

    qHD and QHD 😛

    June 30, 2019
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  35. Pierce Wenger said:

    When people call dongles "thingies"
    Unrelated to technology, when all soda is Coke, and when all tissues are Kleenexes. THEY'RE SPECIFIC BRANDS PEOPLE, NOT GENERAL OBJECTS!!!!!!

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  36. Felix Neumaier said:

    2K means 2000 right?

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  37. pranav moudgalya said:

    Is it enough to upgrade only the GPU for a better gaming exp?

    June 30, 2019
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  38. pranav moudgalya said:

    Boot loader?
    Custom recovery mod? I think that is what it is called.
    Firmware?

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  39. Joseph Barnett said:

    Referring to all types of malware as “spyware”

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  40. Eric Kleefeld said:

    Should we even be referring to "SSD" and "drives"? There's no drive motor.

    June 30, 2019
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  41. Life of ice mouse said:

    My friend called a micro SD card a graphics card

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  42. Spizzle Gaming said:

    i need to upgrade my pc the screens to small 🙁

    June 30, 2019
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  43. Richard Johnson said:

    Makers calling the storage in phones/ tablets ROM really triggers me I mean FFS the RO stands for Read Only!!!

    June 30, 2019
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  44. Grant Zaitchick said:

    I have trouble when people refer to "memory" as their free space on an HDD or SSD, when I always think of memory as the RAM inside a computer or phone.

    June 30, 2019
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  45. Pabs Channel M said:

    My friend calls the drive the “hardware drive”

    June 30, 2019
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  46. Proto Official said:

    When people confuse an SD card with a Hard disk/SSD

    June 30, 2019
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