Friday, September 26, 2008

Computer Jargon

Researchers in the "Technology Enhanced Learning Group" at Britain's Durham University have just moved the real world one step closer to the world of Star Trek.

They've created an "interactive classroom" with a student desk you use like a touch-screen computer - though it looks a bit like Apple's iPhone or Sprint's new Instinct phone - and the teacher controls and coordinates the content.

The hot new theories in training and, indeed, any environment where learning needs to happen - including church and civic groups - are to move away from Instructor-led teaching to a much more interactive approach. The technology these desks provide facilitate that.

Best of all, the University is giving the software away to schools for free.



BACKUP - The opposite of go forward.

BATCH PROCESSING - Making a lot of cookies all at once.

BIT - 12 1/2 cents.

BUFFER - Programmer who works in the nude.

BUG - An elusive creature living in a program, making it act in negative ways at odd times. Note that "debugging" or removing these bugs from a program ends when the programmer gets tired of doing it, not when all the bugs are out.

CHARACTER DENSITY - The number of very weird people in the office, divided by the floor space.

COMPUTER - A device used to speed and automate errors.

CONSOLE - What one does to a depressed computer or programmer.

CURSOR - An expert in bad language.

KEYBOARD - An instrument used for entering errors into the computer.

LANGUAGE - A system of organizing and interpreting error messages.

LOOP - See "LOOP."

MICROCOMPUTER - One millionth of a computer.

PASSWORD - That nonsense bit of letters and numbers taped to your terminal.

PERFORMANCE - The speed at which a computer works. Or might work under certain circumstances. Or was rumored to be working at about a month ago.

STRATEGY - A long range plan whose merit cannot be evaluated until sometime after those who created it have left the organization.

USER - Someone requiring some form of rehabilitation.

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It's Homecoming Weekend for our local high school sports team, and my band plays on Sunday for a Youth Rally at a local campground. So we are, as always, busy once again, but in pleasant ways. May you enjoy your weekend as much.

I'll see you on Monday.



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