Sunday, February 26, 2012
Common Computer Myths and Misconceptions
This Tech Tip reflects on popular tech-related trends and everything in-between that is commonly misunderstood, misused or contradictory.
I will try to clarify (but some are self explanatory!).
Yes, the following are true stories and I have encountered many of these myself!
1) When people refer to new televisions as “flat screen TV” or “flat screen monitor”
• Flat-screen means the screen is flat; there are still plenty of bulky CRT monitors and TVs in existence that are flat screen – the accurate term is “flat-panel” because the TV/monitor’s chassis [or panel] is flat
2) People can’t stand to watch TV shows or a movie on a computer screen but squinting on a 3-4” smartphone’s screen to watch YouTube/Netflix is popular.
• This is one of the aforementioned “self explanatory’ trends.
3) Some people think a computer processor’s clock speed is the arbitrary deciding factor of its capabilities.
I’ve been told a 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 is more powerful than a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo
When someone asks “how much RAM do you have? ” and the response is “500GB” or “1 Terabyte”
When someone asks “how big is your hard drive? ” and the response is “4 GB”.
• RAM and Hard Drive size are not the same thing
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