There’s plenty to love about spring – more opportunities to relax outside, longer days full of sunshine and warm weather. However, the changing seasons also bring about some of the pests that we could stand to do without.
Take mosquitoes, for instance. These seemingly useless insects are nothing but a nuisance to outdoor lovers who want to relish the fresh air. In the tech world, the equivalent of mosquitoes is over-used terminology that won’t stop buzzing in everyone’s ears.
If you’re a CIO, there’s a good chance that you’ve had your fill of abbreviations such as POS, DAM and NTFS. Here are a couple more that you could do without.
This one stands for New Technology File System, and it dates back to the 1990s. It’s meant to reference Windows NT, but Microsoft has evolved dramatically since its development more than 20 years ago. It’s been rendered irrelevant.
Rapid Application Development used to refer to the process of coding applications. These days, there are multiple processes that can be used to create everything from apps to websites. RAD is outdated.
This acronym stands for Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices. Although it’s relatively new, this lengthy reference may have trouble sticking around for much longer (pronounced: “wicked”).
Once you eliminate some of these useless acronyms and phrases from your memory bank, you can make room for ones that are up-to-date.
Take “Defrag,” for instance. Defragmentation is the process of organizing – and defragmenting – the content of your hard drive or storage system. However, “defrag” is becoming a common term to describe the process of cleaning up data.
“Ping” is another tech word that you may want to familiarize yourself with as a CIO. In its simplest form, “ping” means to determine whether a specific IP is online. If someone tells that they’ll “ping” you, they mean that they will try to notify you and get in touch at a later time.
There’s no rule that says you need to stay up to speed on the latest tech terms and acronyms. However, it helps to know what people are talking about when they use them in your field. Remember – the trendier you are, the better you will be at keeping your company in the race with competitors.