Sunday, June 21, 2009

Confusing IT terms

I was reading through an e-newsletter sent by HP (yes, I do read these) and I was amused by an article about baffling IT (information technology) terms. If you work in health IT, then you're probably very familiar with these terms. However, if you're not very "tech savvy," then you might get enlightened here. Let me highlight a few of these confusing IT terms:
  • VoIP: A T-Mobile survey found that one in ten respondents thought VoIP can improve visibility for the visually impaired! It actually stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, and literally refers to the ability to transmit the voice over the Internet.
  • ASP: This one is particularly tricky because it’s an acronym with two meanings. An Active Server Page is an HTML page that includes one or more scripts (small embedded programs) that are processed on a Microsoft® Web server before the page is sent to the user. An Application Service Provider is a business that provides computer-based services to customers over a network.
  • Petaflop: This is a word you’ll probably see in conjunction with discussions of supercomputing. A petaflop can be expressed as a thousand trillion floating point operations per second; it is a measure of performance for the fastest computers in the world.

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