Technical Terms


This page will explain the technical terms that are used on this website. It will also be updated, when new technical terms are used in the articles that I write.

Technical Terms and Descriptions

  • BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) - This can appear if there are driver programs in Microsoft Windows.
  • CPU (Central Processing Unit) - Sometimes referred to as a processor is used by computers and laptops to run because the processor does all the binary calculations, when a computer is running.
  • Distribution - It is an operating system that is made as a collection of software that is based around the Linux kernel.
  • DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera) - It is a type of camera that is used by amateur and professional photographers because they allow for mode dial, dust reduction systems, interchangeable lenses, HD video capture, live preview, larger sensors sizes, better image quality, depth-of-field control, wider angle of view and unusual features.
  • IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) - A type of connection that connects components; such as hard drives and optical drives to a computer motherboard.
  • Linux - An open source operating system kernel that was developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991.
  • Malware - A malicious program that is usually created for malicious purposes.
  • MBR (Master Boot Record) - It is a special type of boot sector. That is at the very beginning of a partitioned computer storage device.
  • Memory Dumps - These are usually done when a computer program has been terminated abnormal and are normally used to assist in diagnosing and debugging the errors in the computer programs.
  • Motherboard - This is the main circuit board of a computer that has holds all of the cruical components that are needed for a computer, such as a CPU, RAM and connections for perpherials.
  • Operating System - A type of software that manages computer hardware and software resources. It also provides common services for computer programs. The operating system is an essential component of the system software in a computer. Applications also usually require an operating system to function.
  • Partition - It is a individual section of a hard drive that can be used to put an operating system.
  • PBR (Partition Boot Record) - It is usually the first block of any bootable partition and is sometimes also referred to as the Volume Boot Record (VBR).
  • Portable Applications - These are applications that are portable and can be used on computer or laptop without leaving files, folders and/or registry keys.
  • PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs) - This abbreviation is given by malware scanners that show potentially unwanted programs.
  • RAM (Random Access Memory) - It is used in computers and laptops to run because they need memory to run operating systems and applications. If there is no RAM in the computer, it will make a bleeping sound.
  • Safe Mode - It is a mode, which is usually used by an individual when their computer is infected with malware or a virus.
  • SATA (Serial ATA) - A type of connection that connects components, such as hard drives and optical drives.
  • Temporary Files - These are usually used by the operating system, when they are in use by a program.