Computer Terms

Here we provide our readers with some of the technical terms usually related to Windows® operating systems and general hardware and software computer errors.

Computer Terms

  • Bandwidth – Bandwidth is a measurement of the amount of maximum throughput a network or data path can transmit over a certain period of time. Larger physical bandwidth correlates into faster net connections and download speeds for sending or receiving digital data (i.e. websites, streaming videos, file transmissions etc.).
  • Bluetooth – Bluetooth is an open wireless technology that has been standardized in the tech industry to allow electronic devices to communicate over short distances. Examples such as a wireless headset for cellphone communications or a wireless bluetooth-enabled computer hardware device (such as a printer).
  • Broadband – Broadband refers to a wide band of frequencies to transmit data packets. Most broadband providers such as cable companies refer to it as “high-speed Internet” for the consumer.  Because it transfers data at such an accelerated rate, broadband is ideal for downloading  large files online (software applications, music, etc.) and watching streaming videos. Broadband also provides a direct line to Internet access, unlike a dial-up connection that shares a phone line and can cause service disruption.
  • Cache – In computer terms, cache refers to a temporary storage area for frequently accessed and preloaded data.  Cache memory is used in your computer’s RAM, most hard drives, and some system files. Because cache is instantly accessible once the data is loaded, it increases the overall speed of any resource that is calling the stored information.
  • CD/DVD Drive – CD/DVD drives allow computers to access  multiple types of digital data (with both read/write capabilities depending on the type of drive) from physical discs. CD/DVD Drives that are RW or RW+ capable can burn (or write) digital files onto discs. CD-RW drives are often used to store important documents and digital music such as .MP# files, while larger capacity DVD discs are used for larger multimedia files such as movies and games.
  • EXE – An .exe file extension (executable file) references a small software program that is responsible for launching a system software application.