Confusing terms FYI Thread
Posted 06 October 2012 - 06:31 PM
Anyway, looking at a PDF manual I notice a company that SHOULD know better has used the term DISK in place of DISC
I put this forth as a chance to debunk some ideas or get opinions on something you might not be sure of... Correct word use/ terminology
As I use it, DISK refers more to non-DIGITAL mediums, as it did in the earliest days of floppy disks for computer, read content stored in a different manner then an optical laserbeam reading pits on a CD, where CD was Compact Disc. Where DVD stands for Digital Video Disc
Disk is probably a correct word choice for LPs of old, or 45 single records as well, if one were to chose that word to describe them.
Another term under contention in the past is DVD as mentioned. It really was Digital Video Disc initially, but due to it's nature as a data disc under computers DVD ROM, it came to encompass Digital Versatile Disc as well... Remember, that term doesn't really apply to movies (pre-recorded) on DVD from major film studios and associated companies, but falls under PC burning in particular and covering all media one can now store on DVD optical disc
If you can think of other examples, or perhaps verify and correct, offer a reply, I won't mind
Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:13 AM
Edited by BlackListedB, 04 November 2012 - 06:13 AM.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:50 PM
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:58 AM
Optical storage is not the only type of digital storage - you're completely missing out all the magnetic and semiconductor media.
For me, disk is a general term of storage media (hard disk, vinyl disk, USB disk, please insert a disk), whilst disc is a name used in the names of optical media (CD/DVD). A Disc is a type of disk.
For DVD, versatile has always been its real name, never video. It was a compromise between the SD and MMCD formats, always designed to have different formats and types (just like CD). Saying "Digital Video Disc" is just wrong.
I often wonder what a PC would be like to use for someone who had never used it before, and didn't know our conventions and the things we take for granted.
Would they have any clue what Excel and PowerPoint were for? Would they figure out the start menu? Would they prefer Windows or Mac? Could they use a mouse? Would they figure out keyboard shortcuts? Could they find their way around the internet without knowing where to start or what a search engine did?
If anyone has a spare English-speaking feral person who's never interacted with a computer, send them to TGTAP HQ so we can test this theory.
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