PC – Personal Computer
CPU – Central Processing Unit – The chip that does all the computing
RAM – Random Access Memory – Memory within the computer that is only active when the computer is turned on.
MoBo – Mother Board – The circuit board which holds the Central Processing Unit, the computer memory, and the built-in wiring that goes to and from these.
HD – Hard Drive or disc – This is a spinning disc that holds stored memory for the computer and retains it even when the system is turned off.
DIMM – Dual In-line Memory Module – A set of two small memory circuit boards that make up the physical structure of Random Access Memory in some computers.
SODIMM – Small Outline Dual In-line Memory Module – A set of two small circuit boards that hold Random Access Memory components for laptop computers.
TWAIN – Rumored to mean “Technology Without Any Interesting Name,” it is actually from Rudyard Kipling’s “Ballad of East and West”: “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” at least according to the software authors. TWAIN is software that interfaces between scanner hardware and computer software.
Have an acronym? A defined acronym that you would like to post? Go ahead; that’s what this section of the blog is here for.
Compare the following two sentences:
“Joe installed two DIMMs on his MoBo, but still didn’t have enough RAM to support his CPU”
“Joe installed two Dual In-line Memory Modules on his mother board, but still didn’t have enough Random Access Memory to support his Central Processing Unit”
…and you can see why I like to have all these definitions readily available.