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Questions tagged [computer]

This tag is for questions about the usage and meaning of computer terminology and the names for computer entities in English.

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Using label printer for scholarships [on hold]

Can I use labels on a scholarship form if it can't be filled in on computer?
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What to call a library of shared libraries in programming

There are (for example) three dynamic libraries that is files libxx.so, libyy.so, and libzz.so (or .dll files xx.dll, yy.dll, and zz.dll on Windows). What do you call the collection of all three ...
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How can I call file not under version control in one word?

In opposite to - versioned - files that are under Source-Code-Version-Control system (i.e. Git/SVN), is there a way to call files that left deliberately out in one word? Is word "un-versioned" ("non-...
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Word to describe the tool that doesn't require configuration

I'm looking for an adjective that will describe a software tool that is ready to be used out of the box without any additional configuration, but it may be configured to fit a specific case. [...
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Does the German computer term “Reiter” accurately translate to tab or is rider also a computer term in English?

Hi I am doing a translation and came across the word "Reiter" in German, which I discovered to be the word for, at least a kind of, tab, but I don't know exactly if it is technically accurate. Is ...
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Capitalization of “String”

I am writing a scientific text in the area of computer science. Often, I need to refer to a certain data structure named String which refers to a sequence of characters. In most programming languages, ...
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How do you pronounce “f(n) = Θ(g(n))” in English? [closed]

In Algorithm's Performance, if f(n) = Θ(g(n)), then we can say: g(n) an asymptotically tight bound for f(n) How do you pronounce f(n) = Θ(g(n)) in English? Would it be correct to say "f(n) is the ...
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Word for moving a program into a production environment

I work as a software developer, and after we finishing developing a program, we have to move it from the development environment into the production environment so that we can test it under real-world ...
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Is there a humorous expression for “a computer program crashes”

What are the popular idioms for “a program crashes” due to bugs in a code, wrong input, and/or unknown reasons?
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Hypernym for “radio button” and “checkbox”? [closed]

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Since I'm coding a shared css class for radio buttons and checkboxes, I would like to word it with the appropriate hypernym. Kind regards
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A term for an end-user's device other than “endpoint”?

In my organisation, the encryption software of choice is McAfee Endpoint. In this multi-cultural multi-national company, using the word "endpoint" to refer to an end-user's device(s) is confusing to ...
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What is the word for the row at the top of this Excel file? [closed]

I am looking for the word for the row at the top of this Excel file that shows what category each cell in the column is in. I've been using "header", but I wanted to check if there was a better word ...
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“Rotate” vs “Change”

In computer science context, is often implemented as a security protocol that employees change their current passwords for another one. This procedure is sometimes called "rotating password". My ...
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How to describe the size of a file? [closed]

What should I say? The file foo.txt is 350 kB. The file foo.txt is 350 kB big. The file foo.txt is 350 kB in size. The file foo.txt has a size of 350 kB. The file foo.txt measures 350 kB. Something ...
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In “download”, where does the “down” direction come from?

I just realized that the directions in "UPload" and "DOWNload" seem arbitrary to me as a non-native English speaker. I took a look at a couple of dictionaries and they said that this word is a result ...
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Is there a word that includes/encompasses both ‘mouse button’ and ‘keyboard key’?

Is there a word that both describes keys on a keyboard as well as mouse buttons? They are quite similar, as in you press down on them, yet it is still called press a key and click a mouse button. ...
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Ambiguity regarding the word “date” [closed]

The word "date" appears to be ambiguous. What is the answer to the question: "What is the date today?" Is it "18th" or "18th November 2016"? I am looking at date ambiguity from the point of view of ...
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what's the complement to accessories? [closed]

The mouse and keyboard are the accessories of a computer, and the charger and headphone are the accessories of a phone. My question is: what is the generic term for a computer/phone that's the ...
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Technical term for Internet-like network?

There is a computer network, similar to Internet in architecture but not connected to actual Internet, that is used by the military. What is the term to describe such network?
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What is a verb that means “to be said by a computer/machine”?

I have an app that allows users to type some text. When the user presses a button, the text the user just typed will be synthesised into speech. It's like a "text-to-speech" thingy. I always run into ...
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What is the difference between “history” and “log”?

In computer science, "log" is often used over "history" when keeping track of events (see /log and .log in Unix filesystems, and "git log" with the Git version control system). I can see that "log" is ...
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Which is correct - 2TB memories or 2TBs of memory? [duplicate]

I am working on a manual where they are trying to say that something support from 2 TB (terabytes) to 8 TB (terabytes) of flash memory per channel. The audience is programming engineers. It is ...
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The correct preposition with “Google play store” and “Google” [closed]

I'm a bit confused about using the correct preposition in the following sentences. Which one sounds correct? On the Google play store In the Google play store What about the following ...
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The term of old thing but still used [closed]

tl;dr: What is preferred term for something that is old but still used today? My friends and I like to play Minecraft. We built a server to play together and we rented a VPS to run it. But someday ...
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Repudiability, Deniability or what?

What is the correct way to say that a certain assertion, claim or declaration cannot be denied? In Computer Science, sometime people say "non-deniable/deniability" and somewere I even read"non-...
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Is “demo” understood in all languages? [closed]

The word "demo" is widely used in the information technology field as "demonstration" in many languages. Many applications are distributed in a "demo" form before users purchase them. I would like to ...
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Is there a term for the dot numbering system: 10.2.5?

Is there a general term to refer to what you might call the dot numbering system that computer systems use: Ubuntu 15.10.1 or Mac OSX 10.11.3? One could call it "build versioning" but wouldn't that ...
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Is there a word that includes laptops, desktops, Macs and PCs, but not mobile devices

I want to write the sentence "I am creating an app which is intended for use on laptops, desktops, for both MAC and PC". Is there a single word I can use in place of what I have bolded? They are all ...
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what is the meaning of cost in this sentence?

In these protocols, the focus is on how to manage keys within a group in a way that minimizes the cost of key distribution when the membership of the group changes
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Name of a programmer of a quantum computer? [closed]

What is the quantum computing specific term for a "computer programmer?"
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Computer-related terms that have been adopted in common English [closed]

What terms that are encountered primarily in computer science are now used in regular English, whether the original meaning has been strictly preserved or not? I'm curious about the linguistic ...
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Antonym of “Portable” in the context of a computer programme?

First, some background information... In terminology regarding computer programmes, the term portable typically means being operational without having to install. In more advanced speak, it's where a ...
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What does spawn mean in this sentence? [closed]

When referring to Linux or Unix, init is a program loaded by the kernel that spawns all other processes and typically uses PID 1. What does spawn mean in this sentence? Thank you.
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Adverbial form of “pixel”?

I know that the verbal and verbal-noun forms of pixel are pixelate and pixelation, respectively, but what is/are the adverbial form(s) of the term? I looked on the OED, ODO, Merriam-Webster Online, ...
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Is there a term among heavy computer users for a cat who treads on the keyboard to highly deleterious effect?

The question line pretty much says it all. I'm not asking why, or how to stop it. I am asking if this behavior has generated a term or phrase amongst cat-loving heavy computer users. From the ...