Terminology | JB - Mac Help | JBlagden


On this site, we might use terms which you’re unfamiliar with. Here’s an explanation of some of the terms we’ll use on this site:

IBM Clone -  Pretty much any computer which runs Windows. If it comes with Windows, it’s an IBM clone. Any computer which is made by companies such as Asus, Dell, HP, and MSI. They’re called IBM Clones because they are basically reproductions of IBM’s computers. Back in the 80’s IBM was the only manufacturer of Windows PCs. Then companies like Dell and Asus reverse-engineered IBM’s computers and used that information to build their own Windows PCs.

PC- IBM Clone which runs Windows. 

Mac - Windows Clarification: A Mac which runs Windows is still called a Mac because if you install Windows on a Mac, you’ll likely install it on a hard drive partition, which will allow you to use Mac OS X whenever you want. Even if you completely purge a Mac of Mac OS X, I still consider it a Mac for three reasons: 1. It can run OS X if it’s reinstalled | 2. It’s made by Apple instead of an IBM Clone manufacturer | 3. It came with OS X instead of Windows.

Solid State Hybrid Drive: A regular spinning-platter hard drive which has some flash memory built-in. The flash speeds up the loading of frequently used programs and files. 

TRIM: A form of garbage collection which deletes data from Solid State Drives which has been deleted by the computer. Without this garbage collection, a Solid State Drive will become slower over time. TRIM keeps Solid State Drives fast. Without TRIM, there’s no point in an Solid State Drive; it’ll only be as fast as a regular platter-based hard drive. By the way, you won’t be able to use TRIM if you’re running OS X 10.6.6(or earlier), OS X Yosemite, Windows XP or Windows Vista. 

Alias: An alias is the same thing as a shortcut. For whatever reason, shortcuts are called aliases in OS X. Aliases are particularly useful on the desktop because once in a while, you might want to clear away unused items on your desktop, it’s much better to delete an alias than the original. 

Hard Drive: A hard drive stores data magnetically on spinning metal platters. This is what we mean when we say “hard drive”. We don’t mix terms by saying things like “Solid State Hard drive”. When we say hard drive, we’re not generalizing; we’re talking about traditional spinning-platter hard drives. While it’s true that Solid State Drives and hard drives serve the same purpose, the underlying technologies are very different.

If you see any other terms which you’re unfamiliar with, just let us know in the comments and then we’ll add an explanation here.

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