What the Hell Does That Mean?

Confused, bemused and unamused by the plethora of ever-growing technical, social, humourous and serious terms flying about at the speed of light out on the Cloud?

Below are some definitions to help you understand what the hell everyone is talking about?

A

B

Blockchain

Black Magic (or should that be Block Magic).


Blockchains are a way of linking transaction in a publicly accessible, non- centralised (“distributed ledger”) way.
Blockchain was invented as the publicly distributed ledger for bitcoin.
But blockchain technology is used to record ‘transactions’ for such things as global freight movements and origins of food supplies.

C

Coder

The modern name for computer programmers.

Cryptocurrency

Black magic!


More technically, cryptocurrencies are digital currencies not tied to any one country or central bank.
You keep your ‘cryptos’ in digital wallets and all transactions involving the currency are tracked by blockhains (see Blockchain).
Since the value of cryptocurrencies are not tied to any central mechanism their prices can be quite volatile.

CSAM

Child Sexual Assault Material


The darkest of the dark part of the internet

D

DPA

Data Protection Act

It is shorthand way of referring to the UK Data Protection Act 2018, the UK’s implementation of GDPR

G

GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation


It is an EU law implemented in 2016 and regulates the handling of your personal data by online companies

N

NFT

Non-Fungible Tokens


With a physical painting you can buy it, carry it home and hang it on your wall.
With something digital, its not as easy. You can copy and paste it, but you don’t have the prestige (read ego) of being able to categorically say you own it, and others don’t.
So along came NFTs, allowing people to say they own something famous/infamouse. And no just digital images, even tweets can be ‘owned’.
Cynically, you could think of them as 21st century ‘Emporer’s New Clothes’, people pay a lot of money for something millions of others have already copied and pasted or weren’t that interested in the first place.

Nudging

When a website or application looks after it’s own interest, rather than yours

An application design technique where the website developer will encourage the user to do something they want, rather than what is best for the user.
An example is the big fat green button that says Yes (getting the user to allow the website to suck as much data out them as possible) compared with the tiny little No, in dark grey text on a slightly less dark grey background.

S

Second Life

Metaverse 1.0!


Yeah, I know – that doesn’t really make sense, but neither does the Metaverse idea at the moment.

Social Media

Internet based applications where people in turn show off and moan, and celebrities seek ever more fame.


To some, social media is the greatest thing since sliced bread, to others it is the bane of modern society.
Whatever, have your child ready, somehow, to cope with an unfettered, unfiltered stream of consciousness from everyone else on the entire planet.

STEM

Science Technology Engineering Maths

STEAM

Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics

U

UX

User eXperience


UX design is supposed to make website, apps etc. as easily usable as possible.
It can also cover things like branding, design (colours, fonts etc. etc.)

V

VPN

Virtual Private Network


It is way of securely connecting, remotely, to a network.
If you work from home, you probably have a VPN connection to the office/company network.
For home use, VPNs can be used to secure your home connection to the Internet.
They can also be useful to secure you public wi-fi connection when you are in tapping away on your laptop down the coffee shop.

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