NTFS, the New Technology File System, has been windows' default file system since 1993

"high definition" refers to 720p and above, with 1080p being Full High Definition and 2160p being Ultra High Definition

USB full speed was superceded by USB super speed, which was superceded by USB super speed+

using superlative names for tech products is always a terrible idea

there are only six kinds of names in tech:
a) normal phrase with superlative
b) "what if we called it wi-fi... because it's like sci-fi"
c) "what if we called it compact disc... because the disc is compact"
d) a cool word, not necessarily english
e) acronym that describes the concept
f) Software Relations Working Group Standard Task Force ACCC 12589 rev. 6

most of category C also belongs to category E, but not always: "MiniDisc" isn't an acronym, for example

@lynnesbian compact disc also doesn't fit in the category then tho, right?

@00dani hmm, idk, i guess not

well then instead of minidisc, a better example would be "hi-fi", which means "high fidelity", and i'm fairly sure nobody abbreviates it to HF,,,

@LunaDragofelis @00dani category B is supposed to be names that exist solely because they sound cool, like windows AERO (it supposedly stands for "Authentic, Energetic, Reflective, Open", but it's not category E because windows vista's theme is none of those things)

hi-fi isn't just solely intended to sound cool, it does actually have a meaning

@lynnesbian @00dani btw did you know that nobody calls wifi wifi in Germany? Everyone calls it WLAN.

@LunaDragofelis @lynnesbian @00dani Same in Sweden (well, at least when I used to live there, it's been a while).

I think that's because wifi sounds really ugly when pronounced in Swedish (as it is in German, I think?)

@loke @LunaDragofelis @lynnesbian @00dani

I think it's wifi in english because the acronym wlan isn't actually shorter when pronounced (double-yoo-lan). In German it's pronounced "veh-lan", while the pronounciation of wifi would be ambigous (why-feigh vs vee-fee)

@guenther @LunaDragofelis @lynnesbian @00dani Yes. Same in Swedish. In Swedish v and w are pronounced the same (ve). So ve-lan is a nice thing to say.

@00dani @LunaDragofelis according to the wi-fi people it's a pun on wi-fi, but wasn't actually supposed to mean wireless fidelity

i think they used "the experts in wireless fidelity" as their catchphrase for a while but it's not meant to mean that, it was a pun

@00dani @LunaDragofelis

"Phil Belanger, a founding member of the Wi-Fi Alliance who presided over the selection of the name "Wi-Fi", has stated that Interbrand invented Wi-Fi as a pun on the word hi-fi (high fidelity), a term for high-quality audio technology."

@lynnesbian what about the category of "fuck, we can't trademark the name we were planning on using? i guess we'll use the code name then", .e.g. bluetooth

or like how the successor to the GBA was codenamed the nintendo Developer's System, but everybody really liked the name so they called it the nintendo Dual Screen

or how microsoft came up with a bunch of names for the original xbox, and really didn't like the name xbox (which was short for directX box), but the public loved it so they went with it

category G: the begrudging "i guess we'll use the placeholder name then" name

@lynnesbian @monorail To be fair, this is how my Kestrel computer project got the name Kestrel.

@lynnesbian @monorail and NTFS is also a case of G, with the twist that it wasn't even Microsoft's codename, but Intel's

NT originally stood for N-Ten, New Technology was just the backronym

and N-Ten (N10) was the codename for the original i860, which was Microsoft's original target for NT like, the category is the same lmao but it's a fun piece of trivia

... if you like trivia

@lynnesbian Interestingly, Wi-Fi was meant to evoke "Hi-Fi" (High Fidelity Audio Systems). That worked out well for them /s

@lynnesbian :blobcatmeltcry: :blobcatmeltcry: :blobcatmeltcry: one addition: English word with at least one vowel removed.

@Hylyx @lynnesbian Perhaps one more? English word with i- or e- prefix?

@lynnesbian Keep categories C and E, throw the rest out by the window.

@lynnesbian with the last one you're specifially targetting "X.Org Foundation X11R7.7 release katamari", right?

@xnx38h @lynnesbian Followed by Bluetooth Lowest Energy followed by Bluetooth Zero-Point Energy

@lynnesbian What if we gave new technologies multiple names (with the same abbreviation/initials) one for use when the tech is still new and one for after 3 years of use?

@lynnesbian There is a motherboard size called Enhanced Extended Advanced Technology Extended or EEATX

The x64 register "EAX" is the Extended Accumulator eXtended.


FWIW, I started out on an Apple ][+, where hi-res was 192x280 and low-res was (I kid you not), 40x48 ... to this day, 720 actually does feel super-high-def to me.

Meanwhile I start feeling claustrophobic on anything less than 1080p :')

@lynnesbian @telegnom HyperTransport was also 20 years ago. btw: In cellular telecom we have G for general/global in 2G HSM/GPRS, U for Universal in 3G UMTS and E for evolved in 4G. AND WHAT CAME UB 5G? "New Radio". I was hoping for Mas in Mutation after Evolution ;)

@lynnesbian @telegnom another nice example is Linux kernel networking NAPI (new API) which by now is 20 years old. But I guess humans have been falling into this trap for centuries: Think of New York, Noca Scotia, New Brunswick, Neu Ulm, ...

@lynnesbian radio communication went through this already 50-100 years ago. First with HF (high frequency, up to 50 MHz), VHF (very), UHF (ultra), but above it is mostly called by frequency or wavelength (e.g. cm/mm wave) although definitions exist. (See how the IT world could also have chosen names...)

@lynnesbian I can't help imagining a BTRFS dev and an NTFS dev:
"So what paradigm does your filesystem rely on?"
"Binary trees. Yours?"
"Obviously, but which one?"
"The NEW one!"

@lynnesbian Reminds me of flasks in the game Path of Exile. As you level up, you progress from Small, to Medium, to Large, to Greater, then there are 8 more tiers and suddenly you are trying to remember if "Giant" is larger than "Colossal" and whether "Sanctified" is better than "Divine"

@lynnesbian Remember when HPFS really was a high performance filesystem? ;)

@lynnesbian USB having "high speed" be faster than "full speed" confused me for years.


NTFS was created in 1993, it hasn't been the default since 1993 :)

Only default on Windows Server and Windows 10 AFAIK.

@lynnesbian The history of radio: Low frequency (longwave), Medium frequency, High Frequency (shortwave), Very High Frequency, Ultra High Frequency, Super High Frequency. And in SHF, there are L band (for "longwave"), S band ("shortwave"), C band, X band, Ku band ("lower shortwave" in German), K band (Kurz, "shortwave"), Ka band ("upper shortwave"). People kept calling a higher band, "high frequency" and "shortwave", when it was the state-of-the-art. And in the end, none of them is, anymore, by today's standard...

the stupidest thing is USB with its "Full Speed" (USB 1.1) being 12 MBit/s and "High Speed" (USB 2.0) being 480 MBit/s

@lynnesbian not to mention #highfrequency which means roughly all frequencies between 3 and 30 MHz.

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