Category Archives: The Tech Savvy

Jargon Defined: Short Code

A Short Code is a short(ish) code that allows you to link to a longer more complicated (computer coded) affair somewhere else.

A short code, for instance, lets you embed media, links, and video with only a short line of code.

If you want to get yourself thoroughly confused read this.

Jargon Defined: Native Video

Native Video is video that is uploaded to or created on social networks and played in-feed, as opposed to links to videos hosted on other sites. Native video formats are specific to each social platform and are designed to maximize video engagement (i.e. number of views), discovery and distribution. The most widely used native video platforms include Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube.

Jargon Defined: Live Streaming Video

Live Streaming Video (or media) is essentially like live TV. Live refers to the fact, that it’s not pre-produced (i.e. not like a sitcom), but it’s happening right now and there, like a live sports event or concert.

Recently live video streaming apps are popping up like crazy. Check out Twitter’s Periscope, Facebook Live, Google’s YouTube Live, and Amazon’s Twitch and I”m sure the list will grow.

Jargon Defined: SaaS – Software as a Service

I love to hate acronyms, especially the ones that spread across industries and mean vastly different things. Some acronyms at least are so long that they are universally understood. SaaS might be one of those.

Software as a service, or SaaS, is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. It is sometimes referred to as “on-demand software”.

Examples are: Salesforce, Adobe CC, LinkedIn, Athena Health.

Jargon Defined: Turing Test

I recently watched the film EX MACHINA, which is about AI and a Turing Test that leads to the Singularity which I’ve defined here before.

The Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Alan Turing proposed that a human evaluator would judge natural language conversations between a human and a machine that is designed to generate human-like responses. […] If the evaluator cannot reliably tell the machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test.

Jargon Defined: Luddite

A luddite is a person who’s averse to (especially) technological change and advancements. This would be that person in your live who – to date – resisted buying a smart phone and is NOT over 80.  I know a few of the kind and they’re actually quite lovely; if and when you get a hold of them.

Originally Luddites were early 19th-century English textile workers, or self-employed weavers, who protested against newly developed labour-economizing technologies by destroying machinery primarily in cotton and woolen mills.

Jargon Defined: Easter Egg

I thought it to be very apropos the holiday season to talk about Easter Eggs.

An Easter Egg is an intentional inside joke, a hidden message or feature, in a digital body of work, such as a computer program, video game, DVD menu or broadcast.  The name has been said to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.


Click here to find the Easter Egg in the photo posted on Wikipedia.

Jargon Defined: The Cloud

The Cloud: bear with me. In the old days (really old days – think 2,000+ years ago), when humans had no explanation for something beyond their control, they came up with a god for it: god of wrath, sun, rain, love, war, etc. Today our non-tangible goods are “somewhere” up there out of our control, they’re in “the cloud”. Same principal. The unexplainable, untouchable, somewhere up there.

Cloud Computing: a metaphor for the internet.