Speaking Technology vocabulary

  • computer age: the period in modern history characterized by rapid technology development and widespread computer use. Living in a computer age has many benefits.
  • computer buff: a user who is good at working with a computer. Mike is a computer buff. He got an A+ on his programming exam.
  • computer fatigue: a syndrome of tiredness resulting from long computer usage. About 60% of IT specialists are affected by computer fatigue.
  • cutting-edge: something innovational and leading. Cutting-edge technology.
  • desktop PC: a personal computer that remains on a desk. I have an old desktop PC that I use for surfing the net when I’m home.
  • digital editing: a process of changing digital materials like audio or video files. Being good at digital editing is essential in our time.
  • download (podcasts): to save a copy of a file from the internet to your own device. Yesterday I downloaded a few films that I plan to watch during the weekends.
  • essential: something you can’t imagine your life without. Internet is an essential piece of technology for many people.
  • gadget: an advanced piece of technology, like smartphone. Nowadays almost everybody owns a gadget.
  • geek: someone who is obsessed with technology, especially computers. My friend is a real geek. He owns a bunch of computers and other gadgets.
  • hold the line: wait a minute. She told me to hold the line, because she had to open the door.
  • large screen: a big-sized monitor. A few days ago I decided to renew my computer, so I bought a large screen for it.
  • light years ahead: very far away from. Modern computers are light years ahead of those which people used in 90s.
  • on the cutting edge: at the forefront of progress. Paul’s new laptop is on the cutting edge of technology.
  • operating system: the most important program that runs the computer. I chose to buy a laptop which is based on the Windows operating system.
  • out of steam: tired, exhausted. Due to today’s intense workday I am out of steam, so I won’t be able to work tomorrow.
  • rocket science: a very complicated subject for someone. Biology is a rocket science for me. I don’t understand anything in it.
  • send an attachment: send an email with an added file. My brother sent an attachment with his homework to the professor.
  • silver surfer: an old person, who uses the Internet. Uncle Bob is a silver surfer. He uses the Internet every day, although he’s almost 70.
  • social media: media used to interact with other people. Facebook is the biggest social media in the world.
  • time-consuming and inefficient: something that takes too much of your time and isn’t rational to do. I find watching football time-consuming and inefficient.
  • to access websites/email: to visit websites/email. John accessed his email today to see if he had received any letters.
  • to back up files: to make a copy of files in case of a computer problem. I had to back up files on my computer, because I was going to reinstall my operating system.
  • to be stuck behind a computer: to use computer for a long period of time. A lot of teenagers are stuck behind their computers all day.
  • to boot up: to start a computer. I booted up my computer as soon as I got home.
  • to browse websites: to search for websites. I spent a few hours browsing the websites today, until I found was I was looking for.
  • to crash: to suddenly stop working. My computer crashed when I was writing my essay.
  • to go online: to use the Internet. Millions of people go online every day.
  • to navigate a website: to find what you need on the website. Navigating a website is not very easy, especially if the website is poorly designed.
  • to pull the plug: to end an activity. After being stuck behind a computer all day, I decided to pull the plug.
  • to push someone’s buttons: to do specific thing to irritate somebody (usually intentionally). I became so angry because he pushed my buttons by adding pepper to my ice cream!
  • to surf the web: to look through websites, searching for something you need, or simply for entertainment. I was surfing the web yesterday for three hours, because I had nothing else to do.
  • to upgrade: to renew a software or a piece hardware. Thanks to the new program for students, I updated my computer for free.
  • well-oiled machine: something that works perfectly well. My computer, despite being 7 years old, is still a well-oiled machine.
  • widespread computer use: that is to say people use computers very often.
  • Wi-Fi hotspots: a public place where you can access the Internet. Our university has a Wi-Fi hotspot. It is very convenient.
  • wireless network: a network where users can access the Internet without using any cables. We have installed a wireless network at home.
  • word processing: writing, editing and producing words on a computer, using special programs. There are tons of word processing programs.

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