What’s the Diff: Programs, Processes, and Threads

By | August 16th, 2017

How often have you heard the term threading in relation to a computer program, but you weren’t exactly sure what it meant? How about processes? You likely understand that a thread is somehow closely related to a program and a process, but if you’re not a computer science major, maybe that’s as far as your….

Sync vs. Backup vs. Storage

By | June 20th, 2017

Google Drive recently announced their new Backup and Sync feature for Google Drive, which allows users to select folders on their computer that they want to back up to their Google Drive account (note: these files count against your Google Drive storage limit). Whenever new backup services are announced, we get a lot of questions….

What’s the Diff: Hot and Cold Data Storage

By | March 7th, 2017

Differentiating cloud data storage by “temperature” is common practice when it comes to describing the tiered storage setups offered by various cloud storage providers. “Hot” and “cold” describes how often that data is accessed. What’s the actual difference, and how does each temperature fit your cloud storage strategy? Let’s take a look. First of all,….

What’s the Diff: Megabits and Megabytes

By | August 18th, 2016
What's the Diff: Megabits and Megabytes

What is the difference between a megabit and a megabyte? The answer is obvious to computer people – it’s “a factor of eight,” since there are eight bits in a single byte. But there’s a lot more to the answer, too, involving how data moves, is stored, and the history of computing. What are Megabits?….

What’s the Diff: Thunderbolt and USB

By | March 29th, 2016

What’s the Diff is here to explain in plain language what makes up the computer terminology we talk about, to help give you a clearer idea of what it is and how it works. If you plan to plug in an external hard disk drive or another peripheral to computer, it’s not only important to….

What’s the Diff: Time Machine vs. Time Capsule

By | March 22nd, 2016

What’s the Diff is here to explain in plain language what makes up the computer terminology we talk about, to help give you a clearer idea of what it is and how it works. Apple tries to make things really easy and non-intimidating for people who aren’t computer experts. But backing up your data can….

What’s the Diff: RAM vs Storage

By | March 15th, 2016
Comparing RAM vs a Hard Drive

What’s the Diff is here to explain in plain language what makes up the computer terminology we talk about, to help give you a clearer idea of what it is and how it works. I used to work at a computer store. One of the most frequent problems my customers had involved “memory,” or the….