Re: Hi-tech babble baffles many

Subject: Re: Hi-tech babble baffles many
From: Sean Brierley <seanb_us -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 10:51:05 -0700 (PDT)

Well . . . well . . . well.

ATM, Adobe Type Manager, Automatic Teller Machine, and
Anti-Tank Missile?

In the ads, "PDF" and "Adobe" are linked for the
audience. We might need to know what it is if "Adobe"
has more than one of them.

As for portable, well, maybe. It's an electronic file.
You don't need to know "P" in "PDF" stands for
"portable" just for the sake of saying one can move it
like other electronic files. Moreover, how portable is
it? If my "PDF" is 15MB, how am I going to "port" it?
What are the issues? Will a floppy disk work? Etc.

No. I'd say, it is not necessary to know that the "P"
in "PDF" is for "portable" nor need you know from the
TV ads that "PDF" stands for "Portable Document
Format." You just need to know that "PDF" and "Adobe"
and "Acrobat" are linked (lest we start wondering what
"PDF" has to do with "Barnum and Bailey" <g>), that
way, when you have a PDF on your computer you'll
associate it with "Adobe" or if someone askes for your
resume as a "PDF," you'll think, "hmmmm, Acrobat,
nope, don't got that." That is, I agree with the iTwit



--- "Mike O." <obie1121 -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> Eric Dunn wrote:
> > I think this thread is supporting a misconception.
> > Do you need to know what an accronym or initialism
> > stands for to understand the theory/application of
> > the underlying process, technology, or product?
> If you want to know why PDFs are useful to you, you
> might want to know it's *portable* ... Otherwise,
> no
> you don't need to know - you can just make up your
> own
> pet theory about what PDFs are.
> Andrew Plato wrote:
> > moms at home don't care one iota how iTwit works.
> If Mom is buying the iTwit, she might want to know
> if
> it will play her massive collection of iTweet disks.


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