Word of the Day: BarCraft

A BarCraft is an event in which people gather to watch live StarCraft 2 competitions. Most BarCraft gatherings take place in sports bars, though the term can be used to describe any event in which a group of people watch StarCraft 2 together.

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StarCraft 2 (also “SC2”) is a popular real-time strategy (RTS) game in which players choose to control one of three races. When a game starts, each player begins with a base at a fixed location on a map. Players then build structures, create units, and attempt to attack and defeat other players on the map. 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, and FFA (free for all) games are possible, though 1v1 games are the most common.

Since StarCraft 2 is one of the most popular eSports games, professional tournaments are held on a regular basis. Most BarCrafts are organized around prominent StarCraft 2 tournaments, such as MLG, NASL, or GSL competitions. These tournaments are streamed live over the Internet and often require a subscription to watch, similar to pay-per-view TV. Venues that host BarCrafts typically cover the viewing fee, but may charge patrons an admittance fee to watch the games. Most BarCraft venues stream the SC2 matches live on one or more screens.

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Word of the Day: DVI

Stands for “Digital Video Interface.” DVI is a video connection standard created by the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG). Most DVI ports support both analog and digital displays. If the display is analog, the DVI connection converts the digital signal to an analog signal. If the display is digital, no conversion is necessary.

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There are three types of DVI connections: 1) DVI-A (for analog), 2) DVI-D (for digital), and 3) DVI-I (integrated, for both analog and digital). The digital video interface supports high bandwidth signals, over 160 MHz, which means it can be used for high-resolution displays such as UXGA and HDTV. You may find DVI ports on video cards in computers as well as on high-end televisions.

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Word of the Day: NTFS

Stands for “New Technology File System.” NTFS is a file system introduced by Microsoft with Windows NT and is supported by subsequent versions of Windows, such as Windows 2000 and Windows XP. NTFS has a number of advantages over the previous file system, named FAT32 (File Allocation Table). One major advantage of NTFS is that it includes features to improve reliability. For example, the new technology file system includes fault tolerance, which automatically repairs hard drive errors without displaying error messages. It also keeps detailed transaction logs, which tracks hard drive errors. This can help prevent hard disk failures and makes it possible to recover files if the hard drive does fail.

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NTFS also allows permissions (such as read, write, and execute) to be set for individual directories and files. It even supports spanning volumes, which allows directories of files to be spread across multiple hard drives. The only reason why you would not want to select NTFS when formatting your hard drive is if you like slow, outdated technology or you need to run an older operating system such as Windows 95 or MS-DOS. Of course, if you are running DOS, there is a good chance you really do like outdated technology.

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Word of the Day: UNC

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Stands for “Universal Naming Convention,” not just the home of the North Carolina Tar Heels. UNC is a filename format that is used to specify the location of files, folders, and resources on a local-area network (LAN). The UNC address of a file may look something like this:

\\server-name\directory\filename

UNC can also be used to identify peripheral devices shared on the network, including scanners and printers. It provides each shared resource with a unique address. This allows operating systems that support UNC (such as Windows) to access specific resources quickly and efficiently.

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Word of the Day: Codec

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No, this is not just a cheap rip-off of Kodak. The name “codec” is short for “coder-decoder,” which is pretty much what a codec does. Most audio and video formats use some sort of compression so that they don’t take up a ridiculous amount of disk space. Audio and video files are compressed with a certain codec when they are saved and then decompressed by the codec when they are played back. Common codecs include MPEG and AVI for video files and WAV and AIFF for audio files. Codecs can also be used to compress streaming media (live audio and video) which makes it possible to broadcast a live audio or video clip over a broadband Internet connection.

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