can we as a computer community kill the usage of the term "rig" to refer to computers? i'm not trying to sh%t on anyone, but can we just make this a new rule? i like to think of us as the smart community...i have nothing against truckers, i'm sure a lot of truckers are into computers (they make really good money), but they dont exactly carry an aura of brilliance....(nothing personal)
i see as soon as i goto newegg, now they are advertising "rigs"....good god, can we please god kill this term?
No, Rig is a popular slang term for many varied things, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig
and assuming your U.S. or U.K. based, you live in a country where freedom of speech is lauded so enjoy your freedom of expression, but also remember that you must respect the next mans right to it as well, even if his views conflict with yours.
I may not agree with your opinion Sir, but I will die to defend your right to it
(some famous dead dude Quote)
A couple of decades ago I got my Ham Radio license. "Rig" is the term you use when asking someone what they are talking on. It's still the first thing that pops into my mind. Thankfully when I meet another computer tech guy its not that different when we talk about our "rigs". Its the setup of what we use.
I think Frizzo has a good idea. We all should standardize and not call them by terms that might not be specific or worse might mean something else - like PC (could include laptops), or system, or computer, or Dell, or even make and model (might not be clear to all), or box.
Instead lets always be clear, price, and specific and refer to them as desktop computers. Oops. They oftern don't always sit on desktops. So lets always use the standard term "desktop computer that can also reside on a desk, table or other flat surface". Perhaps we could shorten that to "desktop (wherever) computer". Or "desktop personal computer" might be precise and yet easily recognizable. Then we could shorten that to "DPC". Easy, precise. Opps, that abbreviation can mean about 50 other things. See:
So many words - and abbreviations - have multiple meanings. So let's make up a word - say "thwiggle". With a new word we can define it precisely and send the definition in to Mr. Webster. I checked in the online Merriam-Webster (who was Merriam?) dictionary and it does not list this word. Does anyone have the unabridged (huge, complete) Webster or even Oxford (after all it is their language) Dictionary to check?
Yes, that's the thing. Let's all start refering to desktop personal computers as "Thwiggles". Then after it catches on - and surely it will as who would not want to use a word like "Thwiggle" - we can al have a single, precise word to use. We would all then conform and could all use exactly the same word.
Wouldn't that be helpful, useful, beneficial, benific, beneficient, advantageous, favorable, desirable, good, salutary, advisable, propitious, and salubrious?
And it would keep us from being too wordy.
I (me, myself, rockyjohn) proclaim that henceforth all on the planet Earth (and any aliens wishing to contact us) should use the word "thwiggle". Now I must get back to other work on my thwiggle.
Hell the term "rig" was around long before truckers and PCs. You must be a youngin???? HAM radio operators were using the term "rig" about 70 years ago.
So I guess the answer to the OP's question/request work be a resounding NO. If the term "rig" bother's some folks, I suggest they stop associating the word with trucks and think of it as a term for many applications.
Nay, kind sir, tis I who beseech it. More so that I beseech world peace and an end to world hunger. But I pray not that this piggle deflect from this tiggle, and humbly apologize for deflecting attention from its true course, lest we not puzzle out a solution to this conumdrum.