“Migration?” That’s what you call moving your website from one cyber location to the cloud? I asked him if my site would return to its original location in six months. He didn’t get the joke. To me, migration it is a round-trip—like what some bird species do. Most people think birds migrate because of weather, but most leave when their food supplies dwindle. I hope my website doesn’t starve up there in the cloud.
How about “upload” and “download?” I always use them interchangeably, even though they have different meanings. On his website, “Tech in Our Everyday Lives,” Melton Kazmeyer defines “upload” as data packets that travel from your system to another server on the Internet, while “download” involves those packets that flow from outside servers to your PC. Now I envision little packets of data traveling through cyber space like Internet drones on a mission.
The “wiseGeek” site defines up- and downloading as “electronic data transfers: upload transfers go from a computer to another electronic device to a central server; downloads go from a server to a smaller unit like a computer, iPad, smartphone, etc. An easy way to remember the difference is: “upload” moves from small to large, “download” from large to small.”
Will I remember any of this? Probably not. But I will remember to check my credit card activity to make sure I received my refund.
Kathleen Kaska, Marketing Director