Tech Terms – Aussie Style!

Australia is a large country with a relatively small population which can essentially be divided into two distinct groups:

  1. The city dwellers – who tend to congregate around Australia’s lush coastal strip, and
  2. The “bushies” – who inhabit Australia’s vast and often isolated interior.

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It’s not uncommon for bushies to travel 200 miles or more to visit the neighbors, attend a social gathering, or even just to get the groceries in. These people, who toil long hours in harsh conditions battling long periods of drought and sudden floods, are the heart and soul of Australia. The bushies rarely come in contact with modern technology so many of the terms which are second nature to the city dwellers often have a whole different meaning in the bush:

  • LOGON: Adding wood to make the barbecue hotter
  • LOG OFF: Taking off wood because the barbecue’s too hot.
  • MONITOR: Keeping an eye on the barbecue.
  • DOWNLOAD: Getting the firewood off the ute (a pickup)
  • HARD DRIVE: Making the trip back home without any cold cans of beer.
  • KEYBOARD: Where you hang the car keys.
  • WINDOWS: What you shut when the weather’s cold.
  • SCREEN: What you shut to keep the flies out.
  • BYTE: What mozzies and spiders do.
  • CHIP: A pub snack.
  • MICROCHIP: What’s left in the bag after you’ve eaten the chips.
  • MODEM: What you did to the lawns.
  • LAPTOP: Where the cat sleeps.
  • SOFTWARE: Plastic knives and forks you get with takeaways.
  • HARDWARE: Stainless steel knives and forks.
  • MOUSE: The small rodent that eats the grain in the shed.
  • MAINFRAME: What holds the shed up.
  • WEB: What spiders make.
  • WEBSITE: Usually in the shed or under the verandah.
  • SEARCH ENGINE: What you do when the ute won’t go.
  • CURSOR: What you say when the ute won’t go.
  • YAHOO: What you say when the ute does go.
  • UPGRADE: A steep hill.
  • SERVER: The person at the pub who brings out the counter lunch.
  • MAIL SERVER: The bloke at the pub who brings out the counter lunch.
  • USER: The neighbor who keeps borrowing things.
  • NETWORK: What you do when you need to repair the fishing net.
  • INTERNET: Where you want the fish to go.
  • ONLINE: Where you hang the washing.
  • OFFLINE: Where the washing ends up when a strong wind comes through.
  • TWEET: The noise made by the budgie.


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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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