PostPoints tip: "Mac" is not an acronym (unless it is)
It happens about once a week: a reader sends in an otherwise sensible query about computers choices in which he or she feels compelled to write "Mac" in all capital letters. The following advice may be more of a rant than a tip, but in any case--don't do that. When you're talking about Apple's laptops and desktops, "Mac" doesn't stand for anything but "Macintosh" and therefore has no business appearing in all-caps as if it were an acronym. Using "MAC" instead of "Mac" will only suggest that you're a little new to that computing system.
Plus, there's already a real "MAC" acronym used in computing. It stands for "Media Access Control" and refers to the alphanumeric identifier, or "MAC address," coded into every networking device. (For example, the Mac I'm typing this on has a MAC address of "d4:9a:20:58:cd:6f" assigned to its wireless-networking receiver; the Windows laptop to its right has a different MAC address for its WiFi hardware.) So, please, give your Caps Lock key a break when discussing Apple's computers... or most other topics, come to think of it.
(What's this "PostPoints tip" business about? Since July, I've been archiving each tip-of-the-week e-mail we send to PostPoints members under this blog's "Tips" category. Today's item went out on Oct. 12.)
| October 18, 2010; 6:57 AM ET
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