I finally completed an upgrade to my main PC. I now have a ridiculously fast processor with an even more ridiculous sounding name. It's a 1 Gigahertz processor. Gigahertz sounds very made-up. I shouldn't be surprised by the move to Giga-this and Giga-that. After all I now have a 40 Gigabyte hard drive, it's just that it conjures up the image of the amount of energy needed by the flux capacitor in the De Lorean from Back to the Future, 1.21 Jigawatts.
After a little research, I found out that the Jigawatt is actually spelled Gigawatt and is an actual amount of energy denoting 1 Billion watts. I guess giga as a unit of measurement has come into it's own. Mega has seen it's day with as well. We now have gigabyte of hard drive storage. gigabit ethernet and gigahertz processors. Actually, I think it's just about time to start throwing around the next jargon candidate. Tera. Look for it one day. The Intel 1 Terahertz processor. Say it a bunch of times now so it doesn't sound funny when it comes time to fork over cash for one.