I’m not a big fan of acronyms, but they seem to be a necessary evil in the IT field.
It would be fine if everyone knew what each acronym stood for, but too often these little meaningless groups of letters are used in writing or conversation by people who have no clue what the acronym actually means. This may not bother some people, but it is a pet peeve of mine. I really appreciate it when people define acronyms in their writing or presentations, especially in educational or teaching material.
Today I was on the NVIDIA site to download an updated driver for a laptop graphics card (NVS 4200M). To make things confusing, NVIDIA provides FIVE (5) different types of drivers for this card. The driver types are not clearly explained on the download form – has anyone seen a description of which driver type to use for which situation? In the process, I used Google to help me find that “ODE” means Optimal Driver for Enterprise in NVIDIA-land. The five types of drivers listed were:
- Quadro ODE Graphics Driver
- Quadro Performance Driver
- Quadro Partner Certified Driver
- AutoCAD Performance Driver
- 3ds Max Performance Driver
Thanks NVIDIA for making driver downloads confusing … as if there isn’t enough confusion already in the IT world. I’m sure there are good reasons for them to have multiple driver types, but a simple explanation on the download page couldn’t hurt.
Update for 2014, NVIDIA is still using the ODE acronym. Official definition is available on “Release Highlights” of certain recent driver downloads such as QUADRO/NVS/TESLA/GRID DESKTOP DRIVER RELEASE 331 (nvidia.com) which contains the following message “‘Optimal Drivers for Enterprise’ [ODE]. ODE branches are dedicated to relatively long term stability for ISV certification, OEMs, and Enterprise customers.”