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More Techie Words Explained So You Get Them

technology cartoon You Need to Know These Techie Words!

Several times over the past few months I have brought you some of those words that everyone uses, but that we don’t really totally “get.” It can be such a relief to finally understand!

So here are some words that you can use that will make you feel so comfortable that people will start calling you with their techie problems:

Dub Dub Dub

When you give someone a web address, don’t you get tired of saying doubleU doubleU doubleU (www)? So just say dub dub dub and the web address. Saves time, less boring.

Platform

Think of a wooden raft out in the middle of the lake.  You and your friends are lying on it, and when you’re ready, you dive off to start your swim back to shore.  That raft supported you, and you used it as a base and a place to start your next activity. The platform word is used in a number of ways, such as mobile platforms that support your mobile devices, or software platforms, or whatever.  Just think of the raft, supporting whatever is on it — it’s a platform.

Browser (web browser)

You have one, and you use it all the time – it is one of the most important pieces of software on your computer that you use every day.  Your browser is what displays websites on your computer.

Chrome logo

Chrome logo

Here’s the way it happens:   you use a search engine like Google to find a web site that you think you might want to see. You click on that website address, and your browser opens the website and displays it for you.  Examples of browsers are Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, or Google Chrome.

You want a FAST browser!  Browsers get updated, and you’ll want to check to see if you have the latest version of whatever you are using. Go to www.whatbrowser.org to see if you’re up to date.

Links and URL’s

Everything on the Internet has an address, just like houses have addresses.  If I want you to go look at a particularly pretty house, someone gives you the address so that you can go straight to it.  And if I think you might be interested in something on the internet, I can give you its address and you can go there.  An internet address is called a URL – Uniform Resource Locater. Here’s the URL (internet address) of this blog:   http://adhelper.biz

But the nifty thing is that you can be reading along in this blog, and if I want to give you the option of seeing additional information but I don’t want to put it all in the blog, I can hide that address in my programming so that you can go on reading smoothly – you only will go to the address if you click on the place that I indicate.chainlink

Here’s how it works:  Let’s say that when I was writing the blog, I decided that you might want to see a funny kitty video.   But some of you might not, so instead of putting the kitty video right here in the blog, I put the URL (the kitty video’s address) right into the programmed text when I am writing the page, before I post it.

Then I can indicate to you where I have hidden the address for you to use either by underlining it or by putting it in a different color (or both).  I can say CLICK HERE to see a funny kitty video, or I can talk about kitty videos that are fun to see.  Either way, I have put that video’s URL (address) into my blog “link” place so that when you click on those words you go straight to the kitty video.  Try it!  You can always come back by hitting the “back” arrow in the top left of the Youtube screen. It’s called a link because it takes you right from here in my blog straight to the kitty address where you want to be – there is a “link”, like a chain link, linking the two places together, and you can come back, too.

Search

We use search engines all the time, but until I watched this Google ad for their search engine, I had no idea I could search vocally and it would even talk back to me!  If you have the time, you may be surprised at the huge capability that you may be missing.

If you found this blog helpful, then click here to see another post of techie words that we kinda know but don’t really quite know, that you’ll want to read.

 And would you please share this with a friend?

You know they need your help on this.

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