Video: Explain computer concepts to non-technical people with analogies

Bill Detwiler shares field-tested, IT analogies that answer common computer questions, like the difference between RAM and disk space.

TR Dojo: Explain computer concepts to non-technical people with analogies Bill Detwiler shares field-tested, IT analogies that answer common computer questions, like the difference between RAM and disk space. Once you’ve watched this TR Dojo video, you can find a link to the original TechRepublic article and print the tip from our <a href="http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1465">TR Dojo Blog</a>.

Explaining computer concepts to non-technical individuals can be a challenge. But as with most subjects, a clear, concise analogy will often do the trick. During this week's episode of TR Dojo, I share several field-tested, IT analogies from TechRepublic members that answer the following questions:

  • What's the difference between RAM and disk space?
  • What's bandwidth, and why are you recommending I get more of it?
  • What's a network address?

For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Jaime Henriquez's article, "10 common user questions - and some analogies that help clear things up," and Toni Bowers' piece, "Use analogies to explain technical subjects to end users," on which this episode is based.

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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...