What is a Browser and Other Confusing Tech Terms

There are a lot of confusing tech and computer terms out there. When you go to the store to buy a new computer or you’re talking to someone to get computer help these terms just make it more confusing. Things like “open your browser”, “reboot”, HDMI Port, and so many others just contributes to making everything so confusing.

A lot of times when you go to a store or a computer shop the people there use these and even more confusing terms to seemingly make themselves feel more knowledgeable. Unfortunately this makes you just feel more confused about your computer.

So the trick is finding someone that is able to feel out your level of understanding and explain things in a way that makes sense to you. All the help in the world doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t help you to understand why after all.

What it really comes down to is if a tech person isn’t able to reword what they are talking about in a way that you can understand, do they really know what they are talking about? If they don’t really know what they are talking about how can you ever hope that they are going to help you to understand?

What is a Browser and What’s So Important About It

When you hear the word browser or web browser Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, and Firefox among others are what is being referenced. Without a working browser you don’t have a way to get out to the Internet and do anything. This makes them a very important part of your computer since using the Internet is what most people have a computer for.

Most Common Web Browsers¬†Every Windows computer comes with a web browser. Most people have hear of the program Explorer. Newer Windows computers come with the web browser now called Edge. Edge is Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer. Windows coming with a built in web browser means that you can access the Internet right out of the box.

Many computer owners never even know that other options for a web browser exists. Whichever browser that a person uses is a personal choice but there is one thing to consider when it comes to what web browser(s) are on your computer.

What happens to your ability to access the Internet if something happens to your web browser? There are many viruses that will disable particular web browsers. Having only one web browser available may create an even larger problem if things go wrong.

Having an additional web browser installed on your computer is a very good way to make sure that you or your computer technician are able to take care of problems that may arise.

Reboot/Restart Shutdown Hibernate and Other Windows Actions

There is often a lot of confusion with what Windows actually does in relation to certain terms. When you hear someone say reboot or restart your computer they are meaning to have your computer shutdown and automatically restart itself.

To shutdown a computer means that when Windows has shut down it will not come back on until you turn the computer back on. The difference between shutting down a computer and restarting a computer is very important. Many Windows updates will only install when a computer is completely shut down for instance.

When you choose the Hibernate feature of Windows you are telling it to stop using power but start back in the exact position when you turn it back on. Windows does this by taking a snapshot of what is going on and saving it. This allows it to put that snapshot back in place when it comes back on so nothing is different. When Windows is having problems the Hibernate feature may enhance these problems or not work.

HDMI VGA USB and Other Ports

Computers come with multiple ports. Desktops and Laptops have external ports. External ports are a way to expand what a computer can do. An HDMI port allows you to connect your computer to a high definition monitor or television for example. The VGA port of a computer is the standard port that is used when connecting your computer to a monitor.

Computers also have other types of ports. One of the more commonly known ports are called USB ports. These ports allow you to connect external devices like printers and external hard drives to your computer. Even the place where you plug the cord for your speakers into is called an audio port.

Information Is Only As Good As You Can Make Of It

Real Computer CommunicationLike the title says, information is only as good as you can make of it. If you are given a large amount of information that you don’t understand is it information? Communication is the transfer of meaningful information. This is something that is important to your PC Helper. Finding someone who is able to speak in a way that is easy for you to understand is important. Not someone who talks down to you. Just someone who talks your language.

 

 

 

 

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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