The generations born in the early 1970’s and before are in my opinion the most adaptable to the tech age. After all, we didn’t grow up with computers. The learning curve that we’ve had to overcome has been, arguably, greater than any generation throughout time. We did not have computer classes in grade school, or ipads to play with as toddlers. That being said, there are big gaping holes in most of our foundations.
This post is for smart, knowledgeable, computer savvy people who don’t realize what a browser is. Simply put, a browser is the software that you surf the internet with. You click that icon on your desktop, or tablet, or phone, and it opens up that world where you can shop, watch videos, ingest news, etc. Technically, it is engineered to “read” internet specific computer languages and convert that code to all the things we see. Links, images, text, videos, etc. And all the things we do; click, scroll, pause, upload.
So by now, you must be thinking, “oh! of course i know what a browser is! I use it all the time”.
There are different kinds of browsers. Internet Explorer (the famous e icon), Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Chrome. Just like there are all different kinds of motor vehicles made by different car companies, each browser was developed by a different company and they all vie to be the best.
The reason it’s important to know this is when you need to trouble shoot. Sometimes websites may be acting funny. Your shopping cart keeps emptying on its own. You can’t display a movie because you don’t have the right plug in. The buttons you click to fix these issues vary from browser type to browser type. Knowing what browser you use can be the first step to tackling an internet issue.
What browser are you using? The easiest way is to look at the bottom bar of your PC (taskbar). The icon that is “in use” is Firefox. The one to the right (not in use) is the symbol for the browser called Chrome. Or you may see Safari or Internet Explorer. (the e)
“So what?” you may ask! Well, stay tuned and I will demonstrate a few ways that this knowledge will make your life a wee bit easier!