Technology Translator


Geek speak is an overused cliche, but like any discipline, we have our own vocabulary that is often incomprehensible to non-technical people. The challenge of communication between computer geeks (like me) and non-techies (like my wife).

I spent most of the 1990’s teaching distributed computing technology concepts to corporate audiences. In the process, I learned that metaphors (the whackier the better) are very powerful communication tools. I taught them the difference between file sharing and client/server using a bag of Hershey’s miniatures, and how IBM’s Token Ring works by visualizing a toy train running around the room.

Images help too. For example, do you understand now what a Full Stack Programmer is?

If you want to understand what your technical people are trying to tell you, let me know. Perhaps I can help.

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