Are you tired of feeling like you don’t speak tech? No, we don’t mean how you talk to technology, we’re not Optimus Prime or R2-D2 (although you should be polite to Alexa and Siri). We mean how you talk about tech. For example, do you get confused whenever there’s another news article about cryptocurrency? Or maybe you just truly don’t get NFTs (trust us, you are not alone on that one).
How do you talk about technical stuff? Listening to someone talk about technology can sound like a foreign language at times, with all the terms and nuances you don’t understand. And what about the flip side? What if you are the only person in your friend group who does speak tech? How do you speak tech to the non-techies? Wherever you fall on the tech-talk spectrum, you’ve come to the right place to learn more.
In this blog, we are going to tackle some of the hot tech talk topics. If you are tech fluent, we are going to show you how you can start explaining technical things in simple terms. If you have been sitting there for the last two minutes with a blank stare on your face since we mentioned NFTs, we will use analogies to explain technical concepts in a way that makes sense. By the time it’s all said and done, you will have plenty of substance to bring to your next conversation.
One of the biggest issues with tech talk is that it's full of unique terms and vocabulary, and not all of it is exactly self-explanatory. Let’s look at some tech hot words and phrases that will have you impressing even your trendiest friends.
Alright, say it with us using a hard G…GIF. Not Jif, which is peanut butter. GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. Basically, it’s a type of image file that is easily transferable. You probably know it from your messaging apps, as a GIF is that quick little picture that moves for a couple of seconds. Still confused? Click here to see a real time GIF of what it can feel like trying to talk tech.
Okay so truth be told, we don’t like talking about this any more that you do, but it probably makes sense to cover the basics. An NFT is a Non-Fungible Token. Essentially, that means that it is unique and cannot be replaced with something else. At any time, you can trade a dollar for a dollar and you will have exactly the same thing. But now imagine that you had a dollar that was signed by George Washington, and it was the only dollar he ever signed. All of the sudden your dollar is a one-of-a-kind token. That’s what non-fungible means.
NFTs in the main are digital pieces of art that you buy and sell online. They can be a sign of status, an investment, or just a purchase of something you really like. Now, the NFT rabbit hole can get pretty deep so instead of diving in much more, we will leave you with two final, articles on NFTs.
- A house sold as an NFT in Florida, so it might be worth doing a little more research on your own because NFTs seem to be here for a while and taking over life.
- Here is a resource that can help you understand a little bit more about NFTs.
The cloud is where a lot of data is stored. Essentially, it is a remote server that holds data for you. To better visualize this, imagine you are cleaning out your house. You decide that you want to put your sofa in a storage unit because you don’t need to use it right this second, don’t want it cluttering up your living room, but also don’t want to throw it away. A cloud works in a similar way. Instead of storing everything on your computer and cluttering the harddrive, you basically store stuff in a storage locker. The only difference is that with the cloud, you can access your information immediately, instead of having to drive ten minutes to the storage locker.
Rapid Fire Round
Okay, so now that you have some deeper knowledge of a few tech terms and nuances, we are going to rattle off a few more in rapid succession to help round out your vocabulary.
- Cryptocurrency- a digital currency that is designed to work as a medium of exchange and is not regulated by a central authority, i.e. Bitcoin
- Bits- the smallest unit of data on a computer, can either be a 1 or a 0 Bytes- a unit of data that consists of 8 bits
- Kilobyte (Kb)- 1024 bytes
- Megabytes (Mb)- 1024 kb
- Gigabytes (Gb)- 1024 mb
- Metaverse- A term that has been around for deceased but has become more commonly used to refer to the virtual 3D world where people can socialize, actualized by Mark Zuckerberg
- Meme- a humorous image that is copied (sometimes with slight variations) and spread rapidly by internet users
Moser IT…Making Tech Easy
On a real note, technology can be confusing. And while what we’ve talked about might seem fun or funny, or even totally alien, when it comes to technology and your business, it’s no laughing matter. At Moser IT, we have the expertise to help you embrace technology and empower your business. With over 20 years of experience, top-tier personnel, and a lifelong commitment to helping you succeed, Moser IT is the consulting partner that can take your business to the next level.
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