This is an interesting post at Lifehacker about explaining computer concepts to non-technical types. How might you reword this to explain these concepts to your library patrons that aren’t particularly tech savvy? Do you think they’d get the library analogy?
“In response to the How-To Geek’s roundup of explanations at the Q&A tech forum Super User, reader Allan sent in this explanation of computer basics he’d heard a sales person use while helping a couple pick out a computer for their grandchild:”
“He used the library analogy: The hard drive size was compared to the amount of shelving for books. The CPU speed was the librarian’s quickness on his/her feet (this was a full service library), and the RAM was the size of the table at which one sat. Larger table meant more books could be opened simultaneously. When the table had been covered with books, each time a new book was to be opened, one from the table would have to be closed (pagefile).”