Thursday, September 22, 2011

A little knowledge

what browser - I mean how are you connected to the InternetOkay, this almost works.

Google isn't a browser, but is a browser really (a) necessary for getting email? What if she's using Outlook or Thunderbird? and (b) how you connect to the Internet? Isn't that maybe the ISP, or "wireless"?

But clueless-adult-smart-kid is funny anyway, right?

Right?

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At 4:07 PM, September 22, 2011 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

Well, there's lot of "yes and no" here.

Google Chrome is a browser, and it's not surprising to hear people call it "Google", even if most call it "Chrome".

You need a browser to get to your email if you use webmail, which many people do (people who use Gmail, Yahoo! mail, Hotmail, and so on... and my ISP's email and my hosting service's email both have webmail access also).

Her questions in the two panels don't really make sense together. First she asks what browser, then she asks how they're connected to the Internet... but she asks it as though it's another way to ask the former question. It usually isn't.

And "How do you connect to the Internet?" has a number of answers, depending upon what you're really asking. It can, indeed, be asking about the browser ("What program do you use to access your email on the Internet?"), though I wouldn't ask it that way if so. It can be asking how your laptop connects ("WiFi", wireless network, wired network, whatever). It can be asking what device is next in line ("Through that wireless router over there."). It can be asking how your house connect to the ISP ("Through a cable modem."). It can be asking which ISP you use.

It's all so complicated!

 
At 4:15 PM, September 22, 2011 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Ah, but if Chrome was the answer, the annoying (and she is annoying) daughter would be wrong!

My real point was yours, when you said "Her questions in the two panels don't really make sense together. First she asks what browser, then she asks how they're connected to the Internet... but she asks it as though it's another way to ask the former question."

I fully suspect that Gene Weingarten has no idea what those questions actually mean...

 

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