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Using Analogy

Using Analogy

Posted: May 24, 09 05:50
Author: douglasbrush Location: New York, NY
Often our field requires that we explain technical terms to non-technical people. Analogies provide a frame of reference that enables people who lack IT knowledge and skills to grasp technical concepts.

I am curious what are some metaphors or similes that you might use to explain technical terms in a report, research paper or in a court room. Examples would be IP addresses are like phone numbers, hashes are like finger prints, etc.

Re: Using Analogy

Posted: May 24, 09 07:05
Author: jhup Location: Baltimore, MD USA
RAM and HDD is still one of the hardest to get across for me.

I use the bookshelf (HDD), book in hand (RAM) analogy.

Re: Using Analogy

Posted: May 24, 09 07:17
Author: debaser_ Location: East Coast
- jhup
RAM and HDD is still one of the hardest to get across for me.

I use the bookshelf (HDD), book in hand (RAM) analogy.


I compare it to long term and short term memory in a cognitive sense.

Re: Using Analogy

Posted: May 24, 09 07:39
Author: douglasbrush Location: New York, NY
I found one that was effective in the CPU/HDD/RAM basics:

CPU is the carpenter
HDD is the woodshed
RAM is the workbench

Re: Using Analogy

Posted: May 24, 09 15:48
Author: mscotgrove Location: Sussex, UK
How about

HDD Town
RAM Airport
CPU Plane

ie the RAM is the area between where people live and the act of flying

Re: Using Analogy

Posted: May 24, 09 20:46
Author: debaser_ Location: East Coast
- douglasbrush
I found one that was effective in the CPU/HDD/RAM basics:

CPU is the carpenter
HDD is the woodshed
RAM is the workbench


This is pretty decent, but you probably have to point out 2 important things to them either before or after the analogy:

1. Things are loaded into RAM while they are worked on by the CPU because of the speed difference. It would be tedious to have to retrieve things from the woodshed if you know you will need them in the short term.

2. Memory is cleared when the computer is turned off. This would be like the carpenter cleaning his workspace before leaving the workshop.

I'm not saying that you didn't clue in on these 2 simple facts, BUT I wouldn't assume that a non-technical person would if not stated explicitly. It probably helps bridge that gap.

I think that the analogy used needs to be something that ANYONE can understand. Do you think that using a cook rather than a carpenter would make a difference? I think more people have experience w/ eating than carpentry. Just some thoughts.... I find that analogies are a great way to illustrate new concepts to people, but that may be because I find them useful myself. No single approach will work for everyone though!

Re: Using Analogy

Posted: May 24, 09 21:29
Author: Patrick4n6 Location: Memphis, TN, USA
I generally refer to the CPU as the engine in your car, which is funny because it's not in line with all my other analogies.

A hard drive is like a filing cabinet, whilst RAM is the amount of square footage on your desk.

Re: Using Analogy

Posted: May 25, 09 19:23
Author: farmerdude Location: USA
Just a quick note: Memory is _not_ always cleared upon shutdown. Remnants of data may be found in memory upon reboot. What remains is operating system, architecture, and system configured dependent.

Cheers!

farmerdude


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Re: Using Analogy

Posted: May 25, 09 23:31
Author: erowe Location: Canada
RAM is like a box of chocolates... You never know what you're gonna get.

Sorry. I couldn't resist... Embarassed

Re: Using Analogy

Posted: May 26, 09 02:25
Author: Logg Location: LA
RAM is like a box of chocolates... You never know what you're gonna get.

Sorry. I couldn't resist...


Hahaha. Better than my one-liner. Wink

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