Today we’re studying a video called:What is a browser?
Do you know what a browser is?
In this video, a guy from Google asked people in the street questions about browsers. For example: What is a browser? Do you what the difference is between a search engine and a browser? And: What browser do you use?
Could you answer all those questions? I have a feeling most of you watching this probably could. But how about if you went into the street where you live(d) and asked random people? Do you think they’d know what a browser is?
In the town where I live, I would say probably over 50% wouldn’t know … maybe even eighty or ninety percent.
In this video, most of the people that this guy asked in New York didn’t know. And it’s quite funny seeing people try and answer a question that they don’t know the answer to.
Some people were actually right, but they don’t sound very confident, like these people: I assume a browser is the way to get on, but, ah, no, I don’t know much. The big e with the explorer on it. I’m not a computer guy, I might be the wrong one for this.
And some other people have the wrong answer but they sound so confident, like this guy: I use Google. Google predominates the market obviously, but occasionally I like to go to Yahoo just to get in some business.
And my favourite part of the video is after he asks a guy why he uses Firefox and the guy answers: My friend came over to my house and erased all my other browsers and installed it and said, “You’re using this now.”
A man in Spain was about to lose his job because of restructuring at the company he worked for. He didn’t want to lose his job, so he asked his sister to hire a hit man to kill his boss. The man and his sister have now been arrested.
And that was Stick News for Thursday 2nd of July. Kia ora.
So, what is a browser? If someone asked me in the street I would probably say: It’s the thing you use to get on the internet, like Explorer or Firefox.
But let’s check some more sophisticated explanations.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary says: a program with a graphical user interface for displaying HTML files, used to navigate the World Wide Web.
And the first sentence of the Wikipedia page says: A web browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web.
conversations withsarah What browser do you use?
June What browser do you use? ブラウザーは何を使っている？
Sarah Peer pressure, basically. 友だちからの圧力で。
June What do you mean, peer pressure? 圧力って？
Sarah Well, people who looked at my computer were like, “Oh, you use Explorer!” So finally I was like, “OK fine, I’ll change to Firefox.” 友だちが私のコンピュータみるたびに「えーっ、IE使ってるの！」って言うから、ついに「オーケー、FireFoxに替えれば良いんでしょ」ってなりました。
June Is it better? 良くなりましたか？
Sarah Um … it’s been a while since I’ve changed now so I can’t really remember what Explorer was like. But yeah, I think it might do some stuff that Explorer can’t do. I don’t know, you should ask someone else. 替えてだいぶ時間が経っているから、今となってはIEがどんなだったか覚えてないけど、IEだと出来ない機能があるかも知れない。 他の人に訊いた方が良いですよ。
サラのメモ： What browser do you use? Why?
The end is some footage from when I went to Sapporo on Monday. I was trying to make a talk-to-the-camera kind of travel video ... but it turned out I didn't have anything interesting to day, so I gave up :) Maybe I'll try again another time ...