geekspeakMost high-tech terms are not easy to understand, especially if you don’t work in technology. It doesn’t have to be that way though! Most terms just need to be explained in a different way. On the flip side, if you work in IT, you know it’s not always easy to explain things in a way that a non-techie will understand, and here’s where we find ourselves at an impasse. I wrote this article with the idea in mind that I could help bridge this gap by describing a few of the most commonly misunderstood terms in a way that could make sense to even the most tech-illiterate.


A CPU is not a computer; let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. CPU actually stands for Central Processing Unit. The CPU is really the brains of the computer. That seems easy to understand, doesn’t it? The CPU is in charge of receiving input from the computer’s hardware and software and interpreting it in a way that it can be executed. Without the CPU, you wouldn’t be able to pull up Microsoft Word, send an email or doing anything really. You might have to make the choice between an AMD and Intel processor; you are choosing a CPU manufacturer. Some people only like Intel, some AMD; it just depends on what you plan on doing with your computer system… Read the full article.

Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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