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Google explains what a browser is

We talked earlier this week about how it's easy to get lost in cool new technology while forgetting the basics.

Well, Google apparently agrees, as they started a new initiative to explain what a Web browser is. They did a series of man on the street interviews asking people what a browser is, and less than 8 percent of those interviewed knew the answer.

Google then produced this excellent 1 minute video to explain the concept of a browser:

They also produced an accompanying Web site, WhatBrowser.org. I marveled at the need for these things in 2009, but it's a great reminder that I think applies to a lot of things in life: keep it simple. You need these building blocks in place to be able to do bigger, greater things. Not everyone else will always understand things the same way you do.