View analogies for technical terms
The problem with technical jargon is that it often requires further technical jargon to explain it. A new extension from the Washington Post called Sideways Dictionary ( bit.ly/ sideways423) solves this dilemma by using analogies rather than definitions to tell you what technical terms mean. It automatically detects such terms on web pages and displays its analogies in a sidebar on the right. For example, Bittorrent is “like photocopying a book”, while Open Source is “like baking a cake for a friend, then giving them the recipe”. It’s an interesting idea, although some terms it covers, such as ‘browser’, don’t really need explaining.