This time I’m going to take a question from someone who asks, “What is grounding? I’ve heard it phrased in so many places but don’t know what it is.”
Use the audio player above to listen to the plain English explanation of this computer term, or read the transcription of the audio below:
— Compute training audio transcription begins —
Grounding is something that is important for electronics. As usual, I’m going to give you a nontechnical answer. Ground or grounding is the main way it’s called in the United States. Elsewhere, such as in the UK, it’s often referred to as earth or earthing. It’s the same thing.
This refers to draining off excess electricity. That’s basically what it’s about.
I’ve talked about how it’s important for someone working on the inside of a computer or any kind of electronic device that they be grounded.
If I work on a computer, take it apart and am upgrading or repairing it, any time I have the case open and am working in the inside of it, I’m always making sure that I’m grounded. The way I do this is