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Glossary Of Common Computer Terms


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CD-ROM DRIVE

  • accepts a laser optical CD-Rom disk that looks like a music CD
  • the preferred way to back up data externally and install new programs
  • much faster and larger capacity than a regular floppy disk

CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT

  • "CPU" is the thinking part of your computer
  • ex: Intel is a type of processor chip
  • measured in terms of speed -- usually megahertz (MHz)

DISK DRIVE

  • accepts a 3.5" square disk inserted into your CPU
  • one way to back up your files externally or install software
  • less storage capacity than a CD-Rom

HARD DRIVE

  • the place in your computer where all of your information is stored
  • includes your program files and documents you have saved
  • measured in gigabytes (GB) or millions of bytes

KEYBOARD

  • like a small typewriter for your computer
  • includes all they keys on a regular typewriter
  • used for entering information and navigating programs on your computer

MODEM

  • plugs into your phone line using a telephone cord
  • allows you to connect to the internet via a phone line
  • the faster your modem, the faster you can send email and surf the web

MONITOR

  • computer display screen, looks like a small TV screen
  • measured in inches diagonally from top corner to opposite bottom corner
  • resolution is measured in pixels and sharpness is measured in millimeters

MOUSE

  • small unit with 2 buttons attached by a cable to your computer
  • uses a rolling ball to move a pointer around your computer screen
  • "click" buttons to select, highlight, or open different program features

OPERATING SYSTEM

  • main software framework within which your computer functions
  • ex: Windows, Linux, Macintosh are all operating systems
  • generally comes installed on your computer, but you can change / upgrade

RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY

  • RAM is the amount of memory your hard drive has
  • affects your computer's speed and how fast your software works
  • can always increase RAM if your computer is working too slowly

SOFTWARE

  • programs that allow your computer to complete various tasks
  • must be installed on your computer
  • can always upgrade, re-install, or un-install later

VIDEO RAM

  • VRAM is specialized memory for your video monitor
  • the more VRAM you have, the faster graphics will load
  • important if you play computer games or use multimedia programs

 

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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.


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