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1. Processor Speed This is the speed at which a computer can run applications. It is measured in hertz (abbreviation: Hz). As technology develops, recent computers’ processing speeds have come to be noted in either MHz (megahertz) or GHz (gigahertz) because they are so fast. The higher its processing speed, the faster a computer will be able to run word processing applications (Word), music players, imaging software, etc. For example, programs will respond faster on a computer with a 2 GHz processor than on one with a 1.66
2. RAM (Random Access Memory) A type of computer data storage; in common usage, RAM basically represents the memory available to the programs running on your computer (word processor, music player, internet browser, etc.). More RAM allows you to run more applications at once. For example, you could surf the web while listening to music, chatting with a friend on an instant messaging program, and working on a word processing document without your computer slowing down—but only if it has a sufficient amount of RAM. If not, you could experience a delay in the different applications’ response, causing them to “freeze” temporarily. Therefore, the more RAM there is on your computer, the better. Newer computers usually have a minimum of 4 GB of RAM.
3. Hard Disc Drive More commonly referred to as the “hard drive”, this is where your computer stores data such as music files, photos, videos, and various documents. The storage capacity of hard drives is measured in bytes. The bigger your hard drive, the more files you can store. Nowadays, most computers usually come with a hard drive of over 500 GB. There are also external hard drives, which are not built into a computer. You can connect them to your computer through a USB port, allowing you to store your files. It is recommended to “back up” (i.e. copy) your files onto an external hard drive; in the event that your computer “crashes”, at least you won’t have lost all your data (music, photos, documents, etc.). Some newer external hard drives have a capacity of over 5 TB (5,000 GB).
4. Optical Disc Drive Whereas older computers had floppy disc drives, newer machines have an optical disc reader / writer. “Reading” refers to the computer being able to load data from the disc you’ve inserted into the drive, whereas “writing” (or “burning”) means the act of saving data onto a disc. Optical drives of the DVD±RW type can, by default, read and write both DVDs and CDs, whereas one marked CD-RW would only be able to read and write CDs. Nowadays, the most common type are DVD±RW drives. Another thing to consider is a disc drive’s writing speed. This refers to how fast data from your computer can be saved onto media (usually a CD or DVD). For example, an optical drive with an 8X writing speed will allow you to burn a two-hour long video file in only 1/8th of its playback time—15 minutes. On the other hand, it would take burner with a 4X writing speed 30 minutes to burn the same file. The quantity of files you can store on a disc depends on which type it is; CDs usually have a storage capacity of around 700 MB, whereas the standard for DVDs is 4.7 GB (4,700 MB). Many computers now come with Blu-Ray drives and burners, which run high-capacity discs capable of storing up to 50 GB of data. Blu-Ray is primarily used for storing high definition movies and games.
5. USB (Universal Serial Bus) Port This is the place where you plug in devices that may not have come with your computer. The “U” in “USB” stands for “universal”, which means that this port is usually found on both Mac computers and PCs, and is the standard type of plug for most computer add-ons like external hard drives, joysticks (to play games), and digital camera and cellphone cables. Mainly, USB ports allow you to use these devices, or in the case of camera and cellphone cables, transfer data (files such as music, pictures, etc.) from your computer to the other device, or vice-versa. The USB port is also where you would plug a USB key, which is basically a small memory stick (perfect to keep in your purse!) where you can store data to transfer it from one computer to another, or just as a back up for safekeeping.
How do I find my computer specs? Start> All programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Information
Your assignment: Talk about your computing devices and the specifications. Be sure to include the speed of the CPU and the amount of storage and Ram and include 5 others specs. Turn into ebackpack. Due 2/19/14 by 9:03 a.m.