Computer Software and Hardware Basic Knowledge

Computer software is what allows people to do what they need to accomplish in their everyday activities. A more complex definition of a computer software is; Software is a program that enables a computer to perform a specific task, as opposed to the physical components of the system. The physical components of the system were what I have talked about in the last post, the actual hardware that a person can physically touch.

The most common software that people know of is the operating system. Operating system is a system software that allows other software of your choosing to be ran properly. The operating system is the middle man to interacting between the hardware and the other software. The software that you want to install should be loaded onto a hard drive, or memory RAM. After the software is loaded on either of these two data platforms, the computer can execute the software.

People have many different software that allows them to do many different tasks. For example, the Microsoft Word program allows you to type up papers, and create templates. It’s a type of software that you should have, because it allows you to complete more complex tasks in one spot, instead of going to different many places. This is what people back in the day have done, and it is fun seeing how software keeps on transforming tech world today. Software allows us to create an easier way to complete things, and it can be found in many of the technologies today, and not just the computers.

Computers are not just hardware equipment, but it’s something that I will be discussing today. There are many different types of computer hardware, and all together, the hardware you use makes up your complete working system. Some of the more common hardware that people are aware of are CD-ROM drive, which allows for a computer to read specific information located on a CD, and the FLOPPY disk drive, which is a much older hardware, allows people to merely do the same exact thing as CD, but in a less sufficient way. These two are more known to people because these two hardware pieces that people interact with the most.

Some of other big hardware items are, Hard Drives, Memory (RAM), Motherboard, Power Supply, and Central Processing Unit (CPU). Hard drive is a non-volatile memory device that allows you to save information regardless whether the power is on or off. You can permanently save information on a hard drive, and then recover it whenever you want. The memory, also called RAM, also is there to store information both permanently and temporarily. RAM interact with majority of the operating system software which I will later talk about. The motherboard connects everything together, and allows for all the hardware to communicate sort of speak. Motherboard is the foundation of the computer and is a vital piece of making the computer work. It takes power from the Power Supply and powers the CPU, and other components such as RAM.

The computer consists of more than these things, but these are some of the major ones that I felt that you should know. Next time I will be talking about computer software.

An Introduction With the Computer Hardware

Computers have become an integral part of our lives. About a couple of decades ago these machines were introduced. Over a period of 15-20 years there has been a computer technology invasion across the globe. You would rarely find some one who would not know the benefits and uses of this magnificent machine. However, they might not be able to understand the term computer hardware.

When we talk about computers we are referring to hardware and software. These two work are synchronized for the computers to work the way they do. Computer hardware is the physical or tangible part of the system where as, the computer software is an application which is not tangible. Computer hardware can’t function unless it is supported by the computer software that it needs.

Computer hardware is more of a fixed feature as compared to the software. Computer software can easily and frequently be changed or modified. However, the same is not true for computer hardware, as most of it is not even visible. The hardware is embedded inside the peripheral of the computer. This doesn’t mean that in case they go bad they can’t be replaced. Depending upon the kind of hardware, replacement is an option.

The basic circuit board is called the motherboard that makes the basic building block of this complex system. For processing and comprehending data there is a hardware called the CPU or Central processing Unit. The hardware that acts as the memory of the machine is called RAM (Random Access Memory). To ensure that the software applications are loaded there is some thing called the Basic Input Output System or the BIOS, which basically controls and executes the system. There are other supporting hardware devises as well like the Monitor, keyboard, CD – ROM, Floppy Disk, Zip Drive, Hard Drive.

There could be an endless list of computer hardware and accessories that you could keep adding to make your system more and more powerful. However, the ones mentioned above are indispensable.