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Essential Guide to Computing: The Story of Information Technology, The by E. Garrison Walters

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Chapter 1. The Core of Computing: How the Key Elements of Hardware Work Together

Even experienced computer users have at best a sketchy idea of how a computer really works. They know how to launch and use applications. They can connect to the Internet, surf the Web, play games, or whatever. Some of the most advanced (and fearless) users are even able to install internal components, such as memory modules or network "boards." But few people actually stop to think about how a computer carries out the functions that it is asked to perform. If they did, they would be surprised at how easy it is to understand. Like Mr. Spock on Star Trek, everything in a computer is logical. You don't have to be an engineer or a scientist to learn how things work. ...

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