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

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Glossary

Address

Computers use addresses to keep track of information in much the same way as the post office uses them to find residences and businesses. The bigger the number in an address, the more locations it can refer to. Most current computers use a 32-bit "address space" for memory, which means that there can be over four billion separate locations to hold information. See Chapter 5 for more about addresses.

AGP

In an Intel system, the Advanced Graphics Port is a high speed bus that connects the graphics processor to the CPU/memory system.

Algorithm

An algorithm is another word for "formula." It is a set of rules and/or computations that is intended to be used over and over, like a recipe.

Analog

An analog system uses a representation ...

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