For a moment, dare to pretend that you're a computer nerd. Now imagine that you're looking at a computer. Of course, you see only the hardware, but that hardware beckons to you, drawing your attention like a seductive siren lures a storm-tossed ship into a rocky shoal. Indeed, computer hardware can be alluring; it can entice you, seduce you, overwhelm you with its sweet-smelling, throbbing plastic beauty. Oh, my!
Okay! You can stop pretending that you're a computer nerd now.
This part of the book discusses the true guts of your computer system: its hardware. Though software rules the PC roost, it's the hardware that sets the tone for what the software does. By discovering what computer hardware is and how it fits into the big picture, you get more from your PC. And, yes, it's entirely possible to do that without ever becoming a computer nerd.