Computers: Productive Tools In Our Lives


Have you ever seen a computer in a store and said, "Whoa! What a chick!"? I
am sure you would have, if you were familiar with the new 16xCD-ROM and extra
wide SCSI-2 9.0 GB hard drive it features, or if you knew about the dual 225 MHz
Pentium pro MMX chips blazing up its performance. To tell you all about
computers, it takes a total computer nut like me. After working with computers
almost all my life, I can tell you that a computer is an electrical device,
without which a guy like me probably cannot survive. If you have no idea of what
I am beeping about, read on. Experts, I report no error in reading further.
Computers are very productive tools in our everyday lives. To maximize
the utility of a computer, what you need to do is get going with the program. To
do that, the minimum system requirements are a C.P.U. or the central processing
unit, a keyboard, a monitor, a mouse, and if you want, a printer and a CD - ROM
drive. The C.P.U. is that part of a computer that faithfully does what his
master tells him to do, with the help of input devices like a keyboard or a
mouse. After all this so called sophisticated, next generation equipment, you
need some sort of software. Software is a set of instructions to the C.P.U. from
a source such as a floppy disk, a hard drive or a CD - ROM drive, in zillions of
1\'s and 0\'s. Each of these tiny little instructions makes up a bit. Then they
assemble to form a byte. Bytes make up a program, which you run to use the
computer\'s various applications.
Now that you know more about computers than Einstein did, let me tell
you something more about them, so that you will beat the President in the field
of computing. In your computer, you require a good amount of RAM, which is there
to randomly accesses memory. That is required to speed up your computer, so that
it gives you more error messages in less time. The faster the error messages it
gives, the faster you call technical help at 1-800-NeedHelp. The service is open
24 hours a day, but to get through, you will have to wait, at least, until the
next Halley\'s comet passes by. The only thing now required, for you to become
the master of this part of the world, is to have a very BOLD determination to
become a computer geek. Since you have learnt everything about the basics, I
would like to transfer command to the owner\'s manual, that came with your
computer, to help you master the specific applications.
While learning the basic fifth generation of PCs, let\'s not forget the
choice of the new generation, network computing on the Internet and the world
wide web. Internet is probably the most important development in the history of
human beings, since the evolution of the Macintosh. The Internet can do all the
projects and presentations, your teachers demand of you. It can also buy you
some pizzas from Pizza-Hut and help you book a ticket for your flight to Ithaca.
But as every benefit has a big loophole, in this case the problem is, once you
dial up your Internet service provider, you are welcomed by a busy signal! So
boy, are you glad after half an hour or so, that you finally meet with success
getting on-line. After you go on-line, you open the Netscape Navigator browser
to go find what you want. You go to a search engine, and then another search
engine, and then yet another search engine, and then you finally find out that
what you want is just what you don\'t get in this terrible world of
advertisement. So you quit and go join a chat group, talking with the weirdest
of people you can think of, thinking of the fun you are having in this beautiful
world, without knowing who it is that you are talking to, and forgetting the
fact that the $$$ meter is rising and climbing and mounting every hour you are
on-line.
Finally, you know that the typical use of computers is not only for
typing and calculating, but also for learning the masterful art of patience and
how to cope with the mistakes others make without cursing them. Life is not
possibly possible without this abnormally useful machine in these good old 90\'s.
Since all that starts well, ends well, to end this reading