Ever wonder what all those computer terms mean? Here are some of the terms you should be familiar with regarding your computer.
CPU - Central Processing Unit - The main chip in your computer that handles all of the calculations that enable your computer to run.
RAM - Random Access Memory - The "Short Term Memory" for your computer. This is where programs run. This gets used up with each program that you run or file (picture, document, spreadsheet, etc.) that you open. Whenever you reboot or restart your computer it resets the RAM.
Registry - the system in your computer that handles all of the main settings for your whole computer.
Hard Drive - The "Long Term Memory" for your computer. This is where programs and files are stored. If this is not large enough, when you pull pictures off of your camera, you can fill it up.
T1 or Fractional T1 - A full T1 runs at 1.54 Mb. This is typically used for businesses due to the stability of the line and the cost.
Cable Modem - Connection to the Internet that goes through the same connection as your Cable TV. This is usually the fastest connection available to home users.
DSL - Connection to the Internet that connects through your phone line without interrupting your telephone calls. This is typically slower than Cable yet faster than Dial-up.
Dial-up - Connection to the Internet that uses your telephone line. This is the slowest connection typically used at home.
Broadband - DSL, Cable, T1 or any connection faster than Dial-up.
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