November 22, 2013
Understanding computers does not come naturally to me. Consequently, I have had a hard time making sense of the assignments so far. Thus far, in the first week my knowledge has expanded on computer technology in ways I never would have guessed. The main key that stuck with me is that computers have become more efficient, allowing the process of the system greater quantities of information in smaller packages and in shorter time frames such as the speed of a computer and the transition from on to the other (Norton, 2006). Computers also became more user friendly. My computer’s specs are: Manufacturer: Hewlett- Packard Company
Rating: 4.0 Windows Experience Index
Processor: AMD Athlon™ II x4 640 Processor 3.00 GHz
Installed Memory (RAM): 4.00 GB
System type: 64-bit Operating System
Storage devices are USB drives, DVD-RW, CD-RW, hard drives and an external hard drive for more memory capability and allowing free space on the built in hard drive. My computer is fairly new and has windows 7 with all the “newest” updates available. This computer was suppose to be for school only purposes, but discovering there is so much more such as creating your own label for DVD and CD’s has been incredible. However, the parameters meets my needs for school and allows me to multi-task as needed. I operate with WI-FI and mostly use Microsoft word or RiverPoint Writer for everything I do. On another note, State-of-the-art systems are faster than PC’s in general. Take NASA as an example, they use “Supercomputers” which have highly extensive memory capabilities and tons of storage. More specifically; these types of computers are mainly used for extensive research and are not commonly used otherwise. Pleiades, one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, represents NASA's state-of-the-art technology for meeting the agency's supercomputing requirements,...
References: Dunbar, J., Hardman, J., & Thigpen, W. (2013, November 20). High End Computing Capability. Retrieved from NASA: Pleiades Super Computer: www.nas.nasa.gov
Norton, P. (2006). Computing fundamentals (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw- Hill Technology Education.
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