Friday, November 23, 2007

Computer Term of the Week - Data

What would computer's do with out data? What would automobiles do without passengers? Not much. The essential purpose of a computer (at least how I understand them) is to process data(information) that is put in. I turn to my trusty "Upgrading and Repairing PC's(by Scott Mueller)" book to see what he says...

Data - 1). Groups of facts processed into information. A graphic or textural representation of facts, concepts, numbers, letters, symbols, or instructions used for communication or processing. 2) An android from the twenty-fourth century with a processing speed of 60 trillion operations per second and a storage capacity 800 quadrillion bits, and who serves on the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D with the rank of lieutenant commander.

The answer were looking for is covered by the first selection. I think that pretty much covers everything inputted into the computer. Gaming, word processing, emailing, internet and even this blog is using data to communicate through the web. Without data, computers wouldn't need to exist. In the spirit of the holiday we can all give thanks to data otherwise we wouldn't be here reading this. I hope you all have a great weekend.Thanks for coming by hope to see you again.

Next week.....electronic mail (email)

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