Things About Computers You Should Know

We live in an age where the computer is an integral part of us. Be it studies, entertainment or for basic utilities, we rely on the computer to a great extent. However, we hardly try to expand our knowledge about computers, going beyond the basic fact that you are using a ‘laptop’.

Here is a list of some lesser known facts on computer gadgets that would be interesting for you to know.

The graphics card

If you have heard of the term ‘gaming PC’ you must wonder what makes it different from a normal computer.

Having being specially tailored to those who love to play virtual games, gaming PC Perth differs from its ‘normal’ counterpart due to the graphics card it uses – which is generally of higher quality than that is used by a normal personal computer.

The Central Processing Unit

The kids who have been born into the age of laptops would not necessarily know the Central Processing Unit (or the CPU, as we lovingly called it). Even though the CPU is currently being embedded in to the very thin laptop, less than a decade ago the CPU existed visibly apart. It was a separate entity, as tall and large as the computer screen. The CPU carries out the basic arithmetic, logical and control operations of the computer – basically the function of that of the computer’s brain. 

The Uninterruptible Power Supply (the UPS)

Even though our laptops now allow us to charge them in advance and use it for a few hours without the access to a power supply, this was not the case a few years ago, in the era of desktop computer. One got to have uninterrupted power supply for the computer to perform its tasks. A sudden power cut meant that your computer switches off automatically, and you will lose the work you have been doing as unsaved data.

It is with this reason in mind that the UPS was introduced. Following a power cut, the UPS gives us about five to ten minutes to save the work we have been doing and shut down the computer.

The Floppy Disk

It is with a heavy heart that I talk about floppy disks – our ultimate companion a decade back when it comes to sharing data and information. In an age where the internet was not common, floppy disks were the only method to share data across computers. If you haven’t seen one before, it looks like the ‘Save’ icon that is used across Microsoft Office packages. The floppy disks offered the storage capacity of 1.4 MB, and required a Floppy Disk Drive to be read and used.