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Technology Vocab 8

TSDE Vocabulary 8 - Internet Usage & Hardware/Software

TermDefinition
disk drive a device for reading and writing information on flexible or rigid disk
hard drive a fixed nonvolatile magnetic media permanently mounted the CPU
hardware any tangible (physical) piece of computer equipment
home row keys on the keyboard with fingers of the left hand are on A-S-D-F and fingers on the right hand on J-K-L-;
motherboard a computer's main circuit board, containing the CPU, microprocessor support chips, RAM, and expansion (bus) slots
operating system this is the programming that makes your computer run its most basic functions; some examples are UNIX, Linux, Windows 7 & 8, and Mac OSX; OS
peripheral devices external devices attached to the computer such as a modem, disk drive, mouse or printer
processor sometimes called the Central Processing Unit (CPU) or microprocessor, this chip performs all the calculations for the computer
productivity software software that assists in making everyday tasks easier
program a software application
publishing software software that creates professional looking documents; currently being used as well as any applications files currently being created or edited
printer a hardware device used to make a paper copy of what is created on the computer
probeware computer assisted data collection tools
plug-in a small piece of software that adds features to already existing, usually large, programs
RAM readable and writeable memory that acts as a storage area while the computer is on, and is erased every time the computer is turned off; this memory stores data and helps execute programs while in use
ROM readable memory that cannot be corrupted by accidental erasure; ROM retains its data when the computer is turned off; Read Only Memory
scanner a device that reads a printed page and converts it into a graphic image for the computer
software computer programs that provide instructions to the computer hardware allowing it to perform a useful task
shareware software that can be tried before you purchase
server a computer or software package that provides a specific service to client software running on other computers
selection the action or fact of carefully choosing someone or something as being the best or most suitable
surge protector electrical device inserted in a power line to protect equipment from sudden fluctuations in current
stylus a pen-like device used to input handwritten text or drawings directly into a computer or for input on a touch-sensitive monitor
Wide Area Network computers connected to each other using networks, telephone lines and satellites communications; WAN
worm a computer file designed to do damage that goes through a computer and possibly a network
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