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Computers are capable of doing more things every year There are many advantages to knowing how to use a computer and it is important that everyone know how to use them properly Using the information I have gathered and my own knowledge from my 12 years of computer experience I will explain the many advantages of owning a computer and knowing how to use a PC and I will attempt to explain why you should purchase a computer and learn how to use one properly Websters New World Compact Dictionary defines a computer as an electronic machine that performs rapid complex calculations or compiles and correlates data Computer While this definition gives one a very narrow view of what a computer is capable of doing it does describe the basic ideas of what I will expand upon We have been living through an age of computers for a short while now and there are already many people world wide that are computer literate According to Using Computers A Gateway to Information World Wide Web Edition over 250 million Personal Computers PCs were in use by 1995 and one out of every three homes had a PC Shelly Cashman Waggoner 138 Computers are easy to use when you know how they work and what the parts are All computers perform the four basic operations of the information processing cycle input process output and storage Data any kind of raw facts is required for the processing cycle to occur Data is processed into useful information by the computer hardware Most computer systems consist of a monitor a system unit which contains the Central Processing Unit CPU a floppy-disk drive a CD-ROM drive speakers a keyboard a mouse and a printer Each component takes a part in one of the four operations The keyboard
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