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Computers are capable of doing more things every year There are many advantages toknowing how to use a computer and it is important that everyone know how to use themproperly Using the information I have gathered and my own knowledge from my 12 years ofcomputer experience I will explain the many advantages of owning a computer and knowinghowto use a PC and I will attempt to explain why you should purchase a computer and learn howtouse one properlyWebsters New World Compact Dictionary defines a computer as an electronic machinethatperforms rapid complex calculations or compiles and correlates dataComputer While thisdefinition gives one a very narrow view of what a computer is capable of doing it doesdescribethe basic ideas of what I will expand upon We have been living through an age ofcomputers for ashort while now and there are already many people world wide that are computer literateAccording to Using Computers A Gateway to Information World Wide Web Edition over 250million Personal Computers PCs were in use by 1995 and one out of every three homeshad aPC Shelly Cashman Waggoner 138Computers are easy to use when you know how they work and what the parts are Allcomputers perform the four basic operations of the information processing cycle inputprocessoutput and storage Data any kind of raw facts is required for the processing cycle tooccurData is processed into useful information by the computer hardware Most computer systemsconsist of a monitor a system unit which contains the Central Processing Unit CPU afloppy-disk drive a CD-ROM drive speakers a keyboard a mouse and a printer Eachcomponent takes a part in one of the four operationsThe keyboard and mouse are input devices that a person uses to enter data into thecomputerFrom there the data goes to the system unit where it is processed into useful informationthecomputer can understand and work with Next the processed data can be sent to storagedevicesor to output devices Normally output is sent to the monitor and
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