Tag Archive for computer hardware

Wowie Zowie. An SSD really kicks it

Every once in a while I treat myself to a new toy.  This time it was a Solid State Drive, SSD, or a computer disk with no moving parts based on flash memory technology.  I replaced the existing 120 GB regular drive in my 5-year-old Toshiba laptop with the SSD, created a partition on it,…

RAM needs

RAM stands for Random Access Memory.  The RAM in your computer is where everything happens.  Programs reside on disk but, in the computer architecture proposed by John von Neumann and universally used in computers since, programs must be read into memory and can only be executed there.  The data also resides in RAM memory.  There…

CMOS

CMOS in an acronym for Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (usually Silicon).  You can look at the Wikipedia article for more detail but the most important aspect of CMOS for this article is that if it is in the off state or in the on state it uses essentially zero energy and therefore produces much less…

Hardware is a Commodity

These days hardware is a commodity and a bargain at that. Except for the Apple world which is vertically integrated, just about anybody’s hardware is as good as anyone else’s. There are some manufacturers where what you find in the box is whatever the purchasing manager got cheap that week. Most desktop computers are made…