If you do not know them, you look like a lost soul in the most happening world of technology. You need to book a movie ticket, so you need Internet access. You have to submit a presentation for your company's project, you need a computer to bail you out.
Basic Computer Terms and Definitions
The operating system (OS) is the software that communicates with the hardware on the primary level. No software can be run without the operating system. It serves as a user interface and helps allocating memory, processes tasks, accesses disks, and peripheral.
A command is a series of step by step instructions that helps the PC perform a specific action.
The central processing unit or CPU, also known as the microprocessor or processor is the brain of the computer. It helps execute instructions in a software program and helps retrieve instructions from memory, comprehending and executing instructions, and helping direct the input and output.
The monitor or the screen of the PC against which, the operating system and access application programs, files, and documents are displayed is called the desktop.
The folder is a unique system that helps in organizing the files, topics, programs and projects on the computer. The similar applications in a folder will be grouped together when an application program is loaded. It is similar to organizing files on a shelf in your cabinet.
A hyperlink is a program that helps one move from one web page to another. The text is underlined and the cursor that moves over this text document, takes the shape of a hand. This means there is a hyperlink added to the text and you can click on it to move over to another page or document.
Once a program is closed, the data is removed from RAM. The amount of RAM determines the number of programs that can be run.
The instructions that are provided to the computer with step-by-step actions that help executing a specific task is a software. A computer cannot function without a software.
Computers have become a part and parcel of our daily lives, without which we cannot function. Man has become so dependent on them that a minor glitch can send life into a tizzy. One needs to learn using this device as much as he needs to learn how to read and write.
Today, people breathe software and eat hardware (hypothetically speaking). You do not want to be left out in this rat race of technically sound world. So begin by learning and teaching your kids these basic computer terms for beginners.