If you haven’t been under a rock, you know that solid state drives (SSDs) are the newest craze in data storage. While it’s all fine and dandy in writing, the actual implications might make you want to appreciate your “outdated” system’s hard drive. There are some things you should know about this new piece of hardware that might make you consider keeping your hard drive.
Hi guys and girls! While this site only rambles about technology, I’m popping in to wish you a happy Thanksgiving day. I understand that this year has been full of hardships for all of us, and some of you might be wondering what tomorrow may bring. You can take today to think about what you have, instead of thinking about what you don’t. Today is a day I’m also going to open up to you and show you that, while … Continue reading
Today, I’m going to teach you how to completely obliterate your computer. Some of you might already know some of the techniques in this guide, and may have practiced them by accident. I’m going to give you a lesson in transforming your computer from a technological marvel teeming with life into a pile of metal as useful to your daily life as a chunk of coal.
The universal serial bus (USB) is the best thing that ever happened to computers since power buttons. If you take a moment to think about how your life would be like without USB ports on your computer, you’d quickly find yourself hugging that little box of integrated circuits without question. Believe it or not, there was a bygone era when USB didn’t exist, which makes you think about how little compassion for end users PC manufacturers must have had back … Continue reading
Seeing as this is a tech and comedy site, I feel the need to have at least one comic piece to give you all a break with the How Computers Work series. Today, we’re going to talk about a few things I found while messing around with Google’s auto-complete feature.
You probably wouldn’t believe me, but you have a device on your computer that has has lasers and high-speed motors that use up just a couple of Watts. Such devices are better known as optical drives. Whether you have a Blu-Ray, CD, or DVD drive doesn’t matter; they all work the same, much like how all banks screw you over in the same manner with a little touch of their own personality.
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of a hard drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD), and you might even have a slight understanding of what purpose it serves on your computer. The deeper you dive into its workings, the better you understand how it affects your computer’s behavior. Let’s get our hands dirty, shall we?
Today, we’re going to talk about the thing that makes your computer more than a simple calculator – random access memory (RAM). In an earlier part of this series, we went over the memory slots on the motherboard, but the simple description provided in that part isn’t sufficient to fully describe how RAM works. In the computing world, RAM can make or break your computer’s performance, sometimes more than the CPU.
You learned before about bits & bytes and how the binary system works. This is an extension to the previous binary part, and serves a good purpose if you don’t understand the concept of the measurement of a quantity of data. You’ve probably heard of kilobytes, megabytes, and gigabytes, but it’s still just a meaningless concept unless you fully understand them. I promise you that this is going to be short and easy, not boring and complicated like the previous … Continue reading
While writing the RAM part of the series, I found out that you probably would get lost if I didn’t explain binary data (bits and bytes) to you. If you’re already familiar with this concept, I didn’t mean to insult your knowledge, Mr. Know-It-All! Your computer communicates with binary data, and it’s important for you to know how it works before moving on. Even if you feel comfortable with binary, you might want to read up on this to refresh … Continue reading