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Basic Computer Hardware and Software – How it Works

In this modern computer age it is important to have at least some understanding of basic computer hardware and software. Granted it’s not necessary to have a complete and total understanding of just what makes your computer tick it is perhaps wise to grasp some of the concepts. So let’s take a look “under the hood” shall we?

First up on our journey is the hardware side of things. A computer consists of many different parts all of which need to be in working order for it to run properly. But here’s the great thing about modern computers: you don’t really need to know what all those little chips, resistors, etc. actually do. In fact, just a basic understanding of the computer hardware can allow you to fix a multitude of problems that might arise. Computers these days are divided into several major components – some of which can even be replaced without great difficulty.

First up is the most important part of your computer – the mother board. This is the “brain” of your computer. Also on the motherboard you can find your RAM (that stands for “Random Access Memory”). These are long “sticks” basically held in place by two plastic clips. If you’re experiencing computer troubles you could try replacing these modules with new units to see if that fixes things. Or if you want that new PC game to run just a bit faster, adding more RAM to your computer might do the trick.

You might find a video card attached to your motherboard as well – this is the device that handles the complex mathematical calculations needed to create 3D environments in computer games. Usually though if you’re not a gamer you don’t need to worry about this one.

Another major hardware component is called the Hard Drive – this is what stores all your word documents, programs, etc. Upgrading this device by either replacing it or adding an additional one allows you to store more files.

We can now turn our attention to the software side of things. Some basic software you might want to consider installing is an office suite (MS Office for example or the free OpenOffice.org) which allows you to create professional word documents, power point presentations, and even keep track of financial information (your budget for example).

Of course another important software program is an Internet browser (allowing you to “surf” the web). If you have a Windows PC then you should have Internet Explorer (which comes pre-installed) or feel free to take a gander at FireFox – another free web browser (which works on the Mac too)

So there you have it – a short and sweet guide to basic computer hardware and software. This article should by no means be the end of your journey though! If you’re still interested in the topics presented in this article a simple Google search (using your favorite Internet browser!) should answer just about any question you have.

Computer Hardware and Simulation Gaming for Aviation Safety Considered

Modern day computer hardware is getting quite robust, and there is about 10 times the computing power in a smart phone as was used to fly the first Space Shuttle, maybe more. Still, when it comes to operating today’s aircraft simulators the computer hardware is intense, and these simulators can cost a ton of money. Because they cost so much the time to use them becomes very valuable, therefore most airlines only use them as required to check out their pilots, or train them for certification on the next aircraft that pilot needs to fly so he or she can get their type rating and satisfactorily prove they are safe.

The other day, I was speaking with an expert in computer online gaming communities, Troy Laclaire, about the use of simulators in aviation, and how great these tools were for complying with safety standards and preventing mistakes in the real world, carrying real passengers, when it really mattered most. One question we pondered was should airline pilots, commercial pilots, charter pilots, and fractional jet pilots be required to fly with another pilot to an airport first prior to going there as the pilot in command for the first time.

If such an onerous rule were to be made by the FAA, what about simulators, couldn’t a pilot merely fly the last 5-10 minutes on approach and take-off to each airport that the airline generally went too? Maybe, but in the case of a charter jet, that might mean they’d spend 100s of hours in a simulator and that costs a lot of money right? Okay so is there a solution to all this? Troy has come up with one potential solution, so lets’ talk about this shall we. First, Troy notes:

The only problem with this is that simulators are not exactly cheap to run and each simulation takes a fair amount of time, and far as I understand simulators are mostly used to get pilots comfortable with flying a particular plane type. However, since the pilots are generally already familiar with flying their planes (at least I should hope so) and nearly everyone has computers these days, it is possible that you could have a DVD series created to cover the routes, based around actual flights, and then have the pilots use their computers to run these so that they can get some familiarity with the airports.

Now then, this is a good idea, and it makes sense, a perfect solution, plus it also stands to reason that a gaming expert would come up with this concept. Okay so, Troy also suggests that we “provide the pilots with a take home DVD, basic flight-sim gaming controls, and they can use these to get some muscle memory.” This too makes sense, keeping it simple, and perfect for a last-minute booking for a fractional jet, or charter flight, as the pilot can merely practice a couple of ILS approaches, missed approach, take-off, and navigating the taxi ways, etc.

Troy, being a computer hardware engineer, and quite the prudent safety advisor also states; “Alternatively, have a “pilots room” setup where a pilot can run through a video/basic simulator of a previous flight that has already flown that route, letting them get a rough idea of what to expect when going to an airport they are not yet familiar with.”

Okay so that’s pretty easy, it can be set up in the break room of the local Jet Center, or at an FBO etc. Perhaps, for $10-20 they can shoot a couple of landings at the desired future airport that they will be flying too? Perhaps, it might also be available to ALL general aviation pilots, the DVDs and a flight simulator room at the local FBO, etc. May as well keep the system busy and paying for itself, perhaps it might also spit out certificates of completion and aviation insurance companies may consider lowering rates too? Indeed, I hope you will consider all this and think on it.

Know About the Various Computer Games Hardware and Get Them for Enjoying Best Quality Computer Games

All of you readers usually access a personal computer and more than half of you are probably crazy about computer games. However, are you sure that you know about all hardware? No! Then, how could you know about the wholesale computer games hardware sources? Make your information complete by reading the rest of this article.

There are many varieties of games. Some deal with conflicts, while others are based on racing. There are different types of games available for everyone. Girls can play Alice in Wonderland types of games that are in slower motion than that of Car Rally, for example. In order to make your computer complete, you might want to equip the computer with the complete set of accessories. Let us talk about getting wholesale computer game hardware from various sources.

Computer games are somewhat different from video games. Video games are played on a video game console with controllers, joysticks, pedals, game pads and other things. A variety of computer games can easily be managed with a keyboard and a mouse. Many other computer games have special requirements. You might use headphones to keep from disturbing your surroundings. You might also use pedals for racing games.

Similarly, game pads are required to play some games that are for more than one player. If there is only one user playing on the computer, the game will go fine. If there is more than one player, a single keyboard will not be sufficient. The game pad is attached to the computer to this purpose. All gamin equipment can be bought at reasonable prices through wholesale hardware websites. In addition to providing you with gaming devices at discounted rates, these sites also offer them in a wholesale quantity. They cut the shipping charges as well.

Some additional computer gaming equipment includes a gaming keyboard and a laser mouse. The gaming keyboard has special keys for certain games, and the laser mouse has additional buttons for controlling the game processes. These two pieces of hardware are sufficient.

There are some offline wholesale hardware sources, as well as big wholesale computer show rooms. Shopping here is somewhat different from online websites. Here, you can test the product yourself before purchasing them in large numbers. Both of these mediums have their own significance. For people who need products in large quantities, online purchasing is probably alright for them. That is where they can get wholesale computer games hardware for discounted rates.