How does a computer “think”?

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People often ask me how to decide on what to focus on when buying a new computer or upgrading their old one.It depends on what you want it to do.

The processor or CPU is like “How smart am I? What do I know how to do?” The smarter I am, the more challenging the task that I can take on. Video editing and databases need a higher end processor than documents and web browsing. If you create movies or track a lot of data, put your money there.

RAm is like “How big is my desk? How far can I spread out my work?”. The more RAM you have, the more projects you can juggle at the same before your computer bogs down and says “I’m too tired” and just stops working. If you are a big multi tasker, put your money there.

Hard drive is like “How big is my filing cabinet? How much stuff can I store when I’m not using it?”. If you keep everything, put your money into hard drive space.

How does a computer think? It doesn’t! Computers can only take direction and follow logic. It takes the information you give it and follows logical steps to sort the data and come to a conclusion. Next time you find yourself thinking “this stupid computer”, consider the data source!

I’m sorry, was that my “out loud” voice? 🙂

When you are trying to figure out where to put your money purchasing or upgrading your computer, think through how you want to use the machine. Our dollars are limited and we need to focus them on the resources we need. Resist the urge to buy the “biggest and bestest”. By the time you figure out how to use the thing, you will need a new one anyway!

Get what you need for the job you need it to do. That being said, make sure you buy the best tool for the right job.

Make it a great day!

Barry
P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for snow. I’m thankful for computers. I’m thankful for the Grace of God.

What are you thankful for today?

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