In this chapter, you examined the benefits of computer fluency and identified the four basic functions of computing. You explored the various types of computers and identified their components, including CPUs, RAM, and storage devices. This chapter also discussed how to evaluate a computer system and understand the terminology used to measure storage capacity, memory, and microprocessor speed. Various hardware and peripheral devices were reviewed, including input and output devices, and different types of storage media. You explored the basic types of computer softwaresystem software and application softwareand examined the different uses for each type. You identified various types of networks and the different ways networks can be configured. And, you also reviewed ways to maintain your computer and keep it safe from various threats, including viruses and spyware.
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In this Chapter You Learned How to