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Computer How Go's For Total Beginners

by P_stein01 / September 25, 2017 3:50 AM PDT

Its a scheme I intend to use to help those who are completely new to computing ...I mean completely new!

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Intro
by P_stein01 / September 25, 2017 3:53 AM PDT

If you're looking to someday work in a bank or any other company that requires computing skill and you have no idea what that strange looking box that seems like a TV does...this is certainly the best place to start!

Post was last edited on September 25, 2017 3:55 AM PDT

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Re: job
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 25, 2017 3:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Intro

I think most people will have experience with a cell phone or with a computer at school before they search for a job. Otherwise you wouldn't qualify, would you?
And certainly your manager should offer you a course in stead of telling you "go to cnet.com and enjoy".

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RE
by P_stein01 / September 25, 2017 1:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: job

You have a point...all the same am not afraid to be first at doing something like this ..i think i'll maintain optimism here! Grin

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INTRO TO GENERAL COMPUTING
by P_stein01 / September 25, 2017 1:39 PM PDT

INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL COMPUTING
GENERAL COMPUTING IS THE RIGHT PLACE TO BEGIN IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA , I MEAN NO IDEA! OF WHAT A COMPUTER IS OR EVEN HOW TO USE IT ON BASIC GROUNDS. SURE YOU MUST HAVE SEEN ONE BEFORE, EVEN SO HERE'S WHAT A COMPUTER SYSTEM LOOKS LIKE:



WHAT IS A COMPUTER?:
NOW THAT WE HAVE HAD OUR INTRO, WHAT EXACTLY IS A COMPUTER?.
A COMPUTER IS AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE OR MACHINE, THAT IS ABLE TO RECEIVE INFORMATION (THIS COULD BE RAW FACTS), STORE THE INFORMATION, PROCESS THE INFORMATION IT RECEIVES, BASED ON SPECIFIED INSTRUCTIONS, AND GIVE ITS OUTPUT AS MEANINGFUL/EXPECTED RESULTS.
THIS MEANS THAT THE COMPUTER WORKS LIKE THE PROCESS OF DIGESTION WE HUMANS. IT TAKES IN DATA THROUGH AN INPUT UNIT , JUST AS TAKE IN FOOD THROUGH OUR MOUTHS, STORES THE DATA IT RECEIVES TEMPORARILY, JUST AS WE HOLD FOOD RIGHT IN OUR MOUTH, PROCESSES THIS DATA, JUST AS WE CHEW AND DIGEST THE FOOD WE EAT , THEN GIVES OUTPUT AS EXPECTED RESULTS , JUST AS WE EXPECT TO HAVE ENERGY AFTER A MEAL,SO THE COMPUTER GIVES OUT EXPECTED RESULTS (MEANINGFUL INFORMATION).
THE COMPUTER PROCESSES THE INFORMATION IT RECEIVES BASED ON INSTRUCTIONS IT RECEIVES, HERE'S AN EXAMPLE:
SAY YOU INPUT : 2 + 2
YOU HAVE GIVEN THE COMPUTER TWO THINGS TO WORK ON:
· DATA
· INSTRUCTION
THE DATA INVOLVES THE TWO'S ON EITHER SIDE OF THE PLUS SIGN, WHILE THE INSTRUCTION YOU'VE GIVEN IS THE "SUM FUNCTION/OPERATION (THE PLUS SIGN)"


SECTION 2
COMPUTER COMPONENTS - BREAK DOWN:
General Computing: PART TWO

COMPONENTS OF COMPUTER:

A COMPUTER SYSTEM, TO FUNCTION PROPERLY NEEDS TO HAVE TWO MAJOR PARTS:
1) INPUT UNIT
2) OUPUT UNIT
3) PROCESSING UNIT

INPUT UNIT

THE TERM "INPUT UNIT" IS USED TO REFER, IN GENERAL TO THE PARTS OF THE COMPUTER THAT ALLOWS USERS TO GIVE INFORMATION AND COMMANDS, TO THE COMPUTER .

A TYPICAL EXAMPLE OF THIS IS THE " KEYBOARD" ⌨: WHICH ALLOWS THE USER TO GIVE INPUT, OR IN OTHER WORDS COMMAND TO THE COMPUTER.

"THE TOUCH PAD ON YOUR PHONES

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Interesting post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 25, 2017 2:04 PM PDT

But along the way, you need to add that most of these devices have a CAPS LOCK key. Some folk think it's not needed and want to type in all caps.

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That's kind of a simplification.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 25, 2017 2:53 PM PDT

An Ethernet cable is both out (to the Internet) and input (from the Internet), so my Ethernet interface (like my Wifi) is input and output at the same time.
And you don't mention a very important part: storage. Without storage, it's not a computer in your example, just a calculator.

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Re:
by P_stein01 / September 25, 2017 3:12 PM PDT

This is only half of the article am sure i'll impress you with the rest! Grin

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Additional info:
by P_stein01 / September 25, 2017 1:40 PM PDT

Pdf format also available!! for free download

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Second Part!
by P_stein01 / September 25, 2017 3:16 PM PDT

OUTPUT UNIT

THE OUTPUT UNIT AS THE NAME IMPLIES REFERS TO THE COMPONENTS OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM THAT PRESENTS THE RESULTS OF PROCESSED DATA/COMMAND , RESULTS OF PROCESSED COMMANDS RANGES FROM IMAGES

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You're very shouty.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / September 25, 2017 3:36 PM PDT
In reply to: Second Part!

Post was last edited on September 25, 2017 3:50 PM PDT

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re:
by P_stein01 / September 25, 2017 4:18 PM PDT
In reply to: You're very shouty.

DON;T GET YOU ...AND THAT'S NOT ME BY THE WAY

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Don't get me wrong but....
by Dafydd Forum moderator / September 25, 2017 4:23 PM PDT
In reply to: re:

Your username is all over the internet.
Dafydd.
PS. There is someone with an almost identical name on the net. I'd be changing mine.

Post was last edited on September 25, 2017 4:52 PM PDT

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Thanks!
by P_stein01 / September 25, 2017 10:13 PM PDT

Thank you for the hint! Bruh I'll work on that!

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I'm not impressed.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 26, 2017 12:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Second Part!

The comma should be a full stop, and what comes after that isn't a full sentence but suddenly stops. Half work.

Isn't the touch screen you mention an input unit and an output unit at the same time? Is there a term for such a dual unit?

Do you realize there are a lot of computers that don't have such an output unit? Consider the computer in a self driving car, as we'll all use in 2050 or so. It has an input unit that lets me give the command "drive home, please". And it will bring me home. Where's the output unit showing me the results of my command?

And just to warn you: writing in all capitals is considered impolite. So we'll delete all sequels that aren't written normally. You can't say you haven't been warned.

Post was last edited on September 26, 2017 12:27 AM PDT

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Re:
by P_stein01 / September 27, 2017 12:46 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm not impressed.

See as far as i can tell all computers / devices worth being called one definitely has an output unit: it's pretty much useless without an output unit: in any case, the computers in cars also have an output unit : only you don't need the information it processed , the car itself uses the data to perform heck! why would you expect to see visual display of a command such as : "take me home" cmon! be reasonable here! Grin : the computer transmits or relates your command to the car itself: its basic logic dude processed info has to go somewhere whether or not you received it doesn't mean it doesnt have an output unit .....2050 (lol)......cmon! ......i guessed i might have pissed you off at some point ith my articles: but understand that the articles are for beginners..after all taht's what this part of the forum is for "COMPUTER NEWBIES"....am being as basic as possible so you gat ntin on me bruh!...am sorry for being rude in anyway : that's right am new here thanks for the info i;ll do better with the CAPS LOck and all: just know that its all basic stuff......sure you can understand this:

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Re:
by P_stein01 / September 27, 2017 12:49 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm not impressed.

Oh! and regarding your question those kind of devices are called Input/Output devices or just I/O for short: at least thats how i've heard them call it! Grin

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Addition:
by P_stein01 / September 25, 2017 3:17 PM PDT

rest in a bit!..Hope this reaches out to people who might need this!

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DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT
by P_stein01 / October 10, 2017 2:18 AM PDT
http://server.myspace-shack.com/d23/ece365d1-b0fa-4aaa-917a-2e194320b6e5.png

he desktop environment is what comes up after the system successfully starts-up or finishes the booting process. The desktop environment is simply a display window or page that displays icons or in other words links to programs and files on the computer system.
Think of it like the home screen your smartphone , it displays some apps that are installed on your phone but not all right?, and when you tap on any app on the home screen, it automatically opens up the app right?. Well that's all the desktop environment does too ( well most of it). The desktop environment consists of Icons that carry information about programs and also about some important parameters like : battery percentage, internet connection state, volume..etc. A typical example of a desktop environment page is shown above.

ICONS:
The tiny box photos you see on the desktop environment are what's known as icons, and they are actually links or shortcut buttons to programs or files on the computer system . This means that when you activate a icon (by double clicking {left mouse button} on it) , it takes you to the program or file it is linked to . Just as you tap on an icon on the home screen of your phone to open up an app, in the same way the computer icons take you straight to the program or file it is linked with.

TASK BAR:
The task bar is the part of the the homepage (desktop environment), that displays some applications or programs on the bottom part of the desktop environment page . The task bar just like the rest of the screen contains icons , but it also allows for quicker access to the programs on it , this way one only has to click on the icon once to initiate the program rather than double click – unlike the other icons .

NOTE:Double clicking on icons on the task bar would rather initiate the program twice rather than once!

http://server.myspace-shack.com/d23/e1c7a6cb-c9be-43f9-907b-161edcea8391.png


On the task bar is also the Start Button/Windows Button : which is simply a button to access all files and programs on your computer . Clicking on this button brings up a list of programs installed on your computer , just like clicking on the menu button on your phone brings up all your apps . Most of the time, programs placed on the task bar are the programs you'll be using frequently for easy access.
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Just A Note: All Things You've Posted Are Found Easier....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 10, 2017 7:51 PM PDT
In reply to: DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT
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Thanks a bunch!
by P_stein01 / October 11, 2017 1:11 PM PDT

I really appreciate your kind gestures bro...I'll do better!

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