My Impending Doom
This semester I am taking the following courses:
- CSC103 How Computers Work
- CSC102 How The Internet Works
- REL105 World Religions
- ANT130 Cultural Anthropology
- IDP102 Thinking Through Race
- DAN119 Contact Improvisation
- FYS165 Childhood in Lit. Of Africa
Yoga, chorus, art, body modifications,
politics, reading, self-expression,
knowledge, cultures, crosswords, fashion
1 Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
3 The Awakening by Kate Chopin
4 The Stranger by Albert Camus
5 Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus
6 A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick
7 The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Santogold, Sage Francis, Tegan and Sara,
Bat for Lashes, Amy Winehouse, Animal
Collective, Cloud Cult, Feist, Xiu Xiu,
Architecture in Helsinki
The Office, Project Runway, America's Next Top Model,
So You Think You Can Dance, Taboo, Futurama
A Beautiful Mind, Across the Universe, American
Beauty, Big Fish, The Brave Little Toaster, The
Crow, Dead Poets Society, Edward Scissorhands,
The Fifth Element, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,
Lars and the Real Girl, Little Miss Sunshine, Moulin
Rouge, Pineapple Express, The Rocky Horror Picture
Show, Se7en, Sybil, Waking Life, Wanted
Open It Up Lab!
Inside The Machine
The Guts (Before taking apart the machine)
Underneath the Hard Drive
Pentium Processor (back)
Memory Card (back)
How It Works
works by the use of AND, OR, and NOT gates, which allow bits to flow from the main memory to the register and vice versa. It reads these bits as instructions to perform a program. The processor contains transistors
, or switches, which determine when to allow the bits to flow or when to stop them. The processor controls the speed of the computer, which is calculated in Megahertz
. The faster the processor processors information, the faster the computer speed will be. Pentium
is the most popular brand of CPU available.
works by storing bits
(single digit binary numbers) in a certain location, usually the site of a byte
(an 8-digit strand of bits). The bits
represent data and programs
on the computer. The operating system
must be mindful of the memory that is currently in use for the programs
so that is does not use this memory for another program
. Memory cards come in different sizes, such as megabytes
. Most memory cards today have 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, or 4GB.
The CD/DVD drive
contains lasers that read pits
. This is called an optical
drives can contain more information than floppy drives. The pits
are microscopic holes within the disk. The bits
are placed on the disk and read by the laser
. The laser
will either read the bits or be scattered through the pits and will thus read the information provided.
The hard drive
stores data on the computer that cannot be erased. The data is stored on a rotating platters with magnetic
surfaces. The hard-disk can format tracks
. The read-write head
rotates back and forth at a rapid pace to read the data, contained in bits
, on the hard disk.
The Power Supply
converts energy from the electrical outlet in the way in your home to energy that can be used by the computer so that it can function properly. The usual voltage supplied is 5 volts
or 12 volts
, when converted from 110 volts
using the transformer. Within the power supply is a fan that keeps the computer from over-heating.
allow the bits
to flow from one area of the computer to other areas.
contains the buses
for the computer. The buses
that connect the memory and the processor, allowing bits to flow both ways. It also contains the battery.
is necessary to keep track of time
. It contains a quartz crystal that ticks continuously, whether the computer has power or not. The crystal keeps time
in Megahertz because that is the unit for clock speed.
Eck, David J. The Most Complex Machine. Wellesley, MA: A K Peters, Ltd., 1995.
How Stuff Works