Memory that temporaily stores programs and data when the computer is turned on but does not retain the contents when the computer is turned off.
Permanent memory that stores the instructions that tell the computer how to begin to load the operating system and programs.
Random Access Memory
Read Only Memory
Software that controls the data flow among computer parts, and provides the platform on which application and network software work
Software used to run a server, such as Novell and Windows.
A program used to perform a job or task; examples include word processors, databases, graphics programs, and spreadsheets
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
A silicon chip, stored on the motherboard, which processes data and carries out instructions given to the computer
Devices used to enter information into a computer and interact with the user; for instance, a keyboard, microphone, or pointing device
An operation performed to access a computer or network
The chips that store data and programs while the computer is working. Often called RAM or Random Access Memory.
Device such as disk drive, CD/DVD drive, flash drive, or tape drive that is used to store and retrieve data on a computer.
Device that displays the results of computer processing; for example, a monitor, printer, or speaker.
A storage device that is inserted into a USB port on a computer
Hard disk drive
The main storage device for a computer, usually inside the system unit
The place the computer memory (ROM) and other vital electronic parts are stored
An electronic organizor that can be held in your hand
A machine that is used to store, retrieve, and manipulate data
An input device that is used with a PSA or touch screen
An ouput device that allows you to see your work before printing.
An output device that produces a hardcopy