the central processing unit. the processing chip that is the "BRAIN" of the computer.
a common way of networking computers in a LAN. A protocol for fast communication and file transfer across a network.
(also "optimize") to concatenate fragments of data into contiguous blocks in memory or on a hard drive.
a large capacity storage device made of multiple disks housed in a rigid case.
to transfer data from one computer to another.
Disk Operating System.
an electronic pathway through which data is transmitted between components in a computer.
Random Access Memory
to send a file from one computer to another through a network.
Local Area Network
the software that's running on your computer such as the pharmacy software program.
a computer that controls which other computers are allowed access to its storage media.
a computer that is able to access the resources of other computers on the network.
a combination of hardware and software that acts as a "gatekeeper" to restrict other computers from gaining access to data.
a system "malfunction" in which the computer stops working and has to be restarted.