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Basic computer terminology

I've noticed a surprising preponderance of folk who don't know what to name things in a computer. This is indicative of the age we live in, where people grow up with computers and basic understanding is assumed to be instinctual. Due of this, computer systems tend to be very poor at communicating nowadays, favouring some vague aesthetic over clarity. Disappointing of course, but the world is this way, so here's a bunch of guff for those who're on the novice end of the computer-literacy scale:

This is a bare minimum of terminology you need to effectively communicate with others about computers. There are a gazillion more terms, but I have limited time, so for whatever else you need to know, boot up your computer, run your web browser program, go to a search engine, and search for it!

- Matt Bentley, computer expert at Bentley Home PC Support.
Email info@homepcsupport.co.nz or phone 0211348576.

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