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Introduction to computer hardware and software

The earlier you understand how your computer works the better for you, so in this case, one needs to know the difference between the computer hardware and software. The hardware and the software works together to achieve a good result. With the help of hardware and software together in a computer system you can perform the wide variety of functions possible on your personal system.

The computer hardware are mainly the physical aspect of the computer, those things you can touch and feel, like the motherboard and all the things that are connected to it (cd-Rom, Ram, Hard disk, floppy disk, power unit ), keyboard, mouse etc.

The computer software are what puts the hardware to work. The operating system is one of the computer software. Example of the operating system is WIN98, WINME, WIN2000, WINXP etc

Easily visible hardware includes your central processing unit (CPU), speakers, monitor, mouse, screen, cords, and mouse pad. These make up the actual unit. Peripheral devices (hardware) would be your floppy disks, hard drive, floppy drive, CDs, CD drive, and random access memory (RAM) boards. Some of these are removable and/or can be shared and mailed. USB connectors, motherboards, routers and modems are also considered computer hardware.

We can now turn our attention to the software side of things. Some basic software you might want to consider installing is an office suite (MS Office for example or the free OpenOffice.org) which allows you to create professional word documents, power point presentations, and even keep track of financial information.

Of course another important software program is an Internet browser (allowing you to "surf" the web). If you have a Windows PC then you should have Internet Explorer (which comes pre-installed) or feel free to take a gander at FireFox - another free web browser (which works on the Mac too).

Now you know what hardware I use for my web design, I will now run through of my list essential software;

* Web browsers - IE8, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. So we can check that the page views ok accross a variety of platforms.
* Gimp - For my picture editing.
* Dreamweaver MX 2004 - Mainly used in text editing mode, and I like the site manager.
* Xampp - Xampp creates a server on my PC so I can create a full working page so it can be tested before I upload
* Fireftp - A Firefox plugin to transfer files.
* And the last an most used software is windows notepad - I am using it now as I am writing this article. My Blog and EzineArticles have a feature where I can copy and paste text in to the "new post" form.

When it comes to software needed, this can be somewhat more complicated, again depending on what your website design goals are. At the very least, you will need some sort of text editing software, FTP (file transfer software), graphics creation software and then a variety of other tools as you progress.

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