Deciphering the ad
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Remember the advertisement from the beginning of this chapter? Let's
look at it again:
- 120MHz Pentium Processor
This computer has a relatively new processor, it is IBM compatible, and it runs at 120 million cycles a second, which is pretty fast.
- 16MB DRAM
It has 16 megabytes of RAM, which is plenty for now, but we may need
- 850MB 10ms IDE HD
It has a hard drive that can store 850 megabytes of information. Again, that's pretty big, but we may still need more space later.
- 1MB DRAM 64-bit PCI Graphics Accelerator Video Card
It has a nice video card with 1 megabyte of its own memory.
- 8X CD-ROM
It has a CD drive that can run 8 times faster than audio CDs.
- 3.5" FD
It has a standard floppy disk drive. Boring but still important.
- 16 bit Soundblaster Compat
It has a standard sound card.
- 28.8 Fax Modem
It has a built in modem that is pretty fast. The modem can also be
used to send and receive faxes
- 15 inch Monitor, 15.28 dp
It has a monitor that is 17 inches in diagonal, and the dot pitch value of the monitor is 15.28
- 7-bay mini-tower case
It has room for up to 7 more devices, although some of these slots are
surely being used by the modem, drive controller card, and so on...
Andy Harris, email@example.com