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Computers have become part of our life. We use computers on daily basis, in our school, at home, at office. Why we are so dependent on computers? Because they have made our lives easier, they provide us entertainment, they can store our valuable data for as long as we want it to keep. The following are some of the main characteristics of a computers.
Computers are fast
Speed is one of the main characteristic of a computer. A computer can perform billions of calculations in a second. The speed of a computer is measured in Mega Hertz (MHz) or Gega Hertz (GHz). For example, multiplying 639 and 913 can take a couple of minutes if a human performs such calculations, but computer can perform millions of such calculations in a fraction of second.
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Computers are accurate
Computers can perform operations and process data faster but with accurate results and no errors. Results can be wrong only if incorrect data is fed to the computer or a bug may be the cause of an error.
Storage capacity is another big characteristic of a computer. A computer can store large amount of data. This data can be used at any time and also from any location. The storage capacity of a computer is measured in Mega Byte, Gega Byte, Tera Byte.
Computers are versatile
Computer is a versatile machine. They are used in various fields. They are used in Schools & Colleges, at hospitals, at government organizations and at home for entertainment & work purposes.
They can communicate
Computers have the ability to communicate, but of course there needs some sort of connection (either Wired or Wireless connection). Two computers can be connected to send & receive data. Special softwares are used for text and video chat. Friends & family can connect over the internet and share files, photos & videos online.
We can do multitasking
Multitasking is also a computer characteristic. Computers can perform several tasks at a time. For example you can listen to songs, download movies, and prepare word documents all at the same time.
Computers don’t have any intelligence of their own. They follow a set of instructions fed into them by manufacturer. The user knows what to do and when to perform a specific task.