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The Computer

Computers are complicated. There’s no getting around it. And they were designed by people who find their inner workings – circuits, wires and coding – utterly fascinating. This means that sometimes computers are not well-designed for people who just want to turn them on and use them to do tasks. Nevertheless, computers have become much more user-friendly over the last decade, and this chapter will help you understand and use them even better.

After reading this chapter, you should understand:

  • How to keep your computer healthy and running smoothly
  • The different components that make the computer work
  • How to connect devices to your computer
  • The varieties and types of software applications
  • How to protect your computer and its data