Computing for Architects by R. A. Reynolds (Auth.)

By R. A. Reynolds (Auth.)

An absolutely up-to-date version of this well-regarded booklet which describes the use and downsides of pcs to architects with very little technical wisdom. It serves additionally as a reference paintings for people with a few talents within the subject.

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Typical arrangements are two floppy discs; a Winchester disc and a floppy disc or a Winchester disc and a tape drive. 8 Disc tolerances Input peripherals The most basic input device, and one that is available on all computers, is the keyboard. The layout is very similar to that of an ordinary typewriter keyboard although certain symbols, such as fractions, will not be present. The user can type instructions to the computer or enter data as required. The computer almost always accepts information on a line-by-line basis, so the user can type a line, correcting any errors by using the backspace or 'rubout' key, and it will not be processed until the carriage return key is pressed.

By touching a certain alternative, an instruction or item of data associated with it will be accepted by the computer. 14 shows this system in use. A small tablet has a card glued to its surface which contains many alternative commands including at the top a full alphabet and set of digits. The tablet is fitted with a puck which in this case has four confirm buttons. Pressing one button invokes the menu command under the puck, while pressing another sends back the current position of the cursor on screen.

26 Equipment A small computer might have a clock running at less than one million cycles per second (usually abbreviated to megahertz or MHz) while a large machine can run at fifty times that speed or more. The CPU can 'remember' only a few numbers at a time. Therefore, it needs to be closely connected to a memory area. In the memory resides both the program being executed and some or all of the data it needs. The CPU can take information from the memory and place information into it, possibly overwriting a previous value.

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