A Primer on Microcomputers

by Kenton H. Johnson, Editor, Publisher; Engineering Computer Applications Newsletter, 5 Denver Tech. Center, P.O. Box 3109, Englewood, Colo. 80111,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 4, Pg. 58-63


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: This article is a primer on microcomputers. It's intended for the many small and medium sized consultants and others in the civil engineering field who may be considering the purchase of a microcomputer. This article will help to remove the mystery from numerous computer buzz words—from input and memory to read-only memory and random-access memory; from machine language to mass storage media; from dot-matrix printer to operating system; from programming language compilers and interpreters to hard disk.

Subject Headings: Computers | Microcomputers | Computer applications | Terminology

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