Micros Can't Stand Alone

by Donald M. Esterling, Prof. of Engrg.; George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 10, Pg. 38-39

Document Type: Feature article


Unlike mainframes, which usually come as turnkey systems, microcomputers require separate accessories. Add-ons for micros include storage devices, memory boards, video boards, communication boards, cathode ray tube monitors, printers, plotters, digitizers, graphics tablets, light pens, and joysticks. Choosing accessories requires tradeoffs between cost, quality, and user taste and needs. Buyer caveats and user tips are presented. Suggestions are given for obtaining product information through catalogs, computer magazines, mail order houses and local computer stores.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Computers | Imaging techniques | Graphic methods | Residential buildings

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