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Hardware Basics

Wondering what's inside your computer or some of the basics of how various types of computers and parts work? Get informed here.

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How will computers evolve over the next 100 years?

The world's most basic computers used to fill entire rooms. But today, computers are so compact you can carry them wherever you go. So how will our computing devices change in the next century?


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Is your computer built to break?

New gadgets hit the market every day, but are they actually designed to be replaced so fast? Visit HowStuffWorks to get the answer. See more »

A Brief History of the Personal Computer

The personal computer has come a long way. Take a look at this brief history of the personal computer to see how it's changed through the decades. See more »

PC M.D.? The Rise of Computers in Medicine

Computers in medicine have become commonplace in today's world. Take a look at the history of computers in medicine to see how far we've come. See more »

Touch Screens

Touch-screen interfaces are everywhere -- most smartphones and tablets use them today. See interesting facts and graphics on how touch screens work. See more »

How can hot water cool a supercomputer?

How can hot water cool a supercomputer? Find out how hot water cooling works for computers. See more »

Does powering down your computer wear it down?

Does powering down and restarting a computer really lead to wear and tear? Find out if powering down your computer will wear it out. See more »

5 Everyday Things You Can Do to Keep Your Computer Healthy

Do you know how to keep your computer healthy and avoid tragedies? See these five everyday things you can do to keep your computer healthy to learn more. See more »

10 Most Popular Computers in History

Do you remember your first computer? These 10 models gave many of us our first glimpse at the digital world. See if your favorite made the cut. See more »

How are computers made?

Interested to know how computers are made? We'll take a peek at the parts and processes that create computers and explore how computers are made. See more »