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Computer Parts of the Spirit

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 30, 2010


Hopefully, you’ve heard of the fruits of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit and the body of Christ; well being in IT for a very long time, I see things through a binary lens. You are aware that there are 10 kinds of people in the world, those that understand binary and those that don’t.

The computer is a fascinating contraption that has boggled my mind for years.  In understand its basic principles enough to be dangerous (many a computer have felt death’s blow under my heavy hand), so I thought I’d take my understanding of 9 basic computer parts and relate them to the life of the believer.  I will outline them here and write a series of short articles explaining each in a more applicable manner.

Hard drive: This component stores all the information from the operating system to applications to the data created from using those applications.  The hard drive is the bread and butter of the computer system.  The bigger the hard drive, the more information you can store; it’s like the kitchen cabinets.

RAM: Stands for Random Access Memory and is the kitchen counter on which everything is laid out that is currently in use by the computer.  You only want to have on the counter things you use a lot for quick access (e.g. salt, pepper, sugar, toasters, etc.)

CD ROM: Yes, most of today’s CD ROMs are really CD/DVD writers, but in its truest form, the CD ROM was and is a read only storage disk that holds information that can be retrieved from the desk drawer.  It is like the cook book in the kitchen.  You use it to get what you want and then you put it away.

Firmware: This is embedded coding for hardware pieces to perform dedicated functions. It’s like the blender, toaster or stove.  Each computer chip contains its own firmware code so that it can be used for a specific function and not much else.  A toaster makes a lousy poached egg.

Temporary media: USB flash drives, floppy disks that you can use to transfer data physically to another computer. This is like those times when your grandma hands down that recipe to you because her mom gave it to her.  It doesn’t change, it just keeps going and going… kinda like fruitcake.

Machine language: the core of computing that translates a disk full of ones and zeros into meaningful actions. When you read a recipe, unless you know what “T”, “t”, “pinch”, “dab” and the dreaded “to taste” are, you will have some interesting concoctions coming from your kitchen.

OS: Or “Operating System” orchestrates the hardware into a harmonious unity so that every part can comunicate with every other part allowing users to interface with the computer.  In a professional kitchen you have expediters, sous-chefs, butchers, bakers, candle stick makers (just checking to see if you are paying attention), waiters, hosts, dishwashers and others.  They all work in perfect unison to bring you a wonderful meal complete with garnish because a head chef is directing the seemingly chaotic restaurant.

Application: The software created for a unique purpose.  This would be you serving up the meal.

Network: A system providing a sense of community between fellow computers. This is your cooking club; you know, its where you got that bag of “Friendship Bread” starter.

Processor: Central crossroad in the computer that assembles information. Think of it like a…. kitchen processor.  It takes your ingredients and makes something out of them.

Case: The computer case doesn’t just provide ascetics, but it gives form to everything in the computer.  It is your kitchen giving you access to everything in one place.

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