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The 4 Most Confusing Computer Technology Terms Explained

In today's day and age, even the tech-savvy need to know about basic computer specifications. Here are the top terms you need to be aware of before making a purchase.

2. RAM (Random Access Memory)
2. RAM (Random Access Memory)
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A type of computer data storage; in common usage, RAM basically represents the memory available to the programs running on your computer (word processor, music player, internet browser, etc.).

More RAM allows you to run more applications at once.

For example, you could surf the web while listening to music, chatting with a friend on an instant messaging program, and working on a word processing document without your computer slowing down-but only if it has a sufficient amount of RAM.

If not, you could experience a delay in the different applications’ response, causing them to “freeze” temporarily.

Therefore, the more RAM there is on your computer, the better. Newer computers usually have a minimum of 4 GB of RAM.



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