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Er - I don't understand lots and lots of things in this article. In fact it just bamboozles me half the time. I'm a college lecturer and have been using computers to make music with since 1985. I somehow think your aim should be for someone like me to understand your article, but it's way way too tech savvy to actually be of worth to people who wish to learn something from your work.
You all evidently have fantastic knowledge, but you really need to work out how to share that knowledge with other s who seek it, rather than just passing it around yourselves. Coming up with an Acronym and saying that that is a "language" or a "Compiling language" is not much use to people who don't know what a computer language is...
Please TRY to address those who have come to you for knowledge in a way that does not put them off returning to these wonderful resources.
My Name Is Andy. I do Not write for WP, but I feel that I may be allowed to comment. Thankyou — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 21:11, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
You're not alone. Click this link to read a Wikipedia guideline that implores editors to make articles readable (this article isn't much worse than other articles). You might prefer to click Simple:Computer for a simpler version, but many Simple English Wikipedia articles are no simpler than English Wikipedia; editors' vanity is almost as big a problem over there.
Do you know how to click links? I think you mean the table at Computer#Languages (click to see what it is). If you read that table and you don't know what an assembly language is, for instance, click the blue link where it says assembly language. Art LaPella (talk) 00:57, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
Thankyou very much Art LaPella - for taking the time to respond. Yes, I do realise that I can get definitions of various terms by clicking links - but of course this is a very disruptive process for the learner and I would at least like to feel that a subject as important as The Computer could at least open with enough information to satisfy the enquiring mind without the over use of complex terminology that requires navigation away from the subject in hand. However, you seem to have a similar view. So I will not preach to the converted. Andy — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 00:29, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
computer What is a Computer? A computer is a programmable machine. The two principal characteristics of a computer are: it responds to a specific set of instructions in a well-defined manner and it can execute a prerecorded list of instructions (a program). Modern Computers Defined Modern computers are electronic and digital. The actual machinery -- wires, transistors, and circuits -- is called hardware; the instructions and data are called software. All general-purpose computers require the following hardware components: memory: enables a computer to store, at least temporarily, data and programs. mass storage device: allows a computer to permanently retain large amounts of data. Common mass storage devices include disk drives and tape drives. input device: usually a keyboard and mouse, the input device is the conduit through which data and instructions enter a computer. output device: a display screen, printer, or other device that lets you see what the computer has accomplished. central processing unit (CPU): the heart of the computer, this is the component that actually executes instructions. In addition to these components, many others make it possible for the basic components to work together efficiently. For example, every computer requires a bus that transmits data from one part of the computer to another.Ώ — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 10:50, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
New sections: Advantages/Disadvantages of computers
I'm not a fan of these recently-added new sections. They are a mix of obvious statements with a few questionable ones thrown in, and it's in list form, which we general don't go for in Wikipedia. Plus, it's not sourced. Is there anything can be done to fix this, or should we just remove them? --A D Monroe III (talk) 18:59, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
I agree with this. Given the importance of the topic and the large number of good, well referenced articles relating to it, I think that this article has a very long way to go to get up to a similar standard.--TedColes (talk) 22:42, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
Remove it. The inanity of it reminds me of a grade-school textbook. Thanatosimii (talk) 19:57, 4 January 2014 (UTC)