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Current Computer Technology

This article was written in 2006 so we have used a top of the range HP PC personal computer to provide an idea of what is available today.
This shows how the personal computer is continuing to evolve becoming a one stop entertainment centre as well as the traditional PC.
Some of the functionality now available in a PC
Applications : Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Photo Enhancing ETC.
Games: Single user local or multi user based Internet games
TV: Watch Television including High Definition in a window on your computer
Video Recorder: Record TV programmes for play back at a later date
Music: Download music to play on MP3 players or on PC write music CD's
Video: Download TV programmes or film clips
Photography: Store, organise, improve, e-mail your digital photographs using Flash Memory Card Slots

Storage: Use USB ports to put information on small easy to use USB Flash Drives to share with others
Storage: Store all your important data on a CD or DVD
Internet: Connect to the Internet using Network Card, Modem, or Wireless connection
Internet: Talk or watch friends on web cam using Internet access
Telephone: A new generation of Voice over IP telephones are starting to appear which allows you to use traditional style telephones connection via the Internet

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My example is based on a PC that is configured as a Digital Entertainment Center
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 630 3.2GHz
Hard Disc Storage: 500GB
DVD / CD: DVD-Writer and 40x CD-RW/16x DVD-ROM
Graphics Controller: nVIDIA GeForce 6600 128MB v Sound: Intel 8-channel
Radio: FM Tuner
Video: Personal Video Recorder
Television: High-Definition Television Tuner
Television: Standard Definition Television Tuner
Network Interface: network card 10/100
Modem: Fax/Modem 56k modem
Ports: 7 USB 2.0 ports


1 x VGA External Rear
1 x S-Video External Rear
1 x Composite Video External Rear
1 x Component Video External Rear
1 x DVI-D External Rear
8 x RCA Audio Line Out External Rear
1 x Toslink Digital/Optical Audio Line Out External Rear
1 x Coaxial Output External Rear
2 x RF Coaxial Input External
2 x S-Video In External
1 x Composite Video Input External
2 x RCA External
1 x Headphone(s) External Front
RCA Audio Line In External Front
1 x Microphone External Front
2 x 4-pin Type A USB 2.0 - USB External Front
4 x 4-pin Type A USB 2.0 - USB External Rear
1 x 4-pin FireWire IEEE 1394 - FireWire External Front
1 x 6-pin FireWire IEEE 1394 - FireWire External Rear
2 x Infrared External Rear
DVD Writer with LightScribe Technology MultiMedia Feature(s):

Flash Memory Card Slot Supports:
Secure Digital
Smart Media
MultiMedia Card
Compact Flash Types I/II
Memory Stick
Memory Stick Pro