so, mastodon users, how does a computer work? heres a helpful analogy i came up with a while ago:
the CPU (the BRAIN of the computer) takes data from the RAM (kinda like the computer's BRAIN) and stores it on the hard disk (which can be thought of as the BRAIN of the computer)
@jk the CPU works out whether to buy the milk or the chocolate, using the RAM, which is what it remembers about how much money it has and what it wanted five minutes ago, and then stores it for later as they realise they still need to decide whether they want the milk or the chocolate.
@jk I like the paper on desk analogy.
Hard drive is an encyclopedia, huge and full of info but very slow to find.
Move info from there to your notebook, much faster but can't hold the whole thing.
You do the actual reading and writing on a 3x5 notecard that can barely hold anything but it's unnaturally fast, so you're constantly copying from notebook to card. When you have your writing done you write it back into the encyclopedia from the notebook
@jk I always liked the yellow brick road story in the old A+ Exam Cram.
@jk this comic is how I learned how to computers inside http://www.tmcm.com/tmcm/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/klix_03.jpg