Computers & Telecommunications
Computers have come a long way since they took up an entire room and consumed immense amounts of power to carry out basic calculations. Through advances in telecommunication technologies, we are now able to transmit large quantities of information over significant distances almost instantaneously. Computers are used in almost every aspect of our lives. Computer systems, including hardware, software and peripheral devices, are commonly used for business and for relaxation with several multi-million dollar industries built around our reliance on them.
Every computer requires an operating system. The two most commonly used are Microsoft Windows, which can function on all PCs, and Mac OS X which runs on Apple Mac computers. A multitude of computer software and programs are available across these two platforms, which facilitate word processing, spreadsheet calculations, presentation generation and demonstration, time management applications, and much more. Computers are also commonly used for recreation and gaming. While developments in gaming consoles, such as PlayStations and the Xbox, has made them increasingly popular, PC and Mac gaming continues to thrive offline and in online communities.
Telecommunication devices consist of three basic elements; a transmitter, a transmission channel, and a receiver. This technology is most commonly used in radio. For two way communication, a transceiver is added to make point-to-point telecommunications possible. Arguably the most utilised communication devices in modern history, telephones in all their forms are amongst the most deeply permeating technologies in the world. Rapidly replacing the landline telephone, mobile devices are now available from several telecommunication companies on a range of wide plans. Devices can be bought outright or paid off in instalments, and calls, texts, and data can be pre-paid, pay-as-you-go, or billed monthly.
The Yellow Pages has a comprehensive list of computer retailers and repair stores in your area.