Although the hardware-software dichotomy is so much more pronounced with regard to computers, it exists with all infotainment media – thus, there is software for television (the programs that we watch on the telly), for the radio and the movies. However, the hardware gets priority in all this as it comes first in origin – if there is no hardware, there cannot be any software. If today Information Technology is such a big phenomenon across the world, and if it is driving many domains of business, then it is surely because there are enough number of computers around to feed the demand.
Today computer hardware and related resources are helping in business everywhere, from the cash counter at the petrol pump, to the internet café, to the software and call center companies. This universal availability is the result of many things happening simultaneously – the technology progressing fast enough to put more computing power in less volume, the prices coming down due to volume of production and technological breakthrough, the availability of hundreds of software capable of helping with work in all domains of life, public acceptance and policy support, etc.
Today we are using computer hardware like never before. At times we are using computing hardware without realizing it. Many devices that we do not associate with computers are actually driven by computers – like that small smart card and the credit card which has embedded software, the television storing user preferences in a processor, the refrigerator controlled by the silicon chip, etc. Today, the computer lives in the cell phone, the PDA, the computer-independent printer or MFD, and of course, in the notebooks and laptops, the PCs and the mainframes. Thankfully, the hardware is available everywhere, and where it is not available it may be ordered or imported. In a world well connected, no work is left undone because of technological unavailability.
In this section of 01webdirectory, we provide links to resources on hardware, from guides on how to build computers to hardware directories.