Someone tell Sarah

I tried to post a reply to Sarah’s question, but she only allows Friends to post, so if someone on her buddy list would pass this along…

In the parlance of computer-doodles, a “bus” is basically a subsystem used for transporting data between devices inside your computer. For example, the local bus inside your computer is what connects the memory, processor, etc, to the motherboard. The SCSI or IDE bus connects your hard drive(s) to each other, etc.

Do you really need to care about the speed of your bus? Not really.

It’s a reply to this post.

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~ by Matt Stratton on April 17, 2006.

3 Responses to “Someone tell Sarah”

  1. Now I’m imagining little anthropomorphosized data all getting in a line, getting on a bus, and patiently sitting there knitting while the bus toodles along until the data chooses to ring the bell and get off at its stop. 🙂

  2. It matters on PC architecture, which (apparently) Apple is moving to. For example the graphics bus is in a state of flux right now, having gone from AGP to PCI Express, or some BS like that. I don’t keep track anymore.

  3. Does the bus matter, in general? Yes.

    Does it matter to her, for what she’s talking about? No. That’s what I meant. She, herself, doesn’t have to worry about it 🙂

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