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While working on rewriting some sections of the site, I realized that I was repeating myself. Not only was I repeating myself, I was being redundant. And repetitive. :^) There are many different fundamental basics of computing that are important to know when reading about PCs, but aren't specific to any components. Rather than writing the same background material over and over, and rather than boring people who already understand these basics of computing, I have created this section on PC fundamentals, into which I will place various pages describing different topics that are common to various aspects of computing. I will also describe here simple components and technologies that are commonly found in various parts of the PC.
Unlike most of the rest of The PC Guide, this section isn't organized into any particular structure. Each of the topics is independent of the others, and generally linked from the relevant sections in the rest of the site where appropriate. Feel free to browse any that interest you; as you read the Reference Guide you will find yourself coming back here from time to time.