Computing for Architects by R. A. Reynolds (Auth.)

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By R. A. Reynolds (Auth.)

A completely up to date version of this well-regarded publication which describes the use and disadvantages of pcs to architects with very little technical wisdom. It serves additionally as a reference paintings for people with a few abilities within the subject.

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Even 9600 baud is slow compared with the speed at which a computer can generate data and is only suitable for use with the slower peripherals, or for relatively small amount of information or for occasional transfers. 50 Equipment The simplest way of connecting two ports is of course by a fixed cable. This will be reliable up to at least 100 metres, and 'line drivers' are available that will extend this up to thousands of metres. A typical minicomputer installation will have a central computer and cables running from it to screens scattered about the office.

Hard' discs come in many configurations. They may consist of a single disc, or many discs sharing a common spindle. They may be removable or permanently sealed within the computer. They may be of widely different diameters and run at very different speeds. 7 A floppy disc different types predominate. These are the 'cartridge' disc and the 'Winchester' disc. Cartridge discs consist of single disc sealed inside a plastic container of about 400 mm diameter. The cartridge is inserted into the disc drive in different ways according to its type and can be removed for archived storage.

These will help, but will of course not cure the problem of a drop in voltage. Complete power failure is always a potential hazard when an office uses computers; fortunately it is a relatively rare occurrence. It is possible to buy uninterruptable power systems which use banks of batteries that take over when 56 Equipment the mains fail, but these are very expensive both to buy and to service and will not normally be contemplated by an architectural practice. The use of anti-static carpeting is a wise precaution.

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