Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

How Your Computer Works

I am working on my course syllabus for my conservation genetics course today. I have a deadline Thursday that I must meet. But before I start, I wanted to share this graphic with you. This graphic explains how your computer works in one easy to understand “Where’s Waldo” type picture. Presumably, there is sound with this too (I checked; it’s a wav file), but I can’t hear it on my computer.

Update: the graphic-plus-sound version for all non-IE browsers can be accessed here (it’s rather loud, so be ready to turn the volume down a little).

Thanks, Dawn!



  1. #1 John
    March 22, 2006

    That resembles my computer’s speed when multitasking. (No sound, by the way.)

    There was the old ‘comparison’ of Jesus and Windows: “Jesus worked multiple miracles; it’s a miracle if Windows multitasking works.”

    It’s not quite that bad, but some programs eat more memory than they should.

  2. #2 DouglasG
    March 22, 2006

    They are using a propietary HTML tag that works for IE only, (<bgsound>) so you won’t get any sound on a decent browser. If you want to hear the sound, you can go to this link:

  3. #3 Matt
    March 23, 2006

    Works fine with Firefox.

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