board. If you don't believe me, ask any other Mac zealot orApple employee... seriously, they call them the logic board.11.Universal Serial Bus (USB) [2.0 usually], mini-jack Audioinput/output, and 4-pin Firewire (aka IEEE 1394, iLink[Sony]). Parallel ports and keyboard/mouse are on their wayout, being replaced by USB, and serial 3-row, 15-pin videoports are being replaced by DVI (thankfully). Therefore, toinclude them is absurd.12.Three kinds of memory modules are Dual Inline Memory Module(DIMM), Single inline Memory Module (SIMM), and RIMM, whichdoesn't matter because apparently it's proprietary, andproprietary sucks.13.Volatile memory relies on a constant feed of electricity tofunction: when the electricity goes, so does all of the data.Nonvolatile relies on electricity as well, only it savesdata, so when power is turned off, you still have it.Nonvolatile is, however, much slower to access.14.IDE, or Integrated Drive Electronics [Enhanced IDE (EIDE) forthose who really care] cables, aka Ribbon cables, provide upto four devices on a system, though more can be put on asystem. For example, the new Mac Pro has room for up to fourinternal HDDs and two internal ODD (Optical Disc drives),among other expansion.15.The size of the data path on most system buses today isusually between 8 and 128 bits wide... usually more toward128 bits, I'd assume.16.The measurement of frequency of a system bus and CPU is Hertz(Hz). One hertz is one cycle. Thus, system bus is usuallyfound in the Megahertz (MHz) range and CPU in the Gigahertz(GHz) range. Obviously the CPU is far more frequent :-) thanthe system bus.17.EIDE bus, PCI bus, PCI-E bus, and system bus (dur dur dur).18.A power supply receives 120 volts of Alternating Current (AC)power from a wall outlet and converts it to 3.3, 5, and 12volts of Direct Current (DC) power.19.ROM BIOS chips that can be upgraded without replacing thechips are called programmable (heh Just kidding, really, theyare "flash ROM").20.Three ways data can be stored on a motherboard are systemBIOS, startup BIOS, and CMOS setup.