The Network Computer, first introduced in 1997, does not have a hard drive. Instead, it is served by a central computing station, and temporarily receives and can use applications and data stored elsewhere on the network.
Integrated Home Computing. Soon, home computing, television, telephone, home security systems, and other devices will be integrated and managed in one unit.
Smart appliances refer to home appliances that are connected to the Internet.
Secondary Storage is separate from primary storage and the CPU, but directly connected to it. It provides the computer with vastly increased space for storing and processing large quantities of software and data.
Touchpad. A touchpad or trackpad is a small, flat, rectangular pointing device that is sensitive to pressure and motion.
Light Pen. A light pen is a special device with a light-sensing mechanism, which is used to touch the screen.
Joystick. Joysticks are used primarily at workstations that can display dynamic graphics. They are also used in playing video games. The joystick moves and positions the cursor at the desired object on the screen.