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laser
the acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, it is a device that produces a narrow, coherent beam of light
optical storage
drives that use lasers to store and read data
platter
a rigid, metal disk on which data is stored in a hard drive
read/write head
the drive component that writes data to a drive and reads it by using magnetism or a laser
accelerated graphics port (AGP)
an expansion slot that gives a video card fast access to bitmaps stored in a PC's main RAM
active matrix/passive matrix
two varieties of LCD displays. active matrix uses individual electrodes leading to each pixel, resulting in a bright image. passive matrix is not pixel specific, and has a poorer image