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A computer is an electronic device that accepts and processes information mathematically or logically according to programmed instructions.  The results of this processing is displayed visually, printed on paper, played audibly, kept in electronic form for transfer to other computers, or used to control some other device or process.
Modern computers have become a universal tool, used in most occupations.  The Internet itself, including DMOZ, this Internet directory, is written on computers, stored on computers, presented by computers, and usually viewed on computers.  By that standard every DMOZ listed site could be listed under this category. but instead, this category contains listings of sites primarily about the use of Computers other than for a purpose fitting one of the other DMOZ top level categories.  Sites about artistic use of computers belong in Arts, about scientific use of computers in Science, etc.
The ODP Computers category contains sites that are about:
  • Computers in themselves in general, such as Computer History or Ethics or Computer Science;
  • Specific individual parts and areas of all or most computers, such as Hardware or Software, not primarily used for or by a single DMOZ top level category field;
  • The use of computers for purposes spanning multiple DMOZ top level category fields, such as Graphics, when the graphics could be scientific or artistic or business oriented, or for databases or the Internet in general, which store or carry all sorts of information, for whatever purpose;
  • Fields that are only conceptually possible through the use of computer concepts, such as Artificial Intelligence or Artificial Life.
It is important not to confuse the topic with the tool or medium.  Websites devoted to a subject that happens to use computers as tools or a medium should still be listed under the subject.  For example, sites devoted to music, even in electronic formats, have a home in Arts/Music/.  However, the tools and formats for audio reproduction may also be used for speeches or lectures that are not Arts related, so sites devoted to these generic computer audio tools, data formats, theories, and algorithms that may be used for several purposes should be listed in the appropriate Computers subcategory.
Categories
Algorithms
Animated, Compression, Computational Algebra, ... 261 Sites
Artificial Intelligence
Academic Departments, Agents, Applications, ... 985 Sites
Artificial Life
Agents, Ant Colony Optimization, Art, ... 172 Sites
Bulletin Board Systems
Fidonet, Hotline, Individual Systems, Software, ... 72 Sites
CAD and CAM
2D Drafting, 3D Modelling, AEC Design, Associations, ... 619 Sites
Chats and Forums
No sub-categories 36 Sites
Companies
Adobe Systems, Inc., AOL LLC, Apple Inc., ... 490 Sites
Computer Science
Academic Departments, Computer Graphics, Conferences, ... 1,625 Sites
Consultants
Apple, Business Systems, By Region, CAD Systems, ... 979 Sites
Data Communications
Cable Modem, Digital Hierarchy, DSL, Education, ... 748 Sites
Data Formats
3, A, Archive, B, Barcodes, C, Compression, Conversion, ... 1,660 Sites
Desktop Publishing
Greeting Cards, Software 85 Sites
Directories
No sub-categories 1 Sites
E-Books
Chats and Forums, Compilers, Conferences, Guides, ... 123 Sites
Education
Certification, Commercial Services, Courses 443 Sites
Emulators
ABC80, Acorn, Amiga, Amstrad, Apple, Atari, Commodore, ... 358 Sites
Ethics
Articles, Codes of Ethics, Conferences, Directories 25 Sites
FAQs, Help, and Tutorials
For a Fee 46 Sites
Graphics
Animation, Books, Clip Art, Fonts, Textures, Web 1,008 Sites
Hacking
Chats and Forums, Conventions, Cracking, Cryptography, ... 141 Sites
Hardware
Buses, Cables, Calculators, Components, Education, ... 4,320 Sites
History
Pioneers, References 276 Sites
Home Automation
Products and Manufacturers, Software, Vendors 55 Sites
Human-Computer Interaction
Academic, Companies and Consultants, Conferences, ... 243 Sites
Internet
Abuse, Access Providers, Broadcasting, Chat, ... 19,481 Sites
Intranet
Consultants, Corporate Portals, News and Media 31 Sites
Mailing Lists
No sub-categories 5 Sites
Mobile Computing
Application Developers, News and Media, Psion, ... 376 Sites
Multimedia
Demoscene, Development Frameworks, Digital Video, ... 1,959 Sites
News and Media
Books, Magazines and E-zines, Weblogs 122 Sites
Open Source
Advocacy, Articles, Books, Conferences, Directories, ... 618 Sites
Organizations
Associations, Committees, Directories, Non-Profit, ... 75 Sites
Parallel Computing
Beowulf, Conferences, Documentation, Programming, ... 249 Sites
Performance and Capacity
Benchmarking, Capacity Planning, CPU Saturation Models, ... 38 Sites
Programming
Agents, Compilers, Component Frameworks, Conferences, ... 12,380 Sites
Robotics
Arts, Building, Companies, Competitions, Directories, ... 603 Sites
Security
Advisories and Patches, Authentication, Biometrics, ... 2,056 Sites
Shopping
Gifts 14 Sites
Software
A, Abandonware, Accounting, B, Backup, Barcode, ... 23,272 Sites
Speech Technology
Hardware, Linux, Medical Transcription, Research, ... 299 Sites
Supercomputing
Companies, Conferences, Cray, Directories 31 Sites
Systems
Acorn, Amiga, Amstrad, Apple, Atari, Commodore, ... 2,147 Sites
Usenet
Etiquette, FAQs, Feed Services, Hierarchies, History, ... 215 Sites
Virtual Reality
Companies, Conferences, Haptics, Hardware, ... 252 Sites
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