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"Hardware" is a physical entity with mechanical or electronic parts such as a computer or an iPhone or a printer or an external hard drive.

"Software" refers to instructions that tell a computer not only what to do but also how to do it.  Software today is generally loaded onto the hardware via a download from the Internet or loaded from a CD/DVD disk.  "Apps" are software designed generally for a limited, specific purpose such as playing solitaire or connecting to a newspaper or the Weather Channel.

"Data" is stored information (names, addresses, photos, etc.).  Data is manipulated and/or displayed by the hardware (a computer) using software (a program) that knows with to do with the data. 

This means that photo display software knows what to do with photos but not with a text document such as a letter.  Word Processing software knows what to do with a letter but is not the best choice for displaying or editing photos. 

The computer knows what kind of software is needed to look at the data by looking at the extension (.docx or .jpg).  (See blog about "Document Extensions" for more info.)

It's like a translation program.  Some people can easily translate English to French and some people know how to translate Russian to Chinese.  Programmers translate instructions into languages that computers understand.  Those languages have changed dramatically over the years from Assembler to FORTRAN to COBOL to HTML to PHP to C++ to Java to Java Script and a myriad of other acronyms over the years.

Hardware Examples

  • Computer
  • iPad/Tablet
  • Laptop
  • Printer/Scanner
  • Modems/Routers
  • Keyboards
  • Mice (wireless & wired)
  • External Hard Drives
  • Flash/Jump/Thumb Drives
  • Monitor
  • Speakers

Software Examples

  • Operating Systems (OSX, Windows 7, Windows XP)
  • Office/Productivity (e.g. Pages, Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Keynote, Publisher, etc)
  • Games
  • Specialty software for photos, movies, geneology
  • Browsers that connect to the Internet (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome)