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ESL 302: The Slow Computer (2)


ESL 302: The Slow Computer (2)



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"I can't take this anymore!" Victor screamed. He closed the Word document—no, thank you, Word, he did not want to save it. Two minutes later, the document actually closed. Victor clicked on Start so he could click on Turn Off Computer. Five minutes later, his computer finally shut down.

Fuming, Victor unplugged it and took it to PC Club. "Why is this thing so slow?" he asked Matt, the tech guy. Matt plugged it in. After a while, the desktop icons finally appeared. Matt typed in several commands at blinding speed.

"Look at this," he said. "You have one backup program that is using up 90 percent of your processor. Not to mention that you have a slow processor. Your processor is like the engine of your car. You don't want a car with a two-cylinder engine; you want eight cylinders, right? Plus, you've got too many icons on your desktop. Put all the icons into folders. Pause that backup program. Reduce the number of programs that are active at Start-Up. That should speed things up a bit."

"Can't I just install an 'eight cylinder' processor?" Victor asked innocently.

"No way," Matt chuckled. "I hear that question a lot, but I can't help you. If you want a new processor, you've got to buy a whole new laptop."

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*Vocabulary:

• blind:
• chuckle:
• command:
• cylinder:
• engine:
• fume:
• guy:
• icon:
• innocently:
• install:
• laptop:
• mention:
• pause:
• processor:
• scream:
• tech:

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Could Victor take it anymore?

• Did he close the Word document?

• Did he want to save the Word document?

• Did it take 2 minutes for the document to actually close?

• Did his computer finally shut down 5 hours later?

• Did he unplug his computer and take it to PC Club?

• Did he ask the tech guy why his computer was so slow?

• Did the tech guy type in several commands slowly?

• Did Matt say that a computer processor is like a car engine?

• Did Matt tell Victor to put all the icons into the trash?

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*Fill in blanks:

“I can’t take this anymore!” Victor screamed. He ____ the Word document—no, thank you, Word, he did ____ want to save it. Two minutes later, the ____ actually closed. Victor clicked on Start so he____ click on Turn Off Computer. Five minutes later, ____ computer finally shut down.

Fuming, Victor unplugged it ____ took it to PC Club. “Why is this ____ so slow?” he asked Matt, the tech guy. ____ plugged it in. After a while, the desktop ____ finally appeared. Matt typed in several commands at ____ speed.

“Look at this,” he said. “You have ____ backup program that is using up 90 percent ____ your processor. Not to mention that you have ____ slow processor. Your processor is like the engine ____ your car. You don't want a car with ____ two-cylinder engine; you want eight cylinders, right? Plus, ____ ’ve got too many icons on your desktop. Put____ the icons into folders. Pause that backup program. ____ the number of programs that are active at ____ -Up. That should speed things up a bit.”

“Can't ____ just install an 'eight cylinder' processor?” Victor asked ____ .

“No way,” Matt chuckled. “I hear that question ____ lot, but I can’t help you. If you ____ a new processor, you’ve got to buy a ____ new laptop.”

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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ESL 302: The Slow Computer (2)

*Vocabulary:


• blind: mù, giả bộ
• chuckle: mỉm cười
• command: ra lệnh
• cylinder: hình trụ
• engine: cơ khí
• fume: khói, phát cáu
• guy: gã
• icon: biểu tượng
• innocently: ngây thơ
• install: cài đặt
• laptop: máy xách tay
• mention: đề cập
• pause: ngưng
• processor: bộ vi xử lý
• scream: hét
• tech: kỹ thuật

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Could Victor take it anymore? No

• Did he close the Word document? Yes

• Did he want to save the Word document? No

• Did it take 2 minutes for the document to actually close?
Yes

• Did his computer finally shut down 5 hours later? No

• Did he unplug his computer and take it to PC Club? Yes

• Did he ask the tech guy why his computer was so slow? Yes

• Did the tech guy type in several commands slowly? No

• Did Matt say that a computer processor is like a car engine? Yes

• Did Matt tell Victor to put all the icons into the trash? No

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*Fill in blanks:

“I can’t take this anymore!” Victor screamed. He __closed__ the Word document—no, thank you, Word, he did __not__ want to save it. Two minutes later, the __document__ actually closed. Victor clicked on Start so he__could__ click on Turn Off Computer. Five minutes later, __his__ computer finally shut down.

Fuming, Victor unplugged it __and__ took it to PC Club. “Why is this ____thing__ so slow?” he asked Matt, the tech guy. __Matt__ plugged it in. After a while, the desktop ____icons__ finally appeared. Matt typed in several commands at ____blinding__ speed.

“Look at this,” he said. “You have ___one_ backup program that is using up 90 percent __of__ your processor. Not to mention that you have __a__ slow processor. Your processor is like the engine __of__ your car. You don't want a car with _a___ two-cylinder engine; you want eight cylinders, right? Plus, _you___ ’ve got too many icons on your desktop. Put__all__ the icons into folders. Pause that backup program. ____Reduce__ the number of programs that are active at ____Start__ -Up. That should speed things up a bit.”

“Can't __I__ just install an 'eight cylinder' processor?” Victor asked ____innocently__ .

“No way,” Matt chuckled. “I hear that question _a___ lot, but I can’t help you. If you __want__ a new processor, you’ve got to buy a ____whole__ new laptop.”

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

Cái máy tính chậm (2)

"Tôi không chịu được nữa rồi!" Victor hét lên. Anh đóng văn bản Word - không, cảm ơn, Word, anh không muốn lưu nó. Hai phút sau, văn bản đã được đóng. Victor nhấp vào chữ Start để có thể tắt máy tính. Năm phút sau, máy tính của anh cuối cùng đã đóng.

Phát cáu, Victor rút phích cắm và đem nó đến câu lạc bộ máy tính cá nhân. "Sao cái máy này chậm vậy?" anh hỏi Matt, kỹ thuật viên. Matt gắm điện. Sau một lúc, màn hình biểu tượng cuối cùng đã xuất hiện. Matt gõ vào vài lệnh nhanh như sao xẹt.

"Xem này," anh nói. "Anh có một chương trình sao lưu dùng 90 phần trăm của bộ vi xử lý của anh. Không kể đến anh có bộ vi xử lý chậm. Bộ vi xử lý giống như động cơ của xe. Anh không muốn có xe với động cơ hai xy lanh; anh muốn động cơ tám xy lanh, phải không? Thêm nữa, anh có quá nhiều biểu tượng trên màn hình. Bỏ hết chúng vào một thư mục. Ngưng chương trình sao lưu. Giảm lượng chương trình đang kích hoạt ngay lúc khởi động. Điều đó giúp làm máy chạy nhanh hơn một chút."

"Tôi có thể chỉ cần cài một bộ vi xử lý "tám xy lanh" không?" Victor hỏi một cách ngây thơ.

"Không thể nào," Matt cười mỉm. "Tôi nghe câu hỏi này nhiều lần, nhưng tôi không giúp được anh. Nếu anh muốn bộ vi xử lý mới, anh phải mua nguyên một cái máy tính xách tay mới."

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@ chị lanhuongbm thân mến:

at blinding speed = rất nhanh/nhanh như điện/như sao xẹt...
Matt typed in several commands at blinding speed.
Matt gõ vào vài lệnh giả bộ.


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Blinding Speed
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