It’s never wise to assume, right? So we’ll start with the very basics.
HARDWARE is equipment. Back in the introduction, you may have noticed some of the advances were equipment upgrades. Writing with that erasable No. 2 pencil on smooth (cheap) white paper probably would have moved Bob Cratchit to tears.
Computer. Keyboard. Mouse. Server. And wires. Lots and lots of wires, right?
SERVER by the way, means a dedicated computer that simply houses information. Servers are generally used in a business environment when the company’s needs have grown such that multiple users need to access the same information simultaneously, so everybody gets a computer, (also called a terminal,) but all the information is actually kept on a separate computer. The separate computer is the server.
SOFTWARE is harder to define. “Anything that is not hardware, but is used with hardware,” says dictionary.com. Merriam Webster tells us software is “the entire set of programs, procedures, and related documentation associated with a system, and especially a computer system; specifically computer programs.” Gobbledy-gook.