* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
This process is repeated indefinitely. The Processing required for a single instruction is called an instruction cycle and is depicted in simplified form in Figure 3-3. Each instruction cycle consists of two parts, called the fetch cycle and the execute cycle. The process halts only if the machine is turned off, some sort of error occurs, or a program instruction that halts the computer is encountered. Or your running windows and it blue screens. Still reading this shit???
Computer Organization and Architecture by William Stallings. Yes this is the exciting stuff I read at work.