In every computer is a clock chip buzzing away - in the Mac on which I'm writing this, it beats at 40 MHz. 40 million beats per second keep this computer in sync with itself, allowing multiple operations to continue simultaneously without breaking the synchronized flow that is central to all computing. If data gets out of step, the entire system can collapse around it. If that data is worth anything, it has to be forced into 1-0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0 moving in lockstep to a central pulse as crucial to the computer as our heart is to us.

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