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Available in three separate editions for maximum user flexibility,Computer Confluencecombines three information sources--an illustrated book, a multimedia CD-ROM, and an up-to-the-minute Companion Website--to explore the promises and challenges of information technology, its effect on businesses, people, society, and the future.Chapter topics include hardware basics; software basics; basic office applications; graphics, digital media, and multimedia; database applications and implications; networking and telecommunication; and the Internet and the World Wide Web.For educators, theologians, writers, artists, and others for whom technology is an important tool but not a passion.
Table of Contents
Chapter 0. Basics. PART 1. Approaching Computers: Hardware and Software Fundamentals. Chapter 1. Computer Currents: From Calculation to Connection. Chapter 2. Hardware Basics: Inside the Box. Chapter 3. Hardware Basics: Peripherals. Chapter 4. Software Basics: The Ghost in the Machine. PART 2. Using Software: Essential Applications. Chapter 5. Basic Office Applications. Chapter 6. Graphics, Digital Media, and Multimedia. Chapter 7. Database Applications and Implications. PART 3. Exploring with Computers: Networking and Internetworking. Chapter 8. Networking and Telecommunication. Chapter 9. Inside the Internet and the World Wide Web. PART 4. Living with Computers: Issues and Implications. Chapter 10. Computer Security and Privacy. Chapter 11.Computers at Work, School, and Home PART 5. Working with Computers: Management, IT, and E-commerce. Chapter 12. Information Systems in Business. Chapter 13. Electronic Commerce and E-Business. PART 6. Mastering Computers: Algorithms and Intelligence. Chapter 14. Systems Design and Development. Chapter 15. Is Artificial Intelligence Real?