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Computers Are Your Future 2006 (Introductory)

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Edition:
8th
ISBN13:

9780131488021

ISBN10:
0131488023
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

Now available in two versions rather than three, this introduction to computers book is one that users will engage with -- maintaining the encyclopedic approach in the popular magazine style. It is refreshing, accurate, and easy to learn from-written to today's reader. The Eighth Edition moves the emphasis to connectivity and includes loads of new research to ensure that the statistics in the book are current. This edition emphasizes emerging technologies while de-emphasizing older technologies. The Introductory version is chapters 1-9 (with a Spotlight following each of chapters 1-7). Covers such topics as: Computers & Ethics, Internet/Web, E-commerce, Wired and Wireless Communications, Home Networks, System Software, File Management, Application Software, Microsoft Office, Inside the System Unit, Buying and Upgrading, Input, Output, and Storage, Multimedia Devices, Networks, and Privacy and Security. For anyone wanting a basic knowledge of computers to apply to their jobs or lives.

Table of Contents

Computers & You
2(44)
Computer Fundamentals
7(5)
Understanding the Computer: Basic Definitions
7(2)
Input: Getting Data into the Computer
9(1)
Processing: Transforming Data into Information
10(1)
Output: Displaying Information
10(1)
Storage: Holding Programs and Data for Future Use
10(1)
Communications: Moving Data between Computers
11(1)
The Information-Processing Cycle in Action
11(1)
Types of Computers
12(5)
Computers for Individuals
14(2)
Computers for Organizations
16(1)
Computers, Society, & You
17(29)
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Computers
18(1)
Don't Be Intimidated by Hardware
19(1)
Recognize the Risks of Using Flawed Software
20(1)
Take Ethics Seriously
21(1)
Societal Impacts of Computer Use
22(1)
The Effect of Computers on Employment
22(2)
Being a Responsible Computer User
24(10)
Spotlight 1 Ethics
34(12)
The Internet & the World Wide Web
46(50)
How the Internet Works
48(3)
Interoperability
48(3)
Accessing the Internet: Going Online
51(1)
Internet Service Providers and Online Services
51(1)
The Internet and the Web: What's the Difference?
52(10)
The Hypertext Concept
55(1)
Web Browsers and Web Servers
55(3)
Web Addresses (URLs)
58(1)
Browsing the Web
59(3)
Finding Information on the Web
62(5)
Using Search Engines
62(1)
Using Search Techniques
63(2)
Evaluating Information
65(1)
Using the Web for Schoolwork
66(1)
Exploring Internet Services
67(29)
E-mail: Staying in Touch
67(2)
Instant Messaging: E-mail Made Faster
69(1)
Internet Relay Chat: Text Chatting in Real Time
70(1)
File Transfer Protocol: Transferring Files
71(1)
Usenet: Joining Online Discussions
72(1)
Listserv: Electronic Mailing Lists
73(9)
Spotlight 2 E-Commerce
82(14)
Wired & Wireless Communication
96(44)
Moving Data: Bandwidth and Modems
98(2)
Bandwidth: How Much Do You Need?
98(1)
Modems: From Digital to Analog and Back
99(1)
Wired and Wireless Transmission Media
100(4)
Twisted Pair
100(1)
Coaxial Cable
100(1)
Fiber-Optic Cable
101(1)
Infrared
101(1)
Radio
102(1)
Microwaves
103(1)
Satellites
103(1)
Wired Communication via the Public Switched Telephone Network
104(5)
Last-Mile Technologies
105(4)
Convergence: Is It a Phone or a Computer?
109(4)
Cellular Telephones
110(2)
Web-Enabled Devices
112(1)
Wired and Wireless Applications
113(27)
Internet Telephony: Real-Time Voice and Video
113(4)
Faxing: Document Exchange
117(1)
Satellite Radio, GPS, and More
118(2)
Text, Picture, and Video Messaging and More
120(10)
Spotlight 3 Home Networks
130(10)
System Software
140(44)
The Operating System
142(8)
Starting the Computer
143(2)
Managing Applications
145(1)
Managing Memory
146(2)
Handling Input and Output
148(1)
Providing the User Interface
148(2)
Exploring Popular Operating Systems
150(7)
Microsoft Windows
151(1)
Mac OS
152(1)
Linux
153(2)
MS-DOS
155(1)
UNIX
155(1)
Platforms: Mac Versus PC
156(1)
System Utilities: Housekeeping Tools
157(27)
Backup Software
157(1)
Antivirus Software
158(1)
Searching for and Managing Files
159(1)
Scanning and Defragmenting Disks
160(1)
File Compression Utilities
161(1)
System Update
162(1)
Troubleshooting
162(10)
Spotlight 4 File Management
172(12)
Application Software: Tools for Productivity
184(52)
General-Purpose Applications
186(9)
Personal Productivity Programs
186(2)
Multimedia and Graphics Software
188(6)
Internet Programs
194(1)
Home and Educational Programs
194(1)
Tailor-Made Applications
195(1)
Custom Versus Packaged Software
196(1)
Standalone Programs, Integrated Programs, and Software Suites
196(5)
Web Technology: A New Way to Share Files
198(3)
System Requirements and Software Versions
201(1)
Software Upgrades
201(1)
Distribution and Documentation
201(1)
Software Licenses and Registration
202(3)
Commercial Software, Shareware, Freeware, and Public Domain Software
203(2)
Installing and Managing Application Software
205(31)
Installing Applications
205(2)
Launching Applications
207(1)
Choosing Options
207(1)
Exiting Applications
207(9)
Spotlight 5 Microsoft Office
216(20)
Inside the System Unit
236(46)
How Computers Represent Data
238(2)
Representing Data as Numbers
238(2)
Representing Characters: Character Code
240(1)
Introducing the System Unit
240(1)
Inside the System Unit
240(4)
What's on the Motherboard?
244(9)
The CPU: The Microprocessor
245(6)
The Chipset and the Input/Output Bus
251(1)
Memory
251(2)
What's on the Outside of the Box?
253(29)
The Front Panel
253(1)
Connectors and Ports
254(12)
Spotlight 6 Buying and Upgrading Your Computer System
266(16)
Input/Output and Storage
282(44)
Input Devices: Giving Commands
284(6)
Keyboards
284(3)
The Mouse and Other Pointing Devices
287(2)
Alternative Input Devices
289(1)
Output Devices: Engaging Our Senses
290(6)
Monitors
290(2)
Printers
292(2)
Alternative Output Devices
294(2)
Storage: Holding Data for Future Use
296(30)
Memory versus Storage
296(1)
Hard Disk Drives
297(3)
Floppy and Zip Disks and Drives
300(2)
CD and DVD Technologies
302(1)
Storage Horizons
303(11)
Spotlight 7 Multimedia Devices
314(12)
Networks: Communicating and Sharing Resources
326(26)
Network Fundamentals
328(3)
Advantages and Disadvantages of Networking
331(1)
Local Area Networks (LANs)
332(8)
Peer-to-Peer Networks
333(1)
Client/Server Networks
333(2)
LAN Topologies
335(1)
LAN Protocols
336(4)
Wide Area Networks (WANs)
340(12)
Point of Presence (POP)
341(1)
Backbones
341(1)
WAN Protocols
341(2)
WAN Applications
343(9)
Privacy, Crime, and Security
352
Privacy in Cyberspace
354(7)
The Problem: Collection of Information Without Consent
354(1)
Technology and Anonymity
355(3)
Protecting Your Privacy
358(4)
Computer Crime and Cybercrime
361(9)
Types of Computer Crime
362(5)
Meet the Attackers
367(3)
Security
370(5)
Security Risks
370(2)
Protecting Your Computer System
372(4)
The Encryption Debate
375
Encryption Basics
376(1)
Public Key Encryption
376(2)
Encryption and Public Security Issues
378


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