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Computers are Your Future, Introductory

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0131432400
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
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Summary

This introduction to computers is noted for its lucid explanations of computing concepts, practical applications of technology theory, and emphasis on the historical and societal impacts of technological innovations. It features integrated coverage of management information systems, networking, email, and the Internet. Other coverage of cutting-edge topics includes Microsoft Office 2003, ethics, e-commerce, crime and security, privacy, communications trends and infrastructure, multimedia, buying and upgrading your computer system, and file management. For individuals seeking an introduction to computers.

Table of Contents

Computers, the Web, & You
2(26)
Computers, the Web, & You
4(3)
Computer Fundamentals
7(9)
Understanding the Computer: Basic Definitions
7(2)
Input: Getting Data into the Computer
9(1)
Processing: Transforming Data into Information
9(1)
Output: Displaying Information
10(1)
Storage: Holding Programs and Data for Future Use
10(1)
Communications: Moving Data between Computers
10(1)
The Information Processing Cycle in Action
11(2)
Responsible Computing: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Ethical Considerations of Computer Usage
13(3)
Types of Computers
16(3)
Computers for Individuals
16(2)
Computers for Organizations
18(1)
The Internet and World Wide Web
19(9)
Spotlight 1 Ethics
28(68)
System Software: The Operating Environment
40(28)
The Operating System (OS): The Computer's Traffic Cop
42(9)
Starting the Computer
43(2)
Managing Programs
45(1)
Managing Memory
46(1)
Handling Input and Output
47(1)
Providing the User Interface
48(3)
Exploring Popular Operating Systems: A Guided Tour
51(5)
Microsoft Windows
51(1)
Mac OS
52(1)
MS-DOS
53(1)
Unix
53(1)
Linux
54(2)
System Utilities: Tools for Housekeeping
56(12)
Backup Software
56(1)
Antivirus Software
57(1)
File Managers
58(1)
Searching
58(1)
File Compression Utilities
59(1)
Disk Scanning Programs
59(1)
Disk Defragmentation Programs
59(1)
Troubleshooting
60(8)
Application Software: Tools for Productivity
68(28)
Types of Application Software
70(3)
Horizontal Applications: General-Purpose Programs
71(1)
Vertical Applications: Tailor-Made Programs
72(1)
Integrated Programs and Suites: The All-in-One Approach
73(4)
Web Technology: A New Way to Share Files
75(2)
System Requirements and Software Versions
77(1)
Software Upgrades
77(1)
Distribution and Documentation
77(1)
Software Licenses and Registration
78(2)
Commercial Software, Shareware, Freeware, and Public Domain Software
79(1)
Installing and Managing Application Software
80(16)
Installing Applications
81(1)
Launching Applications
82(1)
Understanding the Application's Window
82(2)
Understanding Menus
84(1)
Using Popup Menus
85(1)
Creating Documents
86(1)
Opening an Existing Document
86(1)
Choosing Options
86(1)
Using Wizards
86(1)
Saving Your Work
87(1)
Exiting the Application
88(1)
Shutting Down Your System
88(8)
Spotlight 2 Microsoft Office
96(84)
Inside the System Unit
114(32)
Describing Hardware Performance
116(1)
How Computers Represent Data
116(4)
Representing Data as Numbers
116(1)
Numbering Systems
117(1)
Representing Characters: Character Code
118(2)
Representing Very Large and Very Small Numbers
120(1)
Introducing the System Unit
120(2)
What's on the Outside of the Box?
122(5)
Inside the System Unit
127(2)
What's on the Motherboard?
129(17)
The Central Processing Unit: The Microprocessor
129(2)
Microprocessor Performance
131(5)
The Chipset and Input/Output (I/O) Bus
136(1)
Memory
137(9)
Input/Output and Storage
146(34)
Input Devices: Giving Commands
148(8)
Keyboards
148(3)
The Mouse and Other Pointing Devices
151(2)
Audio Input: Speech Recognition and Sound Cards
153(1)
Digital Input: Digital Cameras and Digital Video
154(1)
Alternative Input Devices
155(1)
Output Devices: Engaging Our Senses
156(4)
Monitors
156(2)
Printers
158(1)
Audio Output: Sound Cards and Speakers
159(1)
Alternative Output Devices
160(1)
Storage: Holding Data for Future Use
160(2)
Memory vs. Storage
160(2)
Why Is Storage Necessary?
162(1)
Storage Devices
162(18)
Storage Technologies: Magnetic and Optical
163(1)
The Storage Hierarchy
164(1)
Storage Capacity and Speed
164(1)
Hard Disks
164(4)
Floppy and Zip Disks and Drives
168(1)
Magnetic Tape
169(1)
CD and DVD Technology
169(2)
Storage Horizons
171(9)
Spotlight 3 File Management
180(108)
Networks: Communicating and Sharing Resources
192(28)
Network Fundamentals
194(11)
Physical Infrastructure
196(2)
Bandwidth
198(1)
Modems: From Digital to Analog and Back
199(2)
Switching and Routing Techniques
201(1)
Protocols
202(1)
Network Layers
202(1)
Advantages of Networking
203(2)
Types of Computer Networks: LANs and WANs
205(15)
Local Area Networks (LANs)
205(5)
Wide Area Networks (WANs)
210(10)
The Internet and World Wide Web
220(38)
The Internet's History
222(3)
A Galactic Network
222(1)
From ARPANET to Internet
222(2)
The Rise of a New Mass Medium
224(1)
The Future of the Internet
225(1)
The Internet and Web: What's the Difference?
225(7)
The Hypertext Concept
226(2)
Web Browsers and Web Servers
228(1)
Web Addresses (URLs)
228(2)
Browsing the Web
230(2)
Web Page Design Tools
232(1)
How the Internet Works
232(4)
Interoperability
232(3)
The Internet Protocols (TCP/IP)
235(1)
Accessing the Internet and Web
236(3)
ISPs and Backbone Service Providers
237(1)
Intranets and Extranets
237(1)
The Internet vs. Online Services
238(1)
Exploring Internet Services
239(7)
E-mail: Staying in Touch
240(1)
Instant Messaging: E-mailing Made Faster
240(1)
IRC: Text Chatting in Real Time
240(1)
FTP: Transferring Files
241(2)
Usenet: Joining Online Discussions
243(1)
Listserv: Electronic Mailing Lists
244(1)
Internet Telephony: Real-Time Voice and Video
244(1)
Internet Faxing
245(1)
Finding Information on the Web
246(12)
Using Search Engines
246(1)
Using Search Techniques
247(2)
Evaluating the Information You've Found
249(9)
Wired and Wireless Communication
258(30)
Wired Communication via the PSTN
260(3)
Last-Mile Technologies
263(1)
Wireless Transmission Media
263(4)
Infrared
263(1)
Radio
264(2)
Microwaves
266(1)
Satellites
266(1)
Convergence: Is It a Phone or a Computer?
267(6)
Cellular Telephones
268(2)
Personal Communication Service (PCS)
270(2)
Fax
272(1)
TV Internet Set-Tops
272(1)
Wired and Wireless Home Networks
273(3)
Home Radio-Frequency Networks
275(1)
Home Phone-Line Networks
275(1)
Home Power-Line Networks
275(1)
Wired and Wireless Applications
276(12)
Teleconferencing
276(1)
Videoconferencing
276(3)
Telecommuting
279(1)
Workgroup Computing
280(8)
Spotlight 4 Buying and Upgrading Your Computer System
288(104)
E-Commerce, Privacy, and Security
306(38)
Understanding Electronic Commerce
308(4)
Business-to-Business E-Commerce
308(1)
Business-to-Consumer E-Commerce
308(4)
Privacy in Cyberspace
312(7)
The Problem: Collection of Information without Consent
312(1)
The Internet Factor
313(1)
Protecting Privacy: Basic Principles
314(1)
Technology and Anonymity
314(3)
Protecting Your Privacy
317(2)
Computer Crime and Cybercrime
319(8)
Types of Computer Crime
319(5)
Meet the Attackers
324(3)
Security
327(5)
Security Risks
327(2)
Protecting Your Computer System
329(3)
The Encryption Debate
332(12)
Encryption Basics
334(1)
Public Key Encryption
334(1)
Encryption and Public Security Issues
335(9)
Databases and Information Systems
344(26)
The Levels of Data in a Database
347(2)
Types of Database Programs
349(5)
File Management Programs
349(1)
Database Management Systems
349(1)
Data Warehousing and Data Mining
350(2)
Client/Server Database Systems
352(1)
The Internet Connection: Going Public with Data
353(1)
Advantages of Database Management Systems
354(1)
Data Integrity
354(1)
Data Independence
354(1)
Avoidance of Data Redundancy
354(1)
Data Security
355(1)
Data Maintenance
355(1)
Information Systems: Tools for Global Competitiveness
355(2)
Functional Divisions of an Organization
355(1)
Computerized Information Systems: Serving an Organization's Needs
356(1)
Techniques for Information Reduction
357(1)
Information Systems in Organizations: A Survey
357(13)
Transaction Processing Systems
358(1)
Management Information Systems
359(1)
Decision Support Systems
359(1)
Executive Information Systems
359(1)
Knowledge Management Systems
360(1)
Expert Systems
360(1)
Computers and Databases in the Retail Sector
361(9)
Systems Analysis and Design
370(22)
Systems Analysts: Communication Counts
373(1)
The Systems Development Life Cycle: A Problem-Solving Approach
373(3)
The Five Phases of the SDLC
374(1)
Avoiding Mistakes
374(2)
The Waterfall Model
376(1)
Phase I: Identifying the Problem and Opportunities
376(3)
Recognizing the Need for the System
376(1)
Defining the Problem
377(1)
Examining Alternative Solutions
377(1)
Developing a Plan
378(1)
Determining Feasibility
378(1)
Preparing the Project Proposal
379(1)
Phase 2: Analyzing and Documenting the Existing Information System
379(2)
Analyzing the Existing System
381(1)
Determining the New System's Requirements
381(1)
Phase 3: Designing the System
381(2)
Design Tools
381(2)
Phase 4: Implementing the System
383(1)
Deciding Whether to Build or Buy
383(1)
Developing the Software
383(1)
Testing
383(1)
Training
384(1)
Converting Systems
384(1)
Phase 5: Supporting the System
384(8)
Spotlight 5 Multimedia and Virtual Reality
392


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