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The Shelly Cashman Series presents a completely revised and updated edition to the best-selling Discovering Computers book to make learning about computers interesting and interactive. Discovering Computers 2002: Concepts for a Digital World is fully integrated with the World Wide Web as a means of offering additional content, unmatched currency, learning games, and more. Discovering Computers 2002 is available in three versions to provide the right depth of coverage for every class. Unparalleled online content, extensive end-of-chapter exercises, and comprehensive instructor's resources give you all the tools you need to present an outstanding concepts course.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction to Computers
Objectives
2(1)
The Digital Revolution
2(2)
What is a Computer?
4(1)
Data and Information
4(1)
Information Processing Cycle
5(1)
The Components of a Computer
5(3)
Input Devices
5(1)
Output Devices
6(1)
System Unit
6(1)
Storage Devices
6(2)
Communications Devices
8(1)
Why is a Computer so Powerful?
8(2)
Speed
8(1)
Reliability
9(1)
Accuracy
9(1)
Storage
9(1)
Communications
9(1)
Computer Software
10(6)
System Software
12(1)
Application Software
13(1)
Software Development
14(2)
Networks and the Internet
16(3)
Categories of Computers
19(1)
Personal Computers
19(4)
Desktop Computers
20(2)
Notebook Computers
22(1)
Handheld Computers
23(1)
Internet Appliances
24(1)
Mid-Range Servers
25(1)
Mainframes
26(1)
Supercomputers
26(1)
Elements of an Information System
27(1)
Examples of Computer Usage
28(8)
Home User
29(2)
Small Office/Home Office User
31(1)
Mobile User
32(1)
Large Business User
33(2)
Power User
35(1)
Computer User as a Web Publisher
36(1)
Chapter Summary
37(1)
Career Corner - Help Desk Specialist
37(1)
E-Fun E-Entertainment
38(2)
In Summary
40(2)
Key Terms
42(1)
Learn it Online
43(1)
Checkpoint
44(2)
In the Lab
46(1)
Web Work
47
Special Feature
48
The Internet and World Wide Web
Objectives
2(1)
The Internet
2(1)
History of the Internet
3(1)
How the Internet Works
4(5)
Service Providers
5(1)
Connecting to the Internet
6(1)
How Data Travels the Internet
6(2)
Internet Addresses
8(1)
The World Wide Web
9(15)
Browsing the Web
9(2)
Navigating Web Pages
11(1)
Using a URL
12(2)
Searching for Information on the Web
14(2)
Types of Web Pages
16(2)
Multimedia on the Web
18(5)
Webcasting
23(1)
Electronic Commerce
24(2)
Web Publishing
26(3)
Planning the Web Site
26(1)
Analyzing and Designing the Web Site
26(2)
Creating a Web Site
28(1)
Deploying a Web Site
29(1)
Maintaining the Web Site
29(1)
Other Internet Services
29(8)
E-Mail
30(2)
FTP
32(1)
Newsgroups and Message Boards
33(1)
Mailing Lists
34(1)
Chat Rooms
35(1)
Instant Messaging
36(1)
Netiquette
37(1)
Chapter Summary
37(1)
Career Corner - Webmaster
37(1)
E-Travel
38(2)
In Summary
40(2)
Key Terms
42(1)
Learn it Online
43(1)
Checkpoint
44(2)
In the Lab
46(1)
Web Work
47
Special Feature
48
Application Software
Objectives
2(1)
Application Software
2(5)
The Role of the System Software
3(1)
The Role of the User Interface
4(1)
Starting a Software Application
4(3)
Productivity Software
7(3)
Word Processing Software
8(2)
Developing a Document
10(12)
Spreadsheet Software
12(3)
Database Software
15(3)
Presentation Graphics Software
18(2)
Personal Information Managers
20(1)
Software Suite
20(1)
Project Management Software
21(1)
Accounting Software
21(1)
Graphics and Multimedia Software
22(4)
Computer-Aided Design
22(1)
Desktop Publishing Software (Professional)
23(1)
Paint/Image Editing Software (Professional)
24(1)
Video and Audio Editing Software
25(1)
Multimedia Authoring Software
25(1)
Web Page Authoring Software
25(1)
Software for Home, Personal, and Educational Use
26(6)
Integrated Software
27(1)
Personal Finance Software
27(1)
Legal Software
28(1)
Tax Preparation Software
28(1)
Desktop Publishing (Personal)
28(1)
Paint/Image Editing Software (Personal)
29(1)
Clip Art/Image Gallery
30(1)
Home Design/Landscaping Software
30(1)
Educational/Reference/Entertainment Software
30(2)
Software for Communications
32(1)
E-Mail
32(1)
Web Browsers
32(1)
Chat Rooms
32(1)
Newsgroups
32(1)
Instant Messaging
32(1)
Groupware
33(1)
Videoconferencing
33(1)
Applications on the Web
33(3)
Web-Based Training
34(1)
Application Service Providers
35(1)
Learning Aids and Support Tools Within an Application
36(1)
Chapter Summary
37(1)
Career Corner - Word Processing Technician
37(1)
E-Finance
38(2)
In Summary
40(2)
Key Terms
42(1)
Learn it Online
43(1)
Checkpoint
44(2)
In the Lab
46(1)
Web Work
47
The Components of the System Unit
Objectives
2(1)
The System Unit
2(3)
The Motherboard
4(1)
Central Processing Unit
5(8)
The Control Unit
5(1)
The Arithmetic/Logic Unit
6(1)
Pipelining
7(1)
Registers
7(1)
The System Clock
8(1)
Comparison of Personal Computer Processors
9(2)
Processor Installation and Upgrades
11(1)
Heat Sinks and Heat Pipes
12(1)
Coprocessors
13(1)
Parallel Processing
13(1)
Data Representation
13(2)
Memory
15(8)
RAM
16(3)
Cache
19(1)
ROM
20(1)
Flash Memory
21(1)
CMOS
21(1)
Memory Access Times
22(1)
Expansion Slots and Expansion Cards
23(2)
PC Cards and Flash Memory Cards
24(1)
Ports
25(4)
Serial Ports
27(1)
Parallel Ports
27(1)
Universal Serial Bus Port
28(1)
Special-Purpose Ports
28(1)
Buses
29(3)
Expansion Bus
31(1)
Bays
32(1)
Power Supply
32(1)
Mobile Computers
33(2)
Putting it all Together
35(1)
Chapter Summary
35(1)
Career Corner - Software Engineer
35(1)
E-Resources
36(2)
In Summary
38(2)
Key Terms
40(1)
Learn it Online
41(1)
Checkpoint
42(2)
In the Lab
44(1)
Web Work
45
Input
Objectives
2(1)
What is Input?
2(2)
What are Input Devices?
4(1)
The Keyboard
4(3)
Keyboard Types
5(2)
Pointing Devices
7(1)
Mouse
7(3)
Mouse Types
7(1)
Using a Mouse
8(2)
Other Pointing Devices
10(4)
Trackball
10(1)
Touchpad
10(1)
Pointing Stick
11(1)
Joysticks and Wheels
11(1)
Light Pen
12(1)
Touch Screen
12(1)
Stylus
13(1)
Voice Input
14(2)
Audio Input
16(1)
Input Devices for Handheld Computers
16(2)
Digital Cameras
18(3)
Video Input
21(3)
PC Video Cameras
22(1)
Web Cams
23(1)
Videoconferencing
24(1)
Scanners and Reading Devices
24(7)
Optical Scanner
25(2)
Optical Readers
27(3)
Magnetic Ink Character Recognition Reader
30(1)
Wireless Input
31(1)
Input Devices for Physically Challenged Users
31(1)
Putting it all Together
32(1)
Career Corner - Webcasting
33(1)
E-Communities
34(2)
In Summary
36(2)
Key Terms
38(1)
Learn it online
39(1)
Checkpoint
40(2)
In the Lab
42(1)
Web Work
43
Output
Objectives
2(1)
What is Output?
2(2)
What are Output Devices?
4(1)
Display Devices
4(8)
CRT Monitors
5(1)
LCD Monitors and Displays
5(3)
Gas Plasma Monitors
8(1)
Quality of Display Devices
8(2)
Video Cart and Monitors
10(1)
Monitor Ergonomics
11(1)
Televisions
12(1)
Printers
12(11)
Impact Printers
14(1)
Nonimpact Printers
15(1)
Ink-Jet Printers
15(1)
Laser Printers
16(3)
Thermal Printers
19(1)
Photo Printers
20(1)
Label and Postage Printers
21(1)
Portable Printers
22(1)
Plotters and Large-Format Printers
22(1)
Speakers and Headsets
23(1)
Other Output Devices
24(3)
Data Projectors
25(1)
Facsimile (Fax) Machine
25(1)
Multifunction Devices
26(1)
Terminals
27(2)
Output Devices for Physically Challenged Users
29(2)
Putting it all Together
31(1)
Chapter Summary
31(1)
Career Corner - Graphics Designer/Illustrator
31(1)
E-Government
32(2)
In Summary
34(2)
Key Terms
36(1)
Learn it Online
37(1)
Checkpoint
38(2)
In the Lab
40(1)
Web Work
41
Special Feature
42
Storage
Objectives
2(1)
Memory Versus Storage
2(4)
Memory
3(1)
Storage
4(2)
Floppy Disks
6(3)
Floppy Disk Drives
6(2)
How a Floppy Disk Stores Data
8(1)
Care of Floppy Disks
9(1)
High Capacity Disks
9(1)
Hard Disks
10(7)
How a Hard Disk Works
11(2)
Hard Disk Controllers
13(1)
Removable Hard Disks
13(1)
PAID
14(1)
Maintaining Data Stored on a Disk
15(1)
Internet Hard Drives
16(1)
Compact Discs
17(3)
CD-ROMS
20(2)
CD-ROM Drive Speed
20(1)
PhotoCDs and Picture CDs
21(1)
CD-R and CD-RW
22(2)
DVD-ROMS
24(2)
DVD Variations
25(1)
Tapes
26(1)
Enterprise Storage Systems
27(1)
PC Cards
28(1)
Miniature Mobile Storage Media
28(2)
Smart Cards
29(1)
Microfilm and Microfiche
30(1)
Putting it all Together
31(1)
Chapter Summary
31(1)
Career Corner - Computer Technician
31(1)
E-Shopping
32(2)
In Summary
34(2)
Key Terms
36(1)
Learn it Online
37(1)
Checkpoint
38(2)
In the Lab
40(1)
Web Work
41
Operating Systems and Utility Programs
Objectives
2(1)
System Software
2(1)
Operating Systems
3(1)
Operating System Functions
4(13)
Starting a Computer
4(3)
The User Interface
7(1)
Managing Programs
8(2)
Managing Memory
10(1)
Scheduling Jobs
10(1)
Configuring Devices
11(2)
Accessing the Web
13(1)
Monitoring Performance
14(1)
Providing Housekeeping Services
14(1)
Controlling a Network
15(1)
Administering Security
16(1)
Types of Operating Systems
17(1)
Stand-Alone Operating Systems
17(5)
DOS
17(1)
Windows 3.x
18(1)
Windows 95
18(1)
Windows NT Workstation
18(1)
Windows 98
18(1)
Windows 2000 Professional
18(2)
Windows Millennium Edition
20(1)
Mac OS
21(1)
OS/2 Warp
22(1)
Network Operating Systems
22(3)
NetWare
22(1)
Windows NT Server
22(1)
Windows 2000
22(1)
OS/2 Warp Server for E-business
23(1)
UNIX
23(1)
Linux
24(1)
Solaris
25(1)
Embedded Operating Systems
25(2)
Windows CE
25(1)
Pocket PC OS
26(1)
Palm OS
26(1)
Utility Programs
27(4)
File Viewer
27(1)
File Compression
28(1)
Diagnostic Utility
28(1)
Uninstaller
29(1)
Disk Scanner
29(1)
Disk Defragmenter
30(1)
Backup Utility
30(1)
Screen Saver
31(1)
Chapter Summary
31(1)
Career Corner - Network Administrator
31(1)
E-Weather E-Sports E-News
32(2)
In Summary
34(2)
Key Terms
36(1)
Learn it Online
37(1)
Checkpoint
38(2)
In The Lab
40(1)
Web Work
41
Special Feature
42
Communications and Networks
Objectives
2(1)
Communications
2(1)
Sending and Receiving Devices
3(1)
Use of Communications
4(7)
Voice Mail
4(1)
Fax
5(1)
E-Mail
5(1)
Instant Messaging
6(1)
Chat Rooms
6(1)
Newsgroups
7(1)
Telephony
8(1)
Videoconferencing
8(1)
Collaboration
9(1)
Groupware
10(1)
Global Positioning System
10(1)
Networks
11(12)
Local Area Network (LAN)
12(3)
Wide Area Network (WAN)
15(1)
Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
16(1)
Network Topologies
16(2)
Network Communications Technologies
18(2)
Intranets
20(2)
Home Networks
22(1)
Communications Software
23(2)
The Telephone Network
25(2)
Dial-Up Lines
25(1)
Dedicated Lines
25(1)
ISDN Lines
26(1)
DSL
26(1)
Cable Television Lines
26(1)
T-Carrier Lines
27(1)
Asynchronous Transfer Mode
27(1)
Communications Devices
27(4)
Modems
28(1)
ISDN and DSL Modems
28(1)
Cable Modems
29(1)
Network Interface Card
29(1)
Connecting Networks
30(1)
Communications Channel
31(1)
Physical Transmission Media
32(2)
Twisted-Pair Cable
33(1)
Coaxial Cable
33(1)
Fiber-Optic Cable
34(1)
Wireless Transmission Media
34(5)
Broadcast Radio
35(1)
Cellular Radio
36(1)
Microwaves
37(1)
Communications Satellite
38(1)
Infrared
39(1)
Chapter Summary
39(1)
Career Corner - Data Communications Analyst
39(1)
E-Learning
40(2)
In Summary
42(2)
Key Terms
44(1)
Learn it Online
45(1)
Checkpoint
46(2)
In The Lab
48(1)
Web Work
49
Special Feature
50
E-Commerce: A Revolution in the Way We Do Business
Objectives
2(1)
What is E-Commerce?
2(2)
The Growth of E-Commerce
4(1)
E-Commerce Business Models
4(4)
Business-to-Consumer E-Commerce
4(2)
Consumer-to-Consumer E-Commerce
6(1)
Business-to-Business E-Commerce
6(2)
Business-to-Employee E-Commerce
8(1)
Advantages of E-Commerce
8(1)
E-Commerce Revenue Streams
8(4)
The E-Retailing Market Sector
12(2)
Other E-Commerce Market Sectors on the Web
14(3)
Finance
14(1)
Entertainment and Media
14(1)
Travel
15(1)
Health
16(1)
Other Business Services
16(1)
Creating an Online Store
17(8)
Building a Storefront
18(2)
Managing Payments
20(2)
Fulfillment
22(1)
Attracting and Retaining Customers
22(2)
Site Management
24(1)
Promoting the Site
24(1)
Chapter Summary
25(1)
Career Corner - Web Developer
25(1)
E-Auctions
26(2)
In Summary
28(2)
Key Terms
30(1)
Learn It Online
31(1)
Checkpoint
32(2)
In The Lab
34(1)
Web Work
35
Computers and Society: Home, Work, and Ethical Issues
Objectives
2(1)
Living With Computers
2(25)
At Home
3(3)
Education
6(3)
Digital Divide
9(2)
Entertainment
11(2)
E-Commerce
13(1)
Finance
14(2)
Government
16(3)
Health Care
19(2)
Science
21(1)
Publishing
22(2)
Travel
24(2)
Telecommuting
26(1)
Emerging Technologies
27(3)
Virtual Reality
27(1)
Intelligent Agents
28(2)
Robots
30(1)
A Healthy Work Environment
30(4)
Computers and Health Risks
30(2)
Ergonomics and Workplace Design
32(1)
Computer Addiction
32(1)
Green Computing
33(1)
Ethnics and Society
34(3)
Information Accuracy
34(2)
Intellectual Property Rights
36(1)
Codes of Conduct
37(1)
Chapter Summary
37(1)
Career Corner - IT Consultant
37(1)
E-Science
38(2)
In Summary
40(2)
Key Terms
42(1)
Learn it Online
43(1)
Checkpoint
44(2)
In the Lab
46(1)
Web Work
47
Computers and Society: Security and Privacy
Objectives
2(1)
Computer Security: Risks and Safeguards
2(20)
Computer Viruses
2(3)
Virus Detection and Removal
5(2)
Unauthorized Access and Use
7(6)
Hardware Theft
13(1)
Software Theft
14(1)
Information Theft
15(3)
System Failure
18(1)
Backup Procedures
19(2)
Disaster Recover Plan
21(1)
Developing a Computer Security Plan
22(1)
Internet and Network Security
22(4)
Securing Internet Transactions
23(1)
Securing E-Mail Messages
24(1)
Firewalls
24(2)
Information Privacy
26(9)
Electronic Profiles
27(1)
Cookies
28(3)
Spyware
31(1)
Spam
31(1)
Privacy Laws
32(1)
Employee Monitoring
33(1)
Protecting Children from Objectionable Material
34(1)
Chapter Summary
35(1)
Career Corner-Network Security Specialist
35(1)
E-Environment
36(2)
In Summary
38(2)
Key Terms
40(1)
Learn it Online
41(1)
Checkpoint
42(2)
In the Lab
44(1)
Web Work
45
Databases and Information Management
Objectives
2(1)
Data and Information
2(2)
Data Integrity
3(1)
The Hierarchy of Data
4(2)
Maintaining Data
6(5)
Adding Records
6(1)
Changing Records
6(2)
Deleting Records
8(1)
Data Validation
9(2)
File Processing Versus Databases
11(3)
File Processing Systems
11(1)
The Database Approach
12(2)
Database Management Systems
14(7)
Data Dictionary
14(1)
File Maintenance and Retrieval
15(4)
Data Security
19(1)
Backup and Recovery
20(1)
Relational, Object-Oriented, and Multidimensional Databases
21(7)
Relational Databases
22(4)
Object-Oriented Databases
26(1)
Multidimensional Databases
27(1)
Web Databases
28(2)
Database Administration
30(1)
Role of the Database Analysts and Administrators
30(1)
Role of the Employee as a User
30(1)
Database Design Guidelines
30(1)
Qualities of Valuable Information
30(4)
How Managers Use Information
32(1)
Levels of Users
32(2)
Types of Information Systems
34(7)
Office Information Systems
34(1)
Transaction Processing Systems
35(1)
Management Information Systems
36(1)
Decision Support Systems
37(1)
Data Warehouses
38(2)
Expert Systems
40(1)
Integrated Information Systems
41(1)
Chapter Summary
41(1)
Career Corner - Database Management
41(1)
E-Health
42(2)
In Summary
44(2)
Key Terms
46(1)
Learn It Online
47(1)
Checkpoint
48(2)
In the Lab
50(1)
Web Work
51
Information Systems Development
Objectives
2(1)
What is the System Development Life Cycle?
2(8)
Phases in the SDLC
2(1)
Guidelines for System Development
3(1)
Who Participates in the System Development Life Cycle?
4(1)
Project Management
5(1)
Feasibility Assessment
6(1)
Documentation
7(1)
Data and Information Gathering Techniques
7(3)
What Initiates the System Development Life Cycle?
10(2)
Web Lane Cafe - A Case Study
11(1)
Planning Phase
12(1)
Planning at Web Lane Cafe
12(1)
Analysis Phase
13(8)
The Preliminary Investigation
13(2)
Analysis: Preliminary Investigation at Web Lane Cafe
15(1)
Detailed Analysis
15(1)
Structured Analysis and Design Tools
15(4)
The System Proposal
19(2)
Detailed Analysis at Web Lane Cafe
21(1)
Design Phase
21(9)
Acquiring Necessary Hardware and Software
21(1)
Identifying Technical Specifications
22(1)
Soliciting Vendor Proposals
23(1)
Testing and Evaluating Vendor Proposals
24(1)
Making a Decision
25(1)
Design: Hardware Acquisition at Web Lane Cafe
26(1)
Detailed Design
26(2)
Prototyping
28(1)
CASE Tools
29(1)
Quality Review Techniques
30(1)
Detailed Design at Web Lane Cafe
30(1)
Implementation Phase
30(2)
Develop Programs
30(1)
Install and Test the New System
30(1)
Train Users
30(1)
Convert to the New System
31(1)
Implementation at Web Lane Cafe
32(1)
Support Phase
32(1)
Support at Web Lane Cafe
33(1)
Chapter Summary
33(1)
Career Corner - System Analyst
33(1)
E-Research
34(2)
In Summary
36(2)
Key Terms
38(1)
Learn It Online
39(1)
Checkpoint
40(2)
In the Lab
42(1)
Web Work
43
Program Development and Programming Languages
Objectives
2(1)
What is a Computer Program?
2(1)
The Program Development Life Cycle
2(2)
What Initiates the Program Development Life Cycle?
3(1)
Step 1 - Analyze Problem
4(1)
Step 2 - Design Programs
5(8)
Top-Down Design
5(1)
Structured Design
6(2)
Proper Program Design
8(1)
Design Tools
9(3)
Quality Review Techniques
12(1)
Step 3 - Code Programs
13(1)
Step 4 - Test Programs
13(2)
Step 5 - Formalize Solution
15(1)
Step 6 - Maintain Programs
15(1)
Programming Languages and Program Development Tools
16(1)
Categories of Programming Languages
16(4)
Machine Languages (First-Generation Language)
16(1)
Assembly Languages (Second-Generation Languages)
16(2)
Third-Generation Languages
18(1)
Fourth-Generation Languages
19(1)
Fifth-Generation Languages
20(1)
Object-Oriented Program Development
20(2)
Object-Oriented Programming
21(1)
Programming Languages
22(5)
Basic
22(1)
Visual Basic
22(2)
Cobol
24(1)
C
25(1)
C++
25(1)
RPG
26(1)
Other Programming Languages
26(1)
Program Development Tools
27(4)
Application Generators
27(1)
Macros
28(1)
RAD Tools: Visual Basic, Delphi, and PowerBuilder
29(2)
Web Page Program Development
31(7)
HTML
31(1)
Scripts, Applets, Servlets, and ActiveX Controls
32(2)
Java, JavaScript, VBScript, and Perl
34(2)
Dynamic HTML
36(1)
XHTML, XML, and WML
37(1)
Web Page Authoring Software
38(1)
Multimedia Program Development
38(2)
Toolbook, Authorware, Director, and Flash
39(1)
Selecting a Programming Language or Program Development Tool
40(1)
Chapter Summary
41(1)
Career Corner-Programmer
41(1)
E-Career
42(2)
In Summary
44(2)
Key Terms
46(1)
Learn it Online
47(1)
Checkpoint
48(2)
In the Lab
50(1)
Web Work
51
Computer Careers and Certification
Objectives
2(1)
Careers in the Computer Industry
2(9)
The Computer Equipment Industry
4(1)
The Computer Software Industry
4(2)
IT Professionals
6(1)
IT Career Opportunities
6(2)
Working in an IT Department
8(2)
Education and Training
10(1)
Sales
10(1)
Service and Repair
10(1)
Consulting
11(1)
Preparing For a Career in the Computer Industry
11(5)
Choosing the Right Course of Study
12(1)
Attending a Trade School
13(1)
Planning for Career Development
14(1)
Professional Organizations
14(1)
Professional Growth and Continuing Education
14(1)
Computer Publications
15(1)
What is Computer Certification?
16(1)
Types of Computer Certification
16(1)
A Guide to Computer Certification
17(7)
Software Applications Certifications
18(1)
Operating Systems Certifications
18(1)
Programming Certifications
19(1)
Hardware Certifications
20(1)
Networking Certifications
20(2)
Internet Certifications
22(2)
Database Systems Certifications
24(1)
Certification Benefits
24(3)
Choosing a Computer Certification
27(1)
Preparing for Computer Certification
28(1)
Computer Certification Examinations
29(1)
Career Development After Computer Certification
30(1)
Chapter Summary
31(1)
Career Corner - Computer and IT Teachers
31(1)
E-Arts E-Literature
32(2)
In Summary
34(2)
Key Terms
36(1)
Learn it Online
37(1)
Checkpoint
38(2)
In the Lab
40(1)
Web Work
41
Special Feature
42
APPENDIX Coding Schemes and Number Systems
Coding Schemes
A.1
ASCII and EBCDIC
1(1)
Unicode
1(1)
Parity
2(1)
Number Systems
2
The Decimal Number System
3(1)
The Binary Number System
4(1)
The Hexadecimal Number System
4
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