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Discovering Computers 2004: A Gateway to Information : Web Enhanced

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9780789567024

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0789567024
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Pub. Date:
2/12/2003
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Course Technology

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Discovering Computers 2004: A Gateway to Information is the perfect blend of cutting-edge technology and core computer concepts, making learning about computers interesting and easy. This best seller from the Shelly Cashman Series has been completely revised to reflect only the latest in technology, keeping your students informed on the most up-to-date computer information!

Table of Contents

Preface ix
To the Student xviii
Introduction to Computers
Objectives
1(1)
A World of Computers
2(2)
What is a Computer?
4(1)
Data and Information
4(1)
Information Processing Cycle
4(1)
The Components of a Computer
5(3)
Input Devices
5(1)
Output Devices
6(1)
System Unit
6(1)
Storage Devices
6(1)
Communications Devices
7(1)
Why is a Computer So Powerful?
8(1)
Speed
8(1)
Reliability and Consistency
8(1)
Accuracy
8(1)
Storage
8(1)
Communications
8(1)
Networks and the Internet
8(4)
The Internet
9(3)
Computer Software
12(4)
System Software
13(1)
Application Software
14(1)
Software Development
15(1)
Categories of Computers
16(1)
Personal Computers
16(2)
Desktop Computers
17(1)
Mobile Computers and Mobile Devices
18(2)
Notebook Computers
18(1)
Mobile Devices
19(1)
Midrange Servers
20(1)
Mainframes
21(1)
Supercomputers
21(1)
Elements of an Information System
22(1)
Examples of Computer Usage
23(8)
Home User
24(2)
Small Office/Home Office User
26(1)
Mobile User
27(1)
Large Business User
28(2)
Power User
30(1)
Computer Applications in Society
31(5)
Education
31(1)
Finance
32(1)
Government
32(1)
Health Care
33(1)
Science
34(1)
Publishing
34(1)
Travel
35(1)
Industry
36(1)
Chapter Summary
36(1)
High-Tech Talk
37(1)
Analog versus Digital: Making the Conversion
37(1)
Companies on the Cutting Edge
38(1)
Dell
38(1)
Palm
38(1)
Technology Trailblazers
39(1)
Bill Gates
39(1)
Carly Florina
39(1)
Chapter Review
40(2)
Key Terms
42(1)
Checkpoint
43(3)
Learn It Online
46(2)
Lab Exercises
48(1)
Web Research
49(1)
Special Feature
Timeline 2004: Milestones in Computer History
50
The Internet and World Wide Web
Objectives
1(1)
The Internet
2(1)
History of the Internet
2(2)
Internet2
4(1)
How the Internet Works
4(5)
Connecting to the Internet
4(1)
Access Providers
5(2)
How Data Travels the Internet
7(1)
Internet Addresses
8(1)
The World Wide Web
9(16)
Browsing the Web
9(1)
Web Addresses
10(1)
Navigating Web Pages
11(1)
Searching for Information on the Web
12(2)
Types of Web Sites
14(3)
Multimedia on the Web
17(7)
E-Commerce
24(1)
Other Internet Services
25(9)
E-Mail
25(4)
FTP
29(1)
Newsgroups and Message Boards
29(2)
Mailing Lists
31(1)
Chat Rooms
32(1)
Instant Messaging
32(2)
Netiquette
34(1)
Web Publishing
34(2)
Plan a Web Site
34(1)
Analyze and Design a Web Site
34(1)
Create a Web Site
34(2)
Deploy a Web Site
36(1)
Maintain a Web Site
36(1)
Chapter Summary
36(1)
High-Tech Talk
37(1)
You Are One in a Few Billion (IP Addresses)
37(1)
Companies on the Cutting Edge
38(1)
Yahoo!
38(1)
AOL
38(1)
Technology Trailblazers
39(1)
Tim Berners-Lee
39(1)
Anita Brown
39(1)
Chapter Review
40(2)
Key Terms
42(1)
Checkpoint
43(3)
Learn It Online
46(2)
Lab Exercises
48(1)
Web Research
49(1)
Special Feature
Guide to World Wide Web Sites and Searching Techniques
50
Application Software
Objectives
1(1)
Application Software
2(4)
The Role of System Software
3(1)
Starting and Interacting with Application Software
4(2)
Business Software
6(14)
Word Processing Software
7(1)
Developing a Document
8(4)
Spreadsheet Software
12(3)
Database Software
15(1)
Presentation Graphics Software
16(2)
Personal Information Managers
18(1)
PDA Software
18(1)
Software Suite
19(1)
Project Management Software
19(1)
Accounting Software
19(1)
Graphics and Multimedia Software
20(4)
Computer-Aided Design
21(1)
Desktop Publishing Software (for the Professional)
21(1)
Paint/Image Editing Software (for the Professional)
22(1)
Video and Audio Editing Software
23(1)
Multimedia Authoring Software
23(1)
Web Page Authoring Software
24(1)
Software for Home, Personal, and Educational Use
24(6)
Integrated Software
25(1)
Personal Finance Software
25(1)
Legal Software
26(1)
Tax Preparation Software
26(1)
Desktop Publishing Software (for Personal Use)
26(1)
Paint/Image Editing Software (for Personal Use)
27(1)
Clip Art/Image Gallery
28(1)
Home Design/Landscaping Software
28(1)
Educational and Reference Software
28(1)
Entertainment Software
29(1)
Application Software for Communications
30(1)
Application Software on the Web
31(2)
Application Service Providers
32(1)
Web-Based Training
32(1)
Learning Aids and Support Tools for Application Software
33(1)
Chapter Summary
34(1)
High-Tech Talk
35(1)
Infection and Delivery: How Computer Viruses Work
35(1)
Companies on the Cutting Edge
36(1)
Microsoft
36(1)
Apple Computer
36(1)
Technology Trailblazers
37(1)
Dan Bricklin
37(1)
Masayoshi Son
37(1)
Chapter Review
38(2)
Key Terms
40(1)
Checkpoint
41(3)
Learn It Online
44(2)
Lab Exercises
46(1)
Web Research
47
The Components of the System Unit
Objectives
1(1)
The System Unit
2(3)
The Motherboard
4(1)
Processor
5(8)
The Control Unit
6(1)
The Arithmetic Logic Unit
6(1)
Machine Cycle
6(1)
Registers
7(1)
The System Clock
7(1)
Comparison of Personal Computer Processors
8(2)
Processor Installation and Upgrades
10(2)
Heat Sinks and Heat Pipes
12(1)
Coprocessors
12(1)
Parallel Processing
12(1)
Data Representation
13(2)
Memory
15(8)
RAM
17(3)
Cache
20(1)
ROM
20(1)
Flash Memory
21(1)
CMOS
22(1)
Memory Access Times
22(1)
Expansion Slots and Adapter Cards
23(2)
PC Cards and Flash Memory Cards
24(1)
Ports and Connectors
25(5)
Serial Ports
27(1)
Parallel Ports
27(1)
USB Ports
28(1)
Special-Purpose Ports
28(2)
Buses
30(2)
Expansion Bus
31(1)
BAYS
32(1)
Power Supply
33(1)
Mobile Computers and Devices
33(2)
Putting It All Together
35(1)
Chapter Summary
36(1)
High-Tech Talk
37(1)
The Genius of Memory: Transistors, Capacitors, and Electricity
37(1)
Companies on the Cutting Edge
38(1)
Intel
38(1)
AMD
38(1)
Technology Trailblazers
39(1)
Jack Kilby
39(1)
Gordon Moore
39(1)
Chapter Review
40(2)
Key Terms
42(1)
Checkpoint
43(3)
Learn It Online
46(2)
Lab Exercises
48(1)
Web Research
49
Input
Objectives
1(1)
What is Input?
2(2)
What are Input Devices?
4(1)
The Keyboard
4(3)
Keyboard Connections
6(1)
Keyboard Ergonomics
6(1)
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
10(1)
Joystick and Wheel
11(1)
Light Pen
11(1)
Touch Screen
12(1)
Stylus, Digital Pen, and Cursor
12(2)
Voice Input
14(2)
Audio Input
15(1)
Input Devices for Mobile Users
16(3)
PDAs
16(2)
Tablet PCs
18(1)
Smart Phones
18(1)
Digital Cameras
19(3)
Digital Camera Quality
21(1)
Video Input
22(2)
PC Video Cameras
22(1)
Web Cams
23(1)
Video Conferencing
23(1)
Scanners and Reading Devices
24(6)
Optical Scanner
24(2)
Optical Readers
26(1)
Bar Code Scanner
27(2)
MICR Reader
29(1)
Data Collection Devices
29(1)
Terminals
30(2)
Point-of-Sale Terminals
30(1)
Automated Teller Machines
31(1)
Smart Displays
31(1)
Biometric Input
32(2)
Putting it All Together
34(1)
Input Devices for Physically Challenged Users
35(1)
Chapter Summary
36(1)
High-Tech Talk
37(1)
Input without Wires
37(1)
Companies on the Cutting Edge
38(1)
Logitech
38(1)
Nokia
38(1)
Technology Trailblazers
39(1)
Douglas Engelbart
39(1)
Don Wetzel
39(1)
Chapter Review
40(2)
Key Terms
42(1)
Checkpoint
43(3)
Learn it Online
46(2)
Lab Exercises
48(1)
Web Research
49(1)
Special Feature
PDA Application Software
50
Output
Objectives
1(1)
What Is Output?
2(2)
Display Devices
4(1)
CRT Monitors
4(5)
CRT Monitor Ergonomics
5(1)
Quality of a CRT Monitor
5(2)
Video Cards and CRT Monitors
7(2)
Flat-Panel Displays
9(4)
Flat Panel Monitors
9(1)
LCD Technology
10(1)
LCD Quality
11(1)
Video Cards and Flat Panel Monitors
11(1)
Gas Plasma Displays
12(1)
Televisions and HDTV Displays
12(1)
Printers
13(10)
Impact Printers
14(1)
Nonimpact Printers
15(1)
Ink-Jet Printers
15(2)
Photo Printers
17(2)
Laser Printers
19(1)
Thermal Printers
20(1)
Portable Printers
21(1)
Label and Postage Printers
21(1)
Plotters and Large-Format Printers
22(1)
Wireless Printing
22(1)
Speakers and Headsets
23(2)
Other Output Devices
25(3)
Fax Machines and Fax Modems
25(1)
Multifunction Peripherals
26(1)
Data Projectors
26(1)
Force-Feedback Joysticks and Wheels
27(1)
Putting it all Together
28(1)
Output Devices for Physically Challenged Users
29(1)
Chapter Summary
30(1)
High-Tech Talk
31(1)
Sound Cards: Creating Music to Your Ears
31(1)
Companies on the Cutting Edge
32(1)
Hewlett-Packard
32(1)
Real Networks
32(1)
Technology Trailblazers
33(1)
Donna Dubinsky
33(1)
Heidi Van Arnem
33(1)
Chapter Review
34(2)
Key Terms
36(1)
Checkpoint
37(3)
Learn it Online
40(2)
Lab Exercises
42(1)
Web Research
43(1)
Special Feature
Digital Imaging and Video Technology
44
Storage
Objectives
1(1)
Storage
2(3)
Floppy Disks
5(4)
Floppy Disk Drives
6(1)
Characteristics of a Floppy Disk
7(1)
Care of Floppy Disks
8(1)
Zip® Disks
9(1)
Hard Disks
9(6)
Characteristics of a Hard Disk
10(3)
External and Removable Hard Disks
13(1)
Hard Disk Controllers
13(1)
Maintaining Data Stored on a Hard Disk
14(1)
Internet Hard Drives
14(1)
CDS and DVDS
15(9)
Characteristics of CDs and DVDs
15(1)
Care of CDs and DVDs
16(1)
CD-ROMs
17(2)
Picture CDs and Photo CDs
19(1)
CD-Rs and CD-RWs
20(2)
DVD-ROMs and DVD+RWs
22(1)
DVD+RW and Other DVD Variations
23(1)
TAPE
24(1)
PC Cards
24(1)
Miniature Mobile Storage Media
25(3)
Smart Cards
27(1)
Microfilm and Microfiche
28(1)
Putting it all Together
29(1)
Chapter Summary
30(1)
High-Tech Talk
31(1)
Disk Formatting and File Systems
31(1)
Companies on the Cutting Edge
32(1)
Kingston
32(1)
EMC
32(1)
Technology Trailblazers
33(1)
Al Shugart
33(1)
Mark Dean
33(1)
Chapter Review
34(2)
Key Terms
36(1)
Checkpoint
37(3)
Learn it Online
40(2)
Lab Exercises
42(1)
Web Research
43
Operating Systems and Utility Programs
Objectives
1(1)
System Software
2(1)
Operating Systems
2(2)
Operating System Functions
4(11)
Starting a Computer
4(4)
Providing a User Interface
8(1)
Managing Programs
9(1)
Managing Memory
10(1)
Scheduling Jobs
11(1)
Configuring Devices
12(1)
Establishing an Internet Connection
13(1)
Monitoring Performance
14(1)
Providing File Management and Other Utilities
14(1)
Controlling a Network
14(1)
Administering Security
14(1)
Operating System Utility Programs
15(4)
File Manager
16(1)
Image Viewer
16(1)
Uninstaller
17(1)
Disk Scanner
17(1)
Disk Defragmenter
17(1)
Diagnostic Utility
18(1)
Backup Utility
18(1)
Screen Saver
18(1)
Types of Operating Systems
19(1)
Stand-Alone Operating Systems
20(5)
DOS
20(1)
Windows XP
20(2)
Mac OS X
22(1)
OS/2 Warp Client
23(1)
UNIX
23(1)
Linux
24(1)
Network Operating Systems
25(1)
NetWare
25(1)
Windows Server 2003
25(1)
OS/2 Wrap Server for e-business
25(1)
UNIX
25(1)
Linux
26(1)
Solaris
26(1)
Embedded Operating Systems
26(2)
Windows CE.NET
26(1)
Pocket PC 2002
27(1)
Palm OS
27(1)
Symbian OS
27(1)
Stand-Alone Utility Programs
28(2)
Antivirus Programs
28(1)
Personal Firewalls
29(1)
File Compression
29(1)
Personal Computer Maintenance
30(1)
Chapter Summary
30(1)
High-Tech Talk
31(1)
Windows XP: Taking Control with the Command Prompt
31(1)
Companies on the Cutting Edge
32(1)
Red Hat
32(1)
Network Associates
32(1)
Technology Trailblazers
33(1)
Linus Torvalds
33(1)
Steve Jobs
33(1)
Chapter Review
34(2)
Key Terms
36(1)
Checkpoint
37(3)
Learn it Online
40(2)
Lab Exercises
42(1)
Web Research
43(1)
Special Feature
Buyer's Guide 2004: How to Purchase, Install, and Maintain a Personal Computer
44
APPENDIX A
1(1)
Making Use of the Web
1(1)
APPENDIX B
1(1)
Coding Schemes and Number Systems
1(1)
APPENDIX C
1(1)
Computer Acronyms
1(1)
Glossary Index 1(24)
Photo Credits 25


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