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About the Author
RON WHITE is the former executive editor of PC Computing magazine, where he developed the popular How It Works illustration to explain the new technologies that were emerging in computing at a prodigious rate. He is also the author of the best-selling How Digital Photography Works, and books on software, MP3, and digital cameras. His writing and photography have appeared in some of the leading magazines in the nation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Illustrator
TIMOTHY EDWARD DOWNS is the national award-winning illustrator of How Computers Work and How Digital Photography Works. Tim has been involved in all facets of graphic design in his illustrious career. From illustrator to creative director, Tim has led teams of artists and designers in advertising agencies, marketing communications firms, and consumer magazines to better tell their stories through illustration, photography, typography, and design. “Our job doesn’t start when the writer hits Save. In order to effectively communicate the tone or the concept of the piece, we need to know and understand the story from the original brainstorm all the way through final execution,” reminds Tim. Examples of Tim’s design, illustration, and photographic work can be seen at http://www.timothyedwarddowns.com.
Table of Contents
|Boot-Up Process||p. 2|
|Getting to Know the Hardware||p. 10|
|How Circuits Juggle Data||p. 20|
|How a PC Comes Alive||p. 30|
|How an Operating System Controls Hardware||p. 36|
|How Microchips are the PC's Brain||p. 46|
|How Transistors Manipulate Data||p. 52|
|How a Microprocessor Works||p. 62|
|How Software Works||p. 80|
|How Programming Languages Work||p. 94|
|How Windows Works||p. 104|
|How Software Applications Do Your Work||p. 118|
|Data Storage||p. 146|
|How a Computer's Long-Term Memory Works||p. 154|
|How Disk Drives Save Information||p. 166|
|How Little Things Make Drives Faster and Bigger||p. 176|
|How PCs Use Light to Remember Data||p. 184|
|Input/Output Devices||p. 194|
|How Data Gets Into Your PC||p. 202|
|How Scanners Capture Words and Images||p. 212|
|How Computers Use Power||p. 220|
|How Serial Ports Triumph||p. 228|
|How a Computer Display Works||p. 242|
|How Digital Photography Works||p. 252|
|Games and Multimedia||p. 260|
|How Multimedia Sound Works||p. 266|
|How Multimedia Video Works||p. 278|
|How Game Hardware Puts You In the Action||p. 286|
|How Games Create 3D Worlds||p. 296|
|How the Internet Works||p. 306|
|How Local Area Networks Work||p. 314|
|How PCs Connect to the Internet||p. 324|
|How the Internet Moves Data||p. 332|
|How We Reach Each Other Through the Net||p. 338|
|How Wireless Sets PCs Free||p. 350|
|How the Net Provides Video and Audio on Demand||p. 360|
|How the World Wide Web Works||p. 366|
|How Internet Security Fights Off PC Invaders||p. 378|
|How Printers Work||p. 398|
|How Black-and-White Printing Works||p. 404|
|How Color Printing Works||p. 414|
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