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PC Concepts

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9780030334481

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0030334489
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Pub. Date:
12/14/2001
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Summary

Comprehensive and current approach to computer concepts with a dynamic new web presence.

Table of Contents

Preface v
MODULE Introduction 1(80)
Introduction to the World of Computers
3(34)
Overview
4(1)
Computers in Your Life
4(4)
Why Learn About Computers?
4(1)
Computers in the Home
5(2)
Trend: Ready-to-Wear PCs
7(1)
Computers in Our Society
7(1)
What Is a Computer and What Does It Do?
8(8)
Traditional and Multimedia Hardware
9(1)
Software
10(1)
Data, Information, and Programs
11(3)
Users and Computer Professionals
14(1)
inside the industry: Programs That Run Amok
15(1)
Computer Networks and the Internet
16(2)
The Internet
16(1)
Accessing Networks
16(1)
Network Servers
17(1)
Computer Systems to Fit Every Need
18(7)
Mobile Devices
18(1)
how it works: Voice-Activated Internet
19(1)
Personal Computers
20(2)
campus close-up: Wired Med Students
22(1)
Midrange Computers
23(1)
Mainframe Computers
24(1)
Supercomputers
25(1)
Computers and Society
25(3)
The Information Age and the New Information Revolution
26(1)
Benefits of a Computer-Oriented Society
26(1)
Impact of Computers, the Internet, and a Networked Economy
26(2)
Summary
28(2)
Key Terms
30(1)
Review Activities
31(2)
Projects
33(4)
Using Your PC, Windows, and the Web
37(44)
Overview
38(1)
Starting Your Computer: The Boot Process
38(1)
Using the Windows Operating System
39(11)
The Windows Interface
40(6)
Opening Windows and Starting Programs
46(1)
Manipulating Windows
47(3)
Shutting Down the Computer
50(1)
Using the Internet and World Wide Web
50(13)
What Is the World Wide Web?
50(1)
What is a Browser?
51(1)
how it works: Internet Appliances
52(1)
Accessing the Internet
53(1)
Internet Addresses
53(2)
Surfing the Web
55(4)
Using Bookmarks and the History List
59(1)
Searching the Web
59(4)
E-Mail
63(6)
trend: Shopping Bots and other Types of Intelligent Agents
64(1)
Sending E-Mail
65(2)
Receiving E-Mail
67(1)
Managing E-Mail
67(1)
Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, Chat, and Instant Messaging
67(1)
inside the industry: Emoticons: Expressing Yourself with Your PC
68(1)
Netiquette
68(1)
Downloading and Installing Plug-Ins and Other Files
69(3)
Downloading Files
70(1)
Using Downloaded Files
70(2)
Summary
72(2)
Key Terms
74(1)
Review Activities
75(1)
Projects
76(5)
The History of Computers Window
MODULE Hardware 81(128)
The System Unit: Processing and Memory
83(46)
Overview
84(1)
Data and Program Representation
84(9)
Digital Data Representation
84(2)
The Binary Numbering System
86(1)
Coding Systems for Text-Based Data
87(2)
Coding Systems for Other Types of Data
89(3)
how it works: MP3 Compression
92(1)
Machine Language
92(1)
Inside the System Unit
93(15)
CPU
93(3)
trend: Smart Bullets, Smart Tennis Shoes, High-Tech Pets, and Other Unusual Uses for Microchips
96(1)
inside the industry: Moore's Law
97(1)
Memory
98(3)
Buses
101(2)
System Expansion
103(2)
Ports
105(3)
How the CPU Works
108(5)
Typical CPU Components
108(2)
The System Clock and the Machine Cycle
110(3)
Making Computers Faster Now and in the Future
113(7)
Speeding Up Your System Today
113(1)
Strategies for Making Computers Speedier
114(4)
Future Trends
118(2)
Summary
120(2)
Key Terms
122(1)
Review Activities
123(2)
Projects
125(4)
Storage
129(38)
Overview
130(1)
Properties of Storage Systems
130(3)
Physical Parts
130(1)
Nonvolatility Property
131(1)
Removable vs. Fixed Media
131(1)
Random vs. Sequential Access
132(1)
Logical vs. Physical Representation
132(1)
Magnetic Disk Systems
133(13)
Floppy Disks
134(4)
Hard Disks
138(8)
Optical Discs
146(3)
CDs
146(2)
DVDs
148(1)
Magneto-Optical Discs
148(1)
inside the industry: Holographic Storage
149(1)
Other Types of Storage Systems
149(4)
Magnetic Tape Systems
149(1)
Online Storage
150(1)
Smart Cards
150(2)
how it works: Smart Cards
152(1)
Flash Memory Devices
153(1)
Comparing Storage Alternatives
153(4)
trend: How Many Tomorrows Will Today's Data Last?
156(1)
Summary
157(2)
Key Terms
159(1)
Review Activities
160(2)
Projects
162(5)
Input and Output
167(42)
Overview
168(1)
Input and Output
168(1)
Keyboards
169(1)
Pointing Devices
170(6)
Mouse
170(1)
Electronic Pens
171(3)
Touch Screens
174(1)
Other Pointing Devices
175(1)
Scanners and Related Devices
176(7)
Optical Scanners
177(2)
Optical Readers
179(1)
trend: No More Hanging Chads?
180(2)
Magnetic Ink Character Recognition Reader
182(1)
Multimedia Input Devices
183(4)
Digital Cameras
183(1)
Video Cameras
184(1)
Audio Input Devices
185(1)
how it works: Voice Recognition
186(1)
Display Devices
187(5)
Size
187(1)
Resolution
188(1)
Graphics Standards
188(1)
Color vs. Monochrome Displays
189(1)
CRT vs. Flat-Panel Displays
189(1)
HDTV
190(2)
Printers
192(6)
Characteristics of Printers
192(1)
Personal Printers
193(3)
Network Printers
196(1)
Special-Purpose Printers
197(1)
Multimedia Output Devices
198(2)
Speakers
198(1)
inside the industry: Point, Click, and...Smell?
199(1)
Data and Multimedia Projectors
200(1)
Voice-Output Systems
200(1)
Multifunction Devices
200(1)
Summary
201(2)
Key Terms
203(1)
Review Activities
204(2)
Projects
206(3)
MODULE Software 209(86)
Systems Software
211(40)
Overview
212(1)
Systems Software vs. Application Software
212(1)
The Operating System
213(11)
Differences among Operating Systems
214(2)
Functions of an Operating System
216(4)
Processing Techniques for Increased Efficiency
220(4)
Common Operating Systems for Desktop PCs and Servers
224(8)
DOS
224(1)
Windows
225(3)
inside the industry: Project Code Names
228(1)
Mac OS
228(1)
Unix
229(1)
Linux
230(1)
NetWare
231(1)
OS/2 and OS/2 Warp
232(1)
Other Operating Systems
232(2)
Alternative PC Operating Systems
232(1)
Operating Systems for Mobile Devices
232(2)
Operating Systems for Internet Appliances
234(1)
Operating Systems for Larger Computers
234(1)
Myths About Operating Systems
234(2)
Myth 1: One Computer Can Have Only One Operating System Installed
234(1)
Myth 2: It is Difficult to Change or Upgrade Operating Systems
234(1)
trend: Smart Cars
235(1)
Myth 3: If You Don't Use Windows, You Can't Find Software
236(1)
Utility Programs
236(4)
Diagnostic Programs
237(1)
Backup Utilities
238(1)
Uninstall Utilities
238(1)
Disk Defragmentation Programs
238(1)
File Compression Programs
239(1)
The Future of Operating Systems
240(2)
how it works: Text Compression
241(1)
Summary
242(2)
Key Terms
244(1)
Review Activities
245(2)
Projects
247(4)
Application Software
251(44)
Overview
252(1)
The Basics of Application Software
252(7)
Document-Handling Operations
252(1)
Software Suites
253(1)
inside the industry: Lake Bill
254(1)
Online Help
255(2)
Ownership and Distribution Rights
257(2)
Word Processing Concepts
259(7)
What is Word Processing Software?
259(1)
trend: Open Source Software
260(1)
Creating and Editing Documents
261(2)
Formatting Documents
263(2)
Graphics, Tables, and Templates
265(1)
Word Processing and the Web
265(1)
Spreadsheet Concepts
266(6)
What is a Spreadsheet Program?
266(1)
Creating and Editing a Worksheet
267(2)
Formatting a Worksheet
269(2)
Charts and Sensitivity Analysis
271(1)
Spreadsheets and the Web
272(1)
Database Concepts
272(5)
What is a Database Program?
272(1)
Creating a Database
273(1)
Modifying a Database
274(1)
Queries and Reports
275(2)
Databases and the Web
277(1)
Presentation Graphics Concepts
277(3)
What is Presentation Graphics Software?
277(1)
Creating a Presentation
278(2)
Enhancing a Presentation
280(1)
Presentation Graphics and the Web
280(1)
Other Types of Application Software
280(6)
Desktop and Personal Publishing
281(1)
Multimedia Software
281(2)
Personal Information Managers
283(1)
Project Management Software
283(1)
Accounting and Personal Finance Software
283(1)
Education, Entertainment, and Reference Software
283(1)
Computer-Aided Design Software
283(1)
how it works: Creating MP3 Files and Custom Music CDs
284(2)
Summary
286(2)
Key Terms
288(1)
Review Activities
289(2)
Projects
291(4)
MODULE Networks 295
Communications and Networks
297(48)
Overview
298(1)
The Communications Industry
298(2)
The Major Players
298(2)
The Government and Legislation
300(1)
Communications Applications
300(5)
Paging and Messaging
301(1)
Wireless Phones
301(1)
Faxing
302(1)
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
302(1)
Satellite Radio
302(1)
Videoconferencing
303(1)
Telecommuting
303(1)
inside the industry: Internet Telephony
304(1)
What Is a Network?
305(6)
Topologies
305(1)
Local Area Networks (LANs)
306(2)
Wide Area Networks (WANs)
308(1)
Other Types of Networks
309(2)
How Networks Work
311(13)
Wired Transmission Media
311(2)
Wireless Transmission Media
313(4)
Sending Data Over Communications Media
317(1)
trend: The Making of Chicken Run
318(3)
Connecting to a Network
321(3)
Communications Protocols
324(5)
Ethernet
324(1)
Token Ring
324(2)
TCP/IP
326(1)
Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
327(1)
campus close-up: Wireless in Wake Forest
328(1)
Wireless Ethernet
328(1)
Bluetooth
328(1)
Other Wireless Protocols
329(1)
Network Security Issues
329(5)
Computer Viruses
329(1)
how it works: Bluetooth
330(1)
Unauthorized Access
331(3)
Firewalls
334(1)
Network Employment Opportunities
334(2)
The Information Systems Department
334(1)
Certifications
334(2)
Summary
336(2)
Key Terms
338(1)
Review Activities
339(2)
Projects
341(4)
The Internet and World Wide Web
345
Overview
346(1)
Evolution of the Internet2
346(6)
From ARPANET to Internet2
346(2)
The Internet Community Today
348(3)
Myths About the Internet
351(1)
Internet Connectivity Issues
352(8)
Type of Device
353(1)
Type of Connection
354(2)
Type of Service Provider
356(1)
Selecting an ISP and Setting Up Your System
357(3)
Searching the Internet
360(7)
Search Sites
360(3)
Search Strategies
363(2)
Evaluating Search Results
365(1)
Citing Internet Resources
365(2)
Beyond Browsing and E-Mail
367(13)
Financial Transactions
367(2)
how it works: Online Auctions
369(2)
Entertainment
371(1)
trend: Dot Cons
372(5)
inside the industry: Napster
377(1)
News and Research
378(1)
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
379(1)
Censorship and Privacy
380(3)
Censorship
380(1)
Privacy
380(3)
The Future of the Internet
383(2)
Summary
385(1)
Key Terms
386(1)
Review Activities
387(1)
Projects
388
Web Guide Window
Appendix 1(1)
Quiz Answers 1(1)
Glossary 1(1)
Index 1


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