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Personal Computer Concepts (2nd),9780030259692

Personal Computer Concepts (2nd)

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9780030259692

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003025969X
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Pub. Date:
12/22/1999
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Course Technology
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Summary

[This text is] created to provide a highly compact and current presentation of the world of PCs for students taking a first course in computers. It contains the knowledge one absolutely needs to know to understand how PCs work and how they can be used to maximum benefit. [The text discusses] such topics as storage and processing concepts, types of computer systems, PC hardware, PC software, communications systems fundamentals the Internet and the World Wide Web, shopping for a PC, and social issues regarding technology. -Pref.

Table of Contents

Preface vi
Introduction to Personal Computers
1(28)
Overview
2(1)
PCs in the Workplace
3(1)
What's a Personal Computer?
3(3)
The Role of Data and Programs
6(2)
Data: A Multimedia Perspective
6(1)
Programs: The Instructions That Shape Data
7(1)
A Closer Look at Storage
8(1)
Memory
8(1)
Secondary Storage
8(1)
Hardware and Software
9(3)
Hardware
9(1)
Software
9(3)
Organizing Data and Programs
12(3)
Documents and Folders
12(2)
Web-Page Organization
14(1)
Fields, Records, Files, and Databases
14(1)
Types of PCs
15(2)
Desktop Units
15(1)
Portables
16(1)
PC-Compatible or Macintosh?
16(1)
Computer Networks
17(2)
Accessing Networks
18(1)
Online and Offline
18(1)
Using PCs: A Comprehensive Example
19(3)
Summary and Key Terms
22(1)
Exercises
23(2)
Projects
25(2)
Online Review
27(2)
Hardware
29(44)
Overview
30(1)
Input Hardware
31(2)
Keyboards
31(1)
Pointing Devices
31(2)
Image Scanners
33(1)
Processing Hardware
33(15)
Bits and Bytes: The Building Blocks of Computer Logic
34(6)
Looking Inside the System Unit
40(8)
Secondary Storage Hardware
48(9)
Properties of Secondary Storage Systems
48(1)
Diskettes
49(3)
Hard Disks
52(2)
Optical Disks
54(2)
Cartridge Tapes
56(1)
Output Hardware
57(7)
Monitors
57(2)
Printers
59(3)
Special-Purpose Output Devices
62(2)
Summary and Key Terms
64(2)
Exercises
66(2)
Projects
68(3)
Interactive Exercise
71(1)
Online Review
71(2)
Software
73(48)
Overview
74(1)
Whose Software Is It?
75(2)
Proprietary Software
75(1)
Shareware
76(1)
Freeware
76(1)
The User Interface
77(3)
Command Syntax
77(1)
Shortcut Keystrokes
78(1)
Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)
78(2)
Elements of a Graphical User Interface
80(12)
Menus
80(6)
Windows
86(4)
Dialog Boxes
90(1)
Online Help
91(1)
Systems Software
92(8)
Operating Systems
92(6)
Utility Programs
98(1)
Language Translators
99(1)
Applications Software
100(12)
Software Suites
100(1)
Word Processors
101(1)
Spreadsheets
101(5)
Database Management Systems
106(2)
Other Productivity Software
108(4)
Summary and Key Terms
112(2)
Exercises
114(2)
Projects
116(3)
Interactive Exercises
119(1)
Online Review
119(2)
Communications and Networks
121(38)
Overview
122(1)
Telecommunications Applications
123(6)
Electronic Mail and Messaging
123(2)
Information Retrieval and the Web
125(1)
Collaborative Computing
126(2)
Transaction Processing
128(1)
Telecommunications Media
129(5)
Wire Media
129(3)
Wireless Media
132(2)
Adapting Computers to Telecommunications Media
134(6)
Sending Data over Media
135(1)
Network Interface Cards and Modems
136(3)
ISDN and Beyond
139(1)
Network Topologies
140(1)
Local Networks
140(5)
Local Area Networks (LANs)
142(2)
Hierarchical Local Networks
144(1)
Wide Area Networks (WANs)
145(1)
Handling WAN Traffic
145(1)
Communications Protocols
146(7)
Summary and Key Terms
153(2)
Exercises
155(1)
Projects
156(1)
Interactive Exercise
157(1)
Online Review
157(2)
Introduction to the Internet and World Wide Web
159(46)
Overview
160(1)
Evolution of the Internet
161(5)
From the ARPANET to the World Wide Web
161(2)
The Internet Community Today
163(2)
Myths about the Internet
165(1)
What Does the Internet Have to Offer?
166(10)
E-Mail
166(2)
Information Retrieval and the World Wide Web
168(3)
Mailing Lists
171(1)
Newsgroups
172(1)
Chat
173(2)
Online Shopping
175(1)
Internet Addresses
176(2)
Desktop Tools for Accessing the Internet
178(14)
Browsers and Plug-In Packages
178(10)
Search Engines
188(4)
Hardware Considerations
192(1)
Connecting to the Internet
192(5)
About Service Providers
192(1)
Selecting a Provider
193(2)
Setting Up Your System
195(2)
Summary and Key Terms
197(2)
Exercises
199(1)
Projects
200(3)
Interactive Exercises
203(1)
Online Review
203(2)
Developing Your Own PC
205(32)
Overview
206(1)
The PC Marketplace
207(5)
PC Products
207(1)
Sales and Distribution
208(4)
Selecting a PC
212(5)
Analyzing Needs
213(1)
Listing Alternatives
213(2)
Evaluating Alternatives
215(1)
Choosing a System
216(1)
Hardware and Software Installation
217(1)
Operating a PC
218(8)
Backup Procedures
218(1)
Equipment Maintenance
219(3)
Security
222(1)
Troubleshooting and Technical Assistance
222(4)
Upgrading
226(3)
Upgrading Hardware
227(1)
Upgrading Software
227(1)
Functional versus Technological Obsolescence
228(1)
Learning More about PCs
229(2)
Summary and Key Terms
231(1)
Exercises
232(1)
Projects
233(3)
Online Review
236(1)
Social Issues Involving Computers
237(30)
Overview
238(1)
Computers, Work, and Our Well-Being
239(2)
Stress-Related Concerns
239(1)
Ergonomics-Related Concerns
240(1)
Environment-Related Concerns
241(1)
Computer Crime
241(10)
Types of Computer Crime
242(4)
Minimizing Computer Crime
246(4)
Crime Legislation
250(1)
Computers and Privacy
251(5)
Privacy and Electronic Mail
251(2)
Privacy and Marketing Databases
253(1)
Privacy and the Internet
253(1)
Caller Identification
254(2)
Privacy Legislation
256(1)
Ethical Issues Regarding Computers
256(3)
Some Examples
258(1)
Why Study Ethics?
258(1)
Summary and Key Terms
259(1)
Exercises
260(2)
Projects
262(3)
Interactive Exercise
265(1)
Online Review
265(2)
Glossary 267(10)
Index 277(6)
Credits 283


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