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Computing Essentials 2010, Introductory Edition


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O'Leary, Computing Essentials 2010, Introductory Edition Chapter 1: Information Technology, the Internet, and You p.2 Information Systems p.4 People p.6 Software p.7 Hardware p.10 Data p.14 Connectivity, the Wireless Revolution,and the Internet p.15 Careers in IT p.16 Chapter 2: The Internet, the Web, and Electronic Commerce p.28 The Internet and the Web p.30 Access p.31 Communication p.33 Making IT Work for You: Sharing Large Files p.36 Search Tools p.40 Electronic Commerce p.43 Web Utilities p.47 Careers in IT: Webmaster p.49 Chapter 3: Basic Application Software p.60 Application Software p.62 Making IT Work for You: Speech Recognition p.64 Word Processors p.66 Spreadsheets p.69 Database Management Systems p.74 Presentation Graphics p.77 Integrated Packages p.79 Software Suites p.80 Careers in IT: Computer Trainer p.81 Chapter 4: Specialized Application Software p.92 Specialized Applications p.94 Graphics p.94 Audio and Video p.97 Making IT Work for You: Digital Video Editing p.98 Multimedia p.100 Web Authoring p.103 Artificial Intelligence p.106 Careers in IT: Desktop Publisher p.108 Chapter 5: System Software p.120 System Software p.122 Operating Systems p.123 Utilities p.128 Device Drivers p.133 Making IT Work for You: Virus Protection and Internet Security p.134 Careers in IT: Computer Support Specialist p.137 Chapter 6: The System Unit p.148 System Unit p.150 Electronic Data and Instructions p.151 System Board p.153 Microprocessor p.155 Memory p.157 Expansion Slots and Cards p.159 Bus Lines p.161 Making IT Work for You:TV Tuner Cards and Video Clips p.162 Ports p.164 Power Supply p.166 Careers in IT: Computer Technician p.167 Chapter 7: Input and Output p.178 What Is Input? p.180 Keyboard Entry p.180 Pointing Devices p.182 Scanning Devices p.184 Image Capturing Devices p.186 Digital Cameras p.186 Digital Video Cameras p.187 Making IT Work for You: WebCams and Instant Messaging p.188 Audio-Input Devices p.190 What Is Output? p.190 Monitors p.190 Printers p.192 Audio-Output Devices p.196 Combination Input and Output Devices p.196 Careers in IT: Technical Writer p.198 Chapter 8: Secondary Storage p.210 Storage p.212 Hard Disks p.212 Solid State Storage p.216 Optical Discs p.217 Making IT Work for You:iPods and Video from the Internet p.218 Other Types of Secondary Storage p.221 Mass Storage Devices p.223 Careers in IT: Software Engineer p.224 Chapter 9: Communications and Networks p.236 Communications p.238 Communication Channels p.240 Connection Devices p.243 Data Transmission p.245 Networks p.247 Network Types p.248 Network Architecture p.251 Making IT Work for You: Home Networking p.252 Organizational Internets p.258 Careers in IT: Network Administrator p.260 Chapter 10: Privacy and Security p.272 People p.274 Privacy p.274 Making IT Work for You: Spyware Removal p.280 Security p.282 Ergonomics p.289 Environmental Protection p.292 Careers in IT: Cryptographer p.294 Chapter 11: Your Future and Information Technology p.306 Changing Times p.308 Technology and Organizations p.309 Technology and People p.310 How You Can Be a Winner p.312 Making IT Work for You: Locating Job Opportunities Online p.314 Careers in IT p.318 The Evolution of the Computer Age p.330 The Buyer's Guide: How to Buy Your Own Microcomputer System p.339 The Upgrader's Guide: How to Upgrade Your Microcomputer System p.344 Glossary p.348 Credits p.371 Index p.375

About the Author

Tim O'Leary has taught courses at Stark Technical College in Canton, Ohio, and at Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. He currently is a professor emeritus at Arizona State University. Linda O'Leary offered her expertise at Arizona State University for several years as an academic advisor. She also presented and developed materials for major corporations, such as Motorola, Intel, Honeywell, and AT&T, as well as various community colleges in the Phoenix area.

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