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Computing Essentials 2013 Complete Edition
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CHAPTER 1: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, THEINTERNET, AND YOU 2
Introduction 4
Information Systems 5
People 6
Software 9
System Software 9
Application Software 9
Hardware 10
Types of Computers 11
Microcomputer Hardware 12
Data 15
Connectivity, the Wireless Revolution, theInternet, and Cloud Computing 16
Careers in IT 17
A Look to the Future: Using and UnderstandingInformation Technology Means Being ComputerCompetent 18
Visual Summary 19
Key Terms 22
Making IT Work for You 25
Explorations 26
Ethics 27
Environment 28
CHAPTER 2: THE INTERNET, THE WEB, ANDELECTRONIC COMMERCE 30
Introduction
The Internet and the Web 32
Making IT work for you:iPods and Video from the Internet 34
Access 35
Providers 35
Browsers 35
Communication 38
E-Mail 38
Instant Messaging 39
Social Networking 40
>Blogs, Microblogs, and Webcasts,Podcasts, Wikis 41
Making IT work for you: Twitter 44
Search Tools 46
Search Engines 46
Web Directories 46
Metasearch Engines 47
Specialised Search Engines 47
Content Evaluation 48
Electronic Commerce 49
Business-to-Consumer E-Commerce 50
Consumer-to-Consumer E-Commerce 50
Security 51
Cloud Computing 52
Web Utilities 54
Plug-ins 54
Filters 54
File Transfer Utilities 55
Internet Security Suites 56
Careers in IT: Webmaster 57
A Look to the Future: Web-Accessible RefrigeratorsWill Automatically Restock Themselves 58
Visual Summary 59
Key Terms 63
Making IT Work for You 66
Explorations 67
Ethics 68
Environment 69
CHAPTER 3: BASIC APPLICATION SOFTWARE 70
Introduction 72
Application Software 72
Common Features 72
Making IT work for you:Speech Recognition 74
Word Processors 76
Features 76
Case 76
Spreadsheets 79
Features 79
Case 80
Database Management Systems 84
Features 84
Case 84
Presentation Graphics 87
Features 87
Case 87
Integrated Packages 89
Case 89
Software Suites 90
Productivity Suite 90
Cloud Computing 91
Sharing between Programs 91
Specialised and Utility Suites 91
Making IT work for you:Google Docs 92
Careers in IT: Computer Trainer 94
A Look to the Future: Agents Will Help Write Papers,Pay Bills, and Shop on the Internet 95
Visual Summary 96
Key Terms 99
Making IT Work for You 102
Explorations 103
Ethics 104
Environment 105
CHAPTER 4: SPECIALISED APPLICATIONSOFTWARE 106
Introduction 108
Specialised Applications 108
Graphics 109
Desktop Publishing 109
Image Editors 109
Illustration Programs 109
Image Galleries 109
Graphics Suites 111
Audio and Video 111
Making IT work for you:Digital Video Editing 112
Multimedia 114
Links and Buttons 114
Multimedia Authoring Programs 114
Web Authoring 115
Web Site Design 115
Web Authoring Programs 116
Artificial Intelligence 116
Virtual Reality 118
Knowledge-Based (Expert) Systems 118
Robotics 119
Mobile Apps 120
Apps 120
App Stores 121
Careers in IT: Desktop Publisher 122
A Look to the Future: Robots Can Look, Act, andThink Like Us 123
Visual Summary 124
Key Terms 127
Making IT Work for You 130
Explorations 131
Ethics 132
Environment 133
CHAPTER 5: SYSTEM SOFTWARE 134
Introduction 136
System Software 136
Operating Systems 137
Functions 137
Features 138
Categories 139
Desktop Operating Systems 140
Windows 140
Mac OS 140
UNIX and Linux 142
Virtualisation 142
Mobile Operating Systems 143
Utilities 144
Windows Utilities 144
Utility Suites 148
Device Drivers 148
Making IT work for you:Virus Protection 150
Careers in IT: Computer SupportSpecialist 152
A Look to the Future: Self-Healing Computers CouldMean an End to Computer Crashes and PerformanceProblems 153
Visual Summary 154
Key Terms 157
Making IT Work for You 160
Explorations 161
Ethics 162
Environment 163
CHAPTER 6: THE SYSTEM UNIT 164
Introduction 166
System Unit 166
Categories 166
Components 169
Electronic Data and Instructions 169
Numeric Representation 170
Character Encoding 170
System Board 171
Microprocessor 172
Microprocessor Chips 173
Specialty Processors 174
Memory 174
RAM 174
ROM 175
Flash Memory 175
Expansion Slots and Cards 176
Bus Lines 177
Making IT work for you: TV Tuner Cardsand Video Clips 178
Expansion Buses 180
Ports 180
Standard Ports 181
Specialised Ports 181
Legacy Ports 182
Cables 182
Power Supply 183
Careers in IT: Computer Technician 183
A Look to the Future: As You Walk out the Door, Don'tForget Your Computer 185
Visual Summary 186
Key Terms 189
Making IT Work for You 192
Explorations 193
Ethics 194
Environment 195
CHAPTER 7: INPUT AND OUTPUT 196
Introduction 198
What Is Input? 198
Keyboard Entry 198
Keyboards 199
Features 199
Pointing Devices 200
Mice 200
Touch Screens 202
Joysticks 202
Stylus 202
Scanning Devices 203
Optical Scanners 203
Card Readers 204
Bar Code Readers 205
Character and Mark RecognitionDevices 205
Image Capturing Devices 206
Digital Cameras 206
Digital Video Cameras 206
Audio-Input Devices 207
Voice Recognition Systems 207
Making IT work for you: WebCams andInstant Messaging 208
What Is Output? 210
Monitors 210
Features 210
Flat-Panel Monitors 211
Cathode-Ray Tubes 211
Other Monitors 211
Making IT work for you:using E-Books 213
Printers 214
Features 214
Ink-Jet Printers 215
Laser Printers 215
Other Printers 216
Audio and Video Devices 217
Portable Media Players 217
Combination Input and Output Devices 217
Fax Machines 217
Multifunctional Devices 217
Internet Telephones 218
Careers in IT: Technical Writers 219
A Look to the Future: Crashing through the ForeignLanguage Barrier 220
Visual Summary 221
Key Terms 224
Making IT Work for You 227
Explorations 229
Ethics 230
Environment 231
CHAPTER 8: SECONDARY STORAGE 232
Introduction 234
Storage 234
Hard Disks 235
Internal Hard Disk 236
External Hard Drives 236
Performance Enhancements 237
Optical Discs 238
Compact Disc 238
Digital Versatile Disc 239
Blu-ray Disc 239
Solid-State Storage 240
Solid-State Drives 240
Flash Memory 240
USB Drives 241
Cloud Storage 241
Making IT work for you:Cloud Storage 242
Mass Storage Devices 245
Enterprise Storage System 245
Storage Area Network 246
Careers in IT: Software Engineer 246
A Look to the Future: Your Entire Life Recorded ona Single Disk 247
Visual Summary 248
Key Terms 251
Making IT Work for You 254
Explorations 255
Ethics 256
Environment 257
CHAPTER 9: COMMUNICATIONSAND NETWORKS 258
Introduction 260
Communications 260
Connectivity 260
The Wireless Revolution 261
Communication Systems 261
Communication Channels 262
Physical Connections 262
Wireless Connections 263
Connection Devices 265
Modems 265
Connection Service 266
Data Transmission 267
Bandwidth 267
Protocols 267
Networks 268
Terms 268
Network Types 270
Local Area Networks 270
Home Networks 270
Wireless LAN 271
Personal Area Network 272
Metropolitan Area Networks 272
Wide Area Networks 272
Network Architecture 273
Topologies 273
Making IT work for you: HomeNetworking 274
Strategies 276
Organisational Networks 277
Internet Technologies 277
Network Security 277
Careers in IT: Network Administrator 279
A Look to the Future: Telepresence Lets You Be Therewithout Actually Being There 280
Visual Summary 281
Key Terms 284
Making IT Work for You 287
Explorations 288
Ethics 289
Environment 290
CHAPTER 10:PRIVACY, SECURITY, AND ETHICS 292
Introduction 294
People 294
Privacy 295
Large Databases 295
Private Networks 298
The Internet and the Web 299
Online Identity 303
Major Laws on Privacy 303
Making IT work for you: SpywareRemoval 304
Security 306
Computer Criminals 306
Computer Crime 307
Other Hazards 310
Measures to Protect ComputerSecurity 312
Ethics 315
Copyright and Digital RightsManagement 315
Plagiarism 316
Careers in IT: Cryptographer 317
A Look to the Future: A Webcam on EveryCorner 318
Visual Summary 319
Key Terms 322
Making IT Work for You 325
Explorations 326
Ethics 327
Environment 327
CHAPTER 11:INFORMATION SYSTEMS 328
Introduction 330
Organisational Information Flow 330
Functions 330
Management Levels 331
Information Flow 333
Computer-Based Information Systems 334
Transaction Processing Systems 335
Management Information Systems 337
Decision Support Systems 338
Executive Support Systems 339
Other Information Systems 341
Careers in IT: Information SystemsManager 343
A Look to the Future: Oftentimes, More InformationIs Too Much Information 344
Using IT at DVD Direct-a case study:Information Systems at DVD Direct 345
Visual Summary 346
Key Terms 348
Making IT Work for You 351
Explorations 352
Ethics 353
CHAPTER 12: DATABASES 354
Introduction 356
Data 356
Data Organisation 357
Key Field 358
Batch versus Real-Time Processing 358
Databases 360
Need for Databases 360
Database Management 361
DBMS Structure 363
Hierarchical Database 363
Network Database 363
Relational Database 364
Multidimensional Database 365
Object-Oriented Database 366
Types of Databases 367
Individual 367
Company 367
Distributed 367
Commercial 367
Database Uses and Issues 369
Strategic Uses 369
Security 369
Careers in IT: Database Administrator 370
A Look to the Future: Every Book Ever Written . . . atYour Fingertips 371
Using IT at DVD Direct-a case study:Databases at DVD Direct 372
Visual Summary 373
Key Terms 377
Making IT Work for You 380
Explorations 381
Ethics 382
CHAPTER 13:SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN 384
Introduction 386
Systems Analysis and Design 386
Phase 1: Preliminary Investigation 387
Defining the Problem 388
Suggesting Alternative Systems 389
Preparing a Short Report 389
Phase 2: Systems Analysis 390
Gathering Data 390
Analysing the Data 391
Documenting Systems Analysis 393
Phase 3: Systems Design 395
Designing Alternative Systems 395
Selecting the Best System 395
Writing the Systems Design Report 396
Phase 4: Systems Development 396
Acquiring Software 386
Acquiring Hardware 397
Testing the New System 397
Phase 5: Systems Implementation 397
Types of Conversion 397
Training 399
Phase 6: Systems Maintenance 399
Prototyping and Rapid ApplicationsDevelopment 400
Prototyping 400
Rapid Applications Development 401
Careers in IT: Systems Analyst 401
A Look to the Future: The Challenge of KeepingPace 402
Using IT at DVD Direct-a case study:Systems Analysis and Design at DVDDirect 403
Visual Summary 404
Key Terms 408
Making IT Work for You 411
Explorations 412
Ethics 413
CHAPTER 14: PROGRAMMING AND LANGUAGES 414
Introduction 416
Programs and Programming 416
What Is a Program? 416
What Is Programming? 416
Step 1: Program Specification 417
Program Objectives 417
Desired Output 418
Input Data 418
Processing Requirements 418
Program Specifications Document 419
Step 2: Program Design 419
Top-Down Program Design 419
Pseudocode 420
Flowcharts 420
Logic Structures 421
Step 3: Program Code 424
The Good Program 425
Coding 425
Step 4: Program Test 427
Syntax Errors 428
Logic Errors 428
Testing Process 428
Step 5: Program Documentation 429
Step 6: Program Maintenance 430
Operations 430
Changing Needs 430
CASE and OOP 432
CASE Tools 432
Object-Oriented Software Development 432
Generations of Programming Languages 433
Machine Languages: The First Generation 433
Assembly Languages: The SecondGeneration 433
High-Level Procedural Languages: The ThirdGeneration 434
Task-Oriented Languages: The FourthGeneration 434
Problem and Constraint Languages: The FifthGeneration 435
Careers in IT: Programmer 436
A Look to the Future: Using a Wish List to Create aProgram 437
Using IT at DVD Direct-a case study:Programming at DVD Direct 438
Visual Summary 439
Key Terms 443
Making IT Work for You 446
Explorations 447
Ethics 448
CHAPTER 15: YOUR FUTURE AND INFORMATIONTECHNOLOGY 450
Introduction 452
Changing Times 452
Technology and Organizations 453
New Products 454
New Enterprises 454
New Customer and Supplier Relationships 454
Technology and People 455
Cynicism 455
Naivete 455
Frustration 455
Proactivity 455
How You Can Be a Winner 456
Stay Current 456
Maintain Your Computer Competency 457
Develop Professional Contacts 457
Develop Specialties 457
Making IT work for you: Locating JobOpportunities Online 458
Be Alert for Organisational Change 460
Look for Innovative Opportunities 460
Careers in IT 461
A Look to the Future: Maintaining ComputerCompetency and Becoming Proactive 462
Visual Summary 463
Key Terms 466
Making IT Work for You 469
Explorations 470
Ethics 471
Environment 471
The Evolution of the Computer Age 472
The Buyer's Guide: How to Buy Your OwnMicrocomputer System 482
The Upgrader's Guide: How to UpgradeYour Microcomputer System 487
Glossary 4 91
Credits 000
Index 000

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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