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Prefacep. vi
Computer and Internet Basicsp. 1
Defining computersp. 2
What's a peripheral device?
Exploring computer functionsp. 4
Understanding the importance of stored programs
Categorizing computersp. 6
How do personal computers, notebooks, and video consoles differ?
Examining personal computer systemsp. 8
Exploring data, information, and filesp. 10
Introducing application and system softwarep. 12
Defining Internet basicsp. 14
What is podcasting?
Connecting to the Internetp. 16
What services does an Internet Service Provider provide?
More about passwords
Understanding World Wide Web basicsp. 18
Using search engines
Using Web browsersp. 20
Copying text, sound, and images from a Web page
Understanding e-mail basicsp. 22
Tech Talk: The Boot Processp. 24
Computers in Context: Marketingp. 26
Issue: E-mail Privacy-Who Is Reading Your E-mail?p. 28
What is spam?
Interactive Questions
Expand the Ideas
End of Unit Exercisesp. 30
Key Terms
Unit Review
Fill in the Best Answer
Practice Tests
Independent Challenges
Labs
Visual Workshop
Computer Hardwarep. 35
Introducing storage technologyp. 36
The science of data representation
Comparing storage technologiesp. 38
Exploring floppy disk technology
Comparing storage media and devicesp. 40
Exploring hard disk technologyp. 42
Understanding tape storage
Exploring CD/DVD technologyp. 44
What is Blu-ray?
Exploring solid state storagep. 46
Why use solid state storage?
Examining input devicesp. 48
Comparing display devicesp. 50
Comparing printersp. 52
Understanding expansion slots, cards, and portsp. 54
Exploring peripheral devicesp. 56
Tech Talk: The Windows Registryp. 58
Computers in Context: The Militaryp. 60
Issue: Why Recycle Computers?p. 62
Interactive Questions
Expand the Ideas
End of Unit Exercisesp. 64
Key Terms
Unit Review
Fill in the Best Answer
Practice Tests
Independent Challenges
Labs
Visual Workshop
Computer Softwarep. 69
Introducing computer softwarep. 70
Explaining how computers interpret softwarep. 72
Exploring operating systemsp. 74
How does the operating system manage processor resources?
Comparing operating systemsp. 76
Defining office productivity softwarep. 78
Defining graphics softwarep. 80
Defining entertainment and education softwarep. 82
Defining business and science softwarep. 84
What is a software suite?
Using data responsibly
Understanding utilitiesp. 86
Buying utilities
Understanding licenses and copyrightsp. 88
Reviewing software copyright protections by software classifications
Tech Talk: Installing Softwarep. 90
Computers in Context: Journalismp. 92
Issue: What Is Being Done about Software Piracy?p. 94
Interactive Questions
Expand the Ideas
End of Unit Exercisesp. 96
Key Terms
Unit Review
Fill in the Best Answer
Practice Tests
Independent Challenges
Labs
Visual Workshop
Digital Electronics and File Managementp. 103
Discussing digital data representationp. 104
Quantifying bits and bytes
Introducing integrated circuitsp. 106
Which companies produce most of today's popular processors?
Exploring processorsp. 108
Benchmarking
Introducing computer memory: RAMp. 110
What are SDRAM and RDRAM?
Exploring computer memoryp. 112
Understanding memory specified in computer ads
Introducing computer file basicsp. 114
Examining file locationsp. 116
Deleting files
Introducing file managementp. 118
Save vs. Save As dialog box
Exploring file managementp. 120
Examining file storagep. 122
Tech Talk: How a Processor Executes Instructionsp. 124
Computers in Context: Bankingp. 126
Issue: Can Online Voting Be Fair and Secure?p. 128
Interactive Questions
Expand the Ideas
End of Unit Exercisesp. 130
Key Terms
Unit Review
Fill in the Best Answer
Practice Tests
Independent Challenges
Labs
Visual Workshop
Networks and the Internetp. 137
Introducing networksp. 138
Classifying networksp. 140
Understanding client/server terminology
Introducing network topologyp. 142
How to interconnect various networks
Using addressing to identify network devices
Exploring network hardwarep. 144
Exploring communications channelsp. 146
What Is HomePNA? What Is HomePLC?
Defining broadband and narrowband
Transporting datap. 148
What is VolP?
Exploring wired technologyp. 150
What are some legacy wired technologies?
Exploring wireless technologyp. 152
Introducing Internet connectionsp. 154
How fast is a modem?
Introducing IP addresses and domain namesp. 156
How to register a domain name
Connecting to the Internet using POTSp. 158
Connecting to the Internet using cablep. 160
Security and always-on connections
Connecting to the Internet without wiresp. 162
What features should I look for in a handheld device that connects to the Internet?
Tech Talk: Install and Use a LANp. 164
Installing a LAN
Using a LAN
Computers in Context: Educationp. 166
Issue: Free Wi-Fi? Why or Why Not?p. 168
Interactive Questions
Expand the Ideas
End of Unit Exercisesp. 170
Key Terms
Unit Review
Fill in the Best Answer
Practice Tests
Independent Challenges
Labs
Visual Workshop
Data Securityp. 175
Knowing what can go wrongp. 176
What if disaster strikes?
Protecting systemsp. 178
Securing your computer and data
Ways to restrict physical access
Introducing computer virusesp. 180
What are the symptoms of a virus?
Learning how viruses spreadp. 182
How can I know if my e-mail is safe?
Introducing botsp. 184
Using antivirus softwarep. 186
Virus hoaxes
Introducing data backupp. 188
Backing up the Windows Registry
Examining backup proceduresp. 190
Exploring backup media and softwarep. 192
Creating a boot disc
What is a data center?
Tech Talk: Internet Access Securityp. 194
Computers in Context: Law Enforcementp. 196
Issue: What Are Professional Ethics?p. 198
Interactive Questions
Expand the Ideas
End of Unit Exercisesp. 202
Key Terms
Unit Review
Fill in the Best Answer
Practice Tests
Independent Challenges
Labs
Visual Workshop
The Web and E-commercep. 207
Introducing Web technologyp. 208
Exploring HTMLp. 210
Using Web browsersp. 212
Blocking adware, spyware, and pop-up ads
Creating navigation elementsp. 214
What is a broken link?
Explaining HTTP and Web serversp. 216
Introducing Web page authoringp. 218
Enhancing Web pagesp. 220
What are XML, XSL, Java, and ActiveX controls?
Animating graphics
Organizing Web pagesp. 222
How does an HTML form work?
Introducing e-commercep. 224
Securing e-commerce transactionsp. 226
Understanding transaction privacy and security
Avoiding fraud when shopping onlinep. 228
How safe are cookies?
Tech Talk: Encryptionp. 230
Computers in Context: Politicsp. 232
Issue: Censorship on the Webp. 234
Interactive Questions
Expand the Ideas
End of Unit Exercisesp. 236
Key Terms
Unit Review
Fill in the Best Answer
Practice Tests
Independent Challenges
Labs
Visual Workshop
Digital Mediap. 241
Introducing digital graphicsp. 242
Modifying bitmap graphicsp. 244
Working with colorp. 246
Resolution and digital cameras
Introducing vector graphicsp. 248
Vector graphics on the Web
Creating vector graphicsp. 250
Using rasterization to create bitmap graphics from vector graphics
Exploring 3-D graphicsp. 252
Introducing digital videop. 254
Exploring video equipmentp. 256
Creating good desktop videos
Editing and processing desktop videop. 258
Introducing digital soundp. 260
Exploring synthesized soundp. 262
What are portable audio players?
Tech Talk: Data Compressionp. 264
Computers in Context: Filmp. 266
Issue: Who Owns the Rights?p. 268
Interactive Questions
Expand the Ideas
End of Unit Exercisesp. 270
Key Terms
Unit Review
Fill in the Best Answer
Practice Tests
Independent Challenges
Labs
Visual Workshop
Buyer's Guide Worksheetsp. 277
Organize Your Findings: A Buyer's Guide Summary
Comparing Computers: A Buyer's Specification Worksheet
Questions to Ask about Service and Support
Visual Workshop
Glossaryp. 281
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9781418860363
ISBN-10: 1418860360
Series: Illustrated (Thompson Learning) Ser.
Audience: Adult Education
Format: Book with Other Items
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: May 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.3 x 21.4  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 6