Dictionary of Computer and Internet Words: An A to Z Guide to Hardware, Software, and Cyberspace

Dictionary of Computer and Internet Words: An A to Z Guide to Hardware, Software, and Cyberspace

by American Heritage Publishing Staff, American Heritage Dictionary Editors
     
 

An indispensable tool for novices as well as seasoned computer users, the Dictionary of Computer and Internet Words takes the mystery out of computer and Internet terminology. It puts all the information computer users need right at their fingertips, in entries that fully explain the technology without a lot of technological jargon.
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An indispensable tool for novices as well as seasoned computer users, the Dictionary of Computer and Internet Words takes the mystery out of computer and Internet terminology. It puts all the information computer users need right at their fingertips, in entries that fully explain the technology without a lot of technological jargon.
The Dictionary of Computer and Internet Words will help readers make their way successfully through computer manuals, help files, websites, and the computer section of the newspaper. It contains hundreds of completely new entries covering topics from degaussers to denial-of-service attacks, from exabytes to e-zines, from hash functions to heat sinks.
Here is a sample of the new information found in the Dictionary of Computer and Internet Words:

MIS—Abbreviation of management information system. A computer system designed for a place of business that allows managers to organize, manipulate, and access data efficiently and effectively. The nature of the system can vary from an expensive mainframe to a local area network.

packet sniffer—A program that intercepts data transmitted over the Internet and translates it back into readable text. Network administrators use packet sniffers to help locate and relieve network congestion. Packet sniffers are also used for illicit purposes such as obtaining passwords or credit card numbers.

petabyte—A unit of measurement of computer memory or data storage capacity equal to 1,125,899,906,842,624 (250) bytes. One petabyte equals 1,024 terabytes.

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Defines terms likely to be encountered by the average novice and intermediate computer user, using plain language and examples. Coverage encompasses Mac and PC platforms, the Internet, multimedia, software, hardware, artificial intelligence, and networks. Includes b&w illustrations and tables. This revised edition includes 800 new terms that reflect the latest technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618101375
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/30/2001
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.83(d)

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The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that our publications are accurate and up-to-date.

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