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How Computers Work, 7th Edition, has been one of the bestselling computer books for the last 10 years. This four-color visual tutorial is a must-have for any computer user, from novice to expert. The rich graphics and intricate details about the inner workings of computers have been admired for years by consumers, instructors, professionals, and readers of all ages. To celebrate its 10th Anniversary Edition milestone, this latest release has a new lower price of $29.99. The 10th Anniversary Edition has also been completely updated with new coverage of: Wi-Fi, Viruses, Security, Photo Printers, Centrio notebooks, and many updates to existing technologies. A fresh cover and interior provide the reader with superior usability and it is the most aesthetically-pleasing edition yet!
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If you’re even slightly curious about how your computer (and the networks it’s connected to) actually work, How Computers Work, 7th Edition will show you -- in grand style.

Author Ron White and illustrator Timothy Edward Downs take you under the hood of virtually every contemporary computer technology, explaining it all in plain English. Oh, heck, that’s wrong. Not “plain” English. Splendidly written, fun-to-read English.

Yes, we know: The first time you open this book, it’s the splendid full-color imagery that’ll strike you. As it should. Illustrator Timothy Edward Downs has developed a strikingly powerful style for simplifying and visually explaining even the most complicated technology. This book has hundreds of his images, many of them large enough to dominate their two-page “spreads.”

But please don’t scant the text. The marvelous chapter introductions, which give you the context you need to make sense of all this stuff. Or the image callouts, which explain what’s going on about as concisely as humanly possible.

How Computers Work, 7th Edition illuminates processors and memory; disks (including compression and defragging); software and programming languages (even compilers). You’ll go inside your DVD-ROM, your joystick, your mouse or touchpad. You’ll learn how the Web, email, and streaming media work; ditto for LANs, PDAs, color printers, scanners and OCR, speech recognition, uninterruptible power supplies...we could go on.

Plenty has happened since this book’s previous edition. And the PC stuff that people wonder about has changed a lot, too. (More wondering about the Internet. Less about the mysteries of 5¼” floppy diskettes.) Accordingly, White and Downs have overhauled their book thoroughly. You’ll find more than 50 new or heavily revised two-page spreads (as well as a new, even friendlier layout.)

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what people were talking about when they threw around the term “bandwidth,” How Computers Work, Seventh Edition will tell you.

Want to know how your digital camera works -- and how your photo printer creates such nifty prints? Curious how nodes on your network (or the Internet) connect with each other? How chat rooms and instant messaging bring people together? All that’s in here.

Wi-Fi wireless networks are covered in new detail. Intel Centrino notebooks are discussed for the first time (how did they extend battery life and squeeze even more weight out of those notebooks)?

There’s also completely new coverage of Internet security. How hackers attack your computer. How spyware steals your secrets. How viruses hitchhike inside your email...and how firewalls and other Internet security software fights back on your behalf. Oh, and our favorite: how digital signatures prove you’re you.

Also new, the price: It’s lower than the 2001 edition.

Maybe you want to learn about the innards of your PC. Or maybe you have to -- say, for a course or certification. Either way, technology’s rarely been this painless. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789730336
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Boot-Up Process 2
Ch. 1 Getting to Know the Hardware 10
Ch. 2 How a Disk Boot Wakes Up Your PC 20
Ch. 3 How an Operating System Controls Hardware 30
Pt. 2 Microchips 36
Ch. 4 How Transistors Manipulate Data 41
Ch. 5 How RAM Works 46
Ch. 6 How a Microprocessor Works 52
Pt. 3 How Software Works 64
Ch. 7 How Programming Languages Work 78
Ch. 8 How Windows Works 88
Ch. 9 How Software Works 100
Pt. 4 Data Storage 122
Ch. 10 How a Computer's Long-Term Memory Works 130
Ch. 11 How Disk Drives Save Information 142
Ch. 12 How Disk Drives Increase Speed and Storage 148
Ch. 13 How Optical Storage Works 156
Ch. 14 How Removable Storage Works 166
Pt. 5 Input/Output Devices 176
Ch. 15 How Energy Turns into Data 184
Ch. 16 How Computer Ports Work 194
Ch. 17 How a Computer Display Works 204
Ch. 18 How a Keyboard Works 212
Ch. 19 How Pointing Devices Works 216
Ch. 20 How Game Controllers Work 224
Ch. 21 How Scanners and Digital Cameras Capture Images 230
Ch. 22 How Portable Computers Work 240
Pt. 6 Multimedia 248
Ch. 23 How Multimedia Sound Works 254
Ch. 24 How Multimedia Video Works 264
Ch. 25 How Virtual Reality Works 268
Pt. 7 How the Internet Works 278
Ch. 26 How Local Area Networks Work 286
Ch. 27 How the Internet Moves Data 296
Ch. 28 How Modems Connect Your PC to the Internet 302
Ch. 29 How Wireless Set PCs Free 312
Ch. 30 How Email, Chat, and Messaging Work 320
Ch. 31 How Internet Video and Audio Work 330
Ch. 32 How the World Wide Web Works 336
Ch. 33 How Internet Security Fights Off PC Invaders 346
Pt. 8 How Printers Work 362
Ch. 34 How Basic Printing Works 368
Ch. 35 How Color Printing Works 378
Index 390
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