How Computers Work / Edition 9
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How Computers Work / Edition 9

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by Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs, Timothy Downs
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0789736136

ISBN-13: 9780789736130

Pub. Date: 12/07/2007

Publisher: Que

Having sold more than 2 million copies over its lifetime, How Computers Work is the definitive illustrated guide to the world of PCs and technology. In this new edition, you’ll find detailed information not just about every last component of hardware found inside your PC, but also in-depth explanations about home networking, the Internet, PC security,

Overview

Having sold more than 2 million copies over its lifetime, How Computers Work is the definitive illustrated guide to the world of PCs and technology. In this new edition, you’ll find detailed information not just about every last component of hardware found inside your PC, but also in-depth explanations about home networking, the Internet, PC security, and even how cell phone networks operate. Whether you’re interested in how the latest graphics cards power today’s most demanding games or how a digital camera turns light into data, you’ll find your answers right here.

Ron White is a former executive editor and columnist for PC Computing, where he developed the visual concept behind How Computers Work. Founder of one of the

earliest PC user groups, he has been writing about computers for 25 years and is known for building wildly extreme computers.

Timothy Edward Downs is an award-winning magazine designer, illustrator, and photographer. He has directed and designed several national consumer, business, technology, and

lifestyle magazines, always infusing a sense of “how it works” into every project.

A full-color, illustrated adventure into the wonders of TECHNOLOOGY

This full-color, fully illustrated guide to the world of technology assumes nothing and explains everything. Only the accomplished Ron White and award-winning Tim Downs have the unique ability to meld descriptive text with one-of-a-kind visuals to fully explain how the electronic gear we depend on every day is made possible. In addition to all the content you’ve come to expect from prior editions, this newly revised edition includes all-new coverage of topics such as:

• How tablet PCs put the power of a PC quite literally in your hands

• How Windows Vista makes your Windows desktop translucent and makes your PC more secure

• How advances in optical disc technology such as dual-layer DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray discs continue to push the envelope

• How Apple’s new iPhone is revolutionizing what cell phones can do

• How BitTorrent technology enables anyone to share information with everyone

For a decade, How Computers Work has helped newbies understand new technology, while at the same time hackers and IT pros have treasured it for the depth of knowledge it contains. This is the perfect book about computing to capture your imagination, delight your eyes, and expand your mind, no matter what your technical level!

Category: General Computing

Covers: PCs/Hardware

User Level: Beginning–Intermediate

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789736130
Publisher:
Que
Publication date:
12/07/2007
Series:
How It Works Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
452
Sales rank:
302,750
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Boot-Up Process2
Chapter 1Getting to Know the Hardware10
Chapter 2How a Disk Boot Works18
Chapter 3How an Operating System Controls Hardware24
Part 2How Software Works34
Chapter 4How Programming Languages Work48
Chapter 5How Windows Works56
Chapter 6How Software Applications Work68
Part 3Microchips92
Chapter 7How a Transistor Works98
Chapter 8How RAM Works102
Chapter 9How a Microprocessor Works108
Part 4Data Storage120
Chapter 10How Disk Storage Works128
Chapter 11How Disk Drives Work140
Chapter 12How Disk Drives Increase Speed and Storage146
Chapter 13How Optical Storage Works154
Chapter 14How Removable Storage Works164
Part 5Input/Output Devices172
Chapter 15How Energy Turns into Data180
Chapter 16How a Bus Works190
Chapter 17How Computer Ports Work198
Chapter 18How a Keyboard Works210
Chapter 19How a Computer Display Works214
Chapter 20How Pointing Devices Work222
Chapter 21How Game Controllers Work228
Chapter 22How a Modem Works234
Chapter 23How Scanners and Optical Character Recognition Work242
Chapter 24How Portable Computers Work248
Chapter 25How High-Tech Input/Output Works256
Part 6Multimedia264
Chapter 26How Multimedia Sound Works270
Chapter 27How Multimedia Video Works280
Chapter 28How Virtual Reality Works284
Part 7How the Internet Works294
Chapter 29How Local Area Networks Work302
Chapter 30How a PC Connects to the Internet312
Chapter 31How Wireless Works322
Chapter 32How E-Mail Works328
Chapter 33How Internet Video and Audio Work332
Chapter 34How the World Wide Web Works338
Part 8How Printers Work348
Chapter 35How Basic Printing Works354
Chapter 36How Color Printing Works364
Index374

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How Computers Work 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
skyguy More than 1 year ago
This was the most detailed and best computer book I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!
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