How Computers Work / Edition 9

How Computers Work / Edition 9

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by Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs, Timothy Downs
     
 

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,

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789736130
Publisher:
Que
Publication date:
12/07/2007
Series:
How It Works Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
452
Sales rank:
270,477
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Getting to know the hardware10
Ch. 2How a disk boot wakes up your PC22
Ch. 3How an operating system controls hardware28
Ch. 4How transistors manipulate data44
Ch. 5How a microprocessor works52
Ch. 6How programming languages work86
Ch. 7How Windows works96
Ch. 8How software applications do your work106
Ch. 9How a computer's long-term memory works140
Ch. 10How disk drives save information152
Ch. 11How the little things make disk drives faster and store more162
Ch. 12How PCs use light to remember data170
Ch. 13How removable storage works180
Ch. 14How energy turns into data196
Ch. 15How computer ports work208
Ch. 16How a computer display works218
Ch. 17How data gets into your PC228
Ch. 18How scanners capture images and words238
Ch. 19How portable computers work246
Ch. 20How digital cameras work254
Ch. 21How multimedia sound works268
Ch. 22How multimedia video works280
Ch. 23How games put you in the action286
Ch. 24How local area networks work312
Ch. 25How PCs connect to the Internet322
Ch. 26How wireless sets PCs free332
Ch. 27How the Internet moves data340
Ch. 28How we reach each other through the Net346
Ch. 29How Internet video and audio work356
Ch. 30How the World Wide Web is a-changing362
Ch. 31How Internet security fights off PC invaders376
Ch. 32How black-and-white printing works402
Ch. 33How color printing works412

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