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Engaging, innovative, and insightful, New Perspectives on Computer Concepts, Eighth Edition will enlighten anyone from the computer novice to the computer savvy with its hands-on approach and cutting-edge learning technology. This edition has been updated throughout to provide you with the most current information on computers, software, and the Internet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780619267643
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

June Parsons and Dan Oja purchased their first computer, an Apple II+, in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year, they opened a successful small computer retail store that also offered software instruction to children and adults. June taught at the university level for more than 20 years, has a doctorate in Educational Technology, and was certified by the ICCP in 1995. June and Dan began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. They contributed to the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series and developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. They work via the Internet with a team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces.

June Parsons and Dan Oja purchased their first computer, an Apple II+, in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year, they opened a successful small computer retail store that also offered software instruction to children and adults. June taught at the university level for more than 20 years, has a doctorate in Educational Technology, and was certified by the ICCP in 1995. June and Dan began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. They contributed to the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series and developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. They work via the Internet with a team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Computer, Internet, and Network Basics 2
Section A Computer Basics 4
A Computer is... 4
Computer Categories 6
Personal Computer Systems 9
Data, Information, and Files 11
Application Software and Operating System Basics 12
QuickCheck A 13
LAB: Operating a Personal Computer 14
Section B Internet Basics 15
Internet Resources 15
Internet Connections 18
Internet Service Providers 20
User IDs and Passwords 22
QuickCheck B 24
LAB: Making a Dial-up Connection 25
Section C Web Basics 26
The World Wide Web 26
Browsers 28
Search Engines 31
QuickCheck C 34
LAB: Browsing and Searching 35
Section D E-mail Basics 36
E-mail Overview 36
E-mail Technology 40
QuickCheck D 42
LAB: Using E-mail 43
TechTalk: The Boot Process 44
QuickCheck TechTalk 47
Issue: How Private is E-mail? 48
Review Activities 50
Interactive Summary 50
Interactive Key Terms 52
Interactive Situation Questions 53
Interactive Practice Tests 54
Study Tips 54
Projects 55
Additional Projects 55
Chapter 2 Computer Hardware 56
Section A Data Representation and Digital Electronics 58
Digital Data Representation 58
Quantifying Bits and Bytes 61
Digital Electronics 62
QuickCheck A 64
LAB: Working with Binary Numbers 65
Section B Microprocessors and Memory 66
Microprocessor Basics 66
Microprocessor Performance Factors 67
Today's Microprocessors 69
Random Access Memory 70
Read-Only Memory 72
CMOS Memory 73
QuickCheck B 74
LAB: Benchmarking 75
Section C Storage Devices 76
Storage Basics 76
Floppy Disk Technology 79
Hard Disk Technology 81
Tape Storage 83
CD Technology 84
DVD Technology 86
QuickCheck C 87
Section D Input and Output Devices 88
Expansion Slots, Cards, and Ports 88
Installing Peripheral Devices 92
Display Devices 92
Printers 94
QuickCheck D 97
TechTalk: How a Microprocessor Executes Instructions 98
QuickCheck TechTalk 101
Issue: Why Recycle Computers? 102
Review Activities 104
Interactive Summary 104
Interactive Key Terms 106
Interactive Situation Questions 107
Interactive Practice Tests 108
Study Tips 108
Projects 109
Additional Projects 109
Chapter 3 Computer Software 110
Section A Software Basics 112
Software, Programs, and Data Files 114
Programmers and Programming Languages 114
How Software Works 115
Application Software and System Software 116
QuickCheck A 117
Section B Personal Computer Operating Systems 118
Operating System Overview 118
Windows, Mac OS, UNIX, and DOS 123
QuickCheck B 126
LAB: Using the Windows Interface 127
Section C Application Software 128
Document Production Software 128
Spreadsheet Software 133
Accounting and Finance, Mathematical Modeling, and Statistical Software 136
Data Management Software 137
Graphics Software 141
Music Software 143
Video Editing Software 144
Educational and Reference Software 144
Entertainment Software 145
Business Software 147
QuickCheck C 147
Section D Software Installation and Copyrights 148
Installation Basics 148
Installing From Distribution Disks or CDs 150
Installing Downloaded Software 151
Uninstalling Software 152
Software Copyrights 153
Software Licenses 153
QuickCheck D 155
LAB: Installing and Uninstalling Software 153
TechTalk: The Windows Registry 157
QuickCheck TechTalk 159
Issue: Is Piracy a Problem? 160
Review Activities 162
Interactive Summary 162
Interactive Key Terms 164
Software Key Terms 165
Interactive Situation Questions 165
Interactive Practice Tests 166
Study Tips 166
Projects 167
Additional Projects 167
Chapter 4 File Management, Virus Protection, and Backup 168
Section A File Basics 170
Filenames, Extensions, and Formats 170
File Locations, Folders, and Paths 172
File Sizes and Dates 173
QuickCheck A 173
Section B File Management 174
Application-Based File Management 174
File Management Utilities 176
File Management Metaphors 177
Windows Explorer 178
Physical File Storage 180
QuickCheck B 183
LAB: Working with Windows Explorer 184
Section C Computer Viruses 185
Viruses, Trojan Horses, and Worms 185
Antivirus Software 189
Virus Hoaxes 191
QuickCheck C 192
Section D Data Backup 193
Backup and Restore Procedures 193
Backup Equipment 198
Backup Software 200
QuickCheck D 201
LAB: Backing Up Your Computer 202
TechTalk: File Formats 203
QuickCheck TechTalk 207
Issue: Is it a Crime? 208
Review Activities 210
Interactive Summary 210
Interactive Key Terms 212
Interactive Situation Questions 213
Interactive Practice Tests 214
Study Tips 214
Projects 215
Additional Projects 215
Chapter 5 Internet and Lan Technology 216
Section A Network Building Blocks 218
Transmitting Data 218
Network Links 221
Network Devices 223
Network Addresses 223
Network Topology 224
Packet and Circuit Switching Technology 225
Communications Protocols 226
Network Classifications 228
QuickCheck A 230
Section B Internet Building Blocks 231
Background 231
Internet Hardware and Connections 232
Internet Protocols 234
IP Addresses 234
Domain Names 235
QuickCheck B 238
LAB: Tracking Packets 239
Section C Internet Access 240
Dial-up Connections 240
Cable Television Connections 243
DSL, ISDN, T1, and T3 247
Wireless Internet Access 249
QuickCheck C 252
LAB: Securing Your Connection 253
Section D LAN Technology 254
LAN Services and Resources 254
LAN Hardware 255
LAN Standards and Protocols 256
LAN Addresses 257
LAN Software 257
LAN Installation 258
LAN Security 260
QuickCheck D 260
TechTalk: OSI Layers and Protocol Stacks 261
QuickCheck TechTalk 263
Issue: Free Wi Fi? Why not? 264
Review Activities 266
Interactive Summary 266
Interactive Key Terms 268
Interactive Situation Questions 269
Interactive Practice Tests 270
Study Tips 270
Projects 271
Additional Projects 271
Chapter 6 Web Pages, Web Sites, and E-commerce 272
Section A Web Technology 274
The Web, the Net, and Hypertext 274
HTML 276
Web Browsers 280
Helper Applications, Plug-ins, & Players 281
HTTP 282
Web Servers 283
Cookies 285
QuickCheck A 287
LAB: Working with Cookies 288
Section B Basic Web Page Authoring 289
Web Page Authoring Tools 289
Basic Web Page Components 291
Styles and Style Sheets 292
Web Page Graphics 293
Links, Buttons, and Hot Spots 294
Tables 296
Frames 297
Testing and Posting Web Pages 298
QuickCheck B 299
Section C Web Page Extensions, Scripts, and Programs 300
DHTML 300
XML, XSL, and XHTML 301
JavaScript and VBScript 302
Java Applets 303
ActiveX Controls 305
QuickCheck C 307
LAB: Browser Security Settings 308
Section D E-commerce 309
E-commerce Basics 309
Shopping Carts 311
Order Forms and Secure Transactions 312
Credit Card Security 314
Electronic Wallets 315
Person-To-Person Payment Services 316
QuickCheck D 317
TechTalk: Encryption 318
QuickCheck TechTalk 321
Issue: Is the Truth Out There? 322
Review Activities 324
Interactive Summary 324
Interactive Key Terms 326
Interactive Situation Questions 327
Interactive Practice Tests 328
Study Tips 328
Projects 329
Additional Projects 329
Chapter 7 Digital Media 330
Section A Bitmap Graphics 332
Bitmap Basics 332
Scanners and Cameras 333
Modifying Bitmap Graphics 335
Image Resolution 335
Color Depth and Palettes 338
Bitmap Graphics Formats 341
QuickCheck A 342
LAB: Working with Bitmap Graphics 343
Section B Vector and 3-D Graphics 344
Vector Graphics Basics 344
Vector-to-Bitmap Conversion 348
Vector Graphics on the Web 349
3-D Graphics 350
QuickCheck B 352
Section C Desktop Video 353
Desktop Video Basics 353
Video Cameras 355
Video Transfer and Storage 356
Desktop Video Editing and Processing 358
Web-based Video 361
QuickCheck C 362
LAB: Video Editing 363
Section D Digital Sound 364
Waveform Audio 364
MIDI Music 368
Speech Recognition and Synthesis 369
QuickCheck D 370
TechTalk: Data Compression 371
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