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For introductory courses in computer concepts or computer literacy often including instruction in Microsoft Office.

A Computer Concepts Text Focused on Today’s Student!

Technology in Action engages students by combining a unique teaching approach with rich companion media.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132402668
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/25/2007
  • Series: Go (Prentice Hall) Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Three professors from Montgomery County Community College traveled with the Prentice Hall Information Technology team for over two years to uncover what students and professors today wanted and needed in an Intro to Computer Concepts text. After meeting with more than 1,000 students and instructors and developed Technology in Action. Due to overwhelming success, they recently published Technology in Action 2/e!

Alan D. Evans, M.S., CPA
Alan is currently the director of computer science for Montgomery County Community College. Alan’s parents instilled in him a love of education at an early age. After a successful career in business, Alan finally realized his true calling was education. He has been a teacher and an administrator at the collegiate level for the past five years. Alan makes presentations at technical conferences and meets regularly with computer science faculty and administrators from other colleges to discuss curriculum development. Currently, he is researching computer literacy standards for college freshmen.

Kendall E. Martin, Ph.D.
Kendall has been teaching since 1988 at a number of institutions, including Villanova University, DeSales University, Arcadia University, Ursinus College, County College of Morris, and Montgomery County Community College, at both the undergraduate and master’s degree level. Kendall’s education includes a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She has industrial experience in research and development environments (AT&T Bell Laboratories) as well as experience from several start-up technology firms. At Ursinus College, Kendall developed a successful faculty training program for distance education instructors, and she makes conference presentations during the year.

Mary Anne Poatsy, MBA, CFP
Mary Anne is an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery County Community College, teaching various computer application and concepts courses in face-to-face and online environments. Mary Anne holds a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mary Anne has more than nine years of educational experience, ranging from elementary and secondary education to Montgomery County Community College, Muhlenberg College, and Bucks County Community College, as well as training in the professional environment. Prior to teaching, Mary Anne was a vice president at Shearson Lehman Hutton in the Muncipal Bond Investment Banking department.

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Table of Contents


Why Computers Matter to You: Becoming Computer Fluent     2
Becoming a Savvy Computer User and Consumer     4
Being Prepared for Your Career     5
Computers in Business: Working in a Data Mine?     5
Computers in Retail: Let Me Look That Up for You     6
Computers in Shipping: UPS Data on the Go     7
Computers in Ranching and Farming: High Tech Down on the Farm     8
Computers in the Arts: Shall We Dance?     8
Computers in the Medical Field: Fact or Science Fiction?     9
Computers in Law Enforcement: Put Down That Mouse-You're Under Arrest!     12
Computers in the Legal Fields: Welcome to the Virtual Courtroom     13
Computers in Education: And on the Left, You See the Mona Lisa     13
Computers and the Sciences: Programming the Perfect Storm     15
Computers in Sports: Bend Your Elbow Another Two Degrees?     16
Computer Gaming Careers: Now Bigger Than Hollywood!     17
Computers at Home: Just Program It and Forget It     18
Getting Ready for the Technology of Tomorrow     18
Nanoscience: The Next "Big" Thing     18
Biomedical Chip Implants: Combining Humans with Machines?     19
Artificial Intelligence: Will Computers Become Human?     20
Understanding the Challenges Facing a Digital Society     21
Trends in it: Ethics: Knowledge Is Power: Bridging the Digital Divide     22
Becoming Computer Fluent     23
Computers Are Data Processing Devices     23
Bits and Bytes: The Language of Computers     23
Computer Hardware     25
Computer Software     26
Computer Platforms: PCs and MACs     26
Specialty Computers     27
Dig Deeper: What Can You Do with a Digital Home?     28
Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts     40
Your Computer's Hardware     42
Input Devices     42
Keyboards     42
Mice and Other Pointing Devices     46
Sound Input     48
Input Devices for Physically Challenged Individuals     49
Output Devices     49
Monitors     49
Printers     52
Dig Deeper: How Inkjet and Laser Printers Work     55
Sound Output     56
The System Unit     56
On the Front Panel     56
On the Back     60
Inside the System Unit     61
Setting It All Up     64
Trends in It: Emerging Technologies: Tomorrow's Display-You Can Take It with You!     66
Technology in Focus: Careers in IT     78
Using the Internet: Making the Most of the Web's Resources     92
The Internet     94
Communicating Through the Internet: E-Mail and Other Technologies     94
Instant Messaging     94
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)     94
Weblogs (blogs) and Video Logs (vlogs)     95
Podcasts     96
Webcasts     97
Wikis     98
E-Mail     98
Chat Rooms     100
Newsgroups     100
Listservs     101
Web Entertainment: Multimedia and Beyond     101
Trends in It: Social Networking     102
Conducting Business over the Internet: E-Commerce     104
E-Commerce Safeguards     105
Managing Online Annoyances     106
Spam     106
Cookies     107
Adware     108
Spyware     108
Malware     109
Phishing and Internet Hoaxes     109
Navigating the Web: Web Browsers     110
Getting Around the Web: URLs, Hyperlinks, and Other Tools     111
URLs      111
Hyperlinks and Beyond     113
Favorites and Bookmarks     113
Tabbed Browsing     114
Trends in It: Ethics: What Can You Borrow from the Internet?     115
Searching the Web: Search Engines and Subject Directories     116
Search Engines     116
Dig Deeper: Refining Your Web Searches: Boolean Operators     118
Subject Directories     120
Evaluating Web Sites     121
Internet Basics     121
The Internet's Clients and Servers     121
Connecting to the Internet     123
Broadband Connections     123
Dial-Up Connections     125
Choosing the Right Internet Connection Option     126
Finding an Internet Service Provider     126
Choosing an ISP     127
The Origin of the Internet     128
The Web Versus the Internet     128
The Future of the Internet     129
Application Software: Programs That Let You Work and Play     140
The Nuts and Bolts of Software     142
More Productivity at Home     142
Word-Processing Software     142
Spreadsheet Software     144
Presentation Software      146
Database Software     146
Personal Information Manager (PIM) Software     148
Productivity Software Tools     148
Integrated Software Applications Versus Software Suites     148
Dig Deeper: Speech-Recognition Software     152
Personal Financial Software     154
More Media at Home     155
Digital Image-Editing Software     155
Digital Audio Software     157
Digital Video-Editing Software     157
Media Management Software     158
More Fun at Home     159
Gaming Software     159
Educational Software     160
Reference Software     162
Drawing Software     162
Business Software     163
Home Business Software     163
Large-Business Software     165
Trends in It: Emerging Technologies: Is It Real or Is It Virtual?     166
Specialized Business Software     167
Getting Help with Software     167
Buying Software     168
Standard Software     168
Web-Based Application Software     168
Discounted Software     169
Freeware and Shareware     170
Software Versions and Systems Requirements     171
Installing/Uninstalling and Opening Software     172
Trends in It: Ethics: Can I Borrow Software That I Don't Own?     175
Technology in Focus: Digital Entertainment     186
Using System Software: The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management     202
System Software Basics     204
Operating System Categories     204
Real-Time Operating Systems     205
Single-User Operating Systems     205
Multiuser Operating Systems     206
Desktop Operating Systems     206
Microsoft Windows     207
Mac OS     208
Unix     208
Linux     208
Trends in It: Emerging Technologies: Open-Source Software: Why Isn't Everyone Using Linux?     209
What the Operating System Does     210
The User Interface     211
Processor Management     211
Memory and Storage Management     213
Hardware and Peripheral Device Management     214
Software Application Coordination     214
The Boot Process: Starting Your Computer     215
Activating BIOS     216
Performing the Power-On Self-Test     216
Loading the Operating System     217
Checking Further Configurations and Customizations     217
Handling Errors in the Boot Process     218
The Desktop and Windows Features     219
Organizing Your Computer: File Management     221
Organizing Your Files     221
Viewing and Sorting Files and Folders     223
Naming Files     224
Working with Files     226
Utility Programs     227
Display Utilities     227
The Add or Remove Programs Utility     229
File Compression Utilities     229
System Maintenance Utilities     230
Dig Deeper: How Disk Defragmenter Utilities Work     232
System Restore and Backup Utilities     232
The Task Scheduler Utility     234
Accessibility Utilities     235
Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System     246
Is It the Computer or Me?     248
What Is Your Ideal Computer?     249
Assessing Your Hardware: Evaluating Your System     249
Evaluating the CPU Subsystem     251
Analyzing Your CPU     253
Evaluating RAM: The Memory Subsystem     254
Virtual Memory      256
Adding RAM     257
Evaluating the Storage Subsystem     258
The Hard Disk Drive     258
Dig Deeper: How a Hard Disk Drive Works     259
Portable Storage Options: The Floppy and Beyond     260
Upgrading Your Storage Subsystem     265
Evaluating the Video Subsystem     265
Video Cards     265
Trends in It: Ethics: CD and DVD Technology: A Free Lunch-Or at Least a Free Copy     266
Monitors     268
Evaluating the Audio Subsystem     269
Speakers     269
Sound Cards     269
Evaluating Port Connectivity     270
Adding Ports: Expansion Cards and Hubs     273
Evaluating System Reliability     274
Trends in It: Computers in Society: How to Donate Your Old Computer Safely     276
Making the Final Decision     277
Technology in Focus: Computing Alternatives     288
Networking and Security: Connecting Computers and Keeping Them Safe from Hackers and Viruses 302
Networking Fundamentals     304
Network Architectures     305
Describing Networks Based on Network Control     305
Describing Networks Based on Distance     306
Network Components      306
Transmission Media     307
Network Adapters     307
Network Navigation Devices     307
Networking Software     307
Types of Peer-to-Peer Networks     308
Wired Ethernet Networks     308
Ethernet Switches     309
Ethernet Routers     311
Wireless Ethernet Networks     311
Power-Line Networks     315
Phoneline Networks     315
Choosing a Peer-to-Peer Network     316
Configuring Software for Your Home Network     317
Trends in It: Emerging Technologies: Grid Computing: Aiding Scientific Research with Your Computer     320
Keeping Your Home Computer Safe     321
Computer Threats: Hackers     321
What Hackers Steal     322
Trojan Horses     323
Denial of Service Attacks     323
How Hackers Gain Access     324
Trends in It: Computers in Society: Identity Theft: Is There More Than One You Out There?     325
Computer Safeguards: Firewalls     326
Types of Firewalls     326
Is Your Computer Secure?     327
Securing Wireless Networks     327
Dig Deeper: How Firewalls Work      328
Computer Threats: Computer Viruses     332
Types of Viruses     333
Virus Classifications     334
Computer Safeguards: Antivirus Software     334
Other Security Measures     336
Trends in It: Careers: Cybercops on the Beat: Computer Security Careers     337
Mobile Computing: Keeping Your Data on Hand 348
Mobile Computing: Is It Right for You?     350
Mobile Device Limitations     350
Mobile Computing Devices     352
Cellular Phones     353
Cell Phone Hardware     353
How Cell Phones Work     355
Cell Phone Features: Text Messaging     355
Cell Phone Internet Connectivity     357
Portable Media Players     358
PMP Hardware     360
PMP Flash Memory and File Transfer     360
PMP Ethical Issues: Napster and Beyond     361
Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)     362
Trends in It: Emerging Technologies: Why Carry Your Data When You Can Wear It?     363
PDA Hardware     363
PDA Operating Systems     365
PDA Memory and Storage     365
PDA File Transfer and Synchronization     366
PDA Internet Connectivity      367
PDA Software and Accessories     368
PDA or Cell Phone?     368
Tablet PCs     369
Dig Deeper: The Power of GPS     370
Tablet PC Hardware     371
Tablet Software     373
Tablet or PDA?     373
Notebooks     374
Notebook Hardware     374
Trends in It: Ubiquitous Networking: Wherever You Go, There You Are     374
Notebook Operating Systems and Ports     376
Notebook Batteries and Accessories     376
Notebook or Desktop?     379
Trends in It: Emerging Technologies: Nanotubes: The Next Big Thing Is Pretty Darn Small!     380
Technology in Focus: Protecting Your Computer and Backing Up Your Data     392
Behind the Scenes: A Closer Look at System Hardware     406
Digital Data: Switches and Bits     408
Electrical Switches     408
The Binary Number System     409
Dig Deeper: Advanced Binary and Hexadecimal Notations     410
The CPU: Processing Digital Information     413
The CPU Machine Cycle     415
The Fetch Stage     417
The Decode Stage     418
The Execute Stage     419
The Store Stage      419
Trends in It: Emerging Technologies: Printable Processors: The Ultimate in Flexibility     420
RAM: The Next Level of Temporary Storage     420
Types of RAM     421
Buses: The CPU's Data Highway     423
Making Computers Even Faster: Advanced CPU Designs     425
Pipelining     425
Specialized Multimedia Instructions     427
Multiple Processing Efforts     427
Trends in It: Emerging Technologies: Computer Technology Changing the Face of Medicine     428
Technology in Focus: The History of the PC     440
Glossary     453
Index     467
Credits     485
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