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Fast, powerful computers are commonplace in today's world. Found in homes, schools, offices, and public libraries, they have changed the way we learn, communicate, and conduct business. Yet, while computers are easier than ever to use, the science and technology behind these marvelous machines remain a mystery to many. This unique book provides an introduction to the inside world of computers. It tells about their origin, historical development, and increasing sophistication, and the secrets of electronics and computation behind their familiar qfinger-tipq wizardry. Readers will learn about the digital revolution and the advent of an information age that was nearly unimaginable a few years ago. From software programming to parallel processing, the key themes and topics of our computer era are fully explained in jargon-free entries everyone can understand. As part of the New Encyclopedia of Science, the book features the same easy-to-use structure found in other volumes, including keyword sections, factfiles, timecharts, and colorful graphics. It is an ideal resource for anyone who has ever wondered how computers really work and about the human ingenuity behind them.... up, down, up a page, down a page, home or end. cut To remove text from a document and usually place it on a clipboard. ... DAT Abbreviation of Digital Audio Tape, a writable medium that stores digital data in the same format as CD ROM. ... of the processor, to make them execute the total instruction. decompress To turn compressed data back into its original form (see ... See also word processing. device driver A computer program that directly controls a peripheral device, such as aanbsp;...

Author:Anthony Dodd
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1995


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