How Computers Work

ISBN-10: 0789736136

ISBN-13: 9780789736130

Edition: 9th 2008 (Revised)

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Description: 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 literallyin 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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Book details

List price: $34.99
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 11/14/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Introduction
Boot-Up Process
Getting to Know the Hardware
How Circuits Juggle Data
How a PC Comes Alive
How an Operating System Controls Hardware
How Microchips are the PC's Brain
How Transistors Manipulate Data
How a Microprocessor Works
How Software Works
How Programming Languages Work
How Windows Works
How Software Applications Do Your Work
Data Storage
How a Computer's Long-Term Memory Works
How Disk Drives Save Information
How Little Things Make Drives Faster and Bigger
How PCs Use Light to Remember Data
Input/Output Devices
How Data Gets Into Your PC
How Scanners Capture Words and Images
How Computers Use Power
How Serial Ports Triumph
How a Computer Display Works
How Digital Photography Works
Games and Multimedia
How Multimedia Sound Works
How Multimedia Video Works
How Game Hardware Puts You In the Action
How Games Create 3D Worlds
How the Internet Works
How Local Area Networks Work
How PCs Connect to the Internet
How the Internet Moves Data
How We Reach Each Other Through the Net
How Wireless Sets PCs Free
How the Net Provides Video and Audio on Demand
How the World Wide Web Works
How Internet Security Fights Off PC Invaders
How Printers Work
How Black-and-White Printing Works
How Color Printing Works
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