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     How Computers Work (9th Edition)
Publisher: Que
Author(s): Ron White, Timothy Edward 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, 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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     Absolute Beginner?s Guide to Computer Basics (5th Edition)
Publisher: Que
Author(s): Michael Miller

Everything casual users need to know to get the most out of their new Windows 7 PCs, software, and the Internet

  • The best-selling beginner's guide, now completely updated for Windows 7 and today's most popular Internet tools - including Facebook, craigslist, Twitter, and Wikipedia
  • Easy step-by-step instructions cover setting up a new PC, getting online, working with digital media, using productivity tools, and much more
  • By the world's #1 author of beginning technology books, Michael Miller

This year, you may be one of the millions of casual computer users that will buy a new Windows 7 notebook�or desktop PC. You'll want to know how to find your way around, get comfortable, and get the job done - without jargon, complexity, or hassle. There's a book for you: Michael Miller's Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Windows 7 Edition. It's the one book that covers everything today's beginners and near-beginners need to know: not just about Windows, but also about software, hardware, and the Internet. Through 90+ books, author Michael Miller has established an unparalleled track record in explaining complicated concepts simply and clearly, and empowering beginners. Now, he's thoroughly updated his best-selling Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics to cover today's user experience - with Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8, and today's hottest online tools, from craigslist and Facebook to Twitter, Wikipedia, and Google Docs. Miller offers step-by-step instructions and friendly, practical advice for making the most of Windows 7's improvements, including the new taskbar, Action Center, and Aero Snap. He walks through setting up a new computer; connecting to the Internet; working with digital media; burning custom CDs; watching DVD movies; using Microsoft Office and other popular software; managing money online; setting up home networks; keeping PCs running reliably; and protecting them from spam, viruses, and spyware. This is the one indispensable book for today's PC novice

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     Computer (DK Eyewitness Books)
Publisher: DK CHILDREN
Author(s): DK Publishing

The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures.
*Now reissued with a CD and wall chart!

Eyewitness Computer gives readers an up close look at the machines that have come to define the modern world. From laptops to supercomputers, this book uses clear, crisp photography and engaging text to explain how computers work, the functions they serve, and what they might do in the future.

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     PCs All-in-One For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
Publisher: For Dummies
Author(s): Mark L. Chambers

One-stop shopping for everything you need to know about PCs!

If you're a PC owner, you have a pretty good idea of just how much there is to discover about your PC, whether you use it for work or play. Comprised of eight minibooks, this All-in-One guide covers essential PC topics from soup through nuts, including the latest updates to PC hardware, Windows 7, the Internet, Office 2010, digital media, upgrading and troubleshooting, social media, and home networking.

This new edition features expanded coverage of using popular social media such as Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, and blogging. Plus, you?ll walk through the new Windows 7 operating system and explore revisions for each of the Office 2010 applications.

  • Provides PCs users of all levels of experience with a series of eight minibooks that include the most up-to-date coverage of PC hardware, Windows 7, the Internet, Office 2010, digital media, upgrading and troubleshooting, social media, and home networking
  • Explores step-by-step procedures for using the new Windows 7 operating system
  • Discusses updates to each of the Office 2010 applications, the latest features of version 8 of Internet Explorer, and new information on the latest PC hardware
  • Reviews ways to protect your PC from viruses, troubleshooting tips, and upgrading and supercharging your PC.

PCs All-in-One For Dummies covers everything you need to know in order to get acquainted with your PC!

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     Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts: Troubleshooting PC Hardware Problems from Boot Failure to Poor Performance, Revised Edition
Publisher: Foner Books
Author(s): Morris Rosenthal

The updated edition of the classic visual manual for troubleshooting PC hardware problems. Morris Rosenthal creates a visual expert system for diagnosing component failure and identifying conflicts. The seventeen diagnostic flowcharts at the core of this book are intended for the intermediate to advanced hobbyist, or the beginning technician. Following a structured approach to troubleshooting hardware reduces the false diagnoses and parts wastage typical of the "swap 'till you drop" school of thought.

Flowcharts include: Power Supply Failure, Video Failure, Video Performance, Motherboard, CPU, RAM Failure, Motherboard, CPU, RAM Performance, IDE Drive Failure, Hard Drive Boot and Performance, CD or DVD Playback, CD or DVD Recording Problem, Modem Failure, Modem Performance, Sound Failure, Sound and Game Controller Performance, Network Failure, Peripheral Failure, SCSI Failure and Conflict Resolution.

Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts is used as a classroom text in colleges and technical schools and�by the U.S. government for training forensic technicians. It's also a favorite reference with consumers and technicians all over the world.

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     Computer Science Made Simple: Learn how hardware and software work-- and how to make them work for you!
Publisher: Broadway
Author(s): V. Anton Spraul

Be smarter than your computer

If you don't understand computers, you can quickly be left behind in today's fast-paced, machine-dependent society.

Computer Science Made Simple offers a straightforward resource for technology novices and advanced techies alike. It clarifies all you need to know, from the basic components of today?s computers to using advanced applications. The perfect primer, it explains how it all comes together to make computers work. Topics covered include:

* hardware
* software
* programming
* networks
* the internet
* computer graphics
* advanced computer concepts
* computers in society

Look for these Made Simple titles:

Accounting Made Simple
Arithmetic Made Simple
Astronomy Made Simple
Biology Made Simple
Bookkeeping Made Simple
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Chemistry Made Simple
Earth Science Made Simple
English Made Simple
French Made Simple
German Made Simple
Ingl�s Hecho F�cil
Investing Made Simple
Italian Made Simple
Keyboarding Made Simple
Latin Made Simple
Learning English Made Simple
Mathematics Made Simple
The Perfect Business Plan Made Simple
Philosophy Made Simple
Physics Made Simple
Psychology Made Simple
Sign Language Made Simple
Spanish Made Simple
Spelling Made Simple
Statistics Made Simple
Your Small Business Made Simple

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     Computers For Seniors For Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Author(s): Nancy C. Muir

Great advice on choosing a computer, getting online, and having fun!

Computers are an essential part of daily life these days, but they can be a bit intimidating at first. Computers For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition gets you going with lots of illustrations and easy-to-follow-instructions, never assuming you already know more than you do.

You'll learn to use the keyboard and mouse, navigate the Windows 7 operating system, access the Internet and use e-mail, create documents, shop safely online, and more.

  • Shows you how to choose the right computer, get it set up, and get going
  • Explains how to connect to the Internet and keep up with family and friends via e-mail
  • Helps you create documents, work with files and folders, simplify your finances, and build a budget using a spreadsheet
  • Discusses how to use social networking sites and how to shop and bank online without compromising your privacy
  • Offers tips and advice to help you avoid common pitfalls

With Computers For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition by your side, you'll be able to use the computer with confidence and take advantage of all it has to offer.

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     Upgrading and Fixing Computers Do-it-Yourself For Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Author(s): Andy Rathbone

An illustrated, step-by-step guide to repairs and upgrades

Whether you want to prepare your computer for Windows 7, avoid investing in a new one, or just "go green", this fully illustrated guide has what you need. You'll learn how to add printers and new keyboards, boost your PC's performance and increase memory, improve power consumption, rev up your multimedia capacity, and much more. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by photos that show you exactly what you should see at every stage.

  • Learn to perform basic upgrades and prepare your PC for high-speed Internet connections, network connections, and added security, all with fully illustrated instructions
  • Find out how to expand memory, enhance speed, and update your computer's power supply
  • Prepare an old computer for Windows 7 and beef up your capacity for multimedia

Upgrading & Fixing Computers Do-It-Yourself For Dummies is a show-and-tell course in making your PC happy, healthy, and green.

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     Discovering Computers 2010: Living in a Digital World, Complete (Shelly Cashman)
Publisher: Course Technology
Author(s): Gary B. Shelly, Misty E. Vermaat

Discovering Computers 2010; Complete, Living in a Digital World provides students with a current and thorough introduction to computers by integrating the use of technology with the printed text.

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     Is This Thing On?, revised edition: A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Author(s): Abby Stokes

Now updated and revised, the user-friendliest, most reassuring, jargon-free, smartest, and most comprehensive nuts-and-bolts guide for seniors, who are the fastest-growing demographic among social networks.

Abby Stokes is the perfect guide to the digital domain: She?s taught more than 140,000 seniors how to use a computer.� In an easy, authoritative, hand-holding way, she covers it all: how to choose, buy, and start using a computer. How to connect to the Internet, sign up for e-mail, and use search engines. Plus, how and why to get digital in the first place: the ins and outs of online shopping, banking, travel planning, dating, research; how to take and share digital photographs and videos; how to discover online communities, and use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; the world of apps, online music, and streaming movies; and, importantly, online security and ?netiquette.? There?s information on iPads, smartphones?including the Blackberry, iPhone,
and Android?and e-readers like Nook and Kindle. A companion website? a Facebook page and Twitter feed provide easy and safe access to this brave new world.

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     Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners
Publisher: Manning Publications
Author(s): Warren Sande, Carter Sande

"Computer programming is a powerful tool for children to 'learn learning,' that is, to learn the skills of thinking and problem-solving...Children who engage in programming transfer that kind of learning to other things."--Nicholas Negroponte, the man behind the One Laptop Per Child project that hopes to put a computer in the hands of every child on earth, January 2008

Your computer won't respond when you yell at it. Why not learn to talk to your computer in its own language? Whether you want to write games, start a business, or you're just curious, learning to program is a great place to start. Plus, programming is fun!

Hello World! provides a gentle but thorough introduction to the world of computer programming. It's written in language a 12-year-old can follow, but anyone who wants to learn how to program a computer can use it. Even adults. Written by Warren Sande and his son, Carter, and reviewed by professional educators, this book is kid-tested and parent-approved.

You don't need to know anything about programming to use the book. But you should know the basics of using a computer--e-mail, surfing the web, listening to music, and so forth. If you can start a program and save a file, you should have no trouble using this book.

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     The Cosmic Computer
Author(s): Henry Beam Piper

The Cosmic Computer (Original Title: Junkyard Planet) is science fiction novel by Henry Beam Piper (March 23, 1904 ? c. November 6, 1964) who was an American science fiction author. He wrote many short stories and several novels. He is best known for his extensive Terro-Human Future History series of stories and a shorter series of "Paratime" alternate history tales.

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     Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Author(s): Charles Petzold

What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries.

Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who?s ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines.

It?s a cleverly illustrated and eminently comprehensible story?and along the way, you?ll discover you?ve gained a real context for understanding today?s world of PCs, digital media, and the Internet. No matter what your level of technical savvy, CODE will charm you?and perhaps even awaken the technophile within.

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     The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics, 5th Edition
Publisher: Alpha
Author(s): Joe Kraynak

The fifth edition of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics" places the reader in charge of the computer, rather than the other way round, and places the focus on software troubleshooting rather than hardware techno-babble. The reader wants to do something practical with his or her computer - this book shows them how. It covers basic office programs and how to manage photo, video and music files. It offers advice on safe web-surfing, including coverage of newsgroups, message boards and mailing lists. There are new green computing initiatives that help protect the environment. It includes maintenance and upgrading information.

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     Barron's AP Computer Science A with CD-ROM (Barron's AP Computer Science (W/CD))
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Author(s): Roselyn Teukolsky M.S.

This best-selling review manual has been thoroughly updated to reflect the College Board's elimination of the Level AB course and the updated Level A syllabus. The new edition presents three full-length AP practice exams for the Level A course. The first exam is a diagnostic test and contains charts detailing the topics for each question. All three model tests have questions answered and explained. Test takers will also find an extensive subject review including new sections on static variables, the List interface, Integer.MAX_VALUE, and Integer.MIN_VALUE. A section on two-dimensional arrays is included for the Level A exam. The enclosed CD-ROM contains two additional full-length model AP exams for Level A. These tests are presented with answers, explanations, automatic scoring for the multiple-choice questions, and a scoring chart.

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     Pioneers of the Computer Age: from Charles Babbage to Steve Jobs
Publisher: Monsoon Media
Author(s): Abdul Montaqim

This book is intended to provide an introduction to, and an overview of, the computer industry - or the "Computer Age" - as well as the key people who created the computerised world we live in... without too many technical details. The idea is to offer a snapshot of the industry at this point in time and find out how it got where it is today, highlighting its most notable inventions and innovations and the pioneering people who are responsible for them. It is not really meant to be an exhaustive record of anything, although it does feature some lists.

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* The original human computers used tools to help them calculate. The most well known calculating tool from antiquity is the abacus, which was usually made from wood and featured a frame containing sticks along which beads could be moved. It is believed that the abacus was invented some time between 2700-2300 BC, in Sumeria, and its forerunner was probably a system whereby stones or beads were moved along grooves in the sand or ground, or tablets of wood, stone or metal.

The abacus is still widely used throughout the world today, although mainly in Asia. In China, for instance, it is still used to teach mental arithmetic to gifted child mathematicians in school. So the abacus was a tool that computers - the human beings that who did the computing - used to make their calculations.

Over time, human computers used other tools to help them calculate, such as the slide rule, which was more widely used in the West. But it was not enough. And, very often, human computers would turn to books containing pre-calculated answers to common calculations such as multiplication tables and other, more advanced mathematical tables, which were calculated by other human computers, intended as an aid in their work.

However, these books were riddled with errors - human errors; and understandably so. There were many, many stages in which there was potential for human computers to make even the most elementary mistakes when producing the tables; and that indeed is what happened - lots of mistakes were made. The mistakes happened all too frequently for the liking of the man now credited with having created what is considered to be the first ancestor of the modern computer, the Difference Engine.

The Difference Engine was invented by Charles Babbage, an English mathematician and mechanical engineer who lived during the industrial revolution, having been born in 1791. Around that time, Britain and Europe were building machines that could perform many tasks that previously only humans were able to undertake. So it occurred to Babbage - who was becoming increasingly frustrated with the mistakes he found in the books containing mathematical tables - that perhaps a machine could be built that would perform complex calculations, flawlessly.

His ideas led him to conceive of something he called the "Difference Engine", a mechanical device about the size of a 1920s-style family car. The Difference Engine could compute complex calculations and is now thought to be the mechanical ancestor of modern computers, the machine equivalent of the "missing link" for humans, the point at which the human computer started becoming a machine computer.� *

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     The Best Book About Computer Security for Individuals, Families, and Small Business Owners
Publisher: AmigOmega Publishing
Author(s): Amigo Omega

You must protect yourself, because no one else can.
This book is a one-of-a-kind compilation of personal computer, Internet, and data security best practices for individuals and families to protect themselves from the many threats that exist on and off the Internet.
Think of this book as the driver training course you never had - for computers and the Internet. It is written using analogies to automobiles and driver safety to make the information accessible to everyone.

If you have a computer of any kind (PC, Mac, tablet, or Smart phone), and store on any of these devices sensitive information such as a bank account login, you should buy this book now, read it cover to cover, and then implement both the technical protective measures and behavioral avoidance measures described within.
Book buyers will also have access to a web site that provides complementary materials to improve comprehension of the recommendations contained in this publication.

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     Discrete Math Basics for Computer Science
Author(s): Arun Jagota

This short booklet concisely covers basic topics in discrete math for a first course in discrete mathematics for computer science majors. Each concept is defined clearly, and illustrated with examples. Covered topics include sets, relations, functions, graphs, discrete probability, random variables, expectation, variance, Bayes rule, counting, and induction proofs.

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     How To Easily Speed Up My Computer
Author(s): Dave Barry

Written with non-technical readers in mind, this no nonsense guide will help you keep your PC running fast, backed up, and protected from viruses and other "malware". You'll discover how to reverse the slow-down which many PC users experience, clean out your hard drive, and all manner of simple to follow performance boosting tricks.

Supporting all versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, this book has been written such that anyone with only a very basic knowledge of computers should be able to follow it with ease. You don't need to be a techie to follow the instructions, but a basic understanding of every day computer usage (using a mouse and keyboard, opening and running a program, searching for and copying files etc.) is assumed.


Introduction ? Why does my computer slow down?
Prevention is better than cure

Part 1 ? Preventative Medicine
What data should I back up?
Manual backups
Automated backups
Online backups
Disc images
Viruses and other malware
Proactive malware protection ? MSE
Reactive malware protection ? Malwarebytes
Snapshot Backups and Rollbacks (System Restore)
Setting a Restore Point
Rolling back to a Restore Point
Keeping up to date
Windows Update
Updating applications

Part 2 ? Speeding Up Drives, Files and Memory
Set a restore point before we start
Removing unwanted software
Limit how many programs run at start-up
Deleting files
Cleaning the registry
The Defrag Myth
Scan and fix your hard drive
Defragging a hard drive
Upgrading or replacing a failing hard drive
System file checking
Optimising memory
Optimising memory on Windows XP
Optimising memory on Windows Vista or Windows 7
Upgrading RAM

Part 3 ? Other Optimisations
Turn off the sidebar or desktop gadgets
Turn off Aero

Part 4 - Keeping up performance
Run fewer programs at the same time
Reboot often
Run scans and checks often
Run Ccleaner
A faster computer, a happier user

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     Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Author(s): John MacCormick

Every day, we use our computers to perform remarkable feats. A simple web search picks out a handful of relevant needles from the world's biggest haystack: the billions of pages on the World Wide Web. Uploading a photo to Facebook transmits millions of pieces of information over numerous error-prone network links, yet somehow a perfect copy of the photo arrives intact. Without even knowing it, we use public-key cryptography to transmit secret information like credit card numbers; and we use digital signatures to verify the identity of the websites we visit. How do our computers perform these tasks with such ease?

This is the first book to answer that question in language anyone can understand, revealing the extraordinary ideas that power our PCs, laptops, and smartphones. Using vivid examples, John MacCormick explains the fundamental "tricks" behind nine types of computer algorithms, including artificial intelligence (where we learn about the "nearest neighbor trick" and "twenty questions trick"), Google's famous PageRank algorithm (which uses the "random surfer trick"), data compression, error correction, and much more.

These revolutionary algorithms have changed our world: this book unlocks their secrets, and lays bare the incredible ideas that our computers use every day.

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