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Computers Are Your Future Complete, 12th Edition

by: Cathy LaBerta

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ISBN: 0132544946
ISBN13: 9780132544948

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

Engages students with a refreshing and easy to learn from style, while maintaining an encyclopedic approach and popular magazine-style format.

Today's students want a practical "what it is" and "how it works" approach to computers and computing, with less explanation of "when and why." Computers Are Your Future serves as a valuable computer technology reference tool without being overwhelming or intimidating.

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New To This Edition

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General revisions


  Created short Flash animations to explain concepts in many chapters


  Added a Fast Forward element to each chapter that addresses emerging technologies.


  Added a How-to element to each chapter that provides the student with a hands-on opportunity to do something with the information that was covered in the chapter.


  Added Spotlight 5, "Cloud Computing"


  For spotlights, added key terms, multiple choice questions, and 50-75% new projects


  All new end of chapter assignments in chapters.


  Added more figures, tables, and bulleted lists to break up large blocks of text. [NOTE: This is more evident in some areas than in others.]


  Updated for Windows 7 and Office 2010


  Updated statistics and screen captures


  Deleted Spotlight 7, "Emerging Technologies"


  Moved content from Spotlight 4 on Office applications into Chapter 5, "Application Software: Tools for Productivity"


  Facebook page for the textbook

Chapter 1: Computers and You


  Revised storage devices section to increase the depth of coverage and clarity


  Added expanded coverage of social networking


  Added focus on collaboration, a key concept in today's world


  Added more specific tips on creating an ergonomic work area

Spotlight 1: Ethics


  Updated coverage of classroom electronic etiquette


  Added coverage of chat room etiquette


  Clarified game play and ethics interactions


  Updated piracy statistics and effects

Chapter 2: Inside the System Unit


  New Ethics feature


  Clarified the use of cache memory

Chapter 3: Input/Output and Storage


  Added coverage of intelligent keyboards and mini keyboards, such as those found on smartphones


  Added coverage of the click wheel


  Clarified the storage sections, which was more difficult to follow in 11e


  Added more coverage of disk cache

Spotlight 2: File Management


  Updated for Windows 7 and Office 2010

Chapter 4: System Software


  Clarified operating system functions


  Added explanation of energy conservation options (in a Green Tech Tip)


  Added detail about what the BIOS does


  Added coverage of interrupt vector tables


  Added coverage of Microsoft Server 2008 and list of other server operating systems


  Added coverage of the Android operating system and the iPhone OS

Spotlight 3: Buying and Upgrading Your Computer System


  Added more useful comparison of notebook, netbook, and desktop systems


  Added meaningful statistics about notebook theft


  Acknowledged Mac versions of Windows software, but noted they usually come out later

Chapter 5: Application Software: Tools for Productivity


  Reorganized chapter


  Incorporated Office spotlight into this chapter


  Added introduction of Office 2010


  Added coverage of AVI


  Added coverage of Microsoft Visio


  Added coverage of Web authoring software

Spotlight 4: Web 2.0


  Described some additional social networking risks, including clickjacking


  Added coverage of Microsoft Web Apps for collaboration


  Expanded coverage of what Web 3.0 will entail

Chapter 6: The Internet and the World Wide Web


  Completely reorganized


  New objectives


  Added historical perspective


  Distinguish between Internet access providers and Internet service providers

Spotlight 5: Cloud Computing


  All spotlight covering cloud service categories, deployment methods, the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing, and the future of cloud computing

Chapter 7: Networks: Communicating and Sharing Resources


  Added coverage of campus area network (CAN), personal area network (PAN) and metropolitan area network (MAN)


  Added coverage of wireless adapters and USB devices in networks


  Updated 802 wireless transmission standards


  Added discussion of hybrid networks


  Added guidelines for maintaining and supporting networks

Chapter 8: Wired and Wireless Communication


  Clarified the use of codecs


  Defined bandwidth needs for various computer uses


  Added coverage of a wiring closet


  Expanded coverage of fiber-optic cable


  Covered WiFi technology


  Compared WiFi and Bluetooth technologies


  Added 4G technology


  Expanded Internet telephony coverage


  Added coverage of Internet TV

Spotlight 6: Digital Life


  Updated devices and statistics


  Included coverage of the iPad, iPhone 4, and Droid

Chapter 9: Privacy, Crime, and Security


  Expanded coverage of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and its proposed rights for social network users


  Expanded coverage of security breaches


  Enhanced coverage of cookies and how to handle them


  Added coverage of the vulnerability of RFID technologies


  Added explanation and guidelines for creating strong passwords


  Added coverage of the predicted computer-related threats in the coming years


  Heavily revised content on viruses and virus protection


  Updated statistics on online sexual predators

Chapter 10: Careers and Certification


  Emphasized the importance of computer literacy in life and the job market


  Introduced the concept of keywords in job announcements and the use of application tracking systems and white formatting in the job market today


  Updated statistics and job growth predictions


  Added coverage of Web interviews, Web conferences, online workshops, and webinars


  Added coverage of personal values and attributes valued by employers

Chapter 11: Programming Languages and Program Development


  Heavily revised section on programming and how it works


  Expanded and clarified object-oriented programming coverage


  Clarified middleware content


  Made XML coverage easier to understand

Chapter 12: Databases and Information Systems


  Added coverage of the steps to creating a database


  Enhanced coverage of multidimensional databases and MDX query language


  Expanded coverage of Web-database integration in cloud computing and cloud computing databases


  Revised functional divisions of companies as opposed to business units

Chapter 13: Systems Analysis and Design


  Differentiated between systems analysts and project managers


  Added and emphasized the importance of incorporating security into the SDLC


  Added discussion of tools to assist in the SDLC, for example Microsoft Project and Sharepoint


  Clarified and expanded the description of the waterfall model


  Expanded coverage of rapid application development (RAD) and Agile


  Added coverage of security initiatives

Chapter 14: Enterprise Computing


  Expanded coverage of success factors for business process re-engineering


  Differentiated between globalization and internationalization (glocalization)


  Differentiated between disaster recovery plans and business continuity plans


  Added the function of an Operational Support System for a business



Features and Benefits

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

Engages students with a refreshing and easy to learn from style, while maintaining an encyclopedic approach and popular magazine-style format.

Today's students want a practical "what it is" and "how it works" approach to computers and computing, with less explanation of "when and why." Computers Are Your Future serves as a valuable computer technology reference tool without being overwhelming or intimidating.

NEW! Videos - Short Flash animations were created to explain key concepts in many chapters.

NEW! Fast Forward boxes address emerging technologies relevant to each chapter.

NEW! How-to feature provides students with hands-on opportunities to use the information covered in the chapter.

Teamwork Exercises are included as an end-of-chapter activity to reinforce chapter concepts by requiring students to work in teams to conduct research and interviews and to create group papers and presentations.

NEW! Facebook page is now available for the text.

Green Tech Tips - Sidebars with tips, suggestions, and new ways to stay ecologically friendly.


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This is the first computer concepts book to incorporate this feature.

Ethics Boxes - Sidebars posing "What would you do?" questions to provoke discussions.


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Stimulate ethical discussions in class.

Visually stimulating Spotlight features-Emerging Technologies, Buying and Upgrading Your Computer System, and File Management.


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Highlights innovative thinking in each subject area with "bites" of computer content.


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NEW! Spotlight on Cloud Computing


Extensive end-of-chapter material.


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Provides students with substantial review including multiple choice, matching, fill-in, and short answer questions, as well as exercises and Web Research projects.



Table of Contents

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Chapter/Spotlight

Complete (14 Chapters/6 Spotlights)
1

Computers and You
Spotlight 1

Ethics
2

Inside the System Unit
3

Input/Output and Storage
Spotlight 2

File Management
4

System Software
Spotlight 3

Buying and Upgrading Your Home Computer System
5

Application Software: Tools for Productivity
Spotlight 4

Web 2.0
6

The Internet & the World Wide Web
Spotlight 5

Cloud Computing
7

Networks: Communicating and Sharing Resources
8

Wired and Wireless Communication
Spotlight 6

Digital Life
9

Privacy, Crime, and Security
10

Careers and Certification
11

Programming Languages and Program Development
12

Databases and Information Systems
13

Systems Analysis and Design
14

Enterprise Computing



About the Authors

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Catherine LaBerta is a Full Professor in the Computer Science/Mathematics Department at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY.

She is also an adjunct professor at SUNY-Buffalo.

Catherine teaches courses that range from Intro to Computers to Programming in C++ to Web Development.

Originally a math major, Catherine took additional courses in computers and programming and found a field that clicked for her.

She enjoys the constant changes in the computer and related fields as it forces one to keep up and constantly learn.

Not a total book worm, she loves skiing in Purgatory, CO, one of her favorite spots. She also enjoys boating-especially schooner trips off the coast of Maine- and will always be working on that golf game.