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IT Literacy

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
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1. In a computer simulation - the user and the computer responding to data from each other

2. Software that derives logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true. ('If... then...' logic)

3. The density of pixels - measured by the number of dots per inch.

4. The spacing between letter pairs in a document.

5. Predefined set of calculations (i.e. SUM and AVERAGE)

6. Synonym finder

7. The look and feel of the computing experience from a human point of view

8. Documentation and help available through a software company's Web site

9. Software that can be distributed and modified freely by users; example: Linux

10. A program designed to attack in response to a particular logical even or sequence of events. A type of software sabotage.

11. Part of the computer which processes information - performs arithmetic calculations - and makes basic decisions based on information values

12. Using multiple processors to divide jobs into pieces and work simultaneously on the pieces (multitasking!)

13. The identification of spoken words and sentences by a computer - making it possible for voice input to be converted into text files

14. Face-to-face communication over long distances using video and computer technology.

15. Device for accepting input (e.g. a keyboard)

16. Typeset-quality pages - ready to be photographed and printed.

17. Function which enables users to change the appearance of a document by specifying the font - point size - and style of any character in the document - as well as the overall layout of text and graphical elements in the document

18. (autocorrect) word-processing feature that places footnotes where they belong on the page

19. Step-by-step procedure for calculating a number

20. Allows documents of all types to be stored - viewed - or modified on any Windows or Macintosh computer - making it possible for many organizations to reduce paper flow.

21. A self-contained intra-organizational network that is designed using the same technology as the Internet. (within organization)

22. Text entry providing information of the contents of a row/column

23. A set of rules for the exchange of data between a terminal and a computer - or between two computers.

24. 1) vulnerable to network glitches and machine failures; 2) vulnerable to security breech; 3) filters out human component of communication (ex: eye contact; voice)

25. Software used as an introductory - teaching or transitional tool for user tasks

26. Software or hardware that guards against unauthorized access to an internal network

27. Optical Mark Reader; A reading device that uses reflected light to determine the location of pencil marks on standardized test answer sheets and similar forms

28. Identifying recurring patterns in input data with the goal of understand or categorizing that input. (Easy for humans) (Ex: fingerprint identification - handwriting recognition - speech recognition - optional character recognition)

29. Component of word-processing software that analyzes each word in context - checking for content errors - common grammatical errors - and stylistic problems

30. 1) Paper is easier on eyes. 2) Books can be read anywhere w/o the need of electricity/batteries. 3) Books are aesthetically more pleasing. 4) Books can be highlighted and written in.

31. Spreadsheet document which appears on the screen as a grid or numbered rows/columns

32. Stores programs and the data they need to be instantly accessible to the CPU

33. Video clip in which one image metamorphoses into another.

34. 1) Save labor costs (work all the time - no breaks/vacations); 2) improve quality and increase production (esp. in repetitive tasks); 3) ideal for dangerous/impossible jobs for humans

35. Intuitive: 1)throw away 2)trash bin; open file ~ folders 3)Consistent: integrated software 4)Forgiving: undo - cancel 5)Protective: double-click on closing 6)Flexible: copy/paste - shortcuts 7)Speech Recognition Software

36. Protocols developed as an experiment in internetworking - now the language of the Internet - allowing cross-network communication for almost every type of computer and network.

37. Programs that use computer hosts to reproduce themselves. Worm programs travel independently over computer networks - seeking out uninfected workstations to occupy. A form of software sabotage

38. 1) Saves printing costs after initial software purchase. 2) Saves time traveling back to commercial printer b/c you can use a personal printer. 3) Reduces # of publication errors. 4) Allows more people to publish.

39. Software that spreads from program to program or from disk to disk - and uses each infected program or disk to copy itself. A form of software sabotage.

40. 1) ability to create models with physical characteristics (weight and volume); 2) model can be rotated; 3) can evaluate structural performance by applying an imaginary force; 4) designs can be easily altered and edited

41. An agreement allowing the use of a software program on a single machine

42. A communications protocol that enables users to download files from remote servers to their computers - and to upload files they want to share from their computers to these archives.

43. Stores a picture as a collection of lines and shapes. Also stores shapes as shape formulas and text as text.

44. A computer especially designed to provide software and other resources to other computers over a network

45. Intersection of row and column

46. Ongoing public discussions on a particular subject consisting of notes written to a central Internet site and redistributed through a worldwide newsgroup called Usenet. You can check into and out of them whenever you want; all messages are posted on

47. A type of logic that allows conclusions to be stated as probabilities rather than certainties. (Used by inference engines and knowledge bases)

48. A computer model of a real life situation used to see how a model operates under certain conditions

49. A desktop-published document that uses a wide range of color; contrast with spot color.

50. Professionally designed - empty documents that can be adapted to specific user needs. In spreadsheet software - worksheets that contain labels and formulas but no data values. The template produces instant answers when you fill in the blanks.