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IT Literacy

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
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1. Artificial intelligence techniques that make it possible for machine performance to improve based on feedback from past performance. (Used in games like chess/checkers; based on prior actions)

2. Custom-designed procedure program which automates tasks in an application program

3. A program that performs useful tasks while at the same time carrying out a secret destructive act. A form of software sabotage/

4. 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)

5. 1) Plan before you publish! 2) Use appropriate fonts. 3) Don't go 'style-crazy.' 4) Look at the document through the reader's eyes. 5) Learn from the masters. 6) Know your limitations. 7) Remember your message/objective.

6. Email discussion groups on special-interest topics. All subscribers receive messages sent to the group's mailing address. (private)

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

8. The Internet protocol used to transfer Web pages.

9. A word - phrase - or picture that acts as a button - enabling the user to explore the Web or a multimedia document with mouse clicks.

10. Graphics in which images are stored and manipulated as organized collections of pixels rather than as shapes and lines. Contrast with object-oriented graphics.

11. The use of computers to draw products or process designs on the screen.

12. 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.

13. 1) Poor at planning strategies (less creativity than humans) and can't make decisions (after diagnosis - can't say how to treat patient); 2) powerless outside narrow (but deep) domain of knowledge

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

15. Using some combination of text - graphics - animation - video - music - voice and sound effects to communicate.

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

17. All type - including roman - bold - and italics - of a single design (i.e. Helvetica)

18. Language that people speak/write everyday.

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

20. Rules of etiquette that apply to Internet communication.

21. A defense department system with 24 satellites that can pinpoint any location on the Earth.

22. Grouping of 8 bits

23. Copy files between storage devices; Repair damaged data files; Guard against viruses; Compress files to take up less disk space; example: defragmenting

24. Intersection of row and column

25. 1) color depth; 2) resolution

26. Software robots that systematically explore the Web - retrieve information about pages - and index the retrieved information in a database. (used by search engines)

27. 1) Amount of network traffic; 2) size/type of file being transferred; 3) type/quality of network connection

28. An online meeting between 2 or more people; done in 'real time' (ex: IM [instant messaging])

29. The use of computer displays that add virtual information to a person's sensory perceptions - supplementing rather than replacing (as in virtual reality) the world the user sees.

30. Small files deposited on a user's hard disk by Web sites - enabling sites to remember what they know about their visitors between sessions.

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

32. Optical Character Recognition; Locating and identifying printed characters embedded in an image - allowing the text to be stored as an editable document. Can be performed by wand readers - pen scanners - and OCR software

33. A software help agent that walks the user through a complex process

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

35. A picture element (dot) on a computer screen or printout. Groups of pixels compose the images on the monitor and the output of a printout.

36. Graphical User Interface; A user interface based on graphical displays. With a mouse - the user points to icons that represent files - folders - and disks. Documents are displayed in windows. The user selects commands from menus

37. Gigabyte; Approximately 1000 MB

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

39. Fonts like those in the courier family that mimic typewriters; characters - no matter how narrow or wide - hold the same amount of space

40. 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

41. Software that only allows user access according to the user's needs. Some users can open only files that are related to their work. Some users are allowed read-only access to files; they can see but not change them.

42. A business that provides its customers with connections to the Internet (along with other services).

43. Synonym finder

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

45. Microsoft Powerpoint

46. Information systems or software programs designed to replicate the decision-making process of a human expert.

47. The ability of a software program to run on a specific computer system. Also the ability of a hardware device to function with a particular type of computer

48. Long-term repository for data (e.g. disks - tapes)

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

50. Word-processing feature that divides long words situated at the ends of lines