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IT Literacy

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
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1. Bit depth; the number of bits devoted to each pixel.

2. Software programs that can ask questions - respond to commands - pay attention to users' work patters - serve as a guide and a coach - take on owner's goals - and use reasoning to fabricate their own goals.

3. Process of saving data - esp. for data recovery. Many systems automatically back up data and software onto disks or tapes

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

5. Created: 1) URL; 2) HTML; 3) HTTP://; 4) first 'browser'

6. Alignment of text on a line: left justification (smooth left margin - ragged right margin) - right justification (smooth right - ragged left)

7. The coming together of two or more disparate disciplines or technologies. (ex: fax machine which combines scanning/printing)

8. Enables you to 'paint' pixels on the screen with a pointing device.

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

10. Numbers which are the raw material used to perform calculations

11. 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.

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

13. An individual responsible for maintaining a multi-user computer system

14. Small text file that comes with many software packages - and contains information not included in the official documentation

15. Synonym finder

16. Gigabyte; Approximately 1000 MB

17. 1) Robot must not injure a human or - by inaction - allow a human to come to harm; 2) must obey orders given by humans (except where the order conflicts w/ first law); 3) must protect its own existence (w/o conflicting w/ first & second law)

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

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

20. A handheld device that displays digital representations of the contents of books.

21. Part of the Internet - a collection of multimedia documents created by organizations and users worldwide. Documents are linked in a hypertext Web site that allows users to explore them with simpler mouse clicks.

22. Most common security tools used to restrict access to computer systems.

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

24. Technology in which information is delivered automatically to a client computer. The user subscribes to a service - and the server delivers that information periodically and unobtrusively. Contrast with pull technology.

25. Wide Area Network ; A network that extends over a long distance. Each network site is a node on the network

26. User interface that requires the user to type text commands on a command-line to communicate with the operating system

27. The quantity of information that can be transmitted through a communication medium in a given amount of time. (more bandwidth = faster transmission)

28. Grouping of 8 bits

29. Network created in 1969 from a government grant during the Cold War that is the foundation of today's Internet. ('Advanced Research Project Agency NETwork')

30. Automates the creation of visual aids for lectures - training sessions and other presentations. Can include everything from spreadsheet charting programs to animation-editing software - but most commonly used for creating and displaying a series of o

31. 1) Mathematical calculations faster w/ more accuracy; 2) storing vast amounts of data; 3) recall information

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

33. Kilobyte; About 1000 bytes of information

34. 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.

35. A program for locating information on the Web. (uses Web crawlers)

36. Horizontal

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

38. Provides direct instruction in a clearly specified skill of subject

39. A 65 -000-character set for making letters - digits - and special characters fit into the computer's binary circuitry

40. 1) creative; 2) parallel processing (multitasking); 3) image analysis; 4) common sense knowledge; 5) see relationships between concepts; 6) knowledge base is vast - not narrow; 7) translation of languages (idioms); 8) expression/interpretation of emo

41. In desktop publishing - the pages that control the general layout of the document (such as the page borders - numbers - or header).

42. Working from home by modem - as do many programmers - accountants - and other information workers.

43. Vertical

44. In a computer simulation - the user and the computer responding to data from each other

45. 1) color depth; 2) resolution

46. 1) documents can be disorienting and leave the reader wondering; 2) documents don't always have the links readers want - leaving them frustrated because they can't easily get from here to there; 3) documents may contain 'lost' links - especially on t

47. A popular networking architecture developed in 1976 at Xerox with general principles which apply to all common network connections

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

49. An interactive cross-reference system that allows textual information to be linked in nonsequential ways. A hypertext document contains links that lead quickly to other parts of the document or to related documents.

50. Software used mainly to produce print publications. Also - the process of using desktop-publishing software to produce publications (e.g. brochures - newsletters - forms - menus - event fliers - notices)