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Technology In Action - 2

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. Numbers - words - pictures - or sounds that represent facts - figures - or ideas.

2. A device (such as a printer or external hard drive) that can be attached directly to a network instead of needing to attach to a computer on the network.

3. A common output device that creates tangible or hard copies of text and graphics.

4. One billion hertz

5. An expansion card that provides the computer with a connection to the internet via conventional phone lines.

6. 'A device for transmitting data on a network. A switch makes decisions - based on the media access control (MAC) address of the data - as to where the data is to be sent.'

7. A set of controls on standard keyboards that moves the cursor(the flashing symbol on the monitor that indicates where the next character will be inserted); also known as an arrow key.

8. Being familiar enough with computers that you understand their capabilities and limitations and know how to use them.

9. A small program that groups a series of commands to run as a single command.

10. A drive that uses the same kind if memory that flash drives use - but can reach data in only a tenth of the time a flash drive requires.

11. A tag that looks like a sticker or label - is attached to a batch of merchandise - and contains a microchip that holds a unique sequence of numbers used to identify the product to which it is attached.

12. A drive that plugs into a universal serial bus(USB) port on a computer and stores data digitally. Also called USB drive - jump drive - or thumb drive.

13. A small - joystick-like nub that enables you to move the cursor with the tip of your finger.

14. A large - expensive computer that supports hundreds or thousands of users simultaneously and executes many different programs at the same time.

15. A group of icons collected for easy access.

16. 'A server that handles all communications between the network and other networks - including managing Internet connectivity.'

17. A wide area network (WAN) that links users in a specific geographic area (such as within a city or county).

18. The language computers use to process data into information - consisting of only the values 0 and 1.

19. 'A section of a hard drive platter - wedge-shaped from the center of the platter to the edge.'

20. A device such as a monitor - printer - or keyboard that connects to the system unit through ports.

21. A network located in a home that is used to connect all of its digital devices.

22. A computer running a specialized operating system that enables it to host Web pages (and other information) and provide requested Web pages to clients.

23. The actual speed of data transfer that is achieved. It is usually less than the data transfer rate and is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).

24. An expansion card that is installed inside a system unit to translate binary data (the 1s and 0s the computer uses) into the images viewed on the monitor.

25. A group of icons collected for easy access.

26. An application program such as Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 that enables a user to do calculations and numerical analyses easily.

27. An expansion card that enables a computer to connect other computers or to a cable modem to facilitate a high-speed internet connection.

28. 'A 3D modeling program used to create automated designs - technical drawings - and model visualizations.'

29. 'One of two recognized DVD formats that enable you to read - record (R) - and rewrite (RW) data on the disc.'

30. Software that is developed for and customized to a specific industry's needs (such as a wood inventory system for a sawmill) as opposed to software that is useful across a range of industries (such as word processing software).

31. A printer that has tiny hammer-like keys that strike the paper through an inked ribbon - thus making a mark on the paper. The most common impact printer is the dot-matrix printer.

32. A type of audio processing that makes the listener experience sound as if it were coming from all directions.

33. The metal or plastic case that holds all the physical parts of the computer together - including the computer's processor (its brains) - its memory - and the many circuit boards that help the computer function.

34. 'A section of a hard drive platter - wedge-shaped from the center of the platter to the edge.'

35. 'A Windows utility (found in the Control Panel) that allows the user to create a duplicate copy of all the data on a hard drive (or just the folders and files the user specifies) and copy it to another storage device - such as a DVD or external hard

36. A nonimpact printer known for quick and quiet production and high quality printouts.

37. Part of the operating system that enables individuals to interact with the computer.

38. A Windows feature that starts the computer by using the registry information that was saved during the last shutdown.

39. 'The mechanism that retrieves (reads) and records (writes) the magnetic data to and from a data disk. They move from the outer edge of the spinning platters to the center - up to 50 times per second.'

40. A small - compact portable computer.

41. 'A device on a network such as a router - hub - and switch that moves data signals around the network.'

42. Manipulating or organizing data into information.

43. 'A device that enables the computer (or peripheral) to communicate with the network using a common data communication language - or protocol.'

44. The process for loading the operating system (OS) into random access memory (RAM) when the computer is turned on.

45. 'Someone who has training in computer and peripheral maintenance and repair - network design - and the installation of network software; installs new equipment - configures computers for users - repairs equipment - and assigns network access to users

46. 'A mini-application that runs on the desktop - offering easy access to a frequently used tool such as weather or a calendar item.'

47. About a billion bytes

48. Comprises computing devices - softeare - or peripherals that use techniques - parts - and methods from an earlier time that are no longer popular.

49. 'A utility that regroups related pieces of files on the hard drive - enabling faster retrieval of the data.'

50. A hard drive that is installed inside the system unit.