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IT Literacy

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
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1. 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.

2. Terabyte; Approximately 1 million megabytes

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

4. The narrow (but deep) knowledge base of an expert system.

5. 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

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

7. Feature in spreadsheet software that allows speculation by providing instant answers to hypothetical questions

8. The spacing between lines of text.

9. Reference to a cell in relation to the current cell; modifies when copied

10. A system of programs that performs a variety of technical operations - providing an additional layer of insulation between the user and the bits-and-bytes world of computer hardware

11. Megabyte; Approximately 1000K or 1 million bytes

12. Random Access Memory; Memory that stores program instructions and data temporarily

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

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

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

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

17. Rules of etiquette that apply to Internet communication.

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

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

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

21. Typeface fonts in which the characters are embellished with fine lines (serifs) at the ends of the main strokes

22. Information in a form that can be read - used and manipulated by a computer

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

24. 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.

25. The process of simulation motion with a series of still pictures.

26. The storage of pictures as collections of lines - shapes and other objects.

27. Synonym finder

28. Built-in component of a word processor or a separate program that compares words in a documents with words in a disk-based dictionary - and flags words not found in the dictionary; may operate in batch mode - checking all the words at once - or inter

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

30. ~Advantages 1)Safety: easy to simulate without actual risk 2)Economy: Build/simulate/destroy without waste 3)Projection 4)Visualization 5)Replication: Redo/rerun/alter easily ~Disadvantages 1)Reliability 2)Depends on original info 3)Complete trust fa

31. Video reduced to a series of numbers (0 and 1) - which can be edited - stored - and played back without loss of quality.

32. The combination of text - numbers - graphics - animation - sound effects - music and other media in a hyperlinked document.

33. Unauthorized access and/or vandalism of computer systems; short for criminal hacking

34. Text-editing feature of a word-processing program which automatically moves any words that won't fit on the current line to the next line - along with the cursor

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. Documentation file that appears onscreen at the user's request

37. 'what you see is what you get' (wizzy-wig); arrangement of words on the screen representing a close approximation to the arrangement of words on the printed page

38. 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.

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

40. Gigabyte; Approximately 1000 MB

41. The Internet protocol used to transfer Web pages.

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

43. 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.

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

45. Microsoft Powerpoint

46. 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

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

48. Software that facilitates the arrangement of information into hierarchies or levels of ideas

49. Size and style of typeface

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