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IT Literacy

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
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1. Megabyte; Approximately 1000K or 1 million bytes

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. 1) makes long distance meetings possible and reduces costs; 2) enables decisions to evolve over time; 3) emphasizes messages over messenger

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

8. Anything that can be communicated

9. Protects transmitted information by scrambling the transmissions; When a user encrypts a message by applying a secret numerical code (encryption key) - the message can be read only after it's been reconstructed with a matching key

10. The relatively easy use of a single color (or sometimes two) to add interest to a desktop-publishing product.

11. Technology that creates the illusion that the user is immersed in a world that exists only inside the computer; this environment contains both scenes and the controls to change those scenes.

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

13. 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.

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

15. (Modeling) The use of computers to create abstract models of objects - organisms - organizations and processes

16. 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)

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

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

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

20. 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

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

22. Uninterruptable Power Supply; A hardware device that protects computers from data loss during power failures

23. Block that appears at the top of every page in a document displaying repetitive information such as chapter title

24. 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

25. The spacing between letter pairs in a document.

26. 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

27. 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

28. A text file that includes codes that describe the format - layout - and logical structure of a hypermedia document. Most Web pages are created with this code.

29. 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.

30. 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.

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

32. The Internet protocol used to transfer Web pages.

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

34. 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.

35. Rectangular block of selected cells

36. Using a computer to create - edit and print documents

37. Gigabyte; Approximately 1000 MB

38. The illegal duplication of copyrighted software

39. 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)

40. ~Advantages 1)Share data - increase productivity 2)Share hardware - reduce costs 3)Allow people to work together/communicate ~Disadvantages 1)Easier spread of viruses 2)Privacy issues - especially access levels not set 3)Integrity of data - when shar

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

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

43. The address of a Web site. (unique)

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

45. Device for sending information from the computer (e.g. monitor or printer)

46. A unique string of four numbers separated by periods that serves as a unique address for a computer on the Internet. The IP address of the host computer and the sending computer is included with every packet of information that traverses the Internet

47. 1) must be a disciplined worker -- self-motivation! (IB student); 2) must have good time management; 3) lack of socialization with coworkers

48. Billions of clock cycles per second - a measurement of a computer's clock speed

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

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