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IT Literacy

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
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1. Anything that can be communicated

2. Knowledge acquired from living in the world.

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

4. Software help agent that walks the user through a complex process

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

6. ~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

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

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

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

10. Typeset-quality pages - ready to be photographed and printed.

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

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

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

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

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

16. 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.

17. A device that enables digital machines to monitor a physical quantity of the analog world (i.e. temperature - humidity - pressure) to provide data used in robotics. (Enables robots to modify actions based on feedback from outside world) (Ex: vision -

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

19. Protocols developed as an experiment in internetworking - now the language of the Internet - allowing cross-network communication for almost every type of computer and network.

20. Microsoft Powerpoint

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

22. 1) ability to create models with physical characteristics (weight and volume); 2) model can be rotated; 3) can evaluate structural performance by applying an imaginary force; 4) designs can be easily altered and edited

23. Grouping of 8 bits

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

25. A self-contained intra-organizational network that is designed using the same technology as the Internet. (within organization)

26. The illegal duplication of copyrighted software

27. Software that is free to try with a send-payment-to-keep honor system

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

29. Face-to-face communication over long distances using video and computer technology.

30. An external device (i.e. keyboard - monitor) connected via cable to the system central processing unit (CPU)

31. 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

32. The field of computer science devoted to making computers perceive - reason and act in ways that have - until now - been reserved for human beings.

33. Measure of character size (one point equals 1/72 inch)

34. 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.

35. 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)

36. 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

37. Stores programs and the data they need to be instantly accessible to the CPU

38. A type of wireless device that enables mobile phones - hand-held computers - and PCs to communicate with each other regardless of operating system.

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

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

41. 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.

42. User Name; A one-word name that you type to identify yourself when connecting

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

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

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

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

47. 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.

48. Automatic replication of values - labels and formulas

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

50. '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