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Technology In Action - 2

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
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1. Interface between user and computer in which the user enters commands to communicate with the computer system.

2. The memory that the computer's operating system uses.

3. A list of commands that displays on the screen.

4. A topology comprised of several topologies and combined into one network.

5. 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.

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

7. Cables made of copper wires that are twisted around each other and are surrounded by a plastic jacket (such as traditional home phone wire).

8. Temporary storage - such as in random access memory (RAM) - When the power is off - the data in volatile storage is cleared out.

9. A fast transfer port.

10. The process of installing all the files and programs from the distribution CD to the computer's hard drive.

11. The process of installing only those features of a software program that a user wants on the hard drive.

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

13. 'A type of network design in which users are not responsible for creating their own data backups or providing security for their computers; instead - those tasks are handled by a centralized server - software - and a system administrator.'

14. 'In Windows 7 - a folder that is used to display files from different locations as if they were all saved in a single folder - regardless of where they are actually stored in the file hierarchy.'

15. A device that routes packets of data between two or more networks.

16. 'Programs used to create and edit written documents such as papers - letters - and r

17. A type of wireless technology that uses radio waves to transmit data over short distances (approximately 30 feet for bluetooth 1 and 60 feet for bluetooth 2). Often used to connect peripherals such as printers and keyboards to computers or headsets t

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

19. A small - tough-sensitive screen at the base of a notebook keyboard. To use the touchpad - you simply move your finger across the pad to direct the cursor.

20. The set of computer programs or instructions that tells the computer what to do and enables it to perform different tasks.

21. 'A wireless standard established in 1997 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; also known as WiFi (short for Wireless Fidelity) - it enables wireless network devices to work seamlessly with other networks and devices.'

22. A device that sends processed data and information out of a computer in the form of text - pictures (graphics) - sounds (audio) - or video.

23. A set of memory chips - located on the motherboard - which stores data and instructions that cannot be changed or erased; it holds all the instructions the computer needs to start up.

24. A tyoe of audio processing that makes the listner experiance sound as if it were coming in all directions.

25. The maximum speed at which data can be transmitted between two nodes on a network; usually measured in megabits per second (Mbps). See also data transfer rate.

26. A home that has a computer and other digital devices that are all connected to a home network.

27. The system software the controls the way in which a computer system functions - including the management of hardware - peripherals - and software.

28. A program for editing digital video.

29. An expansion card that attaches to the motherboard inside the system unit and that enables the computer to produce sounds by providing a connection for the speakers and microphone.

30. See eSata.

31. 'The computer's temporary storage space or short-term memory. It is located in a set of chips on the system unit's motherboard - and its capacity is measured in megabytes or gigabytes.'

32. A UTP cable type that provides more than 1 GB of throughput.

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

34. The technology used in flat-panel computer monitors.

35. A collection of files stored on a computer.

36. A type of technology used to transmit video signals; used on newer LCD monitors - as well as other multimedia devices such as televisions - DVD players - and projectors.

37. The most commonly used wired Ethernet standard deployed in devices designed for home networks which provides bandwidth of up to 1 Gbps.

38. 'The main tool for finding - viewing - and managing the contents of your computer by showing the location and contents of every drive - folder - and file.'

39. A portion of the hard drive containing all the different configurations (settings) used by the Windows operating system (OS) as well as by other applications.

40. A type of network in which users are responsible for creating their own data backups and for providing security for their computers.

41. An index of all sector numbers that the hard drive stores in a table to keep track of which sectors hold which files.

42. Cables made of copper wires that are twisted around each other and are surrounded by a plastic jacket (such as traditional home phone wire).

43. 'An open source operating system based on UNIX. Because of the stable nature of this operating system - it is often used on Web servers.'

44. Video interface technology that newer LCD monitors - as well as other mutlimedia devices such as televisions - DVD players - and projectors - use to connect to a PC.

45. The amount of random access memory (RAM) that is installed in a computer.

46. The percentage of time a central processing unit (CPU) is working.

47. 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.

48. Software that facilitates the communication between a device and the operating system.

49. Software that turns an artificial environment into a realistic experience.

50. 'A hierarchical structure that include files - folders - and drives used to create a more organized and efficient computer.'