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Technology In Action - 2

Subjects : it-skills, literacy
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1. A compact audio-video interface standard that carries both high-definition video and uncompressed digital audio.

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

3. '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

4. A method of optical storage for digital data; originally developed for storing digital audio.

5. One of the fastest ports available - moving data at 800Mbps.

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

7. 'An operating system originally conceived in 1969 by Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie of AT&T's Bell Labs. In 1974 - the UNIX code was rewritten in the standard programming language C. Today there are various commercial versions of UNIX.'

8. A server that processes and delivers incoming and outgoing e-mail.

9. A mouse with a rollerball on top instead of on the bottom. Because you move the trackball with your fingers - it doesn't require much wrist motion - so it is considered healthier for your wrist than a traditional mouse.

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

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

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

13. A type of wireless technology that uses radio waves to transmit data over short distances. Often used to connect peripherals such as printers and keyboards to computers or headsets to cell phones.

14. Any part of the computer you can physically touch.

15. A software program or hardware device designed to prevent unauthorized access to computers or networks.

16. '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.'

17. 'An application program - such as Intuit's TurboTax or H&R Block's TaxCut - for preparing state and federal taxes. Each program offers a complete set of tax forms and instructions as well as expert advice on how to complete each form.'

18. 'Microsoft operating system that builds upon the security and user interface upgrades that the Windows Vista release provided - and gives users with touch-screen monitors the ability to use touch commands to scroll - resize windows - pan - and zoom.'

19. Violating a software license agreement by copying an application onto more computers than the license agreement permits.

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

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

22. Software that translates spoken words into typed text.

23. An output device for sound.

24. 'The portion of a company's intranet that is used to share business information with business partners such as vendors - suppliers - and customers.'

25. A keyboard that is distinguished by the first six letters on the top-left row of alphabetic keys on the keyboard.

26. A program or hardware mechanism that controls which computer is allowed to use the transmission media in a network at a certain time.

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

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

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

30. 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.

31. 'A small program that performs many of the general housekeeping tasks for the computer - such as system maintenance and file compression.'

32. Software that provides street maps and written directions to locations.

33. A system of networking connections in which all devices are connected to a central cable called the bus (or backbone).

34. The part of the system unit of a computer that is responsible for data processing ( the 'brains' of the computer); it is the largest and most important chip in the computer. The CPU controls all the functionsperformed by the computer's other componen

35. 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.

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

37. A desktop system unit that houses the computer's processor -memory - and monitor in a single unit.

38. A network that uses the Ethernet protocol as the means (or standard) by which the nodes on the network communicate.

39. A hardware device used to enter typed data and commands into a computer.

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

41. The combination of a computer's operating system and processor. The two most common platform types are the PC and the Apple Macintosh.

42. A small camera that sits on top of a computer monitor (connected to the computer by a cable) or is built into a notebook computer and is usually used to transfer live video.

43. An application program for creating dynamic slide shows such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote.

44. A collection of software programs that have been bundled together as a package.

45. 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).

46. A measure of the difference in light intensity between the brightest white and the darkest black colors that a monitor can produce. If the contrast ratio is too low - colors tend to fade when the brightness is adjusted to a high or low setting.

47. The first commercially available operating system to incorporate a graphical user interface (GUI) with user-friendly point-and-click technology.

48. A network in which the nodes are located within a small geographic area.

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

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