Chapter 1

Why Study Computers and Digital Technologies?
     What is a Computer? The Power of Connections What Can Computers Do? Information Systems Using Digital Technologies to Succeed in Your Career  Using Digital Technologies to Achieve Personal Goals  Information Security and the Social Impact and Implications of Digital Technologies

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What is a Computer?
 Key Terms
        Computer literacy Computer Technology Digital electronics device Bit Byte File Data         Digitization Information Microprocessor Kilo, Mega, Giga, etc Hardware Software Personal computer Smart phone  Synchronize  Computing platform  Server  Supercomputer  Kiosk  Embedded computer

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What’s a Computer?

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A Computer is…
 A digital electronics device that combines hardware and software to accept the input Electronic of data, process and store instructions the data, and produce some useful output.
Tangible components

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Digital Technology
 Technology refers to tools, materials, and processes that help solve human problems.  Many of today’s technologies fall under the classification of digital electronics.

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Digital Electronics
 Digital electronics devices store and process bits electronically. A bit represents data using 1’s and 0’s Eight bits is a byte – the standard grouping in digital electronics Digitization is the process of transforming information into 1’s and 0’s
For more on digitization: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitization http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/analog-digital.htm http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/317

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Knowledge Worker
 Today’s well-equipped knowledge worker makes use of many digital technologies.

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Producing Valuable Information
 Data: items stored on a digital electronics device: numbers, characters, & sounds  Information: data organized and presented in a manner that provides value to the user: documents, graphs, music, photos

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Microprocessor
 Sometimes called a chip or just a processor, combines microscopic electronic components on a single integrated circuit that processes bits according to software instructions.

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Digital Technology Metrics
Kilo, Mega, Giga, what comes next?

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Personal Computer (PC)
 Key Terms Desktop computer Notebook computer Netbooks Tablet PC Smart phone

Examples: www.hp.com www.apple.com www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/tabletpc

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Synchronize
 When you synchronize or sync two digital devices, you update the files shared between the devices so that both copies are up-to-date and identical.

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Computing Platform
 A computer’s type, processor, and operating system define its computing platform.

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Types of General Purpose Computer Systems
Supercomputer Most powerful with fastest processing speeds Server Powerful, multiprocessor computers that provide services to many users over a network Workstation Powerful, multiprocessor, special-purpose PC Personal Computer (PC)

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Special-Purpose Computers
 A kiosk is a computer station that provides the public with specific and useful information and services.

The processor and operating system used in the Kindle allow users to connect to the Kindle store, where books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs are available to download for a fee.
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Special-Purpose Mobile Devices
 The “desk” has to be wherever you are. The trend of digital electronic devices to become smaller and increasingly powerful has fully supported the move to an increasingly mobile workforce

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Mobile Media
 Movies, television shows, and other video clips can be downloaded from the Web or transferred from DVD to the devices and displayed on the 3.8-inch screen.

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The Power of Connections
 Key Terms Telecommunications Computer Networks Protocols The Internet World Wide Web Wireless Network Wi-Fi
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Telecommunications & Computer Networks
 Telecommunications are communications that take place electronically over a distance.  A computer network is a telecommunications network that connects two or more computers for data communications.

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The Internet & Web
 The Internet is the world's largest public computer network, a network of networks, that provides a vast array of services.  The Web is an Internet service that provides convenient access to information through hyperlinks

1,463,632,361 Internet Users & Growing

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Wireless Networking
 Wireless networks use radio signals rather than cables to connect users.  Wi-fi is a popular wireless standard.
Wireless Campus
Wi-fi Access Point

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What Can Computers Do?
 Key Terms Artificial Intelligence (AI) Automation VoIP Database

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The Computer and Human Relationship
 The creative and interpersonal endeavors that people find most engaging, computers are ill suited to perform … as of yet.

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Computation
 Computers were invented to compute – calculate solutions to mathematical problems.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) deals with simulating human thought and behavior in computers.

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Automation
 Automation involves utilizing computers to control otherwise human actions and activities.

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Communication
 Computer systems control, support, or provide many forms of communication. E-mail Instant messaging Blogs Social networking

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Entertainment
 Digital technologies not only enrich people’s entertainment experiences, but also have revolutionized entertainment distribution.

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Information
 A Computer-based Information System (CBIS) uses these components to manage and distribute information.
Database is a collection of data stored on a computer and organized to meet users’ needs.

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Information Systems
 Key Terms Information technology (IT) Systems development Transaction support system (TPS) Management Information System (MIS) Decision Support System (DSS) Expert System
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Information Technology (IT)
 IT can be defined as issues related to the components of a computer-based information system.

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Information Systems
 Systems development is the activity of creating or modifying existing information systems.
NASA scientists use management information systems to examine the data sent from Mars Rovers.

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Information System Types
Expert System Decision Support System Management Information System (MIS)

E-Commerce
Transaction Processing System (TPS)
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Information Security and the Social Impact of Digital Technologies
 Key Terms Information Security Hacker Digital divide

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Information Security
 Information security refers to the protection of information systems and the information they manage against unauthorized access, use, manipulation, or destruction, and against the denial of service to authorized users. Hacker
an individual who subverts computer security without authorization.

More on Info Sec at www.cert.org www.whitehouse.gov/pcipb/ www.issa.org

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The Impact of Digital Technologies on the World
 Society is entering the age of pervasive computing

Pervade ~ to become diffused throughout every part of something.

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Chapter 1 Questions?

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