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Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms [Paperback]

Douglas Downing Ph.D. , Michael Covington Ph.D. , Melody Maudlin Covington , Catherine Anne Covington
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May 1 2009 0764141058 978-0764141058 10
Computer terminology is constantly expanding, and the brand-new edition of this dictionary has been updated to keep pace with the latest important innovations in computer science and technology. Emphasis is on helpful information for non-technical home computer users. The book presents more than 3,200 computer-related terms with clear and succinct definitions. Revised features include up-to-date information on Windows Vista, networking, data storage, video, computer security and ethics, and personal computer hardware. Tables, charts, graphs, photos, and line illustrations.

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Our goal in writing this book is to explain, not just define. We feel you have a right to know how your computer works, not just how to use it. Thus, we cover not only business software, personal computers, and the Internet, but also fundamentals such as computer architecture and binary arithmetic.

This edition adds over 200 new entries, including new coverage of Windows 2000 and substantially increased coverage of UNIX, networking, and Internet commerce, as well as a dozen new illustrations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Douglas Downing teaches economics and quantitative methods and is undergraduate program director for the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of several books in both Barron's Easy Way and Business Review series. He is also the author of Java Programming the Easy Way and Dictionary of Mathematics Terms, published by Barron's Educational Series, Inc. He holds the Ph.D. degree in economics from Yale University.

Michael Covington is Associate Director of the Artificial Intelligence Center at the University of Georgia. He is a contributing editor for Poptronics magazine and is the author of Computer Science Study Keys (published by Barron's). He holds the Ph.D. degree in linguistics from Yale University.

Melody Mauldin Covington is a graphic designer living in Athens, Georgia. She is the author of Dictionary of Desktop Publishing (published by Barron's). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4.0 out of 5 stars YOUR EARLY COMPANION Dec 24 2002
Format:Vinyl Bound
If you are an average computer (or Internet) user whose requirements include a portable Computer/Internet Dictionary, I will recommend this one. It is handy, concise, and easy-to-use. But, if your computer knowledge is advanced, it will be wise to look for something else. This dictionary will not be of much benefit to you. It has a beginner's outlook; and offers a modest 2,500 definitions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than average. April 28 2007
By T Dude
Format:Vinyl Bound
I found this dictionary to be of pretty good value, with the information being relatively current and up to date. While the dictionary tries to cover to wide a range of terminology (from digital photography to programming), I found that most of the content to be useful.

As a resource for explaining most computer and internet terminology it's pretty good. As a resource for explaining digital photography or programming...well there are only so many pages.

Overall, decent value if you're looking for a handy-dandy pocket book reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sept. 12 2001
Format:Vinyl Bound
I teach computers and this is one of the recommended requirements for my students. There are acronyms, terminology, history, pictures, etc. in this book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT REFERENCE TOOL FOR THE NON-GEEK! Nov. 21 2000
By A Customer
Format:Vinyl Bound
OK, SO MAYBE THIS COMPACT VOLUME WON'T BE INCLUSIVE AND/OR UP-TO-DATE ENOUGH FOR THE AVERAGE COMPUTER SUPERGEEK, BUT, FOR THE AVERAGE NON-NERD, RELATIVE COMPUTER NOVICE, AS I AM, IT IS AN EXTREMELY VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR TURNING BASIC "COMPUTERESE" INTO PLAIN ENGLISH, AND ITS SIZE IS VERY CONVENIENT. BARRON'S DICTIONARIES ARE ALWAYS GOOD, (I OWN A COUPLE OF OTHERS), WITH THE MY ONLY GRIPE WITH THEM BEING THEY LACK PHONETIC PRONUNCIATIONS OF THE ENTRIES, AND THIS ONE IS NO EXCEPTION. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying... April 10 2001
By A Customer
Format:Vinyl Bound
As a general computer dictionary I would rate this as 3/5 stars. Although, all-in-all, this is suppose to be an up to date terminology reference for Internet terms as well...not really up to date in that department unfortunately either. As for a programmers reference...look elsewhere! For example, there is a definition for CORBA; but no definition for COM or COM+! Not very well thought out...look to another book for a more complete vocabulary.
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