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chapter 1 our digital world
Chapter 1 Our Digital World

Chapter 1

Our Digital World

presentation overview
Presentation Overview
  • Immersed in Digital Technology
  • The Computer Advantage
  • How Computers Work
  • Computers and Computer Systems
  • Components of a Computer System
  • Categories of Computers
immersed in digital technology
Immersed in Digital Technology

Digital

  • Refers to an electronic signal that is processed, sent, and stored as bits.
  • Bits are represented by “on” and “off” states
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Immersed in Digital Technology

How has digital technology infiltrated your daily life?

  • Computer technology powers HDTVs, microwave ovens, watches, cell phones, and automobiles.
  • Embedded chips, computers, networks, and the Internet and WWW enable us to communicate globally.
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Immersed in Digital Technology

A computer is an electronic device that

  • operates under a set of instructions
  • accepts data that a user supplies
  • manipulates data according to a program
  • produces results
  • stores the results
the computer advantage
The Computer Advantage

Speed

  • Computers operate with lightning-like speed.
  • PCs execute billions of program instructions in one second.
  • Supercomputers execute trillions of instructions per second, the kind of processing required to forecast the weather and monitor space shuttle flights.
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The Computer Advantage

Accuracy

  • Computers are accurate when accurate programs and data are entered.
  • If inaccurate programs and/or data are entered (garbage in), the output will also be inaccurate (garbage out) – GIGO.
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The Computer Advantage

Versatility

  • Families use computers for entertainment, communications, budgeting, online shopping, homework, playing games, and listening to music.
  • Universities, government agencies, hospitals, and scientific organizations conduct life-enhancing research using computers.
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The Computer Advantage

Versatility

  • Banks conduct money transfers, account withdrawals, and payment of checks via computer.
  • Retailers process sales transactions and check availability of products.
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The Computer Advantage

Versatility

  • Manufacturers manage their entire production, warehousing, and selling processes.
  • Schools keep records, conduct distance-learning classes, schedule events, and analyze budgets.
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The Computer Advantage

Storage

  • Computers accept and store programs and data.
  • Users can access a program again and again to process different data.
  • Computers store huge amounts of data in tiny physical spaces.
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The Computer Advantage

Communications

  • Networks using special equipment and programs allow computers to communicate with each other through telephone lines, cable connections, and satellites.
  • Users can exchange information over wireless networks using personal digital assistants (PDAs), notebook computers, cell phones, and pagers.
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The Computer Advantage

Communications

  • A local area network (LAN) is a network confined to a small geographic area, such as a building, factory, or college campus.
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The Computer Advantage

Communications

  • A wide area network (WAN) spans a large geographical area and might connect a company’s manufacturing plants dispersed throughout the United States.
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The Computer Advantage

Communications

  • The Internet is a worldwide network of large and small networks linked together via communications hardware, software, and media for the purpose of communicating and sharing information.
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The Computer Advantage

Communications

  • The Internet is used for various purposes, including
    • Sending and receiving messages
    • Researching information
    • Buying and selling products and services
    • Taking online college courses
    • Accessing entertainment
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The Computer Advantage

Communications

  • World Wide Web – a system of linked computer networks that allows users to move from one site to another by way of links on Web pages
  • Web page – an electronic document stored on a computer running the Web site
  • Search engine – a software program that locates and retrieves requested information
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The Computer Advantage

What advantages do computers offer?

  • They provide speed, versatility, storage, and communications.
  • They can be used in homes, the workplace, and society.
  • They can be used to communicate, manage finances, analyze data, plan, research, and for hundreds of other purposes.
how computers work
How Computers Work

Types of Data

  • Text data – letters, numbers, and special characters
  • Graphic data – photographs, charts, and drawings
  • Audio data – voice and music
  • Video data – moving pictures and images
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How Computers Work

Combining types of data can improve the presentation quality of a message.

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How Computers Work

During the information processing cycle, data is entered into a computer, processed, sent as output, and stored (if required for future use).

computers and computer systems
Computers and Computer Systems

A personal computer system includes

  • The system unit
  • Input devices
  • Output devices
  • Storage devices
  • Communications devices
components of a computer system
Components of a Computer System

Parts of a Personal Computer System

  • The system unit – the electronic components process data into info
  • Input devices – allow users to enter instructions, data, and commands into computers (keyboard, mouse, microphone)
  • Output devices – make information available to the user (display screen, printer)
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Components of a Computer System

Parts of a Personal Computer System

  • Storage devices – provide for permanent storage of programs, data, and information
  • Communications devices – allow a user to exchange instructions, data, and information with other computer users
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Components of a Computer System

What is the difference between a computer and a computer system?

  • A computer is the part of the system that processes the data into information.
  • A computer system includes the computer along with input, output, storage, and communication devices.
categories of computers
Categories of Computers

Personal Computers

  • Fit on a desk, in a briefcase, or are worn
  • Execute 600 million to three billion instructions per second
  • Are used by a single user or as part of a network
  • Cost a few hundred to thousands of dollars
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Categories of Computers

Handheld Computers

  • Fit in a hand or are carried in a pocket
  • Execute a few hundred instructions per second
  • Are used by a single user or as part of a network
  • Cost $99 to a few hundred dollars
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Categories of Computers

Workstations

  • Are similar in size to desktop PCs
  • Execute three to five billion instructions per second
  • Are used by a single user or as part of a network
  • Cost a few thousand dollars
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Categories of Computers

Midrange Servers

  • Fit into a large cabinet
  • Execute billions of instructions per second
  • Are used by hundreds of users at the same time
  • Cost $5,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars
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Categories of Computers

Large Servers or Mainframes

  • Occupy a full or partial room
  • Execute billions of instructions per second
  • Are used by hundreds of thousands of users at the same time
  • Cost several thousands to millions of dollars
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Categories of Computers

Supercomputers

  • Occupy a full room
  • Execute trillions of instructions per second
  • Are used by thousands of users at the same time
  • Cost several million dollars
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Categories of Computers

What are the basic categories of computers and their distinguishing characteristics?

  • Personal computer – self-contained, capable of input, processing, output, and storage
  • Handheld computer – fits comfortably in a user’s hand
  • Workstation – high-performance single-user computer
on the horizon
On the Horizon

Based on the information presented in this chapter and your own experience, what do you think is on the horizon?

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