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Publisher Comments:

Having sold more than 2 million copies over its lifetime, How Computers Work is the definitive illustrated guide to the world of PCs and technology. In this new edition, you’ll find detailed information not just about every last component of hardware found inside your PC, but also in-depth explanations about home networking, the Internet, PC security, and even how cell phone networks operate. Whether you’re interested in how the latest graphics cards power today’s most demanding games or how a digital camera turns light into data, you’ll find your answers right here.

 

Ron White is a former executive editor and columnist for PC Computing, where he developed the visual concept behind How Computers Work. Founder of one of the

earliest PC user groups, he has been writing about computers for 25 years and is known for building wildly extreme computers.

 

Timothy Edward Downs is an award-winning magazine designer, illustrator, and photographer. He has directed and designed several national consumer, business, technology, and

lifestyle magazines, always infusing a sense of “how it works” into every project.

 

A full-color, illustrated adventure into the wonders of TECHNOLOOGY

 

This full-color, fully illustrated guide to the world of technology assumes nothing and explains everything. Only the accomplished Ron White and award-winning Tim Downs have the unique ability to meld descriptive text with one-of-a-kind visuals to fully explain how the electronic gear we depend on every day is made possible. In addition to all the content you’ve come to expect from prior editions, this newly revised edition includes all-new coverage of topics such as:

 

•    How tablet PCs put the power of a PC quite literally in your hands

•    How Windows Vista makes your Windows desktop translucent and makes your PC more secure

•    How advances in optical disc technology such as dual-layer DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray discs continue to push the envelope

•    How Apple’s new iPhone is revolutionizing what cell phones can do

•    How BitTorrent technology enables anyone to share information with everyone

 

For a decade, How Computers Work has helped newbies understand new technology, while at the same time hackers and IT pros have treasured it for the depth of knowledge it contains. This is the perfect book about computing to capture your imagination, delight your eyes, and expand your mind, no matter what your technical level!

 

Category: General Computing

Covers:    PCs/Hardware

User Level:    Beginning–Intermediate

 

Book News Annotation:

White (former executive editor, PC Compting) and illustrator Downs present this eighth edition text explaining how various PC hardware and software components work. Using large color images and accessible language, they use about two pages each to explain approximately 40 devices and concepts, most often in a concise, step-by-step format. Specifically, chapters address how an operating system controls hardware, how disk drives save information, how scanners capture images and words, how the internet moves data, and the nuts and bolts of computer ports, digital cameras, multimedia sound, internet video and audio, and b&w and color printing, among other topics. Updates include new coverage of multi-core processors, the iPod, TiVo, spyware, and PC gaming. This guide will be useful in introducing computer technology to non-experts. Content is specific to PCs using Windows.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

White (former executive editor, PC Compting) and illustrator Downs present this eighth edition text explaining how various PC hardware and software components work. Using large color images and accessible language, they use about two pages each to explain approximately 40 devices and concepts, most often in a concise, step-by-step format. Specifically, chapters address how an operating system controls hardware, how disk drives save information, how scanners capture images and words, how the internet moves data, and the nuts and bolts of computer ports, digital cameras, multimedia sound, internet video and audio, and b&w and color printing, among other topics. Updates include new coverage of multi-core processors, the iPod, TiVo, spyware, and PC gaming. This guide will be useful in introducing computer technology to non-experts. Content is specific to PCs using Windows. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Full-color illustrations take those interested in the inner-workings of computers deep inside their PC. This edition contains information on the latest technologies including PCI Express( bus, serial ATA connections, digital photography software, TiVo(, gas plasma screens, iPods, home entertainment equipment, Google* and eBay(, 3D game development, two-slot video cards, and overclocking.

Table of Contents

Introduction.....xii

 

Part 1: Boot-Up Process.....2

Chapter 1 Getting to Know the Hardware.....10

Chapter 2 How Circuits Juggle Data.....20

Chapter 3 How a PC Comes Alive.....30

Chapter 4 How an Operating System Controls Hardware.....36

 

Part 2: How Microchips are the PC’s Brain.....46

Chapter 5 How Transistors Manipulate Data.....52

Chapter 6 How a Microprocessor Works.....62

 

Part 3: How Software Works.....80

Chapter 7 How Programming Languages Work.....94

Chapter 8 How Windows Works.....104

Chapter 9 How Software Applications Do Your Work.....118

 

Part 4: Data Storage.....146

Chapter 10 How a Computer’s Long-Term Memory Works.....154

Chapter 11 How Disk Drives Save Information.....166

Chapter 12 How Little Things Make Drives Faster and Bigger.....176

Chapter 13 How PCs Use Light to Remember Data.....184

 

Part 5: Input/Output Devices.....194

Chapter 14 How Data Gets Into Your PC.....202

Chapter 15 How Scanners Capture Words and Images.....212

Chapter 16 How Computers Use Power.....220

Chapter 17 How Serial Ports Triumph.....228

Chapter 18 How a Computer Display Works.....242

Chapter 19 How Digital Photography Works.....252

 

Part 6: Games and Multimedia.....260

Chapter 20 How Multimedia Sound Works.....266

Chapter 21 How Multimedia Video Works.....278

Chapter 22 How Game Hardware Puts You In the Action.....286

Chapter 23 How Games Create 3D Worlds.....296

 

Part 7: How the Internet Works.....306

Chapter 24 How Local Area Networks Work.....314

Chapter 25 How PCs Connect to the Internet.....324

Chapter 26 How the Internet Moves Data.....332

Chapter 27 How We Reach Each Other Through the Net.....338

Chapter 28 How Wireless Sets PCs Free.....350

Chapter 29 How the Net Provides Video and Audio on Demand.....360

Chapter 30 How the World Wide Web Works.....366

Chapter 31 How Internet Security Fights Off PC Invaders.....378

 

Part 8: How Printers Work.....398

Chapter 32 How Black-and-White Printing Works.....404

Chapter 33 How Color Printing Works.....414

 

Index.....426

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sahil101, April 2, 2009 (view all comments by sahil101)
This is very amezing book, in fact i like to say that if somebody what to know everything about computer he must buy this book.

Thanks to Ron White & Tim down
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780789734242
Author:
Downs, Timothy Edward
Publisher:
Que
Author:
White, Ron
Subject:
Computer Science
Subject:
Microcomputers
Subject:
Hardware - General
Subject:
Personal Computers & Micro / IBM-Compatible
Copyright:
Edition Number:
8
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
How It Works
Publication Date:
20071114
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
10 x 8 x 0.946 in 1093 gr

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