The Evolution of Technology 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 PCs, but about how changes in technology have evolved the giant, expensive computer dinosaurs of last century into the smaller but more powerful smartphones, tablets, and wearable computing of today. Whether your interest is in business, gaming, digital photography, entertainment, communications, or security, you’ll learn how computing is evolving the way you live. 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 and award-winning team of writer Ron White and artist Tim Downs has 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 smartphones and tablet PCs put the power of a desktop computer in your hands–literally • How computing technology is linking our homes, work place, entertainment, and daily communications • How advances such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, eBay, and smartphones are expanding our universe of friends, knowledge, and opportunity • How increased miniaturization leads to new products, such as smartphone, smartwatches, and Google Glass • How computing technology takes advantages of quantum physics and innovations no one even imagined a few years ago For two decades, How Computers Work has helped newbies understand new technology, while 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! Beautifully detailed illustrations and jargon-free explanations walk you through the technology that is shaping our lives. See the hidden workings inside computers, smartphones, tablets, Google Glass, and the latest tech inventions.
Published by: Que Publishing | Publication date: 11/12/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Computer Hardware: The Illustrated Guide to Understanding Computer Hardware (Computer Fundamentals Book 4)
Bits, bytes, RAM, CPUs, hard drives and DVD drives. Master the geeky acronyms and simplify computer hardware & terminology with ease.Computer hardware with all its technical jargon can be baffling, even for the moderately experienced user. This book cuts through the jargon to show that computer hardware isn't so complicated after all and can be easily understood by anyone.
- This book is great for beginners, a basic computing class, or someone looking to buy a computer.
- Step-by-step, visual approach to help you quickly decode the jargon
- Plenty of illustrated screenshots and photographs to help you
- Presented in an easy and simple to read format.
- Understanding computer specifications often displayed in computer stores and online
- General hardware concepts and what's inside the case
- Hardware components: CPUs, RAM, Hard Drives, Portable Drives, video cards and memory cards
- Data Storage: bits, bytes, kilo bytes, mega bytes, giga bytes and tera bytes
- Computer ports: VGA, HDMI, DVI, USB 2&3, FireWire, RJ45 ethernet, eSATA and more
- Different types of computer: desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablets, hybrids and supercomputers
- Computer peripherals: laser and inkjet printers Types of computer networks,
- The internet, email, the cloud and the world-wide web
- and more..
Publication date: 03/08/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 133 pages
What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries. Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who’s ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines. It’s a cleverly illustrated and eminently comprehensible story—and along the way, you’ll discover you’ve gained a real context for understanding today’s world of PCs, digital media, and the Internet. No matter what your level of technical savvy, CODE will charm you—and perhaps even awaken the technophile within.
Published by: Microsoft Press | Publication date: 10/11/2000Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 400 pages
The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
Be online without leaving a trace.Your every step online is being tracked and stored, and your identity literally stolen. Big companies and big governments want to know and exploit what you do, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand.In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick uses true-life stories to show exactly what is happening without your knowledge, teaching you "the art of invisibility"--online and real-world tactics to protect you and your family, using easy step-by-step instructions. Reading this book, you will learn everything from password protection and smart Wi-Fi usage to advanced techniques designed to maximize your anonymity. Kevin Mitnick knows exactly how vulnerabilities can be exploited and just what to do to prevent that from happening. The world's most famous--and formerly the US government's most wanted--computer hacker, he has hacked into some of the country's most powerful and seemingly impenetrable agencies and companies, and at one point was on a three-year run from the FBI. Now Mitnick is reformed and widely regarded as the expert on the subject of computer security. Invisibility isn't just for superheroes--privacy is a power you deserve and need in the age of Big Brother and Big Data.
Published by: Little, Brown and Company | Publication date: 02/14/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 285 pages
The iPad is a tablet computer that is stylish, versatile and easy to use, and is one of the most popular tablets used by all ages. The range of models has been expanded over the years so that there are now different sizes to cover all mobile computing requirements.iPad for Seniors in easy steps, 7th edition gives you all the essential information you need to know to make the most out of your iPad:•Choose the right model for you•Navigate around with Multi-Touch gestures•Master Settings and apps to stay organized•Find, download and explore exciting apps•Use your iPad to make travelling stress-free•Email, share photos and video chat for free•Access and share your music, books and videos•Stay in touch with family members•Access your documents from anywhereiPad for Seniors in easy steps, 7th edition, is updated to cover the latest operating system, iOS 11, covering:•The enhancements to the Dock•The newly designed App Switcher and Control Center•The improvements to multitasking to improve productivity, including Drag and Drop capabilities•The new File app for organizing and accessing documents•The newly designed virtual keyboard for streamlining text and data inputWith iOS 11, the iPad goes from strength to strength, and iPad for Seniors in easy steps, 7th edition is the perfect companion to using this impressive tablet.A handy guide for any Senior new to the iPad, covering iOS 11, presented in larger type for easier reading.Contents:•Choosing your iPad•Around your iPad•iCloud•The iPad Keyboard•Knowing your Apps•Keeping in Touch•On a Web Safari•Staying Organized•Like a Good Book•Leisure Time•Traveling Companion•Practical MattersFor all iPads with iOS 11, including iPad Mini and iPad Pro.
Published by: In Easy Steps Limited | Publication date: 10/30/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 449 pages
Practical Software Architecture Solutions from the Legendary Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”) By applying universal rules of software architecture, you can dramatically improve developer productivity throughout the life of any software system. Now, building upon the success of his best-selling books Clean Code and The Clean Coder, legendary software craftsman Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”) reveals those rules and helps you apply them. Martin’s Clean Architecture doesn’t merely present options. Drawing on over a half-century of experience in software environments of every imaginable type, Martin tells you what choices to make and why they are critical to your success. As you’ve come to expect from Uncle Bob, this book is packed with direct, no-nonsense solutions for the real challenges you’ll face–the ones that will make or break your projects.
- Learn what software architects need to achieve–and core disciplines and practices for achieving it
- Master essential software design principles for addressing function, component separation, and data management
- See how programming paradigms impose discipline by restricting what developers can do
- Understand what’s critically important and what’s merely a “detail”
- Implement optimal, high-level structures for web, database, thick-client, console, and embedded applications
- Define appropriate boundaries and layers, and organize components and services
- See why designs and architectures go wrong, and how to prevent (or fix) these failures
Published by: Prentice Hall | Publication date: 09/12/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 430 pages
Essential iPad: iOS 11 is the essential illustrated guide to using your iPad. With comprehensive instruction for many commonly used iPad Apps, this step-by-step guide offers specifics in setting up, and effectively utilizing the latest Apple offerings that will best help you achieve your goals. In addition, many illustrations and screenshots are included, allowing readers to digest information quickly and easily without feeling confused, wasting time, and getting discouraged. In this book, we'll take a look at...
- Setting up your iPad and upgrading from iOS 10
- A look at the updates introduced in iOS 11
- Getting to know your iPad; the dock, icons, and menus
- Navigating with touch gestures, quick peek, 3D touch, tap, drag, and swipe
- Multi-tasking with slide over, split view, and drag & drop
- A look at the new control centre and how to make use of it
- Internal & External Keyboards and a look at Apple Pencil
- Getting to know Siri
- Communicating with email, FaceTime, iMessage with digital touch and peer-to-peer payments
- Browsing the web with Safari web browser
- Taking and enhancing pictures, panoramic and live photos, as well as recording video
- Listening to music, the iTunes store, and Apple Music
- The FileApp, as well as Maps, News, iBooks, Notes, Apple Pay, Calendar, and Contacts
- Maintaining your iPad with updates, backups, general housekeeping, and much more...
Publication date: 09/18/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Finally, this brand new book exposes the secrets of computers for everyone to see. Its humorous title begins with the punch line of a classic joke about someone who is baffled by technology.It was written by a 40-year computer veteran who wants to take the mystery out of computers and allow everyone to gain a true understanding of exactly what computers are, and also what they are not.Years of writing, diagramming, piloting and editing have culminated in one easy to read volume that contains all of the basic principles of computers written so that everyone can understand them.There used to be only two types of book that delved into the insides of computers. The simple ones point out the major parts and describe their functions in broad general terms. Computer Science textbooks eventually tell the whole story, but along the way, they include every detail that an engineer could conceivably ever need to know.Like Baby Bear's porridge, But How Do It Know? is just right, but it is much more than just a happy medium. For the first time, this book thoroughly demonstrates each of the basic principles that have been used in every computer ever built, while at the same time showing the integral role that codes play in everything that computers are able to do.It cuts through all of the electronics and mathematics, and gets right to practical matters. Here is a simple part, see what it does. Connect a few of these together and you get a new part that does another simple thing. After just a few iterations of connecting up simple parts - voilà! - it's a computer. And it is much simpler than anyone ever imagined.But How Do It Know? really explains how computers work. They are far simpler than anyone has ever permitted you to believe. It contains everything you need to know, and nothing you don't need to know. No technical background of any kind is required.The basic principles of computers have not changed one iota since they were invented in the mid 20th century. "Since the day I learned how computers work, it always felt like I knew a giant secret, but couldn't tell anyone," says the author. Now he's taken the time to explain it in such a manner that anyone can have that same moment of enlightenment and thereafter see computers in an entirely new light.
Published by: John C Scott | Publication date: 07/04/2009Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 221 pages
This 25th anniversary edition of Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers -- those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers.Levy profiles the imaginative brainiacs who found clever and unorthodox solutions to computer engineering problems. They had a shared sense of values, known as "the hacker ethic," that still thrives today. Hackers captures a seminal period in recent history when underground activities blazed a trail for today's digital world, from MIT students finagling access to clunky computer-card machines to the DIY culture that spawned the Altair and the Apple II.
Published by: O'Reilly Media | Publication date: 05/19/2010Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 520 pages
Computer Hardware: Installation, Interfacing, Troubleshooting and Maintenance is a comprehensive and well-organised book that provides sufficient guidelines and proper directions for assembling and upgrading the computer systems, interfacing the computers with peripheral devices as well as for installing the new devices. Apart from this, the book also covers various preventive and corrective steps required for the regular maintenance of computer system as well as the steps that are to be followed for troubleshooting.The text highlights different specification parameters associated with the computer and its peripherals. Also, an understanding of the technical jargon is conveyed by this book. Special coverage of laptops, printers and scanners makes this book highly modernised. The book is designed with a practice-oriented approach supported with sufficient photographs and it covers even the minute aspects of the concepts.Following a simple and engaging style, this book is designed for the undergraduate students of Computer Science and Computer Maintenance. In addition to this, the book is also very useful for the students pursuing Diploma courses in Computer Engineering, Hardware and Troubleshooting as well as for the students of Postgraduate Diploma in Hardware Technology and Application.Key Features • Quick and easy approach to learn the theoretical concepts and practical skills related with the computer hardware. • Comprehensive with enough illustrations to facilitate an easy under-standing. • Detailed solutions provided by the experts for certain common problems to make better interaction with the learner.• An exclusive section Common Problems and Solutions to help in self resolving the general hardware related issues.
Published by: PHI | Publication date: 08/30/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 304 pages