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How Computers Work (9th Edition) 9th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0789736136
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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

About the Author

About the Author

RON WHITE is the former executive editor of PC Computing magazine, where he developed the popular How It Works illustration to explain the new technologies that were emerging in computing at a prodigious rate. He is also the author of the best-selling How Digital Photography Works, and books on software, MP3, and digital cameras. His writing and photography have appeared in some of the leading magazines in the nation. He can be reached at ron@ronwhite.com.

 

About the Illustrator

TIMOTHY EDWARD DOWNS is the national award-winning illustrator of How Computers Work and How Digital Photography Works. Tim has been involved in all facets of graphic design in his illustrious career. From illustrator to creative director, Tim has led teams of artists and designers in advertising agencies, marketing communications firms, and consumer magazines to better tell their stories through illustration, photography, typography, and design. “Our job doesn’t start when the writer hits Save. In order to effectively communicate the tone or the concept of the piece, we need to know and understand the story from the original brainstorm all the way through final execution,” reminds Tim. Examples of Tim’s design, illustration, and photographic work can be seen at http://www.timothyedwarddowns.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 9 edition (November 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789736136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789736130
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have used this book for a introductory high school technology course, but it is getting very dated. Many refernces are to technology my students have never seen (because they are old) and leaves out many newer technologies. Any chance of an updated version anytime soon?
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I purchased this book because it had such high ratings. However, the publisher (Kindle Version) did the authors no justice because they did not follow instructions for incorporating graphics in ebooks. All graphics in the Kindle edition are virtually useless.
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This book was exactly for me when I got it. Before when I had this book, I had questions! I mean how do PCB makes so fantastic clear pictures on desktop and many many many more questions in my mine! If you can't stand using a device and not knowing what's going on inside, WELL THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. Plus it explains about IP adresses, wireless access point, modems, subnet mask, NIC,ect. really well. Now I can't even stand putting it down. I'm telling you again, all your questions about modern day technology will be answered!
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I've worked in computer support for 6 years, but since I haven't been to class on most topics, I have gaps in my knowledge. This book gives 2 pages for each topic, and is great for me, or for a curious person just wanting to learn more about computers. You can read just the topics you are interested in, in any order, or the entire book. Great charts, precise and helpful explanations, and lots of colorful diagrams. I rec it for all levels of computer users!
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This is my third purchase of "How Computers Work." The first editions included an excellent CD that worked with Windows 3.11 and later with Windows95 and 98. The CD was excellent and an wonderful teaching tool. (I teach an A+ Computer Repair-type class at the high school level.)

My second purchase included a CD that was somewhat useful -- sort of a lame interactive presentation.

This edition no longer includes the CD, which is why I made this purchase. The lesson here is not to order something on-line late at night when one is not paying attention -- my fault.

On a positive note, I had our high school librarian order several copies for my students to check out.

The book has good, up-to-date info, great illustrations, but I miss the original CD.

Alvin Kroon
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This book is a great value for anyone seeking a general understanding of how computers work. The author and illustrator effectively cover a tremendous breadth of material with simple text and excellent visual aids, but without being silly or so simplistic as to be meaningless. The material is broken up into logical chapters, but is served up in 2-page increments, so the book is easy to pick up for a few minutes, learn about a concept or method, and then go about other activities. It also flows in an incremental manner that builds from the basics of hardware and software all the way up to the internet and complicated graphics programs. It pays about equal attention to hardware and software, and introduces common but often misunderstood terms and principles. I would highly recommend the book to non-subject-matter-experts seeking an architectural or conceptual view of computers. While one will not be able to build a computer or write code after reading only this book, he or she will certainly have a much better idea of how all the hardware and software components of a computer and network work together to perform a myriad of functions. Topics are as diverse as transistor operation, boolean algebra, spreadsheets, digital photography, computer games, printers, Google, eBay, viruses, security, data storage, local area networks, power supplies, joysticks, operating systems, and many subjects in between. I have enjoyed and appreciated this book. My thanks to the author and illustrator--they've helped me a great deal!
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If you're looking for a book that will bring your computer literacy up to date this is it. A great book to bring seasoned users up to speed with current mobile technology and great for understanding how things work from component level to system level.
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By maxem on December 11, 2012
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the book is misleading it actually reviews phones, i pads, and "other" electronic products...not a product for anyone serious about understanding computers/IT. there are also many many grammatical errors and typos. includes too much unnecessary trivia and not enough substance. is not worth the price.
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