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22 Cards in this Set

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application software
program the performs specific tasks for users, acting as a business tool
system software
programs that control or maintain the operations of a computer and its devices
collection of unprocessed items, which can include text, numbers, images, audio, and video
processed data; that is data that is organized, meaningful, and useful
frequently asked questions
graphical user interface; type of user interface that allows a user to interact with softrware using menus and text, graphics, and visual images
electric, electronic, and mechanical components contained in a computer
series of instrucitons that tells a computer what to do and how to do it, existing on storage media such as a floppy disk or compact disc.
desktop computer
computer designed so the system unit, input devices, output devices, and any other devices fit entirely on or under a desk or table
handheld computer
computer small enough to fit in one hand while the user operates it with the other hand
laptop computer/notebook computer
portable, personal computer small enough to fit on a user's lap
tablet pc
special type of of notebook computer that resemles a letter-sized slate, which allows a user to write on the screen using a digital pen
personal digital assistant
personal computer
computer that can perform all of its input, processing, output, and storage activites by itself and contains at least one input device, one output deice, one storage device, memory, and a processor
large, expensive, very powerful computer that can handle hundreds or thousands of connected user simultaneously, storing tremendous amounts of data, instructions, and information
fastest, most powerful, and expensive computer, capable of processing more than 12.3 trillion instructions a second
collection of computers and devices connected together via communications devices and transmission media, allowing computers to share resources
worldwide collection of electronic documents called web pages, the web is one of the more popular services on the internet
worldwide collection of networks that links millions of businesses, fovernment afencies, educational institutions, and individuals
input device
and hardware component that allows users to enter data or instrucitons into a computer
describes the state of a computer when connected to a network
output device
hardware component that conveys information to one or more people