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Artificial Intelligence (AI
computer science field to make computers PERCEIVE, REASON, and ACT like humans

XAMPLE: newsgroups or mailing lists
asynchronous communication
delayed communication in the sense that the sender and the recipient do not have to be logged on at the same time to send or receive information.

EXAMPLE: newsgroups or mailing lists
audio digitizers
hardware devices or software programs that capture sound recordings and store it as a data file on disks
EXAMPLE: audacity
Measurements of individual body characteristics, such as a voiceprint or fingerprint
sometimes used in computer security.
Binary digit, the smallest unit of information. A bit can have two values: 0 or 1.
bit depth
the colordepth AKA the amount of bits located in each pixel of an image
personal web pages that usually carry diary-like entries. most prominently they become places for political criticisms.
expanding rapidly because users can create blogs without having to learn the technical details of HTML or web authoring
broadband connection
internet connection that offers higher bandwidth -> faster transmission speed than standard modem connections
such as DSL or modem
grouping of 8 bits
character-based interface
A user interface based on text instead of graphics
clip art
redrawn images that can be copied and pasted onto your own documents
command-line interface
User interface that requires the user to type text commands on a command-line to communicate with the operating system.
communication software
Software that enables computers to interact with each other over a phone line or other network.
ability for a software program to function on a specific computer system.
ability for a hardware device to function on a specific computer
makes files smaller using special encoding schemes
smaller file -> more storage space -> faster transmission time (when files are transferred through networks)
computer monitoring
Using computer technology to track, record, and evaluate worker performance, often without the knowledge of the worker.
computer-aided design (CAD)
The use of computers to draw products or process designs on the screen.
computer-aided instruction
Software programs for teaching that combine drill & practice software and tutorial software.
drill & practice - repetitious practice
computer-aided manufacturing
when a product's design is fed into the machine and the machine creates the product

can also be used to create a template for circuit designs to be etched onto chips.
also called computer-instructed manufacturing
computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM)
the combination of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)

the design is created on the computer and the computer manufactures the design
copy protected
Produced in a way that prevents any PHYSICAL copying
examples: software CDs and DVDs
copyrighted software
Software that prevents a disk from being copied
educational software
Unauthorized access and/or vandalism of computer systems; short for criminal hacking
desktop publishing (DTP)
the process or the software used to produce print publications
Examples: posters, magazines, newspapers
digital camera
A camera that stores images as bit patterns on disks or other digital storage media instead of film
digital rights management (DRM)
Technology used in audio files to protect musicians' and other artists' intellectual property.
digital versatile discs (DVD)
Digital video disc or digital versatile disc, a popular type of high-capacity optical disc used in movies and computers.
to convert info in a digital form in order to store it in a computer
distance education
Using computers, networks, and other technology to allow teachers to educate students at remote distances
distributed computing
Integrating all kinds of computers, from mainframes to PCs, into a single, seamless system.
dots per inch (DPI)
A measurement of the density of pixels, defining the resolution of a graphic.
to copy a file from an online source onto your computer
drawing software
stores images as a collection of lines and shapes. also stores shapes as formulas and text as text
drill-and-practice software
Teaching software at an individualized rate, small steps, and positive feedback.
educational simulations
Software that enables students to explore artificial environments and challenge students to learn through exploration, experimentation, and interaction with other students.
ergonomic keyboard
a keyboard that places keys at an angle in order to feel more natural -> reduces repetitious stress-injuries such as carpel tunnel syndrome
science of designing work environments -> people to interact efficiently and safely with things
file compression
reducing the file size -> fit more files into same amount of disk space
file decompression
restoring compressed file back to its original state.
filtering software
Software that, for the most part, keeps offensive and otherwise inappropriate Web content from being viewed by children, on-duty workers, and others.
open-source software
Software that can be distributed and modified freely by users
Linux is the best-known example.
menu-driven interface
User interface allows users to choose commands/pathways from menus
software license
An agreement that allows use of specific software on a machine
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
hand-held mobile device that functions as personal information manager; can often connect to internet
personal computer in between desktop and tablet
desktop computer
personal computer intended to use at a single location
MAC address
a unique identifier (usually alphanumeric) assigned to single computer to aid in communication over a network
sheet of plastic containing metallic circuits and slots for smaller circuit boards -> integrates all computer components
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
microchip processes the information and code (instructions) used by a computer
also known as the microprocessor
microchip processes the information and code (instructions) used by a computer
also known as the CPU
Clock Speed
the operating speed of computer's microprocessor (CPU) in cycles per second
Megahertz (MHz)
clock speed representing 10 million cycles per second
Gigahertz (GHz)
clock speed representing 10 billion cycles per second
Terahertz (THz)
clock speed representing 10 trillion cycles per second
Primary storage
main storage/memory where most data stored -> quick access by the processor
read-only memory (ROM)
an integrated circuit or chip programmed with code from the manufacturer, usually cannot be changed
often known as firmware
random-access memory (RAM)
form of computer data storage that can access stored data any order, any time while device is on
Secondary storage
storage devices & storage media that computer can't always access directly; usually not integrated in the device
optical storage
any storage method which data is written and read with a laser
;such as DVD and CD
magnetic storage
this non-volatile storage medium allows data storage access by read/write heads
flash memory
non-volatile memory device that retains its data after the power is removed
USB (universal serial bus) flash drive
common data storage device that uses flash memory for storage of data
kilobyte (KB)
a data size indicating 1024 bytes
megabyte (MB)
data size indicating 1024 kilobytes
gigabyte (GB)
data size indicating 1024 megabytes
terabyte (TB)
data size indicating 1024 gigabytes
petabyte (PB)
data size indicating 1024 terabytes
exabyte (EB)
data size indicating 1024 petabytes
zettabyte (ZB)
data size indicating 1024 exabytes
yottabyte (YB)
data size indicating 1024 zettabytes
(Unicode and American Standard Code for Information Interchange)

character encoding scheme based on the ordering of the alphabet which helps computers understand how to represent text on the screen.
input/output access points that allow external devices to connect to a computer
USB FLASH DRIVE connects to PORT transfers data across COMPUTER
Optical mark recognition (OMR)
process of gathering data with an optical scanner by measuring the reflectivity of light at predetermined positions on a surface