A Field Guide to Office Technology

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Chicago Review Press, Oct 1, 2007 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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With more than 160 entries detailing everything from the junk buried in desk drawers to that mysterious box blinking away in the coat closet, this practical guide navigates through modern office technology. Each entry includes a functional description of a device (what it is and how it works) as well as particulars on who invented it and how its design has evolved over the years. Devices are grouped according to their habitats--in the conference room, hanging from the ceiling, or connected to a computer--to assist in quick and easy identification. Solving office mysteries, such as why telephone keypads have their ones in the upper left corner while calculator keypads place the ones in the lower left corner, this fascinating resource decodes the often confusing technological landscapes of everyday offices.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
8
1 ENTERING THE OFFICE
11
2 ON THE OFFICE FLOOR
29
3 ON THE WALLS
37
4 ON THE CEILING
63
5 IN AND ON DESKS AND TABLES
73
6 IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM
109
7 CONNECTED TO A COMPUTER
121
8 CABLES AND WIRES
147
9 ON WINDOWS
157
10 IN THE KITCHEN AND BATHROOMS
165
11 BEHIND THE SCENES
177
12 ON THE MOVE
187
Index
199
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Ed Sobey is president of the Northwest Invention Center, where learning programs about invention are developed and presented, and is treasurer and director of Kids Invent! He lives in Redmond, Washington.

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