How Computers Work

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Que, 2004 - Computers - 404 pages
A thoroughly updated introduction to the workings of the computer explores the basics of microchips, hardware, software, and computer memory, providing an entertaining and informative tour of every part of the computer, from hard drive and processor to mouse, monitor, and keyboard, and including new sections on viruses, security, photo printers, Wi-Fi, Centrio notebooks, and more. Original. (Beginner)

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White is a senior editor at PC Computing

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 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: //

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