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Internet and Personal Computing Fads

   by Mary Ann Bell / Mary Ann, Ph.D. Berry / James L. Van Roekel / Frank Hoffman / Ryan Crissy / Frank W. Hoffmann

    Haworth Press
    01 March, 2004


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Editorial description(s):

From Book News, Inc.
For those confused by webcams and webquests; blogs and bots; and cookies, gophers, and all manner of geekspeak, comes this A-to-Z reference of buzzwords. It provides basic background on the origins of computers and the Internet and the language they're inspiring. It's intended for novice and lay users in high school, academic, or public libraries and was written by two librarians and a distance education administrator at Sam Houston State U., Texas. The entries, which are well indexed, include suggestions for further reading in print and online. The work is not a comprehensive lexicon, but rather defines the jargon terms most likely to be encountered in everyday life and explains what makes the concepts important.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Book Description
An easy-to-understand guide to often-confusing computer/Internet jargon!

Internet and Personal Computing Fads is an A-to-Z reference book written in a straightforward style that';s informative enough for library use but informal enough for general reading. This essential guide takes a practical look at the most often-seen computer and Internet terms and describes them in easy-to-understand language.

From Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to Hypertext to Y2K, more than 100 entries are included, featuring historical backgrounds, popular and practical uses, interesting "fun facts," and bibliographies. Detailed enough for reference use by academics, the book has a natural tone that will appeal to students, casual computer users, and those who are intrigued by the chaotic, fascinating, but often frustrating and daunting morass of information known today as the World Wide Web.

A perfect introduction to the world of computers and the Internet, this book presents brief, jargon-free explanations of terms representing a variety of fields of interest, including general computer use, business, entertainment, multimedia development, and education. You'll learn about:

artificial intelligence
the history of computer hardware
the "Mac vs. PC" debate
Internet domains such as ".com," ".edu," ".gov," and others
the meanings of commonly used e-mail abbreviations, including BTW, FYI, LOL, and more
distance learning
the origin and meaning of the word "cyberspace"
and a great deal more!

In clear and concise entries, Internet and Personal Computing Fads will help you understand the meaning of terms including:

CAD (computer-assisted design)
chat rooms
clip art
digital audio, video, imaging, and cameras
dot com
e-mail, e-books and e-zines
electronic publishing
freeware (shareware)
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
instant messaging
Internet advertising
Spam (Internet junk mail)
and many, many more!

An everyday guide for enthusiasts and a perfect place to start for newcomers, Internet and Personal Computing Fads is an easy-to-use handbook with wide-ranging appeal. It combines the comprehensive information you';d expect from a reference book with a casual and colorful look at the histories and backgrounds of popular computer/Internet terms and concepts. As a vital resource or an occasional reference, this book is an exceptional value.

Reader review(s):

As easy to use as it is informed and informative, July 9, 2004
The impressive and highly recommended collaborative work of Mary Ann Bell (Assistant Professor of Library Sciences, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas); Mary Ann Berry (Associate Professor/Chairman, Department of Library Sciences, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas); and James L. Van Roekel (Director of Academic Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas) Internet And Person Computing Fads is a seminal A-to-Z reference presented in a straightforward, accessible style that will make it essential for academic library collections and welcome utility for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject matter covered. From artificial intelligence, to the "Mac vs. PC" debate; to commonly used abbreviations, to distance learning, and so much more, Internet And Personal Computing Fads is as easy to use as it is informed and informative.

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