Desktop Computers

Desktop Computers : In Perspective

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This book is required reading for personal computer users, both those who are using a PC for the first time, and those who are familiar with PCs but who face the task of setting up to a PC system or network in a laboratory or office environment. It is a practical guide designed to increase the reader's technical literary across a broad range of topics related to PC workstations. The authors describe specific hardware and software products, asses the suitability of these particular needs, and provide a much-needed technical understanding of many often misunderstood issues. The book discusses the philosophy underlying PC systems, their makeup and configuration, and communications methodologies. A comprehensive glossary defines the terminology used in the field. This is an indispensable resource for office managers and technical advisors, especially those involved in planning computer system installations.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 676 pages
  • 192 x 234 x 44mm | 1,378.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous line figures
  • 0195070313
  • 9780195070316

Table of contents

PC systems; PC applications; PC system performance and configuration; Microcomputer hardware fundamentals; Microcomputer operating systems; Data formats and compatibility; Application software overview; Text processing; Database management; Spreadsheets; Integrated software; Asynchronous communications software; Graphics; Languages; Management software; Engineering/scientific software; Utilities and enhancement software; Educational software; Software selection criteria; PC system units; PC peripherals and selection; Introduction to networking; Historical perspective; Current limitations in personal computing; Future trends; Important managerial considerations; Final comments.show more

About Richard A. Henle

About the Authors Richard Henle is a Senior Engineer in the Engineering Design Automation Group of the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Johns Hopkins University, and is a faculty member of the Computer Science Department of the University. Boris W. Kuvshinoff, a Senior Staff Member of the User Services Center of the Laboratory, specializes in computer user documentation and is the Editor of the McClure Center Magazine.show more