Introduction to Computers
Click on an underlined link below to get lots of pictures and
easy-to-understand explanations, or you can use the fold-out menu above.
|Types of Computers
Things to consider when buying a
computer; mini, mainframe, etc.
parallel, serial, USB
||Pixels, resolution; also:
links to keyboard shortcuts and mouse info
||Useful links for
diskettes, hard drives, CDs, DVDs...
Pros and cons of dot matrix, inkjet, laser; color considerations
& Digital Cameras
||Useful links for both;
explanation of digital images
The most boring and most critical topic; useful links
||A picture that makes
it all clear: what a modem does
||LAN, WAN; Server;
Client-server or peer-to-peer
|Word Processing Programs
||Examples of mail
merge, spell check, format, word wrap...
||Demonstration of what
a spreadsheet can do and terminology
| Graphics Programs
||Pixels, bit map; BMP,
JPG, GIF formats; demonstration
||Pictures and explanations of
the most important parts of a database
||Examples of fonts,
points, bold, alignment , etc.
||What the heck is an
operating system anyway?
|Introduction to the Internet
||ISP, IP address,
backbone, bandwidth, TCP/IP
The World Wide Web
||URL, domain name,
secure site, FTP and more
|Other Internet Services
mailing lists, chat rooms (with links)
|Connecting to the Internet
||Pros and cons of DSL,
cable, satellite, and others
||How to use Google,
Yahoo, and do a search for images
||Tips to make your
searches return what you want without irrelevant sites
The following are a bit dry but absolutely essential reading if you have any
critical databases in your company.