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 What is the most important difference between a computer and a calculator? [RQ, no. 2] How are computers today similar to those from World War II? How are they different? [RQ, no. 3] The way people use the Internet has changed since the early days. How? [RQ, no. 4] Is a smart phone a computer? Explain your answer. [RQ, no. 7] What types of applications are particularly well suited for handheld devices? What common applications are particularly well suited for PCs? [RQ, no. 8] Describe some benefits and drawbacks of the information age? [RQ, no. 10] Draw a block diagram showing the major components of a computer and their relationships. Briefly describe the function of each component. Why is the international computer industry shifting from ASCII to Unicode for representing text? [RQ, no. 4] Why do many PC manufacturers include graphics-processing units (GPUs) in their machines? [RQ, no. 5] Describe several ways you can minimize your negative impact on the environment when you purchase and use a computer. [RQ, List five input devices and three output devices that might be attached to a PC. Describe a typical use for each. [RQ, no. 2] Name and describe three special-purpose input devices people commonly use in public places, such as stores, banks, and libraries. [R What are the advantages and disadvantages of flash memory devices over hard disks as storage media? [RQ, no. 6] Describe how multi-touch technology can make common input tasks more efficient. [RQ, no. 8] Some commonly used peripherals can be described as both input and output devices. Explain. [RQ, no. 9] What is the relationship between higher level languages and machine language? [RQ, no. 1] Most computer software falls into one of three categories: compilers and other translator programs, software applications, and system software. Describe and give examples of each. [RQ, no. 2] Why is a Web browser different from another type of software platform? (Hint: think...
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