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Chapter Number and Title: Chapter 1 – History of Computing (1-12) |
Your Name: Nathan Schulz |
Today's date: 8-22-2012 | |
1. Briefly state the main idea of this chapter.The chapter gave a brief synopsis of the history of computers and how they became to exist. It starts with the very beginning of numbers and works its way through all the evolutions of computers along the way. |
2. List three important facts that the author uses to support the main idea: A. The author begins discussing the beginning of number and all the inventions that led to computers being possible. They include the development of Boolean algebra, Da Vinci's mechanical calculator and Pascal's arithmetic machine among others.B. Another main point the author talks about is the invention of the internet and how that has taken things to another level.C. With the invention of the internet come the spread of computer viruses and the hazard they present to computer users. |
3. What information or ideas discussed in this chapter are also discussed in readings from DePalma? List the Unit and Title(s) of the reading:Unit 1: Introduction – Unit 1 discussing some of the evolution of computers and the internet like Kizza chapter 1 |
4. List and briefly discuss one of the questions at the end of the chapter.Question 11Mosaic is a web browser developed by Marc Andreesen in 1993 while working for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Mosaic helped bring the internet to where it is today, but with the invention of Internet explorer and Netscape’s easy to use GUI, Mosaic became less popular. |
5. List any examples of bias or faulty reasoning that you found in the chapter: Since this chapter simply discuses the evolution of the computer there are not really any examples of bias or faulty reasoning in the chapter. |
6. List any new terms/concepts that were discussed in the article, and write a short definition:NCSA – National Center for Supercomputing Applications - is...
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