Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 165

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138 Chapter 5 Computing Components 30. Distinguish between a compact disk and a magnetic disk. 31. Define the following acronyms. a. CD b. CD-ROM c. CD-DA d. CD-RW e. DVD 32. Compare the transfer rates of a hard disk and a floppy disk. 33. Compare the storage capacity of a hard drive and a floppy disk. 34. Compare the storage capacity of a generic floppy disk and a zip disk. 35. Look in your local newspaper for an ad for a desktop computer. How many acronyms did you recognize? How many did you not recognize? 36. Call the manufacturer of the computer that was advertised in Exercise 35 and get the definitions of the acronyms that you did not recognize. 37. Describe a parallel architecture that uses synchronous processing. 38. Describe a parallel architecture that uses pipeline processing. 39. How does a shared-memory parallel configuration work? 40. How many different memory locations can a 16-bit processor access?
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Unformatted text preview: 41. In discussing the computer ad, we used the expression Faster is better three times. Explain what it means in each case. 42. In discussing the computer ad, we used the expression Smaller is better in relation to the monitor. Explain. 43. In discussing the computer ad, we used the expression Bigger is better in relation to the compact disk. Explain. 44. Keep a diary for a week of how many times the terms hardware and software appear in television commercials. 45. Take a current ad for a desktop computer and compare that ad with the one shown at the beginning of this chapter. 46. What is the common name for the disk that is a secondary storage device? 47. To what does the expression dot pitch refer? 48. What is a modem? 49. Which are faster, download seeds or upload speeds? 50. What is included in MS Works Suite 2001?...
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