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Vocabulary week 2

digital a type of electronic signal that is processed, sent and stored in discrete parts (bits)
chip a thin wafer of silicon containing electyronic circuitry that performs various functions, such as mathematical calculations, storage, or control of computer devices
embedded computer a specialized computer, usually housed on a singel chip, that is part of a larger system, device or machine
general purpose computer a computer that allows the user to perform a range of complex processes and calculations
computer an electronic device capable of interpreting and executing program instructions and data and performing the required operations to produce the desired results
program a set of instructions to be executed by a computer; types of programs include applications and operating systems
microcomputer a single-user computer capable of performing its own input, processing, output, and storage; also called a personal computer (PC)
network a group of two or more computers, software and other devices that are connected by means of one or more communications media
local area network (LAN) a computer network physically confined to a relatively small geographical area, such as a single building or a college campus
wide area network (WAN) a network that spans a large geographical area
Internet a worldwide network of computers linked together via communications software and media for the purpose of sharing information; the largest and best know network in the worl; also called the Net
world wide web (WWW) a global system of linked computer networks that allows users to jump from one site to another by way of programmed links on Web pages; also called the Web
Web page an electronic document stored at a location on the Web; the document can contain text, images, sound and video and may provide links to other Web pages
search engine a software program that enables a user to search for, locate and retrieve specific information on the Internet about any topic
garbage in/garbage out (GIGO) a database related proverb meaning that if errors are entered into, it will produce erroneous output; also refers to all situations involving incorrect user input into a computer
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