Unit 1: Vocabulary

Please study the 10 vocabulary terms below. Then press the Mark Complete button to continue.
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app (application)
a software program which allows a user to perform specific tasks such as word processing, email, accounting, database management
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Examples of popular applications include Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, and Mozilla Firefox.
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component
any device internal to the computer, such as a primary hard disk drive or motherboard
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A hardware geek is constantly upgrading components in his computer to achieve more performance.
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computer
an electronic, digital device that stores and processes information
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A computer needs to be replaced or upgraded regularly or it will become obsolete.
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data
literally meaning 'that which is given', this term refers to raw information of any kind
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The network administrator was fired when he lost all the company data by accidentally formatting the wrong hard disk drive array.
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database
an organized, electronic collection of information optimized for fast access and typically consisting of rows, columns, indexes, and keys
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The international company stored their customer information in a central database in Brussels.
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hardware
physical things that make up a computer, such as a component or a peripheral
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Hardware today has become such a commodity that it's often more expensive to repair it than to replace it.
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Internet
the largest known public network in the world, connecting millions of computers around the world
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Some people refer to the Internet as an information superhighway.
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network
a group of connected computers which share resources
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The company network consisted of 3 servers, 95 workstations, and 10 printers.
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peripheral
an external computer add-on, such as a printer or a scanner; also known as an 'accessory'
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The woman hated the look of all the tangled wires behind her desk, which were caused by so many peripherals.
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software
any program designed to run on a computer
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The geek purchased new software for his computer almost every weekend.
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