How Computers Work

How Computers Work

Book - 2008
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Having sold more than 2 million copies over its lifetime, How Computers Work is the definitive illustrated guide to the world of PCs and technology. In this new edition, you'll find detailed information not just about every last component of hardware found inside your PC, but also in-depth explanations about home networking, the Internet, PC security, and even how cell phone networks operate. Whether you're interested in how the latest graphics cards power today's most demanding games or how a digital camera turns light into data, you'll find your answers right here.

Ron White is a former executive editor and columnist for PC Computing , where he developed the visual concept behind How Computers Work. Founder of one of the

earliest PC user groups, he has been writing about computers for 25 years and is known for building wildly extreme computers.

Timothy Edward Downs is an award-winning magazine designer, illustrator, and photographer. He has directed and designed several national consumer, business, technology, and

lifestyle magazines, always infusing a sense of "how it works" into every project.

A full-color, illustrated adventure into the wonders of TECHNOLOOGY

This full-color, fully illustrated guide to the world of technology assumes nothing and explains everything. Only the accomplished Ron White and award-winning Tim Downs have the unique ability to meld descriptive text with one-of-a-kind visuals to fully explain how the electronic gear we depend on every day is made possible. In addition to all the content you've come to expect from prior editions, this newly revised edition includes all-new coverage of topics such as:

* How tablet PCs put the power of a PC quite literally in your hands

* How Windows Vista makes your Windows desktop translucent and makes your PC more secure

* How advances in optical disc technology such as dual-layer DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray discs continue to push the envelope

* How Apple's new iPhone is revolutionizing what cell phones can do

* How BitTorrent technology enables anyone to share information with everyone

For a decade, How Computers Work has helped newbies understand new technology, while at the same time hackers and IT pros have treasured it for the depth of knowledge it contains. This is the perfect book about computing to capture your imagination, delight your eyes, and expand your mind, no matter what your technical level!

Category: General Computing

Covers: PCs/Hardware

User Level: Beginning-Intermediate

Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Que Publishing, c2008
Edition: 9th ed
ISBN: 9780789736130
Branch Call Number: 004.16 W587 9th ed
004.16 W587 9th ed
Characteristics: xiii, 452 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Feb 01, 2015

Very good introduction to basic computer science! Some parts could've been explained a bit better. It's generally quite user-friendly, though.

Feb 14, 2010

Very user friendly book!


Add Age Suitability

Oct 09, 2015

KatieCadet2012 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top