Computer Confluence Business Edition explores the promises and challenges of information technology, its effect on businesses, people, society, and the future. Topics include Computer Currents, Hardware Basics, Revolution in Writing, and Networking and Communication. For professionals in the information technology field.
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George Beekman is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Computer Science at Oregon State University. An innovative computer literacy course he created more than a decade ago served as the inspiration for Computer Confluence. He has since designed several classes in interactive multimedia and the social and ethical issues surrounding information technology. He coordinates multimedia components of OSU's New Media program, which focuses on the digital convergence of multimedia, telemedia, and print media. George Beekman has taught workshops in computer literacy and multimedia for students, educators, and economically disadvantaged families from the Atlantic to Alaska. He has written more than 20 books on computers, information technology, and multimedia, as well s more than 100 articles and reviews for Macworld and other popular publications. In his spare time he runs, rides his bike, and plays music with his friends.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Confluence 1: a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point (a happy confluence of weather and scenery);
2a: the flowing together of two or more streams;
b: the place of meeting of two streams;
c: the combined stream formed by conjunction
— Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Electronic Edition
When powerful forces come together, change is inevitable. As we enter the 21st century, we're standing at the confluence of three powerful technological forces: computers, telecommunications, and electronic entertainment. The computer's digital technology is showing up in everything from telephones to televisions, and the lines that separate these machines are eroding. This digital convergence is rapidly—and radically—altering the world's economic landscape. Start-up companies and industries are emerging to ride the waves of change. Some thrive; others dive into oblivion. Meanwhile, older organizations reorganize, regroup, and redefine themselves to keep from being washed away.
Smaller computers, faster processors, smarter software, larger networks, new communication media—in the world of information technology, it seems like change is the only constant. In less than a human lifetime, this technological cascade has transformed virtually every facet of our society—and the transformation is just beginning. As old technologies merge and new technologies emerge, far-fetched predictions routinely come true. This headlong rush into the high-tech future poses a challenge for all of us: How can we extract the knowledge we need from the deluge of information? What must we understand about information technology to successfully navigate the waters of change that carry us into the future? Computer Confluence: Exploring Tomorrow's Technology is designed to aid travelers on their journey into that future.
What Is Computer Confluence?
Computer Confluence presents computers and information technology on three levels:
The book consists of 18 chapters, numbered 0 through 17 in the grand tradition of computer science. Chapter 0, ReadMe, new to this edition, provides an introduction for students who have little or no experience with PCs and the Internet. The chapter also includes an orientation to the Computer Confluence book, CD-ROM, and Web site.
The remaining chapters are organized into five broad sections:
Throughout the five parts, the book's focus flows from the concrete to the controversial and from the present to the future. Individual chapters have a similarly expanding focus. After a brief introduction, each chapter flows from basic concepts toward abstract, future-oriented questions and ideas.
About this Edition
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit on it.
— Pat Koppman
The pace of change threatens to make even the most successful introductory computer classes irrelevant. Computer Confluence, Fifth Edition, helps students and instructors deal with rapid changes by emphasizes big ideas, broad trends, and the human aspects of technolgy—critical concepts that tend to remain constant even while hardware and software change. Every edition of Computer Confluence is rewritten to reflect changes in the technological landscape. This edition places new emphasis on the latest Web technologies, electronic commerce, multimedia trends, and emerging software platforms such as Windows XP, Linux, and Mac OS-X, and Palm OS. Here's a list of highlights new to this edition:
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