Computers Essays & Term Papers

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Introduction "Bill Gates and his empire command fear, respect and curiosity in the world he helped create. Microsoft dominates the software world like no other company in a major consumer industry" (Electric 1). Exactly how did Bill Gates and his partner Paul Allen get their company to such a tremendous height? The history of Microsoft is a very fascinating past full of enterprise and excitement. The Dawning of a great company Bill Gates and Paul Allen are the co-founders of Micro

As the end of the twentieth century nears, a new medium and tool has emerged as the future of communications, business, news, education, and entertainment. This tool is the Internet, a worldwide network of computers currently connected by phone lines. While it is still in its infancy, its power as a medium is very great, and this is being recognized ever more frequently by the businesses and people it connects. However, it is also abundant with information that is consider

The Social Impact of the Internet Past and Present Visionaries like the great Doctor Vannevar Bush once dreamed that knowledge shall be shared and communicated over large areas by a "memex" machine, and that this "memex" shall revolutionize the way we learn and interact with each other. Doctor Bush in the year 1945 may have not predicted the actual computer or the Internet of today, but his startling predictions did point in one direction, society will change drastically by this invention

CABLE MODEMS--Wave of the Future? If you think about the future, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Well, in the minds of most people the word computer or Internet will come to mind. Since the introduction of PC's in the late seventies and early eighties, the technology involved in computers has grown exponentially. The internet, which came into widespread use only five or six years ago has grown unimaginably. Anybody can find virtually anything they want over the Internet. The

What is the function of BIOS chips? I have often wondered this. How did they come about? How do they work? Yes, BIOS chips have been a bit of a mystery. I will research this and see if I can understand them a bit more by doing so. "The ROM BIOS chip transfers information from the keyboard into computer language of zeros and ones." This was the first thing I came across while searching for a true definition of a BIOS chip. The location of this was on the discovery channel's page, and it

The Internet (or "Information Superhighway") has grown quite beyond the novelty that it was once thought to have been. The Internet is no longer the playground of computer techies or pocket-protector wearing nerds. The Internet has become a community forum, a place of business, a vast source of information, as well as a constantly changing source of entertainment. From its beginnings, the highway has avoided any semblance of order (Kahin and Keller 23). No one owns the Internet, and no one contr

Seminar Paper Security on the Internet The Internet is the community of the future, but if security measures are not put in place and enforced, then it will become more of a slum and less of a community. The primary question is, therefore, who has the obligation to put these security measures into place? Is it the individual users of the computers and the Internet? Is it the responsibility of the companies that develop the different computer applications to place certain security measur

Encryption: Who Holds the Keys? In an opinion that prophetically predated the computer age, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis warned, "Ways may some day be developed by which the government, without removing papers from secret drawers, can reproduce them in court" (Bamford 3). For Bandeis and the rest of 1920's society, such technology would seem almost magical. However, for some time now the government and everyone else can examine papers without removing them from "secret draw

A computer cannot think, so this means that in order to get it to do any useful work, a user must provide it with a program. A program is a list of instructions that describe how to solve a particular problem, written in a language that a computer can understand, although programming a computer is a lot more involved than simply writing a list of instructions. Problem solving is a crucial component of programming and a broadly defined useful skill. It is a skill you already know a great deal abo

Bill Gates and His Computer Empire Just past 9 PM on October 28, 1955, the man who would revolutionize the computer industry as we know it, was born. The son of Bill Jr. and Mary Gates was named William Henry Gates III. The computer super-genius was soon to take his place in history. Within the last fifteen years the company that he and Paul Allan started, Microsoft, has become the largest software corporation in the computer industry. What is Bill Gates' background, and how did he pre

The Field of Artificial Intelligence: Biological 'Thinking' Machines Attempting to Create Mechanical 'Thinking' Machines Artificial intelligence, abbreviated AI, is a combination of the fields of science, physiology, and philosophy. The main purpose of AI is to create machines that can think. But in order to determine if a machine is thinking, ". . . it is necessary to define intelligence. To what degree does intelligence consist of, for example, solving complex problems, or making g

Introduction Legality, piracy, ethics, effects, moral dilemmas, motives, age, involvement, types - encryption are all main issues in Computer Crimes in todays world. How do we determine someone fate? Computer crime has become such a hot topic in the media since the middle of the 1980's. By now most of us would have probably recognize the names of some of the prominent "hackers" such as Kevin Mitnick or Robert Morris, which I will touch upon their crimes. These hackers or more appropri

GIS: Strategic Planning and Management Through The Application of Computer Technology On the walls of caves near Lascaux, France, Cro-Magnon hunters drew pictures of the animals they hunted 35,000 years ago. Associated with the animal drawings is a map; track lines and tallies thought to depict migration routes. These early records followed the two-element structure of modern geographic information systems: a graphic file linked to an attribute database. The map has been in existence

Many years ago a network was born it only had several computers were connected and now that same network has millions of computers connected at all times, it's called the Internet. This paper will explain: the birth, evolution, growth, and how it's changed the world as we know it. The audience for this material would be anyone interested in learning more about the Internet. I will offer a guided tour though the evolution of the Internet and explain what this effect has on its growth and popular

Computer, Internet, Privacy INTERNET REGULATION: POLICING CYBERSPACE The Internet is a method of communication and a source of information that is becoming more popular among those who are interested in, and have the time to surf the information superhighway. The problem with this much information being accessible to this many people is that some of it is deemed inappropriate for minors. The government wants censorship, but a segment of the population does not. Legislativ

Virtual Reality - What it is and How it Works Imagine being able to point into the sky and fly. Or perhaps walk through space and connect molecules together. These are some of the dreams that have come with the invention of virtual reality. With the introduction of computers, numerous applications have been enhanced or created. The newest technology that is being tapped is that of artificial reality, or "virtual reality" (VR). When Morton

Computer Simulation WARSIM 2000 is simulation software, used by the armed forces. Extensive, thorough, and tiring work has been done on thgis program. It covers almost all aspects and situations required for realistic, meticulous and a complete simulation. Information Technology has lead to the advancement of the tools required to build the simulator. Information Technolgy's guideleines and technolgy have reinforced this creative simulator General Description of Ope

Computer Science Government Intervention of the Internet During the past decade, our society has become based solely on the ability to move large amounts of information across large distances quickly. Computerization has influenced everyone's life. The natural evolution of computers and this need for ultra-fast communications has caused a global network of interconnected computers to develop. This global net allows a person to send E-mail across the world in mere fractions of a sec

Business Comparison of Mail Communications New technologies have always allowed us to do things faster, more efficiently, and more professionally than ever before. Generally, every new technology is a step forward for speed and productivity. But, despite this paradigm, the coming of the latest mail communications innovation has brought many pros and cons with the package. Electronic mail could be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but there are many who find flaws in i

History of the Computer Industry in America America and the Computer Industry Only once in a lifetime will a new invention come about to touch every aspect of our lives. Such a device that changes the way we work, live, and play is a special one, indeed. A machine that has done all this and more now exists in nearly every business in the U.S. and one out of every two households (Hall, 156). This incredible invention is the computer. The electronic computer has been arou

A Quantum Computer... a future technology Mike Damewood By the strange laws of quantum mechanics, Folger, a senior editor at Discover, notes, an electron, proton, or other subatomic particle is "in more than one place at a time," because individual particles behave like waves, these different places are different states that an atom can exist in simultaneously. Ten years ago, Folger writes, David Deutsch, a physicist at Oxford University, argued that it may be possible to build an

Science:Computers(:Internet) The Internet - By: Matt Garner The Internet, or 'net, is a vast network of computers that connects many of the world's businesses, institutions, and individuals. The Internet is composed of many parts, including the World Wide Web, FTP, IRC, Newsgroups, Gopher, WAIS, Archie, and of course Electronic Mail (Email). The Internet is mainly used for communication. Email is the most heavily used resource of the Internet- over 40 million email mess

Nic Singh December '96 A Discussion on Multimedia Multimedia, or mixed-media, systems offer presentations that integrate effects existing in a variety of formats, including text, graphics, animation, audio, and video. Such presentations first became commercially available in very primitive form in the early 1980s, as a result of advances that have been made in digital compression t

subject = Information Theory title = Data Compression papers = Data Compression- in beginners' terms 'Data Compression' just sounds complicated. Don't be afraid, compression is our good friend for many reasons. It saves hard drive space. It makes data files to handle. It also cuts those immense file download times from the Internet. Wouldn't it be nice if we could compress all files down to just a few bytes? There is a limit to how much you can compress a file

subject = Freshman title = Java vs. C++ papers = Since their inception, computers have played an increasingly important role in today's society. Advancements in technology have enabled computers to become faster and cheaper. Today, the majority of families own a home computer that is vastly more powerful than giant mainframes of years gone by. Computer hardware has been evolving rapidly with no end in sight, and with all of the advancements in computer hardware come advancements in compu

subject = English title = Save the Internet papers = Did you know that 83.5% of the images available on the Internet were pornographic (Kershaw)? Did you know that pornography on the Internet is readily available to curious little children who happen to bump into them? Today, the Internet which has only become popular several years ago, is unequivocally one of the most revolutionary innovations in the computer world. The information superhighway has changed peoples' lives

English Computer Technology A computer is an electronic device that can receive a set of instructions or program and the carry out this program by performing calculations on numerical data or by compiling and correlating other forms of information. ("Computer" Encarta). It also performs calculations and processes information with astonishing speed and precision. Computer Technology has improved our lives. It will continue to affect our future which will lead to an easi

Science - Computer science Computer Aided Drafting I have chosen computer aided drafting as my career, and by the year 2000 I hope to be working as a CAD operator. Some major concerns about choosing computer aided drafting as my career are: why I chose this career, the advantages, disadvantages, and the many statistics such as the average income. I chose computer aided drafting (or CAD) as my career because of many things. One reason I chose this job is becaus

Subject:Computer Science Titile:Does The Government Have The Right To Censor The Internet? The Internet is a method of communication and a source of information that is becoming popular among those who are interested in the information superhighway. The problem with this world we know as Cyberspace, the 'Net, or the Web is that some of this information, including pornographical material and hate literature, is being accessible to minors. Did you know that 83.5% of the images availabl

Where Did The Internet Come From? In the summer of 1969, not everyone was at Woodstock. In laboratories on either side of the continent a small group of computer scientists were quietly changing the future of communication. Their goal was to build a computer network that would enable researchers around the country to share ideas (Kantrowitz 56). The Internet we make so much today -- the global Internet which has helped scholars so much, where free speech is flourishing as never before

NAME: _______ English 1 HON Project Due March 12, 1998 THE DIGITAL WORLD OF BILL GATES He is the richest man in the world. His former friends, who are now his enemies, hate to even hear his name. His company wants to be with you in your office, your car, and even your kitchen. Bill Gates. But there is a lot more to Bill Gates than being the richest man in the world. He is one of the people responsible for setting off the computer revolution, and by doing that, he has changed the way mank

Computer History Back in ancient times people used to use there fingers to count. Ten became the basis of number systems for everybody because of 10 fingers and 10 toes. When they ran out of fingers and toes to count on they used stones and scratches in trees to store and record information. Later somebody invented the abacus. The abacus is still in use today in many Asian countries. Some people that use the abacus are as fast as a human now using a calculator. They used t

This was a paper on Fuzzy Logic I wrote for my Programming in C++ Intro class, I don't think it is very good myself. You could probably use it in a intro to computers class, or some kind of high school programming class. I have no idea what I got on the paper, I don't have the graded copy any more. This would be a great paper to use as a starting point. Hope this saves you some time and effort. ThePuck@unforgettable.com ************************************************** Programming

The Internet is a method of communication and a source of information that is becoming more popular among those who are interested in, and have the time to explore the information superhighway. The problem with this much information being accessible to this many people is that some of it is deemed inappropriate for minors. The government wants censorship, but a segment of the population does not. Legislative regulation of the Internet would be an appropriate function of the government. The

Fernando Elichirigoty (Basque) September 10, 1998 Information Policy Universities are the focus of the systems of government in Latin America…the same was true in Uruguay. Knowledge Universe - Michael Milton (insider trader fame)… and the head of database company Oracle…Larry went together and started a school called Knowledge Universe, and Internet based educational company. This may be the harbinger of many more developers along these li

Whoops, there goes another CD-ROM by Laura Tangley This article discusses the durability and longevity of some of todays modern forms of data storage. There is a big problem with the way data is being stored. The new forms of data storage, such as the CD-ROM and Magnetic tapes are not withstanding the test of time. The Magnetic tape has been around for some thirty some years and there have already been many proble

A new report was written on the privacy issue of consumer reports to large companies. This is an issue which has been debated for some time and has been the subject for many parliamentary bills. Consumers, in exchange for their shopping statistical information, are rewarded. These rewards come at the expense of personal privacy. Companies collect this data, and in turn, market strategically towards a certain customer. These companies are only beginning to see the tip of the ice berg on how to u

The Internet is perhaps today's most influential technological advance. Significant events in history contributing to the development of the Internet can be traced back to as early as 1858. As the Internet expands in the future, it stands to gain control over much of the world. The earliest event in history leading to the development of the Internet took place in 1858. This was the laying of the Atlantic Cable. It was laid to provide instantaneous communication across the ocean. Although it w

Fingerprint identification existed in its simplest forms long before it was used for solving crimes. Pre-historic picture writing of a hand with ridge patterns was discovered in Nova Scotia. In ancient Babylon, fingerprints were used on clay tablets for business transactions. In ancient China, thumbprints were found on clay seals. In 14th century Persia, various official government papers had fingerprints (impressions), and one government official, a doctor, observed that no two fingerprints w

The History of Computers in America One of the most popular and rapidly advancing inventions of the 20th century is the computer. Computers are being integrated into every aspect of life from business to science to entertainment. From the abacus to Charles Babbage's Difference Engine to today's super-fast microprocessors, the computer has been the single most important tool in the "Information Age" and has made life's tasks easier. The earliest ancestor of the computer was the abacus, a

Digital Cameras Written by Klyment Tan December 17, 1996 Ever wanted a cheaper way to capture a memory or advertise in a newsletter or paper? How about having acquiring instant digital images without a scanner? If any of this applies to you, follow this article carefully. You will learn what are digital cameras, similarities and differences between digital cameras and film cameras, and their advantages and disadvantages over the film camera. Digital Cameras: loss of control or flash of the f

REVIEW OF OPERATING SYSTEMS, DOS AND WINDOWS 95 1) It is necessary to install an operating system on every microcomputer because you need user interface. 2) 5 Functions of an operating system are: · Communicates with the user · Scheduling jobs · Control of input and output · Keeping a log of all programs · Primary storage management 3) Advantages and Disadvantages of WINDOWS95 & DOS: · Windows is easier · You can do multita

MICROPROCESSOR REVIEW 1) Define each of the following terms a) MICROPROCESSOR a A computer with its entire CPU contained on one integrated circuit. b) PIXEL a Short for picture element. A pixel is the smallest logical unit of visual information c) that can be used to build an image. Pixels are the little squares that can be seen when a graphics image is enlarged. The more pixels in an image, the better its resolution. c)

The year 2000 represents more than just an end to the 1900s. For computers worldwide, it can mean major problems. When software for many of the business computers in use today was in development, many programmers tried to save space by programming computers only to deal with years in the 20th century. Today, though, many computer users discover problems anytime they are dealing with a date that falls after the next turn-of-the-century. When calculations involving the year 2000 or after come u

Charles Babbage I Charles Babbage A. Was born in London 1. He was born on December 26, 1792 2. He was the son of Benjamin Babbage, who was a London banker. 3. Babbage stayed a bachelor all of his life and never got married. 4. Babbage became his own instructor of algebra, he loved solving mathematical problems. B. Charles Babbage attended Trinity College in Cambridge in 1811. 1. It was about that time that Babbage first acquired the interest in calculating machinery that became his

Do you have a computer or know someone who does? If you do then you are probably familiar with how rapidly the computer software industry grows and how quickly products become outdated. Presently the average life of a product before it is outdated is eighteen months(1). This means that if a company does not continue to produce cutting-edge products it will soon be forgotten. This is the determining factor of many companies that base their success on one product and do not spend the time and mone

-The essay's broken down into different parts.... - Describing the Issue Getting On-line for a couple of hours is common. Normally, this is just an occasional thing, but for some it becomes and obsession. These people are addicted to the Internet. The Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) is one of the many results of the widespread of the Internet. Although quite common, many people do not recognize its existence, and by doing so do not allow the addicted to get help. There are many diff

***note - bibliography and citations included!!!*** Identifying the Need ====================== Although computers can be used as a tool to spread awareness about problems in the environment, they cause a lot of environmental problems themselves. Pollution caused by the production of computer hardware, as well as from the cleaning agents used to clean computers, is a great hazard to the environment and the people that live in it. People leave their computers on non stop resulting in a

The Computer has been changed, and changed throughout history, but it has still done what everyone wanted it to do. This is what people say to be the best invention ever produced. The history of computers starts about 2000 years ago, at the beginning of time. It used a wooden rack holding two horizontal wires with beads strung on them. When these beads are moved around they are used to figure out simple mathematics. "Blaise Pascal is usually credited for the building the firs

Evolution of The Internet The structure and makeup of the Internet has adapted as the needs of the community have changed. Today's Internet serves the largest and most diverse community of network users in the computing world. Since it was created, the Internet has grown in size and become something that the entire world is almost completely dependent on. The Internet started as an experiment in the late 1960s by the Advanced Research