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Understanding the Digital World: What You Need to Know about Computers, the Internet, Privacy, and Security van [Kernighan, Brian W.]
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The basics of how computer hardware, software, and systems work, and the risks they create for our privacy and security

Computers are everywhere. Some of them are highly visible, in laptops, tablets, cell phones, and smart watches. But most are invisible, like those in appliances, cars, medical equipment, transportation systems, power grids, and weapons. We never see the myriad computers that quietly collect, share, and sometimes leak vast amounts of personal data about us. Through computers, governments and companies increasingly monitor what we do. Social networks and advertisers know far more about us than we should be comfortable with, using information we freely give them. Criminals have all-too-easy access to our data. Do we truly understand the power of computers in our world?

Understanding the Digital World explains how computer hardware, software, networks, and systems work. Topics include how computers are built and how they compute; what programming is and why it is difficult; how the Internet and the web operate; and how all of these affect our security, privacy, property, and other important social, political, and economic issues. This book also touches on fundamental ideas from computer science and some of the inherent limitations of computers. It includes numerous color illustrations, notes on sources for further exploration, and a glossary to explain technical terms and buzzwords.

Understanding the Digital World is a must-read for all who want to know more about computers and communications. It explains, precisely and carefully, not only how they operate but also how they influence our daily lives, in terms anyone can understand, no matter what their experience and knowledge of technology.


  • Editie: Kindle-editie
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  • Printlengte: 245 pagina's
  • Uitgever: Princeton University Press (9 januari 2017)
  • Verkocht door: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Taal: Engels
  • ASIN: B01M3XBS46
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Are you a proverbial educated layman? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Brian W. Kernighan, has written an outstanding book that allows him to help the reader to reach a better understanding of how computers work; what software is and how it’s created; and, how the Internet and the Web operate.

Author Kernighan, begins with an overview of the components of a computer. Then, he shows you how computers represent information with bits, bytes and binary numbers.
Also, the author explains how computers actually compute: how they process the bits and bytes to make things happen. He continues with a discussion of software in the abstract, focusing on algorithms, which are in effect idealized programs for focused tasks. Next, the author discusses programming and programming languages, which we use to express sequences of computational steps. He then describes the major kinds of software systems that we all use, whether we know it or not. Also, the author explains programming in JavaScript. He continues with a discussion about network technologies that one encounters directly in daily life: conventional wired networks like telephones, cable, and Ethernet; and, then wireless networks, of which Wi-Fi and cell phones are the most common. Next, the author explains why the Internet is a packet network: information is sent in standardized individual packets that are routed dynamically through a large and changing collection of networks. He then explains how the web connects computers that provide information­servers­with computers that ask for it­clients like you and me. Also, the author discusses web search, tracking, personal information, storage, databases, data aggregation, data mining, privacy and cloud computing. He continues with a discussion of how cryptography is a vital part of modern technology; it’s the basic mechanism that protects our security and privacy as we use the Internet. Finally, the author wraps the book up with a discussion of what you should have learned along the way; what’s likely to matter in the future; what computing issues will we still be wrestling with in five or ten years; and, what will be passé or irrelevant.

The author of this excellent book thinks that people who have some technical background will enjoy it themselves. But, the author also feels that he will help less technical people, friends and family, understand the basic message of this great book.
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5.0 van 5 sterren useful reference. Perfect text for newbies as well as ... 23 maart 2017
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Lucid explanations, broad coverage, useful reference.
Perfect text for newbies as well as experienced computer folks.
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5.0 van 5 sterren Well-written, with a touch of humor. 6 maart 2017
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Well-written,and no tech background required by the reader. So the title is accurate.

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