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The computer desktop encyclopedia
Freedman, Alan, 1942-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : AMACOM, [1999]

Physical Description:
xviii, 1067 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm + 1 computer laser optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
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QA76.15 .F732 1999 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area-Reference
QA76.15 .F732 1999 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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Alan Freedman's at it again! He has now updated and expanded his magnum opus on computers and computing, the Computer Desktop Encyclopedia. With 2,000 new terms and 3,000 revised terms -- a grand total of over 10,000 -- this is truly an encyclopedic computer reference.

The new edition contains completely updated Internet and World Wide Web terms, new telecommunications technologies and vendors, even a TCP/IP micro-lesson. It's over 1,000 pages of dear, concise definitions and explanations of everything you need to know about computers.

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Choice Review

Freedman, author of many computer reference books, president of the Computer Language Company, and noted computer lexicographer, does not disappoint readers in the second edition of this comprehensive encyclopedia. He explains terms in language easy to understand. Definitions range from supertechnical to silicon slang, from "hypercubes" to "prairie dogging." Freedman's book is far superior to Douglas Downing et al.'s Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms (6th ed., 1998) or Philip E. Margolis's Random House Webster's Computer & Internet Dictionary (3rd ed, 1999); Freedman has at least twice as many entries and explains terms more thoroughly. The entries are arranged alphabetically, by acronym if applicable. Definitions range in length from one line to several pages. The book includes nice black-and-white pictures, diagrams, and tables, very helpful in this type of work, and it has excellent cross-references. Also included is a CD-ROM version of the book, with illustrations in color, which, although not fancy, is easy to search and contains the same information as the book. Recommended for general and academic readers. M. S. Brown-Sica; University of Colorado at Denver