A CDE Definition
Electronic Computer Glossary
The predecessor to the disk version of Computer Desktop Encyclopedia. Electronic Computer Glossary was first available for DOS in 1990 and then Windows in 1991. A Macintosh HyperCard stack was also introduced in 1990. All versions were superseded by the Windows-only version of Computer Desktop Encyclopedia in 1996. See About this encyclopedia.
About this encyclopedia
Updated monthly, our goal is to provide a meaningful definition of everything important in computers, consumer electronics (CE), audio and video. We are not a product catalog, although we do include several thousand hardware and software products that are either popular, unique or have made a meaningful contribution. New terms are essential; however, what makes CDE unique is that it is a complete course in computer literacy, which is continuously revised to make it more readable. See CDE apps.
Quite a History
First published in 1981 as "The Computer Glossary," a 300-term, text-only handbook for Alan Freedman's computer literacy seminars, by 1989, the 3,500-term, illustrated 4th edition won the "Best Reference Book of the Year" award from Computer Book Review. The Glossary evolved over nine editions in English with translations into seven foreign languages, making it the most successful dictionary about computers on the market. In 1990, the Glossary was put on floppy disk for DOS, Mac and Windows. Six years later, a greatly enhanced version, renamed "Computer Desktop Encyclopedia" (CDE), was published in print and CD-ROM. Soon after, CDE debuted on the Web, and it was last published in book form in 2001.
The First Edition
A Note from the AuthorMy goal is to keep this database informative, interesting, accurate and timely. I invite your suggestions for enhancing existing entries as well as for new subjects, terms and buzzwords. I look forward to hearing from you.
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AcknowledgmentsFor more than three decades, hundreds of technical professionals have contributed suggestions, comments and assistance. To all of you, thank you so very much.
I would like to acknowledge the major contributors in the very beginning. Many thanks to Joel Orr, Irving Wieselman, Steve Diascro, Margaret Herrick, Steve Gibson, Leonard Mikolajczak, Paul Bergevin, Garry Dawson, Jagdish Dalal, David Chappell, Thom Drewke, Jeff Hecht, Peter Hermsen, Clive "Max" Maxfield, Terry O'Donnell, Jim Stroh, Pamela Brannan, Walter Levy, Gary Saxer, Mark and Joan Shapiro, Stephen Slade, David Wallace, Bob Williams and the staff at Black Box Corporation.
I especially want to thank Lynn Thompson, our research analyst, for her many thousands of hours of excellent work and devotion.
Last and most important, to Irma Lee Morrison, my wife and partner. Thank you Irmalee. I love you dearly.
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