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Following are the terms you must know to be computer literate or become an IT professional. These are the basics in each category and are essential, foundation concepts. Because terms are linked to others, this list serves as a springboard to many definitions in this encyclopedia.


           Basics

           computer
           digital
           application
           operating system
           bandwidth
           binary
           data
           database


           Internet

           Internet
           World Wide Web
           Web browser
           cloud computing


           Networking

           modem
           wireless router
           switch
           Ethernet
           Wi-Fi
           cellular hotspot


           Hardware

           hardware
           CPU
           storage drive
           RAM
           personal computer
           smartphone
           tablet computer
           mainframe


           Software

           software
           application
           program
           install program
           word processing
           spreadsheet
           database program
           presentation graphics
           Windows
           Macintosh
           iOS
           Android


           Social Networks

           Facebook
           Twitter
           LinkedIn


           Datacenter

           datacenter
           virtualization
           server


           Programming

           machine language
           assembly language
           high-level language


           Computer Professionals

           job descriptions
           programmer
           systems analyst
           programmer analyst





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