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A classic is back in its 8th and best edition yet! How Computers Work, 8th Edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the inner-workings of computers. The full-color, detailed illustrations will take you deep inside your PC and show you just how intricate it is. This latest edition has been updated with information on all of the latest technologies, including: PCI Express B A classic is back in its 8th and best edition yet! How Computers Work, 8th Edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the inner-workings of computers. The full-color, detailed illustrations will take you deep inside your PC and show you just how intricate it is. This latest edition has been updated with information on all of the latest technologies, including: PCI Express Bus Serial ATA Connections Digital Photography Software TiVos, Gas Plasma Screens, iPods, and Other Home Entertainment Equipment Google and eBay 3D Game Development, Two-Slot Video Cards, and Overclocking How Computers Work has sold over two million copies world wide. But don't take our word for it � get your copy today!


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A classic is back in its 8th and best edition yet! How Computers Work, 8th Edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the inner-workings of computers. The full-color, detailed illustrations will take you deep inside your PC and show you just how intricate it is. This latest edition has been updated with information on all of the latest technologies, including: PCI Express B A classic is back in its 8th and best edition yet! How Computers Work, 8th Edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the inner-workings of computers. The full-color, detailed illustrations will take you deep inside your PC and show you just how intricate it is. This latest edition has been updated with information on all of the latest technologies, including: PCI Express Bus Serial ATA Connections Digital Photography Software TiVos, Gas Plasma Screens, iPods, and Other Home Entertainment Equipment Google and eBay 3D Game Development, Two-Slot Video Cards, and Overclocking How Computers Work has sold over two million copies world wide. But don't take our word for it � get your copy today!

30 review for How Computers Work

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Kirk

    At first glance, this looks like a children's book: it reminded me of the old Usborne series. However, it's actually a lot more detailed than that. This edition was printed in 1994, so it's a bit dated in 2012; for instance, it talks about floppy disks and serial/parallel cables rather than USB. However, a lot of it is still relevant, e.g. the description of the components inside a laser printer, and I assume that newer editions of the book will cover new technologies. For a more in-d At first glance, this looks like a children's book: it reminded me of the old Usborne series. However, it's actually a lot more detailed than that. This edition was printed in 1994, so it's a bit dated in 2012; for instance, it talks about floppy disks and serial/parallel cables rather than USB. However, a lot of it is still relevant, e.g. the description of the components inside a laser printer, and I assume that newer editions of the book will cover new technologies. For a more in-depth look, I recommend CompTIA A+ Certification All-In-One Exam Guide: (Exams 220-701 & 220-702) With CDROM , but that will also take a lot longer to read. I read this from cover to cover in about 6 hours.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Hornsby

    I didn't finish because a) I knew more about computers than I had thought, b) kinda outdated, and c) the layout! Ugh! It's like a whole book of info graphics from Wired magazine or something. I got tired of it pretty quickly.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James Davidson

    Changed my life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Very useful for refreshing my memory on how a computer is put together, how the parts communicate with each other and over the Internet, etc. Especially since I hadn't bothered to really learn any specifics since about 1992. Only problem is that even though the copyright in my edition says 2013 (and the ISBN for that edition isn't found in Goodreads...its a BN exclusive edition with a free iPad edition on an included DVD) the 9th edition was first published in 2007 so some of the specifics are a Very useful for refreshing my memory on how a computer is put together, how the parts communicate with each other and over the Internet, etc. Especially since I hadn't bothered to really learn any specifics since about 1992. Only problem is that even though the copyright in my edition says 2013 (and the ISBN for that edition isn't found in Goodreads...its a BN exclusive edition with a free iPad edition on an included DVD) the 9th edition was first published in 2007 so some of the specifics are a bit out of date. The iPad version has some very nice diagram animation. But this loses a bit for some sloppy editing - there are occasional repeated paragraphs (almost like filler) and some diagrams have some wacky colors that make them hard to read. A nice book that covers everything from mother boards to the internet to digital cameras to color printing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Kleiner

    This book is a fantastic starting point for learning how computers work. It covers both the programming of the machine such as how the operating system goes about computing equations, but also the electrical aspect of them, such as how transistors make up a computer and such. The only problem I found while reading this is that is sometimes doesn't go into full detail and leaves you with a few questions. But as far as starting points go, this is definitely a good book for learning the basics of c This book is a fantastic starting point for learning how computers work. It covers both the programming of the machine such as how the operating system goes about computing equations, but also the electrical aspect of them, such as how transistors make up a computer and such. The only problem I found while reading this is that is sometimes doesn't go into full detail and leaves you with a few questions. But as far as starting points go, this is definitely a good book for learning the basics of computers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Very detailed I couldn't think of much that it missed out on the only thing was it sometimes got easy to get lost in the reading because it contained a lot of jargon but if u can get past that its great

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Very useful book on how computers work. (Yes, it was for a class) I thought I understood a lot about computers, but after looking at the many great diagrams, I realized that I was not as much of a nerd as I thought I was...which might be a good thing. :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zach Freeman

    Does an okay job of laying out how computers, the internet, cell phones, and pretty much any kind of technological gadget works. Lots of pictures but sometimes doesn't seem to go deep enough and just gives you enough information to be more confused.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nomes

    Fairly average as textbooks go, but very shiny and nice looking, with some good information in it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    Read in 1995

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ilya Zarembsky

    It has many pictures and colors and is very good.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Painting

    In spite of some layout problems, I am considering a purchase because this would make a nice home reference book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Awesome book. Really great illustrations. Would have gone nuts for this as a kid.

  14. 4 out of 5

    William Schram

    How Computers Work is a compendium of all things related to computers and their peripherals. This places it into a very wide subject matter. It doesn’t cover everything that possesses a computer chip, but it does talk about things like Video Game Systems. It focuses more on how the component works rather than the history, but there are occasions where the history is all the component has. For example, the book might talk about ancient connection ports like the RS-232 port or pretty much anything How Computers Work is a compendium of all things related to computers and their peripherals. This places it into a very wide subject matter. It doesn’t cover everything that possesses a computer chip, but it does talk about things like Video Game Systems. It focuses more on how the component works rather than the history, but there are occasions where the history is all the component has. For example, the book might talk about ancient connection ports like the RS-232 port or pretty much anything before the USB port. The book discusses the underlying physics behind the computer components. In that vein, it talks about how magnetic fields are used, what electromagnetism is, how they produce semiconductors and so much more. This book is ridiculously thorough; it even has descriptions of UPC and QR Codes and how the computer ‘reads’ them. The book combines descriptive imagery and text to great effect. It is difficult to summarize, so I will just say that if your Desktop, Laptop, or Smartphone has it, this book discusses it. If you were curious about the history of Operating Systems, Computer Parts, the Internet, and other major components of computers then this book is a good place to start.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    I'm teaching a beginner course on computing (9 weeks - 1 marking period) to 8th graders. We have a basic book and we're doing codeacademy python, but I wanted some more detail. I checked this book out from my local library. What a gold mine! A different topic on each page, but in a logical order. Awesome pictures. I wish the book had the pictures separated stronger from the text. There are other books like this (basically, the entire DK series) that spend too much time making the book into art o I'm teaching a beginner course on computing (9 weeks - 1 marking period) to 8th graders. We have a basic book and we're doing codeacademy python, but I wanted some more detail. I checked this book out from my local library. What a gold mine! A different topic on each page, but in a logical order. Awesome pictures. I wish the book had the pictures separated stronger from the text. There are other books like this (basically, the entire DK series) that spend too much time making the book into art on every page detracts from my ability to read. But this book has the paragraphs numbered, for example, to help guide you through the reading steps, if there is any doubt how you should be reading it. I simply want to give each student a topic from the book, and have them develop a short 5' presentation for the class that I can give every single day.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ietrio

    Crap data, this way, Tesla invents something in 1903. Tesla is said to be a "Yugoslavian scientist", although Yougoslavia appears in 1918. So Tesla is born after 1918, and he somehow turns back in time to invent something in 1903. And why is 1903 relevant to teach a 1995 computer? Still, it can be used as base material to teach children about computers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adam Di Filippe

    Up to date information, clear visuals, and simple, but full explanations.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Great graphics and engaging text.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Abdullah O.

    Kitaba Türkçe bir isim vermem istenseydi kesinlikle bu isim "Bilgisayarın Mâhiyeti" olurdu. Zira yazar, bilgisayar denen nesnenin en temel yapıtaşlarını o kadar güzel izah etmiş ki. Bir de kitaptaki rengarenk çizimler işin içine eklenince, ortaya müthiş öğretici bir yapıt çıkmış. Gerçekten emek mahsülü. Olağanüstü! Acilen Türkçe'ye kazandırılmalı!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Connor Stack

    Cool concept but full of wrong information on basic stuff. Examples: they say the maximum value of a 16 bit number is 256. They reference a programming language called "C+". It makes me think this book was edited by people who know nothing about programming. I didn't finish the book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    James Nickel

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steve Sick

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ng Jerome-christian

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brenna Flood

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mason Barge

  26. 4 out of 5

    Af

  27. 5 out of 5

    LBalsam

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Valeri

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debra A Wahle

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brent

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