This course is for the benefit of everyone. If financial constraints prevent you from enrolling, simply send me a message explaining your situation and I will give you access to all of my courses for free.
You are about to embark on an exciting journey learning about the information revolution and the incredible world of computers.
This course is very practical and applicable. It focuses on teaching you skills you can use. These skills include not only specific hands-on skills, like "right-clicking" and taking "screenshots," but also skills such as keeping yourself safe online, not texting while you're driving, and what to look for when buying computers (just to mention a very small fraction of the skills this course will teach you).
This is a university level course designed to introduce individuals to the world of computers, so it is rich in its depth and breadth of content. I have taught this course for over a decade and have refined it to be incredibly amazing and awesome. You are going to love this course and it will forever change your life. You will gain skills in this course which you will use for the rest of your life and which will make your life easier. Knowing how to use computers is essential in our day-and-age. This course will give you the skills you need to use computers well.
Presented with high-quality video lectures, this course will visually show you how to easily do everything with computers. This is just some of what you will learn in this course:
Lifetime access to this course allows you to easily review material and continue learning new material.
After taking this course, you will have a thorough understanding of how to use computers well.
From beginners, to advanced users, this course is perfect for all ability levels. This course will add value to everyone's skillset.
This course is for the benefit of everyone. If financial constraints prevent you from enrolling, simply send me a message explaining your situation and I will give you access to all of my courses for free.
This video will show you how to improve the quality of the videos you are watching - whether you're watching them here at Udemy, or on YouTube!
Please know that if you hear me refer to "blackboard" or "assignments" those references are for the students who are taking this course at college for credit. There are two types of students watching these videos: those who are here solely on Udemy, and those who are also attending college and taking this course for credit. If you are solely here on Udemy, you do not need to do assignments.
An introduction to I/O devices (input / output devices) including brain interface units. This week covers computer INPUT & OUTPUT devices, also known as, I/O Devices. This is a pretty exciting area right now with computers. It really looks at how humans interface with computers. How do we, as humans, get information INTO and OUT OF a computer? Once of the most exciting innovations in this area recently is the Brain Interface Unit. Check out these lectures to learn more about INPUT and OUTPUT devices!
Continuing our study of input and output devices, this video looks at keyboards including the dvorak keyboard, the qwerty keyboard, ergonomic keyboards, and keyboard drawers.
Continuing our study of input and output devices, this video looks at the various pointing devices we can use including the mouse, ergonomic mice, stylus, and touch screen.
Continuing our study of input and output devices, this video looks at Graphic Tablets, Signature Capture Devices, Touchpads, and Brain Interface Units.
Continuing our study of input and output devices, this video looks at source data automation.
Continuing our study of input and output devices, this video covers scanners including flatbed scanners, bio-metric scanners, bio-metric authentication, RFID Radio Frequency Identification, bar code scanners, Optical Character Recognition OCR, Optical Mark Recognition OMR, and Magnetic Ink Character Recognition MICR.
This video covers digital cameras including digital video cameras. It will show you how to understand resolution and megapixels.
Continuing our study of input and output devices, this video covers microphones.
This is an introduction to a commercial about RFID.
This is an introduction to 60 Minutes show on Brain Interfaces.
A tour of a keyboard, the different types of keyboards, dvorak keyboards, qwerty keyboards, and ergonomic keyboards including ergonomic keyboard trays / drawers.
Personal Media Players (PMP's) like iPod's or iPhone's can cause hearing damage. Music Induced Hearing Loss (MIHL) is a well-studied and documented phenomenon. Here are steps you can take to protect your hearing: purchase noise isolation or noise cancellation headphones.
What's the difference between an LCD and an LED? Are they different? What's the difference between fluorescent backlit LCD's and LED backlit LCD's? What is a Plasma display? What is a CRT cathode ray tube? This video will show you!
What is a PIXEL? It's a Picture Element. How do pixels relate to monitors and displays? What is a monitor's resolution? How does resolution relate to aspect ratio, and what is aspect ratio? What is the difference between a VGA connection and a DVI connection and a HDMI connection? This video will show you!
Have you ever heard of HEAD UP DISPLAYS? What about HELMET MOUNTED DISPLAYS? How about AUGMENTED REALITY or REALITY OVERLAYS? These are all the same concept, the phrases are pretty much synonymous, and they represent a new OUTPUT DEVICE that allows information to be OVERLAID on top of REALITY. GOOGLE GLASSES is the latest development in these REALITY OVERLAYS.
Just in case you're tired of THIS reality, there is an alternate reality which some people choose to spend time in, and that is VIRTUAL REALITY. What is VIRTUAL REALITY and does it have any REAL WORLD significance? This video explores VIRTUAL REALITY technology and shows some of its industrial, military, and recreational uses.
Another important OUTPUT DEVICE is the PROJECTOR. Projectors are used for, of course, projecting images. We've seen projectors already, probably, in our lives - in the classroom being used for presentations, in movie theaters. What is new and exciting are 3-D MAPPING PROJECTORS. These are projectors that are being used to project images onto HUGE surfaces, like buildings. Check it out. It's pretty cool!
There are a variety of printers in the marketplace. We can categorize printers by impact and non-impact printers. DOT-MATRIX printers are impact printers. LASER printers and INK JET printers are non-impact. There are also 3D printers. Human organs and guns are being printed by 3D printers.
3D PRINTERS are a revolutionary new OUTPUT DEVICE. Human organs and guns are being printed by 3D PRINTERS. 3D PRINTING is an additive process. SHAPEWAYS is a website where you can sell, and purchase, 3D PRINTED items.
Bose speakers are the best in the market. If you're going to buy speakers, you should buy BOSE speakers. Speakers are the OUTPUT DEVICE we use to hear sound. Pretty obvious, right? What might not be so obvious are some of the settings you can adjust in your computer related to sound.
This video shows you how to adjust your DISPLAY SETTINGS including adjusting your screen resolution and changing your desktop background.
There is an online learning revolution occurring. This video shows you many of the great websites you can go to in order to learn! Some of the websites include: Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, Udemy, DuoLingo, and Lynda.com. This video also talks about MOOC's, which stands for Massive Online Open Courses.
This is a video introduction to another video: Will 3D Printing Change The World?
This is a video introduction to VICE's documentary on 3D PRINTED GUNS.
This is a video introduction to 3D Printed HUMAN ORGANS!
This is a video introduction to the Bay Bridge Lights art installation!
System Software consists of your OPERATING SYSTEM, UTILITIES, and DRIVERS. Sometimes "translator" is included in this category, too. This overview of system software shows what will be covered in the rest of the videos. We will look at the various components of operating systems, the functions of an operating system, the types and categories of operating systems, and the brands of operating systems that are on the market.
An operating system makes your system operate. It's a reflexive definition, but it's also a good one! There are several functions of an operating system. As well, the operating system serves as an intermediary between application software and the hardware. An operating system knows how to make your hardware operate. Operating systems are written for specific hardware. There are many ways to categorize the various operating systems that we find running on different hardware configurations.
The functions of an operating system include providing a user interface (gui), booting, configuring devices, managing networking, managing security (passwords, biometrics, firewall, checking to ensure if there's virus protection), managing and monitoring hardware resources, scheduling tasks and jobs, and providing file management.
There are many different ways that we can categorize operating systems. One way to categorize operating systems is by size: Embedded (Cash registers, digital photo frames, GPS devices, ATM machines, medical devices, robots, my wrist watch), Mobile, Desktop, Server, Mainframe, Super Computer.
What are some of the most popular brands of operating systems? This video covers the popular brands of operating systems including Mac OS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, and z/OS.
A "platform" is the type of hardware and operating system that a person is using. This video takes a look at the market share of various operating systems.
When the personal computer revolution hit in the 1970's and 1980's, Microsoft and Apple were the two rivals vying for market share. This video looks at how the operating system was the key business play during the personal computer revolution, and how "switching costs" lead people to stick with whatever operating system they learned to use. It also looks at why Microsoft gained such significant market share.
Just what is the kernel and what does it do? This video provides an introduction to operating system kernels.
This video looks at a few terms that you hear in association with operating systems: multitasking, multiprocessing, and parallel processing.
What is spooling and buffering? Computers will spool to the buffer. Just what does that mean? When your computer needs to process something for another device, it will process that data, or spool it, into a BUFFER area, which will hold the data until that other device is ready for it. A common example of spooling into the buffer is when your computer prints something. The print job gets spooled into the buffer area, and when the printer is ready for the data, it will then pull the processed data from the buffer. SPOOLING into the BUFFER frees up the CPU to do other tasks instead of having to wait while the printer prints and slowly feed it a little data at a time.
Just what the hell is VIRTUALIZATION? You hear about virtualization all of the time - virtualize this, virtualize that. This video explains just what the hell virtualization is all about.
This is a review of all of the things we've learned so far about OPERATING SYSTEMS. If you want to quick version of all of the other videos, this is it. Reviewing material is good because, like a dog, the more you roll around in something, the more it sticks.
UTILITY SOFTWARE helps your computer run. Just like utilities in your house help your house run, utility software in your computer helps your computer run. Some examples of utility software: File Management, Search Tools, Diagnostic Software, Disk Management Software, Uninstall Software, Cleanup Software, File Compression, Backup, AntiVirus, AntiSpyware, Firewalls, Other Security Software.
Device Drivers, which are also known as just DRIVERS, allow your computer to DRIVE different pieces of hardware. You can pretty much always go to the website of whoever manufactured a piece of hardware then download the DRIVER and install it on your computer so that your computer can then DRIVE that hardware device. Make sense?
An essential computer skill is knowing how to use OPEN WITH to open files. You can right click any file and then choose OPEN WITH. This will allow you to select which program opens that file. You can also choose to always use a default program to open a certain type of file. For instance, I could choose to always have Photoshop open my image files.
Operating System Updates are critical to keeping your computer safe and running well. Flaws, including security flaws, are always being discovered with large complex pieces of software like operating systems. An OS UPDATE will fix any security flaws, and any other flaws, with your operating system as they are discovered. You should have your operating system set to automatically install updates.
AntiVirus Software is essential to keeping SOME computers safe. If you are running WINDOWS you absolutely NEED AntiVirus Software. If you are running APPLE's MAC OS you DO NOT NEED AntiVirus Software. Why is this? Watch the video and find out.
If you ARE running AntiVirus Software, it is important to keep it UP TO DATE. You do this by running AntiVirus Software Updates. There are always new viruses being released. If you do not keep your AntiVirus Software UP TO DATE, your software might not catch all of the viruses!
When you purchase software, you want to make sure your computer will be able to run the software you are purchasing. To find out if your computer will be able to run a piece of software you are interested in buying, look at the software's MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS. The MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS will tell you what type of computer hardware you need, and what type of OPERATING SYSTEM, you need, in order to run the software.
The TASK MANAGER is an area in the WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM that allows you to, well, MANAGE TASKS. If you have a task (a program) which is no longer operating well or responding, you can enter the TASK MANAGER and end that task (program). The TASK MANAGER is good to know about!
Not everyone knows that you are supposed to EJECT USB FLASH DRIVES. A lot of people just yank their USB flash drive right out of the computer without first ejecting it. Why should you eject your USB flash drive? Watch this video to find out!
This video shows you how to uninstall software on WINDOWS.
You can RESTORE your computer system to its original state by easily accessing the RESTORE PARTITION and then running a SYSTEM RESTORE. This will REINSTALL all of the software that came on your computer originally, resetting your computer so that it has the same software on it just like it did the day you took it out of the box.
This video will direct you to another one of my videos which will show you how to install LINUX UBUNTU. This video will also give you a few ADDITIONAL thoughts on installing an OS and how this can be a very good thing!
This video looks briefly at what "OPEN SOURCE" means. In this video, "OPEN SOURCE" is defined. We will talk about LINUX in this video which is a very successful open source OPERATING SYSTEM. I will also show you about the "civilization starter kit" in this video, which is an open source movement at OPEN SOURCE ECOLOGY.
This is an introduction to ANOTHER VIDEO called "How Linux Is Built" ....
This is an introduction to ANOTHER VIDEO which DAVID LETTERMAN did ... a tribute to bill gates ...
This is an introduction to ANOTHER VIDEO which 60 MINUTES did ... Bill Gates 2 0
This is an introduction to ANOTHER VIDEO which 60 MINUTES did ... Bill Gates on Steve Jobs
This is an introduction to ANOTHER VIDEO which 60 MINUTES did ... Bill Gates on School ...
Software is categorized as either "system" software or "application" software. System software includes your operating system, utilities, driver, and translators. Application software refers to the applications, or programs, we run on our computer. Examples of application software include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software like powerpoint, graphics software, and video editing software just to mention a few categories of application software.
When you purchase software, you are not purchasing the software, you are purchasing a license to *use* the software. After purchasing software, you cannot make copies of it and start selling it. You don't own the software - you own the right, or a license, to use the software. This video talks about INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, PIRACY, SOFTWARE LICENSES, the END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (EULA), and categories of software including commercial software, shareware, freeware, public domain software, and open source software.
What is CLOUD COMPUTING? Software can either be installed and run on your computer, or you can work with software that is located on the web which is also known as the cloud. Web-based software, which is also known as cloud based software, or cloudware, is software that runs on the web. You do not need to install anything on your computer to use web-based, our cloud based, software.
Software suites are individual software applications "bundled" together for one low price. Resources for purchasing software at discounted student / academic pricing are discussed.
You can purchase software at a discount by purchasing academic versions of the software. Purchasing academic software is also known as getting educational pricing. Who qualifies for these discounts? Watch this video to find out!
Pretty much all software shares a COMMON DESIGN. By creating software with familiar user interfaces, software companies increase the likelihood of users to adopt and use their software. This COMMON DESIGN between software applications means that, once you learn how to use one piece of software, you're well on your way to understanding how to use *all* software.
How do you find answers when you are using a piece of software and you are somehow stuck? This video shows you how to get help and find answers.
A "Killer App" is a piece of software that is highly desired. This video talks about killer apps and covers some of the killer apps that have already appeared in the market.
This video provides an introduction to word processing. MS Word is introduced. The Word Wrap feature is covered. Notepad is demonstrated. Copying & Pasting into Notepad to remove web formatting is also shown. Character and Paragraph level formatting are also covered.
There are several levels of formatting that can be done in Microsoft Word. This video shows how to format at the page level.
This video shows how to use sections in microsoft word.
This video shows how to use styles in microsoft word. It also shows how to automatically create a table of contents based upon those styles.
This video shows how to insert references in microsoft word. It also shows how to create a bibliography, which is also known as "works cited."
This video shows you how to insert, and format, pictures in Microsoft Word.
This video shows you how to insert, and format, a page header and a page footer in Microsoft Word.
This video shows you how to use find and replace in Microsoft Word
This video shows you how to do mail merge in microsoft word.
This video provides an introduction to spreadsheets and microsoft excel.
This video shows you how to write a formula in microsoft excel. It also shows you what a relative reference is in ms excel.
This video shows you how to use absolute references in microsoft excel.
This video provides an introduction to functions in microsoft excel
This video provides an introduction to creating charts, or graphs, in Microsoft Excel.
This video shows you how to calculate a grade using google spreadsheets.
This video shows you how to create a form in google drive, gather data from people on the web, then have the results put into a google drive spreadsheet.
This video provides an introduction to databases. This video covers some of the advantages and disadvantages of data storage both in the past and the present.
This video introduces the real time crime fighting center which is used by the NYPD. It also discusses other video resources which you can look at to learn more about databases and see databases in action.
This video will show you how to create a table in Microsoft Access. You will learn what the key field is and will also learn how to set a primary key.
This video will show you how to create tables in Microsoft Access. You will see how to create tables for a video rental store.
This video will show you how to establish relationships between your tables in Microsoft Access. You will learn what referential integrity is and you will learn how to set it to help ensure data integrity.
This video will show you how to create a query in Microsoft Access.
The data hierarchy helps us understand databases. This video explains what the data hierarchy is.
Data mining is the process of looking for valuable information and relationships in your data. Just like miners used to go looking for gold, or other valuable substances, when doing data mining, individuals are looking for pieces of information that are valuable.
Presentation software, like microsoft powerpoint, is used to help speakers give presentations. Google Drive also has very handy, and functional, presentation software capabilities.
Many people struggle with public speaking. Yet, public speaking doesn't have to be hard. While many people will use presentation software like Microsoft Powerpoint as a crutch when giving a presentation, this video will show you how you can present more effectively using presentation software.
This video provides an introduction to image editing software. Many examples are shown of what can be done with image editing software. Adobe Photoshop is introduced, and "content aware" fill is covered. A short exercise with MS Paint is also given.
This video provides an introduction to video editing software, which is also of course also known as, movie editing software, or just movie software. Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Windows Movie Maker are all introduced.
This video shows you how to edit a movie using Windows Movie Maker.
This video provides an introduction to the screen recording software program Camtasia by Techsmith. It shows you the basics of using Camtasia, as well as Camtasia encoding settings.
This video shows you how to sell teachings online. This video provides you with an introduction to Udemy and how you can create a course there. It also shows you how you can sell text, audio, or video content at Amazon.
This video will introduce you to making money on YouTube.
This video provides an introduction to audio editing software like GarageBand.
This video provides an introduction to building websites using Adobe Dreamweaver.
This video shows you how to manage money using quicken. In addition, in this video the importance of having a CPA do your taxes is discussed. Why would you want to use a CPA to do your taxes? For one, they know what they're doing when it comes to taxes, I mean, that's their job, and usually they will save you more money on your taxes than they charge you to do your taxes. The second reason to use a CPA to do your taxes is that you'll be less likely to be audited.
A few final types of application software are covered in this video, including, Apps, Project Management Software, CAD Software, Download.com, and using Google Translate.
This video provides an introduction to Salman Khan.
This video provides an introduction to networking including a definition of networking (two or more devices connected together) and the benefits of networking (sharing information and sharing resources). Several examples of networks are also provided.
This video looks at the origins of the Internet, which was the Arpanet. We will see why the Arpanet was created. We will also learn the difference between the Internet and the WWW.
This video looks at voice communications including Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS - landline phones), Cellular phones (must be within range of cell tower), Dual-Mode Phones (cellular and wifi), and Satellite phones. We also look at the cellular network, cell towers, honeycomb shaped zones, and some of the potential hazards of cellphone use. This video will explore whether or not cellphones cause cancer.
This video explores GPS (global positioning systems). It looks at how GPS works. It also looks at the many applications of GPS.
This video covers many applications of networks including monitoring systems, medical monitoring, sensor networks, RFID tracking, and robotic networks.
This video provides an introduction to videoconferencing, providing a definition of video conferencing and also showing several uses of videoconferencing including google hangouts.
This video provides an introduction to telecommuting, defining telecommuting and also looking at some of the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting.
This video explores collaborative computing and provides examples of collaborative computing including DNA Folding, the Johnny Cash Project, Amazon Turk, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, Don Tapscott's Ted Talk on the four principles for the open world, and one gold-miner who crowdsourced his mining data to find his gold.
This video provides an introduction to telemedicine, defining it and providing a few illustrative examples.
One of the ways we can categorize networks is by size. There are four common size categories of networks - PAN, LAN, WAN, MAN - Personal Area Network, Local Area Network, Wide Area Network, Metropolitan Area Network.
Another way we can categorize networks is by access. An INTRANET is an "internet" that only people within ONE organization can access. An EXTRANET is an "internet" that people in a FEW organizations can access: for instance, WalMart might have an EXTRANET which all of their suppliers can access in order to obtain information that might be useful to WalMart Suppliers. A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (VPN) is a term used to refer to a PRIVATE network that connects separate locations by encrypting data and sending it over a public network.
To create a network, we have to connect devices, and there are two ways with can do that: with WIRES or with a WIRELESS connection. There are three main types of wires used to connect computers today: ETHERNET, COAXIAL CABLE, FIBER OPTIC.
To create a network, we have to connect devices, and there are two ways with can do that: with WIRES or with a WIRELESS connection. Devices that connect in a WIRELESS method have to send signals to each other. An example would be the RADIO. By sending wireless signals from a transmission tower, when we're in our car we can turn the radio on and the radio receives those wireless signals which then allows music to play in our car. When connecting computing devices, exactly the same thing happens: wireless signals are transmitted from one device and then another device receives those signals. The frequency of the signal used when connecting computing devices or cellphones, however, varies from the frequency used for radio broadcast - the frequencies for computing devices and cellphones are higher than that used for AM/FM Radio. This video will look at the ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM, provide an introduction to wireless transmission, and explore whether or not the wireless signals bombarding our environment are harmful.
This video covers network topologies, focusing upon the star topology.
This video talks about "network architecture" including client/server architecture and peer-to-peer architecture.
Just like humans have "rules of communication" when communicating, so too do computers have "rules of communication." These rules of communication for computers are known as protocols. Protocols will be discussed in this video.
This video discusses bandwidth, defining narrowband and broadband, and it also shows you how to measure your bandwidth speed on the Internet.
This video talks about modems. The word MODEM comes from a combination of the two words "MODULATE" and "DEMODULATE" which is what a modem does.
This video looks types of network signal transmissions - serial, parallel - simplex, half-duplex, full-duplex.
This video provides an introduction to packet switching.
This video provides an introduction to HUBS, SWITCHES, and ROUTERS.
An introduction to firewalls.
This video talks about the dangers of texting and driving.
This video shows you how to create ethernet cables.
There are a few great videos about networking which I will show you here.
Check out some of the amazing things occurring on the world wide web every 60 seconds.
This video provides an overview of the Internet & WWW. It talks about the founder of the WWW, Tim Berners Lee. It also makes a distinction between the Internet & WWW.
Just what is the Internet? This video looks at what the Internet is and defines it.
Have you ever heard of Silk Web, or Sheep Marketplace? There is a "dark web" that is also on the Internet, which is kind of like the dark back alley of the Internet. This "dark web" is more difficult to access, and you can find all kinds of illicit things occurring there.
Who governs and guides the Internet & WWW? This video will show you.
An introduction to internet censorship.
Net Neutrality is the concept that the internet should be kept neutral - all content, sites, and platforms should be treated equally. Some businesses would like to change this so that they could make more money by charging for varying levels of accessibility. This video looks into net neutrality.
There are those who have access to technology, and those that do not. The "digital divide" is a term which refers to this - some have access, some don't. This video talks about some of the causes, and cures, for the digital divide.
This video defines "Web 2.0" and provides illustrations of some of its common characteristics.
This video introduces the term "Internet Service Provider," which is also known as ISP.
This video discusses the various internet connection types: cable, DSL, satellite.
This video explains the various aspects of a URL. You will learn about domains, top level domains, folder structure on a server, variables after the "?" mark, http, https, and encryption.
An overview of some of the hardware which makes up the internet.
How to search online more effectively.
Interesting points of the internet and www.
An introduction to wiki's
An introduction to eCommerce including credit card consumer protection laws and an overview of using PayPal for financial transactions.
Learn some of the ways you can make money online.
Learn how to upload a video to YouTube. This video also provides an introduction to two Ted Talks: Artfully Visualizing Our Humanity, and, What We're Learning From Online Education
I am passionate about helping others learn and improve their lives. The courses offered under my account are courses taught by myself, along with courses I helped friends create. As for my credentials, I am tenured faculty in Computer Information Technology at Fresno City College. I have also served as adjunct faculty in Computer Science at California State University, Fresno. I began programming in 1996. I began teaching programming in 2001. My area of expertise is web programming, the Go programming language, and online education. I have taught over 560,000 students online how to build websites and use the Go programming language. Follow me on Twitter to stay current @Todd_McLeod