"Computer Desktop Encyclopedia" (CDE) is updated monthly for online customers and quarterly for multiuser customers who deploy on servers.
Our goal is to provide a meaningful definition of everything important in the computer and consumer electronics (CE) field, including 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 that have made a meaningful contribution. New terms are essential; however, what makes CDE unique is that it is a complete course in computer literacy that is continuously revised to make it clearer and clearer. 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 the last books were published in 2001.
The First Edition
To augment Freedman's seminars, the 300-term "The Computer Glossary" was written in 1980 on an 8-bit Vector Graphic microcomputer and printed on a daisy wheel printer. The large term names came from Kroytype labels pressed onto the master layout by hand.
A Note from the Author
My 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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Freedman has been in the information industry 54 years, starting out in the days of punch cards. He has been a programmer, systems analyst, consultant and salesman, specializing in training and education for more than half his career.
For more than 30 years, thousands of technical professionals have helped us understand the concepts and technologies in this encyclopedia. In addition, many readers have contributed suggestions and comments. To all of you, thank you so very much for your assistance.
There are some people who made important contributions in the very beginning, and I would like to acknowledge them. 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.