chapter 4


Part 1 Check Your Understanding Instructions:

Answer the questions below for more practice with key terms and concepts from Part 1. Visit

to check your answers and to find other activities related to the chapter.

Multiple Choice 1.

Software that is available on-demand via the Internet is called a. proprietary software. b. Web-based software. c. productivity software. d. Internet software.


What type of software enables you to create dynamic slide shows? a. word processing b. spreadsheet c. presentation d. database


Which is NOT an advantage of using a software suite? a. The cost is cheaper than buying programs individually. b. The programs provide for better integration. c. The programs integrate easily with programs from other software suites. d. The programs share common features such as toolbars.


Which of the following is true about open source software? a. The program code is confidential. b. The program can be changed and freely distributed. c. The program can be freely distributed as long as the program code is not changed.

d. The program code is subject to copyright protection.


Which program can you use to take notes in class? a. SoundNote b. Evernote c. OneNote d. all of the above


_____ 1. System software is another term for application software. (False) _____ 2. Only productivity software is offered bundled as a software suite. (False)

critical thinking questions – Part 1


Living on the Cloud

Cloud computing is becoming more popular, and many users are working from the cloud and not even realizing it. What kinds of software applications are you using that are completely Web-based? Why do you use them instead of installed software applications? Envision a time when all software is Web-based and describe how being totally on the cloud would be an advantage. Also list some of the disadvantages a cloud-based environment might present.

Students might report that they use applications like Google docs or Dropbox. Other examples could be included. Students shouldn’t confuse Web 2.0 with cloud computing. Advantages of cloud computing are that computers will not need as much memory or software; they could be thought of as a terminal. Disadvantages include loss of Internet service means loss of access to data. Security is a concern with any storage system. What might be the result if the cloud [server farms] got a virus? Responses should show consideration of these questions.


What’s Your App?

Small applications are being developed every day for smartphones. If you have a smartphone, what applications are the most useful to you? If you do not, what

kind of app do you think would be the most useful? Describe an app that is currently not available that would be your “killer app.”

Student’s answers will vary, depending on their needs. Students may mention productivity apps, communication apps, social networking apps, gaming apps.

Part 2 Check Your Understanding Instructions:

Answer the questions below for more practice with key terms and concepts from Part 2. Visit

to check your answers and to find other activities related to the chapter.

Multiple Choice 1.

The minimum set of recommended standards for a program is known as the a. operating system. b. system requirements. c. setup guide. d. installation specs.


Image, video, and audio editing software belong in the category of what kind of software? a. gaming software b. multimedia software c. photo enhancing software d. production software 3. Which is considered a benefit of using simulation software: a. They allow users to experience potentially dangerous situations without risk b. They help to prevent costly errors c. They allow users to train on software that is not installed on their systems d. All of the above

4. Which is not necessary to do before installing beta software: a. Create a restore point b. Back up your system c. Defrag the hard drive d. Ensure your virus protection software is updated 5. Which software is best to use if you want to change the looks of your digital pictures? a. Image editing program b. Video editing program c. Media management software d. All of the above.


__ ___ 1. Audio files can include music you have downloaded or installed, audio book files, or podcast files. (True) _____ 2. When you buy software, you then own it and can do anything you’d like with it, including giving it to a friend to install on their machine. (False)

critical thinking questions – Part 2


Media Management

Less than a decade ago, most home users had few media files on their computer systems. Today, many users have a library of music, a collection of digitized movies, personal photo collections, and even a large set of recorded television shows. Examine three different software packages on the market today for managing these materials. What features do they need to make the PC the primary entertainment device for a home? What would make users move their PC from the office into the living room?

Student’s answers will vary, but they should research media management software. Some suggested responses would include some of the software mentioned in the chapter including Windows Media Player, Apple iTunes, and Winamp. The computer and software will need features/components that interact with the TV, such as an HDMI port/plug, and an Internet connection. Smart TVs are beginning this transition.


Software Myths and Misconceptions

There are several myths and misconceptions about software, such as the 24-hour rule, the 80/20 rule, and the Abandonment rule. The 24-hour rule claims a person can download software for 24-hours, and then have the choice of deleting it or buying it. The 80/20 rule implies that for single-use licenses, a person can install software on both a work and home computer as long as work use is not more than 80 percent, and home use is not greater than 20 percent. The Abandonment rule claims that one can use software if it is no longer supported or created by a company that is no longer in business. Explain how you think each of these is a violation of copyright law.

The EULA is the final authority on what rights the buyer has. Any violation of this agreement related to usage is a copyright violation. A user would have a 24 hour trial time only if the user agreement allowed for this, which it probably won’t. The same is true for the so called 80/20 rule. Even when a company goes out of business, the copyright is owned by some person or some company.


Can You Reuse Software?

Several years ago you purchased Adobe Acrobat so you could make PDFs and edit and mark up PDFs. You have since changed computers, and your version of Acrobat is not compatible with the operating system on your new computer. You are required to purchase an upgrade of Adobe Acrobat to run on the new machine. Your sister wants to install the old version of Adobe Acrobat on her computer since you’re not using it anymore. Do you think this will be legal to do? Why or why not?

The correct answer to this question will be found in the user agreement. In general, a person purchases a license that allows that person to use (not own) the product, and the person is not allowed to give it away.