Information Technology pertains to the hardware, software and user skills associated with a stand-alone computer or laptop, while Information Communications Technology relates to networked equipment (LAN/WAN) that allows for intra- and inter-network communication via email and the Internet. ICT can be viewed as an extension of IT.Continue Reading
In IT, hardware is the basic computer box and associated peripheral devices: scanners, printers, CD-ROM, DVD drive and so on. Software consists of the programs a user installs for personal use, such as the operating system (Windows/Linux/Mac OS), word processors, spreadsheets, databases, graphic design and photo manipulation. IT skills are those associated with the proper use of the operating system and other installed programs.
In ICT, hardware necessarily includes those devices, such as modems, routers and servers that makes communication possible within and between networks. The benefit of ICT over IT is that it improves task effectiveness by providing access to a broader range of software, which is usually held in centralized server locations. It also makes possible increased system-management efficiency.
The additional software encountered on networked systems includes communications packages such as Microsoft's Outlook application; browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer; and web authoring tools such as Dreamweaver, Coldfusion and Flash.
Additional skills associated with ICT include web browsing, web design, and receiving and sending emails.Learn more about Internet & Networking
Disadvantages of using the Internet are loneliness, lack of face-to-face communication, poor conflict resolution, diminishing interpersonal skills, overdependence on technology, mood swings and physical problems such as painful wrists and arms and obesity. Potential financial loss is another possibility. People who use the Internet to carry out banking and other forms of financial transactions are at a risk of losing their money, as hackers are always on the prowl.Full Answer >
NetWaiting is a software program that allows a user to suspend his Internet connection on the modem line while the line is used for voice communication. Net connection can be restored when the voice communication has ended.Full Answer >
"ICT," an abbreviation for information and communication technology, refers to all equipment, applications and services that involve communication. Computers, cellphones, televisions, radios and satellite systems are all part of ICT.Full Answer >
ICT, or information and communication technology, makes many common tasks simple and facilitates communications from virtually any geographic area. It requires the installation of complex systems that require trained personnel and all working parts in order to operate efficiently.Full Answer >