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personal computer (PC)

a small COMPUTER used as a desktop data processing facility in business and for personal use. In the office, PCs and desk-top workstations are often linked together in LOCAL AREA NETWORKS enabling them to share data and peripherals such as printers, fax machines, scanners etc. For many tasks the PC has replaced the large mainframe computer (see DOWNSIZING). See INFORMATION MANAGEMENT.
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Adults may think of computer technology as a productivity tool first and foremost, but the average kid doesn't share that perception," says Jacob Vigdor, coauthor of "Scaling the Digital Divide: Home Computer Technology and Student Achievement.
We explore the relationship between home computer and high school graduation, grades, school suspension, and criminal activities and present a simple theoretical model to shed light on potential mechanisms.
The data allowed researchers to compare the same children's reading and math scores before and after they acquired a home computer, and to compare those scores to those of peers who had a home computer by fifth grade and to test scores of students who never acquire a home computer.
The voucher program boosted the likelihood of households owning a home computer by more than 50 percentage points and led to increased computer use.
Armstrong and Freeman are on fine form as the business rivals who are fighting to cash in during a time that having a home computer was considered to be something of a status symbol.
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85% of young children with home computers use them for educational purposes
The agent traced the source of the images to Gurrola's home computer, officials said.
Seventy-five percent of individuals with a college degree have a home computer, compared to only thirteen percent of those with a high school education or the equivalent.
Employees of Cardiff Bus are taking part in the Government's home computer initiative, meaning they can work on their technological skills from home.
Employers in the region are being invited to learn more about the North- East's first home computer initiative via a series of free seminars.
The main objectives of this study were to examine the "digital divide" in home computer ownership and to evaluate differences in academic and non-academic computer use between poor and non-poor youth.