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World of Computers

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Man: Okay, Mr. Taylor, let's go ahead and begin. First of all, tell me about your last job.

Mr. Taylor: Well, as stated on my resume, I worked for five years at Hi Tech Computers.

Man: Okay. Hi Tech. And what do you know about computer networks and operating systems including DOS, Windows, Macintosh OS, and UNIX?

Mr. Taylor: Umm . . . well . . . I did come in contact with computers every night at my last job.

Man: Hum! . . . And how about web site authoring skills? [Oh]. We are looking for someone to create and manage our company's web site which would include the development, configuration, and use of CGI scripts.

Mr. Taylor: Umm . . . uh, web page, web page. Huh . . . I don't think I've read that book, and I'm afraid I've never used those CGI things.

Man: Huh?! And what about experience with Java or JavaScript?

Mr. Taylor: Well . . . I think I've tried Java at a foreign coffee shop one time, if that's what you mean.

Man: Okay, Mr. Taylor, I think I have ALL the information I need!

Mr. Taylor: Oh, and I really like computer games. I play them everyday.

Man: Right, right. Thanks Mr. Taylor. We'll be in touch.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • DOS (noun): Disk Operating System
    - Fortunately, most computer users don't need to remember DOS commands to run today's computers.

  • UNIX (noun): a powerful operating system used, for example, in business or at universities
    This Website runs on UNIX server.

  • CGI (noun): Common Gateway Interface, a computer language commonly used for the Web
    - I use a CGI script to handle my online forums on my Website.

  • Java (noun): a computer language used to write programs for the Internet
    - Many webmasters use JAVA to design programs for use on their Websites.

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