I can honestly say that I have never been so excited to start a class as I was the intro to CSITwith Dr. Brown. It was a little intimidating being that I’m older than most students and also I’m not a “technical genius” as some others are in the class. I was so afraid that I was in over my head. I have a love for computers and technology that has guide me to this field but the exposure and knowledge has been limited so now that it’s said and done, this class has helped me tremendously. If you are reading this and are in the same boat as me, please know that Dr. Brown is very willing to help you and you do not have to be fluent in all computer aspects to enjoy and learn from this class.
My favorite sections have been HTML and security. I had no experience in HTML but it came amazingly easy to me. It takes patience as the tags must be correct but it’s not by any means difficult. There is also a lot of hints on the web that can help. I think my web-page was my proudest moment in this class. I tried to do all that was required but I also wanted to keep it simple. Stuck to the theory that the more bells and whistles you have, the more opportunity for problems…Also, too many graphics are distracting so keep that in mind when working on this project. Security is what I would really like to get in to in the workforce so this section also fascinated me. It’s a long-shot but homeland security would be my dream. Some students are too young to remember 9/11. It had a huge impact on me being that my cousin was working in the Pentagon and we spent hours not knowing if he was safe or not. Working to prevent future terrorism would be an honor! Nothing is impossible unless I refuse to try so well just see how that pans out. I had not thought much about hacking and the dark side of it. Obviously we hear about worms, viruses and Trojan horses but I learned of a new level of evil regarding those that use hacking to cause harm to others. I’m not talking about just mischievous acts, I’m talking about draining bank accounts, identity theft and fraud. This is also what I would like to work to prevent along with the threat to our national security.
My least favorite part of the class was the Assembly language (simulator). I know beyond a doubt that I will never be a programer. I don’t have the concentration for it but this thing really kicked my butt. It was not from a lack of effort…I just could not grasp it. I truly wish I could have taken some time to work w/Dr. Brown on this one.
Other sections that were very enlightening were virtual reality and building a computer. I never thought I would have the ability to actually build one but after working on this, it’s not nearly as hard as it seems. I’m sure my project was not perfect but it gives you a great foundation on hardware that you can use if you ever decide to build or repair your own p.c. Virtual Reality was a little concerning and there was a lot I had not realized about this topic. Parts of it are very dark and twisted. This is a very interesting section so i would recommend watching the videos Dr. Brown offers.
We also learned about many people that have influenced the world of computers. I believe one of my favorite ones was Alan Turing. His contributions were not as well known as Steve Jobs or Bill Gates but they were significant none the less. I thought his life was a bit sad and his influence on ww2 was huge. He should have been deemed a hero!
Well, I’m sad to say I guess this is it. I have throughly enjoyed this class and I hate to see it end. My advise to anyone reading this is always attend class and take good notes. There is so much interesting content so take advantage of it! Dr. Brown treats you like an adult and simply expects you to do what is required so absorbe all this is made available to you and enjoy the adventure!