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My Final Blog

Final Blog

Spring semester is coming to an end and so are the blogs. Sad to say, this is going to be my last blog I write for CSIT 1110 – Introduction to Information Technology. In this blog I will talk about a few things I liked about the class, a few things I didn’t like, and a few suggestions for future students.

The first thing I loved about this class is…NO TEXT BOOK!!! YAY!!! Dr. Brown has made his own text book, eliminating all the crap in normal text books that people would normally not pay any attention to. The second thing I liked about this class is the fact that there is basically no homework, just do your blogs and the rest can be done in the lab. Dr. Brown is a very good teacher, he is very knowledgeable in this field, and makes the class interesting for everyone.

One thing I didn’t like about the class is I get frustrated way too easy, and I am stubborn and try to do things without asking for help. However, a few of the labs are kind of tough and if you have the same mind set as I do, you might be in trouble as I was. The second thing is…Sometimes, when you don’t know someone that well, you don’t know how to take them. I got off on the wrong foot in this class, and it was entirely my fault, however, everything worked out well in the end.

My advice/suggestion for a future student is simple…Go to the labs, do your blogs, and don’t take it personal. Dr. Brown is a very gifted teacher who will work with you and help you if you need it, just don’t be afraid to ask.

I end this final blog first by saying farewell to Dr. Brown, and Thank you for all you have done. Everyone will always have positive and negative things to say about a class, project, work or anything they do in life. Just keep your head up and know that for every bad thing, there is a good thing to follow.

Vertual Reality

I play world of warcraft, and one of the reasons I like playing that game is…I leave the “real” world behind. I enter into a world with no political dictators, no crime, (except for hackers which are on the outside of the VR)…Its a simpler world for me to go kill things legally. So saying all that, I can see why people get lost inside a virtual reality game.

AI

I am not really sure what I think about AI; in one sense of the word I think its great to experience new things…but then in the other sense of the word I wonder if we are not fully aware of what we are getting into. When I think about a “creature” I think about a living thing/being, but if we create AI then we are creating a living thing/being. Just because it does not require the same things as we do to live doesn’t make it any less a living thing/being. I had an argument in grade school with a science teacher who told me that fire was not a living thing. I argued that it was, it breathes, sleeps, reproduces, and eats…however he said the one thing that makes it not a living things is the fact it has no cells. So would that mean that AI could never be “Alive”? I guess there is one way to find out.

Robots

Last week we started playing with robots, and  must say that I felt like I was in the 5th grade again…not in a bad way but in a good way. I am also finding its hard to work in a team on something so small. (Not ment in a bad way) The robot we are playing with is small so only one person can work on it at a time, and one maybe 2 working on the programming part of it….leaves 2 people doing nothing much. I appreciate the fact that we had a week to play with it before actually working with it…that way everyone could bond a little with Robby (Robot).

Security Blog.

I found it really interesting watching the video about the Hacker wars, and also learning about the more primitive types of hacking. I would like to learn how to make a funny (NON distructive) virus as a gag for my friends and what not.

I fiddled around with the scratch program for a bit, and my biggest thing is….I HAVE NO IMAGINATION!!! So there are several things I would like to, I just have to set my mind down and have a small chat with it.

HTML 2

Well, I must say that I had alot of fun doing the HTML assignment, and after looking at every ones pages I think the whole class had fun too. I have to say that everyone did a wonderful job, and I am proud to be a part of this.

Recently my boyfriends favorite blog site www.BigGovernment.com had a story on the front section with a link to take you to more of the story…well the link was broken and if you clicked it it would take you to freeze.com or give a 404 error. Well I just popped on to the page source and looked it up, and sure enough the code extension was written wrong, they fixed it, but it was fun looking.  Before taking HTML in this class everytime I heard the word I would cringe, but now having done it….man it’s so much fun and so easy!!! I would always look for programs or templates to do the work for me, but I would have to settle for what was already pre-written…now I can write it or change what ever I want to. Thanks Dr. Brown.

Assembly Language

I will start by saying I am one of the people who thought I didn’t need to go to the Labs on this assignment…I was wrong. I should have gone, but having said that I was still surprised on how well I did…even though I couldn’t get the program to stop counting up. One of the reasons I didn’t go to the labs was because my father was an IT professor and is now in one of the top spots for IT at Covenant Health, and I also have a programmer/geek to help me. I have to say this for all future students…GO TO THE LABS no matter who you have on the sidelines helping you. My problem that I had with this assignment was the looping and the value. If I had started this before Sunday and allowed myself more than 3 hours to do it I am sure I could have figured it out. I really enjoyed this assignment…minus the headache.

The purpose of this computer was left open, so I used it to build my dream computer. I love to play World Of Warcraft, and one of the problems I have is the lag while in certain cities and while doing 25 man dungeons. I picked these particular components for my computer because they are the top of the line (for the time being) for what I would be using this computer for. I picked the solid-state hard drive to run my operating system and my World of Warcraft from, to cut down on the latency. I already have 5 other computers that do a multitude of things ranging from homework, movies, portability, and many other things. The one thing I don’t have is an awesome gaming computer. Sure, sure I can play W.O.W now on my computer in the living room, but I want more. My graphics are not the best and I have to turn down the setting in games, I lag when major damage is going on (AOE), and I get hiccups sometimes. (Not me, the game!)  So, Basically I built this computer as my dream gaming machine.

Total Price for My Computer $4067.10

How to put the parts together. (Making sure I am on a static rug or stay in contact with a metal table, to prevent static discharge and fried components.)

  1. Install CPU to the motherboard, carefully making sure not to bend any pins.
  2. Install the CPU cooler over the CPU, might need to use a little force with this one but not too much. One side hooks in and the other side latches in. Then plug it in.
  3. Install the memory into the ram slots.
  4. Take the back plate and install it in proper place, if you can’t get it to snap in right use a screwdriver.
  5. Take the motherboard and insert it into the Chassis, lining up the screw holes and the back plate.
  6. Next I will install the hard drives. There will be a few screws to remove, and a front plate to take off the tower. I will remove the drive cage, insert the solid state hard drive first thought the back of the cage. Line the holes on the sides with the screw holes of the cage then screw in. Next insert the storage drive (2tb HD) into the top part of the cage with the same process as the solid-state drive. Then take cage and slide back into front of chassis, and screw the cage into place.
  7. Same process for the Optical drives. Remove the 2 plates on front of chassis, and slide drives into the front of chassis, align the holes, secure with screws.
  8. This next step is to connect all the connectors to motherboard…ei…. power switch, reset and lights.
  9. Connect all my connectors that come out of the front of case to the motherboard. They should be keyed for easy installation, and should all be labeled, making sure I don’t plug your usb ports into your firewire and vise versa.
  10. Slide my power supply into appropriate slot; figure out which way fan is blowing. Plug in my cables to appropriate slots from your power supply.
  11. Align and install my graphics card into the PCI express slot, snap into place, screw the card onto the chassis.
  12. Install sound card.
  13. Plug my power connectors in.
  14. Plug my video card connectors in.
  15. Plug my Optical Drives in.
  16. Plug my hard drives in.
  17. Plug my fans in.
  18. Ziptye my cables together so they look all nice and neat.
  19. When I boot it up I need to go into the bios system and tell it to boot from CD, then I need to install windows 7. Once Windows 7 is in, I will install all my drivers for all my stuff. Then install World of Warcraft…and see what my new toy can do!!!

Motherboard – EVGA X58 SLI Classified Motherboard – $419.99 http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=141-BL-E760-A1&family=Motherboard%20Family&series=Intel%20X58%20Series%20Family

Computer Case – ZALMAN CHASSIS GS1000 ATX FULL TOWER – $155.00

http://www.pcimicro.com/.sc/ms/dd/ee/29221

CPU -Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU BX80601920 – $289.99

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-2-66GHz-LGA1366-BX80601920/dp/B001H5T7LK/ref=pd_sim_dbs_e_1

CPU Cooler – Asus Triton 81 (I could only find it for sale in mexico) – $85.30

http://store.pcimagine.com/disipador-cpu-asus-triton-81-p-11911.html

Power Supply – XION Power Real 1000W ATX Power Supply – $99.99

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4494091&Sku=A406-1116

Graphics – GeForce GTX 295 CO-OP FTW – $599.99

http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=017-P3-1298-AR&family=GeForce%20200%20Series%20Family

Optic drive –  Pioneer BDR-205 Internal Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer – 50GB Write Speed, SATA Interface, BD-R, DVD-R, CD-R, Black – $199.99

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5279699&CatId=3634

And

Plextor PX-B320SA Blu Ray Player – DVD and CD Burner, DVD+R 16X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, SATA, Lightscribe – $134.99

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4957045&CatId=2873

Harddrive –

Hitachi Deskstar HD32000 IDK/7K Internal Hard Drive – 2TB, 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G – $169.99

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5265070&Sku=H450-9000

And

Solid state

OCZ Solid Series Solid State Drive – 250GB, 2.5″ SATA – $714.99

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4350442&CatId=4147

Memory – Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM – Tri Channel, 1600MHz, 6144MB (3 x 2048MB), DHX (I will order 2 of these for 12gb of ram) – $400.00

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4307847&CatId=4093

Keyboard and mouse

Logitech Bluetooth Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution – Keyboard & Mouse – $174.99

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:item.detail?GroupID=38&Code=45J5831&current-category-id=E6710B8C5A5F44239217E34D281CCDD9&&hide_menu_area=yes

Output (monitor)

Samsung SyncMaster 305T – LCD display – TFT – 30″ – $159.93

http://review.zdnet.com/product/lcd-monitors/samsung-syncmaster-305t-lcd-display-tft-30/32538248?tag=content;col1

Operating System – Windows 7 Ultimate Full Version – $319.99

http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-7-Ultimate/product/5A4B95F4

3000 Watt 5.1 Dolby Digital DTS True Surround Sound Computer Speakers – $82.98

http://www.amazon.com/Dolby-Digital-Surround-Computer-Speakers/dp/B000UP6UK4

Sound card – $53.99

Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme

http://www.directron.com/70sb104000000.html

References:

Lee Grell – My Boyfriend helped with wording and grammar.

Will Smith from the video link on the assignment is where I got the steps



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