This semester…

This semester has been a good one. I have extended my knowledge extensively about computers and programming, and the history that have brought our technology to the present. My favorite part about this semester was robotics. Learning and creating about the history of them really interested me. Although i struggled with programming, i hope that in my future classes I will become more skilled in that field so I have a better understanding and experience. The history about technology was fun to learn and easy to catch on. Dr. Brown explained alot of stuff that I was confused on and it helped me in the long run. I have taken much from this class, and I will use it to keep on with my other classes.

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Robots with Legos

This week, building robots with legos was an absolute blast. I had a lot of fun making our robot, using the different sensors and motors. Our group made a claw robot that was programmed to drive around and stop when sensing something in front of it and attempt to pick it up. The programming was confusing at first but after you get the hang of it, its really kinda fun!

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Hacking and Security

I thought that the story of John Draper with Captain Crunch was really funny. Also the bluebox and how it is illegal now is very interesting; to see how hacking all started by todays billionares. I think knowledge on hacking should be encouraged and continued to give students the information on how dangerous and effective it is in today’s networking society. Without knowledge of it, we would not know the history of how computers function and what computer spyware and malware is, as well as viruses. This weeks lesson was very full of information that will be obtained and taken good caution of.

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Scratch Programming

In my opinion, Scratch did not feel like programming, it was like making a cartoon. It was very fun, actually more fun than HTML to me. I’ve always wanted to make animation like that and it was very interesting to see how that ties into programming too. The project took me quite a while to do what I wanted, but overall I am satisfied with the result.

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Uploading Web Pages

After spending quite some time remembering the code and commiting them to memory for future reference, uploading the page was a piece of cake once I figured out what I was doing wrong at home. It was pretty fascinating to figure out how to put something inside another network through hosts for others to see. SQL was rather confusing for me, I think it might take some time to be able to fully understand all of the things it means….

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I took a web design class in my senior year of high school, and I loved it. I caught on really quick with the tags and I made several HTML pages that I knew would look good on the internet for everyone to see. I do have some experience with HTML and I really enjoy making web pages using the code. Although Adobe DreamWeaver is much easier. I dont mind using tags and breaking it down. Memorizing all the tags is the hardest part, but once you get a feel for how the language works it becomes much easier to make a really great page that everyone will love.

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The ASL was a bit difficult at first, because I hard time understanding how exactly the whole program worked and what i was actually doing…  but after getting the hang of it, it wasn’t as hard as I made it out to be. Transferring the assembly code to machine code was easy, and loading to the RAM was easy too. Getting the outputs was a bit tricky but all in all it was a good new experience to learn!

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building a great gaming computer…

1. Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case   $99.00

2. CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply  $84.00

3. EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard  $184.00

4. Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K   $314.00

5. G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series+ Turbulence II 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T2-24GBSRD      $599.00

6. CHERRY G80-8113LRAUS-2 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Standard AP POS Keyboards    $289.99

7. RAZER Black 1 x Wheel USB Optical/Laser 6400 dpi Imperator 2012 Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse


8. HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive    $79.99

9. LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Super Multi WH12LS30 LightScribe Support – OEM    $64.99

10. Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium    $84.99

11. ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50402-10L GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card   $139.99

12. PLANAR PX2710MW Black 27″ 2ms Full HD HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 1200:1  $289.00


Open case and get motherboard ready…Match up screw holes to the case and screw the male and female ends in to all sides of the board.

Screw and mount brackets for your power supply and insert power supply matching with the computer case.

Unlatch socket on the motherboard to install the cpu. When the processor is fit and snaps into the motherboard, then you relatch the sockets on the motherboard to secure the cpu in place.

Connect the fan to the motherboard by plugging in the wire, and aslo the power plug as well.

Install ram by pulling down plastic latches and lining up the RAM chips into the slots and relataching after they are secured in place.

plug in remaining cables to the motherboard and  go ahead and screw in and plug in the hard drive as well.

Slide the  CD-ROM drive in its appropriate slot and screw it in securely, then plug in the cables properly

Fit and screw in your serial card, your printer, usb, Ethernet, video and sound cards into their proper places on the back of the tower.

Plug in any remaining wires…voila!

This total computer cost roughly  $2,304!!!!!


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This week in CSIT class was a little more to take in, in my opinion. Last week we just got our feet in the water and learned the basics of a computer. This week, we learned the basics of binary. I caught on quick but had to really focus to get it all in. Hexadecimal was the hardest to catch on to. Binary, to me, was really an easy math that i didn’t mind doing, and i really dislike math!! Second week was great, can’t wait for input/output devices this coming week!

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Starting Off…

My name is Kevin Miner, and I am new to Pellissippi State. I’ve always been interested in technology, how it works and how it benefits the future. Ever since I was little I’ve been working with computers, learning more and more hands on. So the more I found out and learned how computers work and how they can do so many things, the more I wanted to be involved with them. I’ve heard great things about this class, so I’m sure that it will be a good semester.

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