tachildress — December 13, 2009, 7:01 pm

My Experience in Computer Science

I just happened to come across a program focused on computer science on the Pstcc website when I seen Database Design. I thought to myself this could be a good career to get into. I knew everything ran with databases and I thought why not give this a try. I tried the nursing major which wasn’t for  me, I then tried the paralegal one, still not for me. I am so glad I chose to explore Computer science. This class has made me more curious about the technology world. I’m not one of those people destined to work with computers and just fall right into it and be great at it, however I do enjoy what I have learned so far.

I am actually glad I had the class with Dr. Brown. He is a great Professor, I had a lot of fun in the class and always wanted to attend. It was interesting and he always showed neat videos or interesting little tidbits about the latest technology. This class touched on the basics but really made it to where I want to learn more and get more involved. In my personal opinion I think every student could have an advantage taking this course. I would highly recommend this class to another student.

It was a long semester for me. I hadn’t been in school in almost a year and a half but this was definitely one of those classes you would want coming back from a long break or for the first time. I learned so much this semester. I learned something new each time we had class and even things that had I not taken this class would still have no clue about. Overall, I would take this class again, and be able to attend each and every class and do a little better with the work. It has been a great semester though!

tachildress — November 22, 2009, 9:03 pm

Robots 2

We learned how to program the lego Mindstorm robots this week. I found this very fun and interesting. It was a little difficult at times. Its really amazing how you can write a program to make a robot following a line, move when it touches something or even do something when it hears a sound. I definitely enjoyed this week in lab!

tachildress — November 16, 2009, 10:22 am


This past week in Computer Science we  started playing with the Lego Mindstorm robots. It was a lot of fun to alter simple programs to make the robot do different things. We also watched some videos on robots. The honda robot is just crazy.  It has come so far!  Technology is amazing now. To make a robot run is a very hard task and it looked great. The behing the scenes of The Matrix is a really interesting video I would definitely recommend.

tachildress — November 2, 2009, 8:20 am

Computer Security

This past week in Computer Science we learned about Security. I actually learned that the term hacking wasn’t always negative.  Talking about hacking made me realize how easy it is for a site or email to be hacked. This makes me nervous because I use my email a lot. My boyfriend just got back from Iraq and while he was gone we talked about everything through email. I also learned how easy it is to get a computer virus.  I keep a lot of things on my computer that I wouldnt be happy about if my infomation got out.  I also do a lot of online banking so now I think twice about the things I do on here and how careful I do them. Overall, computer security is a big thing because our generation is moving forward to depending on the computer for everything.

tachildress — October 12, 2009, 10:16 am


This past week my Computer science class learned about html. I am really new to all of this. I have never had experience with any of this. I have seen it but only because I copy and paste things such as putting a picture on myspace. Which I goto a site like photobucket and they do it all for you. I have been a little bit on this since wednesday. I am hoping I can finally fully understand How to create a webpage. I have been really interested in this for a long time. I was actually excited to see we were going to make a webpage when I looked at the syllabus at the beginning of the semester.

tachildress — September 20, 2009, 8:16 pm

How I would build a pc

Parts for my pc


Generic Cordless Anti-Static Wrist Strap (nextag.com)

11-Bay ATX Window Computer Case w/500W 20+4-pin PSU & Blue LED Fan (Black) (geeks.com)

Antec Basiq BP350 350-Watt ATX12V 2.01 Power Supply (geeks.com)

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard (neweg.com)

Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz 800MHz 2MB Socket 775 Dual-Core CPU (geek.com)

Socket 939/940/AM2 Aluminum Heat Sink & 2.75″ Ball Bearing Fan w/3-Pin Connector up to 5000+ ( geeks.com)

CenDyne 1GB DDR RAM PC-3200 184-Pin DIMM ( geeks.com)

Digicool Radeon X550 64MB DDR PCI Express (PCIe) VGA Video Card w/TV-Out (geeks.com)

23″ HP De-Branded Widescreen LCD Full HD 1080p Monitor w/HDMI & Speakers (Black/Silver) (geeks.com)

Wireless Multimedia Keyboard & Ball Mouse Kit (Black/Silver) (geek.com)

1.44MB 3.5″ Internal Floppy Disk Drive (Black) (geeks.com)

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA/300 7200RPM 16MB Hard Disk Drive (geeks.com)

Hitachi/LG GCE-8487B 48x24x48 CD-RW IDE Drive (Black) ( geeks.com)

C-Media CMI8768 8-Channel PCI Sound Card (geeks.com)

TRENDnet 56K (V.92) High Speed Internal PCI Data/Fax/TAM Modem, Model: TFM-PCIV92A. (directron.com)


FIrst since i have never built a pc i would take the antistatic wrist wrap and put it on to ensure I wouldn’t damage any of the parts. then  I would instal the processor on the motherboard where there are holes and an arm that locks it in, then i would instal the cpu  cooler which fits right over the processor and latch it on and plug in the power chip. Next I would put the ram in the slots next to the cpu and cooler but you should read the manual on the motherboard to be sure which slot is the right one for the ram.  I would then  place the motherboard into the computer case. Next I would take the fan out  and pull the entire drive cage out and install the hard drive. After that remove the front part where the optical drive goes and place the drive in. The next step would be to place the connectors to the block and then it will line up to the board. Then the rest of the connectors should line up. When done you should go ahead and slide the power supply into the case. ANd then plug in the cables, which are color coded. After that you will need to place  your sound card into the pc slots. Then plug in the power cables which will connect between the memory and sound card.  and also plug in the sound card. it will say pci. Next sata on the optical drive and the hard drive,then connect the fan.   Finally plug it in, install windows and make sure everything works. If needed, go back and clean up the wire. 

I read a lot on mysuperpc.com beyond the videos supplied for the assignment. I really liked the Geeks.com website, they offer a lot of different products, new and used.

tachildress — September 6, 2009, 3:23 pm

About Me

I am 24 years old and have a 2year old daughter. I bartend and now going back to school for the 3rd time. I think I have finally found a major I am happy with, Computer science. I like to goto Concerts(mostly rock), but I love 80’s music. I try to see The breakfast Club each time they come to Knoxville. I live to goto the lake in the summer.  I spend most of my sundays there. I Love Tennessee! I am originally from Detroit,Mi. I have lived here most of my life though.  I am looking forward to the next 2 years learning more about Computer Science. I think I will be happy with each and every class I take as well.