wbward — February 22, 2011, 4:00 pm

Class work, today

To start out I would like to work at a midsized to large company, for the work experience. I would want to start at a level where I could grow and learn the most for the job that I want to do in the future which is Network Admin.  I know that I would not be able to start at network admin in the begining nor would I even want to do so without having more experiance in the field first.

I believe the Networking field is a job that will always be on demand and will never be replace by robots in the near future. I also believe that new technologies will make it even more on demand because it is a never ending process and learning field. This job can not be outsourced because the network person has to be on-site for some of the issues that are handled by the admin. So all in part this field would have a very high job security which I am looking for at this point in time and in the future.

wbward — December 15, 2010, 4:03 pm

Final Blog

This has been an interesting and fun class. I choose the online class because of my schedule I couldn’t take the evening classes. I have learned a lot in the class and have used some of it already in some of  my other courses, especially the HTML coding. I have made three different website including the on for this class. When I first was told I had to take this class I thought it would be boring but after taking it I have learned that sometime doing the basics is very fulfilling. However, I wish I would have got to play with the robots that the land-base classes got to do. I think in the future the online class should schedule a lab so everyone can experience some or all of the same experience that the land-base class does.

How do cities attract high-tech corporations? I found a good example for this on the web at http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=45119 , and it states:

“SHELBYVILLE, Indiana – Architectural plans are complete and construction is now underway for a new 50,000 sq. ft. flexible-use facility in the Intelliplex technology park here, according to Scott Furgeson, mayor of Shelbyville. The new $7 million facility is expected to attract high-tech start-ups, academic engagement and other opportunities for company expansion and relocation.”

This would be a great idea for Knoxville to do something like this in the area, which would create more jobs for the local economy.

As far as the higher education institutions in Knoxville, it would be very important to restruture there Computer Science degee in to one of computer science instead of a math based degree. If they do not look in to this they will be loosing money to out of state colleges like WKU, which now has a partnership with Pellissippi state which takes an AAS degree from computer Science from Pellissippi and you only have to take 12 more computer classes to get your Bachelors degree. You will have to also finish the general education for transfer of course but it will be a actual computer degree and not a math degree.

I have enjoyed this class and looking forward to the rest of my classes. Everyone have a great break and look forward to seeing some of you on the compass in the spring.

wbward — , 3:36 pm

Virtual Reality

I have played several virtual reality games in the past. I started playing The Sims when it first came out and some online games as well. I started playing World of Warcraft in December of 2005 and am still playing it today. I like the virtual reality games because it let you play a character from level 1 and you see the character progress and grow.

When I was a kid I had one of those virtual pets and back then it was the coolest thing but now that technology is advanced there are allot more to choose from. I can not wait to see what is next. I have started playing around with some virtual reality social sites like Second Sight but have not done much with it yet. It looks very interesting and am looking forward to using it during our break.

wbward — December 10, 2010, 9:52 pm

Artificial Intelligence

Whether people realize it or not, we are surrounded by examples of artificial intelligence. Voice activated customer services, the GPS system in your car, the airport scheduling system that chooses the gate where your will disembark when your plane lands, most video games and even the software to write Word documents.

For a human being, the learning process required to master the knowledge necessary to function in any scientific area is decades. For a robot with artificial intelligence, learning will be just a matter of the time required to download the information from one machine to another. Once a human level of artificial intelligence is reached then technological advances in all areas will accelerated at an incredible exponential rate.

Robots have long been dreamed of as helpers and companions to enhance the lives of humans. Could it also be possible that the inadvertent direction of robotics will be, not to replace humans, but perhaps the next step in human evolution?

wbward — December 6, 2010, 9:10 pm


Robots are very fascinating to me since High school. When I was a senior in High school in 1986, I built a remote control robot for my project in electronics class. It was a very simple robot that turned right, left and move forwards and backwards with the sounds from a dog whistle. I also was fortunate enough to see robots assembling cars at the Ford plant in Cleveland, Ohio when I was driving a 18 wheeler for Schneider National. I hope to be involve with robot in someway in the future.

wbward — November 17, 2010, 10:31 pm


The Internet has transformed business computing and communications, it has also given a rise to unprecedented computer security threats.  The Internet has opened up diverse and complex security problems on a scale much greater than we realize. The rapid advances in the speed of networks may only expand these problems, as some existing security software may not be able to keep up with the higher speeds of data transfer. Specific risks include but not limited to:

1. Computer viruses.

2. Theft of data from external hackers.

3. Network overloads by malicious mass e-mailing.

4. Misuse of resources and confidential information by employees.

5. Unauthorized financial transactions.

A host of software and hardware solutions have been developed to combat these threats, but the new and rapidly changing nature of the technology requires that corporate system security managers be extremely well versed on how the risks specifically affect their systems. With issues so complicated and security so critical, establishing a comprehensive computer security system often requires the expertise of consultants and professional computer security firms.

wbward — October 20, 2010, 8:11 pm


Well this was a very intresting lesson. I read and observed the totorials in Alice after downloding the progam and I think this is going to be fun and challenging. I have never done any programming before and am looking forward to learning. I looked at both Alice and Scratch and in my opinion I like Alice better it seems to be more involved but the graphics are better.

It looks like Alice and Scratch are similar in nature but Alice looks a little more in-depth and looks more challenging. I look forward to trying both these programs out and creating my own little programs. I am so glad we have to take this course and am looking forward to the rest of the course material.

wbward — October 14, 2010, 4:14 pm


Well this was very interesting and fun. I have always wanted to learn how to create a web site and it was very satisfying to do it by hand coding. I never dreamed that I would ever do something like this without using a program. It was very cool writing the code and seeing your results as you go along.

Some of the things I did on the site I had to look up on the Internet to see how to do it but I figured it out and am very happy with the results. I am still playing around with the code to tweak it more and more but that is a good thing because I am learning more. Not only did I learn how to create a web page on my own but also learned that I can use the HTML code in my blog as well. I Can not wait to see what we learn next.

wbward — October 7, 2010, 10:00 pm


I have always wanted to learn HTML but thought it would be to hard. I am looking forward to building the web site using HTML, now that I know it is really not as hard as I Thought it would be. This will help me allot because I have a friend that is going into business and is wanting me to make him a web site and maintain it for him.

I have used programs to create a web site before but never dreamed I would be able to write the code myself for once. I am glad that this class gets into teaching HTML codeing. Hand-codeing is allot more challenging and more fun than just letting a program do it for you. Yes it is easier to use a program but less satisfying. I am looking forward to the challenge.

wbward — September 18, 2010, 10:21 am

Building a computer

Apevia Black/Black X-Plorer ATX Mid-Tower Case

Ultra X3 ULT40312 850-Watt Power Supply – ATX

ASUS P6T7 WS Super Computer Motherboard

Intel Core i7 950 Processor

Kingston Hyper X 4GB DDR3

WD Veloci Raptor 300GB Hard Drive

Plextor Blu-Ray Player – DVD/CD Burner

EVGA GeForce GTX 280 Video Card – 1GB GDDR3

Logitech Cordless Desktop, Bluetooth

Logitech X-540 5.1 Speaker System

Samsung P2570HD 25″ Class Widescreen LCD Monitor

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64BIT Operating System

The first thing I would do is purchase the parts that I would need to build a computer and research them and make sure all were compatible with one another. The parts I would use are listed above; I choose these parts because they all had good ratings from others that have purchased them. Now that I have chosen the parts the next step is to put them together. The steps are listed below:

1. I would put the power supply in the case and secure it with the screws provided.

2. Place the motherboard in the case and use the screws to secure to the case.

3. Follow the instructions that came with the CPU and place it on to the motherboard along with the CPU cooling fan and plug the cooling fan’s power cord to the motherboard.

4. Place the RAM in the Memory slots on the mother board.

5. Use the motherboard user manual and connect all the case wires in the appropriate connections on the motherboard.

6. Place hard drive and CD-ROM drives in the case and secure them.

7. Place Video card in PCI Express 2.0 slot on motherboard and secure it.

8. Connect all the drives to the motherboard and connect power supply to all the components including the motherboard.

9. Place side panel on the case and secure it.

10. Connect keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers to the back of the case.

11. Power up the computer and setup BIOS.

12. Load operating system and activate it.

13. Now all you have to do is load the motherboard disk and Microsoft updates and than enjoy.

I build computers and repair them as a second source of income. The parts listed above are going to be used in a computer I will be building in the near future. I enjoy working with computers and I look forward to learning even more about them in this class.