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CSC 110 – Fluency in Information Technology Chapter 1: Defining Information Technology. Dr. Curry Guinn. Quick Info. Dr. Curry Guinn CIS 2045 [email protected] www.uncw.edu/people/guinnc 962-7937 Office Hours: MTWRF: 10:00am-11:00pm and by appointment Course HomePage:

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CSC 110 – Fluency in Information TechnologyChapter 1: Defining Information Technology

Dr. Curry Guinn


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Quick Info

  • Dr. Curry Guinn

    • CIS 2045

    • [email protected]

    • www.uncw.edu/people/guinnc

    • 962-7937

    • Office Hours: MTWRF: 10:00am-11:00pm and by appointment

    • Course HomePage:

      http://people.uncw.edu/guinnc/courses/Fall08/110/CSC110.htm


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Who Are You

  • Majors:

    • Clinical Research (5)

    • Nursing (3)

    • Marketing (2)

    • Film Studies (2)

    • Biology

    • Communications Studies

    • Computer Science

    • Creative Writing

    • English

    • Finance

    • History

    • Operations Management


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Minors (2nd Majors)

  • Information Technology (IT): 9

  • Spanish (2)

  • Biology

  • Business

  • Chemistry

  • Communications Studies

  • Film Studies

  • Interior Decorating

  • Psychology

  • Theater


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Prior Computing Experience

  • 20 out of 22 have taken something in computing

    • High school keyboarding: 13

    • High school programming: 6

    • CSC/MIS 105: 9

    • MIS 213: 5

    • CSC 112: 3

    • Community college computer applications: 1


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Do You Own A Computer

  • Windows (not Vista): 17

  • Vista: 4

  • Mac OS: 1


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What is CSC 110?

  • Fluency in Information Technology

    • Focus on

      • Skills

      • Concepts

      • Capabilities

    • In practice

      • Hands-on experience

      • Understanding how computers work

      • JavaScript programming


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Words, words, words

  • The IT world has its own jargon

  • Online glossaries

    • http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0006024.html

    • http://www.sharpened.net/glossary/

  • Wikipedia has particularly good references on IT topics

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random_access_memory


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Some of my favorites

  • Ambimousterous

  • Aunt Tillie

  • Batman factor

  • Bogosity

  • Chickenboner

  • Dancing frog

  • Geekasm

  • Kilogoogle


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Some of my favorites

  • Ambimousterous

    • Proficient using a mouse with both the left and right hand

  • Aunt Tillie

  • Batman factor

  • Bogosity

  • Chickenboner

  • Dancing frog

  • Geekasm

  • Kilogoogle


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Some of my favorites

  • Ambimousterous

  • Aunt Tillie

    • The quintessential naïve user that must be taken into account when designing software. To pass the Aunt Tillie test means the software is idiot proof.

  • Batman factor

  • Bogosity

  • Chickenboner

  • Dancing frog

  • Geekasm

  • Kilogoogle


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Some of my favorites

  • Ambimousterous

  • Aunt Tillie

  • Batman factor

    • A measure of electronic geekness that looks at the size and number of items attached to one’s belt. For instance, having a Palm Pilot, a cell phone, and a walkie-talkie would grant you a very high Batman factor.

  • Bogosity

  • Chickenboner

  • Dancing frog

  • Geekasm

  • Kilogoogle


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Some of my favorites

  • Ambimousterous

  • Aunt Tillie

  • Batman factor

  • Bogosity

    • The degree to which something is bogus.

  • Chickenboner

  • Dancing frog

  • Geekasm

  • Kilogoogle


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Some of my favorites

  • Ambimousterous

  • Aunt Tillie

  • Batman factor

  • Bogosity

  • Chickenboner

    • A spammer generally thought to be a redneck in a darkened trailer with a litter of KFC chicken bones surrounding the workstation. (Link)

  • Dancing frog

  • Geekasm

  • Kilogoogle


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Some of my favorites

  • Ambimousterous

  • Aunt Tillie

  • Batman factor

  • Bogosity

  • Chickenboner

  • Dancing frog

    • A computer bug that will not manifest itself when someone else is watching over your shoulder. (Remember the Warner Brothers frog that sang and danced for only one person?)

  • Geekasm

  • Kilogoogle


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Some of my favorites

  • Ambimousterous

  • Aunt Tillie

  • Batman factor

  • Bogosity

  • Chickenboner

  • Dancing frog

  • Geekasm

    • Best understood by reading this quote by MIT professor Alex Slocum: “When they build a machine, if they do the calculations right, the machine works and you get this intense … uhh … just like a geekasm, from knowing that what you created in your mind and on the computer is actually doing what you told it to do.”

  • Kilogoogle


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Some of my favorites

  • Ambimousterous

  • Aunt Tillie

  • Batman factor

  • Bogosity

  • Chickenboner

  • Dancing frog

  • Geekasm

  • Kilogoogle

    • Unit of measurement to indicate the number of hits made on a term by a Google search. “UNCW” has 756 kilogoogles.


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The Hard Stuff

  • Computer hardware

  • Monolithic vs. Component Approach



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Inside the Tower

  • A Motherboard is a printed circuit board.

    • Contains most of the circuitry including the processor … Intel Core 2 Duo is an example of a processor

    • The motherboard also contains connections for additional devices

      • Mouse

      • Keyboard

      • Hard drives

      • CD-ROM



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Slots

  • The motherboard may contain additional slots for cards

  • Graphics cards, sound cards, internet cards.


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Why Almost All of Us Work on IBM PC Clones

  • IBM, Intel & Microsoft

  • Apple Computer

  • In 1977, Ken Olsen, the founder and CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation, said, "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."


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… And now for the Lab

  • Activity 1:

    • Open the control panel.

    • Select Performance and Maintenance

    • Select System

      • Tells you what OS you are running

      • And what Service Pack

      • Chipset

      • Speed?

      • Ram?

      • See if you can find your computer’s name


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Activity 2

  • Defragmenting the hard drive

    • Find the tool to defragment

    • Choose Analyze

    • What’s this mean?



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Figure 1.12. A hard disk.


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How much faster?

  • A 1-Ghtz machine can do one billion instructions per second

  • A mechanical storage disk spins at around 7200 RPM

    • 8.3 ms to spin once

    • We can do 120 disk accesses per second

    • Hmm… 120 vs. 1 billion

    • You can do 8.3 million operations while during one disk access


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Activity 3

  • Display Properties

    • Screen Resolution

      • How many pixels?

    • Screen Saver

      • Why were screen savers invented?


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Activity 4

  • Taking Screenshots

    • Print Screen button

      • Try it

      • Now open Paint (Under Start – All Programs – Accessories)

      • Inside of Paint, choose Paste

    • What if you just want a single window?

      • Hit Alt-Print Screen


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Wrap-up

  • Homework

    • Read Chapter 2

    • Chapter 1,2 Short Ans/Multiple Choice due 11:59pm, August 24 (Sunday)

    • Use Blackboard to submit


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