Posted by: daggles | 8 December 2007

Extra Credit: 5 Favourite Technologies

Instead of picking 5 general things like computers, cell phones, etc., I’m going to be specific.

wacom_graphire3_6x8.jpgGraphics Tablet

The first tablet, called the Grafacon, was developed by the RAND Corporation in 1964. Since then it has become more advanced and affordable. A tablet consists of a flat surface, upon which a user can use a pen (stylus) to write or draw. Electromagnetic signals are passed between the pen and tablet. The image will then appear on the user’s computer. One of the main uses for a tablet is as a drawing tool (this is what I use mine for, and I love it), and the pen is even pressure-sensitive and has an eraser at the end (and many have customizable buttons). Otherwise, a tablet can be used instead of a mouse to navigate around.

ipod.jpgiPod

The iPod was introduced by Apple in 2001 and has become the most popular portable media players to date. Everyone and their grandma has owned at least one. Models include the classic, mini, nano, shuffle, video, touch, and now there is even an iPhone. I have a black 30gig video (as seen in the picture) and I’m pleased with it. Relatively small, lots of space for my 4,000 songs, videos, and pictures, plus it looks pretty sexy. And instead of finding a mirror, I can just flip my iPod around :)

bittorrent.jpgBittorrent

Programmer Bram Cohen designed the bittorrent protocol in 2001. It is a peer-to-peer protocol which downloads bits and pieces of a whole from a number of users instead of just one, meaning the speed depends on the number of users, seeders, sharing the file. I’ve used bittorrent for quite a while, and though is sort of losing steam, it still holds a special place in my geeky little heart. And of course I use it to download completely legal material…

i-m-in-ur-internet-cloging-ur-tubes.jpgInternet

This is a no-brainer. The Internet was created sometime in the 60’s and mostly used by the military. In the 90’s it gained popularity, and today almost everyone is on the net. The Internet is such an amazing thing; communication, entertainment, media, networking, sharing, etc. You name it, it’s probably on the Internet somewhere. I love it not only because I can find pretty much anything I need, but also because where else are you going to see pictures of cats with stupid captions and find them absolutely hilarious? Nowhere but the Internet.

nintendo64green.jpgConsole Video Games

While I do enjoy computer games, I prefer console games. In 1972 the Magnavox Odyssey, invented by Ralph Baer, was released. It had a tennis game not unlike Pong. Since then we have seen the Ataris, Nintendos, Segas, Playstations, and Xboxs, each with their own games. The first console I remember was my beloved Sega Saturn (hours of sonic), followed by a green Nintendo 64 (pictured), and now I have a Playstation 2 (hours of RPGs and FPSs). I play a lot of different games, but my all-time favourite is Super Smash Bros for the N64. Kirby for the win!

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Posted by: daggles | 5 December 2007

Assignment 5

Database Administrator

Responsible for

  • creating and testing backups
  • install and configure software and hardware
  • verifying data integrity
  • securing data
  • ensuring maximum uptime and performance
  • help programmers and engineers to utilize the database

Qualifications

  • 2+ years of database administration experience
  • Associates Degree in Computer Science or related field, or 4+ years of related experience
  • proficiency in computer skills
  • strong problem-solving skills
  • ability to work on teams with deadlines
  • SQL, Oracle experience

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Posted by: daggles | 2 December 2007

Chapter 8 Lab

The MistComputers in Context

The Mist, a recent movie based my favorite novella by my man Stephen King, is about a group of people who become stranded in a supermarket after a strange mist completely covers their town. Within this mist are strange creatures, from prehistoric-looking reptilian bird things to giant spiders to colossal beasts hundreds of stories tall – all of which would love to snack on humans.

Obviously any movie with otherworldly monsters is going to have a ton of CG animation. Showing flashes of insect close-ups and then zooming out to a poorly-made puppet just doesn’t cut it anymore. And since there needed to be a thick mist around the town, I’m sure quite a few fog machines were used as well.

The overall quality of the film is pretty dependent on these special effects. Without them it would just be another 90’s monster flick on the Sci-Fi channel. The audience wouldn’t have been as creeped out by the slimy bugs sitting on the supermarket display window had they looked horribly fake.

I was very pleased with the outcome, but then again I’m biased because I’m a fan of the story.

Photoshop Project

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Posted by: daggles | 29 November 2007

Chapter 9 Lab

I would be interested in being a

  • Computer Technician
    • I love tinkering with computers and this sees like the most basic computer job I could have. I would ideally work within a single corporation.
  • Network Administrator
    • I’m not 100% sure this is what I want to do, but knowledge of networking is in high demand and it would be a step up from being a tech.
  • Computer Forensic Specialist
    • My dream job. I love forensic science (forensic crime scene investigation was my career choice before I got into computers), so why not combine that with my love of computers?

Job Listings

  • Computer Technician
    • “Installs, maintains, troubleshoots and upgrades computer hardware, software, personal computer networks, peripheral equipment and City-wide electronic mail systems; assesses user training needs and trains users in effective use of applications; makes recommendations regarding hardware and software acquisitions; prepares documentation and provides user assistance to City staff; and performs related work as required”
    • $4,299 – $5,373 per month
    • Qualifications
      • Two years of college-level work related to computers
      • Knowledge of hardware and software, including networking, installation, and management
  • Network Administrator
    • Maintain the hardware and software related to networks
    • $54,000 -$62,000 per year
    • Qualifications
      • 3+ years of experience with Windows 2000 Servers
      • 3+ years of experience with SQL Servers
      • Knowledge of UNIX, Lotus Notes, and ERP
      • Avaya knowledge and experience
  • Forensics Computer Examiner
    • Supervise forensic technicians; plan and budget forensic investigations; collect data at sites; conduct details analysis; provide reports; testify as a professional if necessary
    • $80,000 – $130,000 per year
    • Qualifications
      • Hands-on experience with computers, including laptops, Macs, PDAs, Phones, and networks
      • 3+ years of related experience
      • Full understanding of chain of custody, federal search and seizure guidelines, and data collection
      • Communication skills
      • Legal experience
      • Experience in: EnCase, Paraben, Logicube, Robocopy, FTK, Helix

My Current Skills

  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software
  • Experience with HTML, CSS, and some SQL
  • Good troubleshooting skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Very investigative
  • Enjoys working in groups

I have chosen to create a plan for Computer Forensics. I would have to gain knowledge of

  • Basic forensics, which I can learn in FIS courses offered at IUPUI
    • These courses also cover forensics as it relates to the law, so I can also gain legal experience
  • Communication skills, which would be learned in COMM courses
  • Many programs may be introduced in CIT or CSCI courses

Checking JagJobs, I found a few IT positions, as well as Information Security positions available.

For Networking and Computer Forensics, I am still unsure as to what exactly I need to learn and how.  To figure this out, talking to people who work in these fields would obviously be the best choice, and there are various places I could look.

Now that I have done some research and thought about these careers, I am not as sure about Networking as I was before.  Being a technician still seems like a good idea, but I have been really motivated to look into Computer Forensics more.  I’ll try and learn a little more about all three choices before I make any real plans.

Posted by: daggles | 26 November 2007

Chapter 8 Lab: Issue

Person 1: Downloading music off the internet is wrong! Musicians are losing money because no one buys their CDs anymore.

Person 2: Revenue from the sale of music CDs hasn’t gone down at all, actually. Record companies only want you to believe this to make you feel guilty that they aren’t rolling in more dough.  A real musician or musicians do what they do because they love creating music, not because they want to be rich, so they can shut their traps. And even though there are a large number of people downloading music for free, there is still another large group who buy music from online music stores like iTunes, which brings in millions of dollars a year.   QED.

Person 1: Oh snap!

Posted by: daggles | 17 October 2007

Chapter 6 Lab

CensorIssue

I’m a very open-minded individual, and I know what to expect when I go on the Internet. If I stumble upon some questionable content, even if I’m offended or disturbed by it, I know that whomever put it there had every right to. A simple click of the back button is enough: no reason to raise a stink about it. The only reason we have so much controversy about censorship on the Internet is because uppity people with nothing better to do than complain decide that they want to find a scapegoat for all the world’s problems, and what better thing to blame than the Internet, something that is readily available and open to everyone.

About parents censoring their child’s access, they have every right to. As a matter of fact, they should. I’m sick and tired of seeing all these stories about kids meeting people off of Myspace and getting kidnapped/raped/murdered. Everyone points fingers at Myspace, claiming that it makes it easy to find someone. If you’re smart, you don’t accept friend requests from strangers and then post bulletins with your entire address, school, phone number, and other personal information. No one thinks to ask why these kids actually were dumb enough to meet the people in the first place. If their parents were paying attention to them and actually cared about what they were doing while on the computer, these kinds of scenarios would never happen. Sure, your kid may hate you for not letting them go everywhere, but at least you care.

As for government Internet censorship, that’s just wrong. A small group of people have no right to restrict Internet access to an entire nation. They impose their views on their citizens who cannot really do anything about it. Individuals need to form opinions about topics on their own, not have others do it for them.

If people are smart, they can avoid content that they don’t to view themselves, without outside help.

My Internet History

I really can’t remember when I got my first computer, but I know that I absolutely loved it. Then I discovered the wonders of the Internet. Reading articles and stories (fanfiction) was my main hobby, then came AOL chatrooms. I left those after I realized that I didn’t want to grow up typing in ch4t sp33k, taught myself HTML and CSS, and began making simple websites.

Two years ago I still read tons of articles about anything and everything, and my coding skills had advanced immensely. I spent my time playing with web design and having my own domain.

Nowadays it’s pretty much the same, just add more piracy :]

Posted by: daggles | 10 October 2007

Chapter 5 Lab

Executives on the go are finding it easier and more efficient to simply exchange business cards wirelessly through their cellular phones or PDAs.

To do this, a business card scanner is needed, costing around $80-$110. These compact scanners capture high quality images of your card, and some have character recognition. The image/file can then be sent to a phone or PDA.

Once your card is stored, you are good to go. When meeting with another executive, just send your card to his $500 Ming phone slash PDA slash camera slash scanner slash fry cooker. Simple, fast, and you don’t even have to talk to the guy.

YAY BLUETOOTH

Posted by: daggles | 5 October 2007

Assignment 3: Web Page

My Resume

Hooray!

Posted by: daggles | 19 September 2007

Chapter 3 Lab

Computer Technician

  • Antivirus Software
  • Antispyware Software (SpyBot Search and Destroy)
  • File Archiver
  • Data Recovery Software
  • Keyfinder (Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Shockwave
  • Real Alternative
  • Quicktime
  • Java Runtime Environment

I am familiar with:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Corel (Jasc) Paint Shop Pro
  • Corel (Jasc) Animation Shop
  • WinRAR
  • VLC Media Player
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, FrontPage, Access
  • NOTEPAD! :)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Symantec Antivirus
  • Daemon Tools
  • PowerISO
  • Media Player Classic
  • uTorrent
  • NZB-O-Matic
  • QuickPar
  • Audacity
  • Complex Evolution
  • DVD Decryptor
  • DVD Shrink
  • DVD Santa
  • WindowBlinds
  • SmartFTP
  • Winamp
  • iTunes

Software I would like to learn:

  • Flash
  • Visual Basic (I lost all knowledge of it :[)
  • Office 2007
  • OllyDbg
  • Adobe Premier

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Posted by: daggles | 19 September 2007

Chapter 2 Lab – Future of Hardware

Where are we headed?
Small, super fast, large capacity handheld devices that are a computer, phone, mp3 player, camera, USB hub, laser pointer, game console, personal organizer, GPS, fry cooker, and anything-else-we-can-cram-into-it, all in one. It will have a price tag of your firstborn, but everyone will just have to have it.

What do you most want to see become available?
Cool helmets that transmit my brain signals directly to my computer so it does what I think. This way, I can optimize my laziness. Also, virtual reality computer games.

What are the biggest challenges facing the creation of that technology?
SCIENCE! We need to advance more, obviously. Also, money: it’ll take a ton, and no one wants to spend that much. And I’m sure there are a few crazy activists that will rally outside the research facility with picket signs shouting about how creating something like a USB brain wave reading helmet is another way for the government to brainwash and/or monitor us all.

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