Archive for January, 2012

To pay respect to Douglas Englebart ( inventor of the computer mouse, and the development of hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to GUIs), I’ve created a pokemon card in honor of his birthday.

Image Link: Englebart

DS-106 Pokemon:

THE ASSIGNMENT:

The assignment was to create a pokemon card using one of the internet pioneers as a theme base.

THE PROCESS:

This process was fairly simple and almost “dummy” proof.  I found a picture of Douglas Englbart on google images, saved the image to my desktop of the computer that I was using, then used the online program pokemoncard to upload the image and create the card.  All that needed to be done was to add information to the provided fields on the internet site, such as the pokemon’s strength’s and weakness’s, and then click upload. BOOM…now you have your very own pokemon card.  After that, you save the completed image to your desktop and upload the image into your wordpress acount.  The process takes about ten minutes to complete ( including uploading it into wordpress).

THE STORY:

I chose to create a pokemon card of Douglas Englebart because today is his birthday and it felt that it was only right to honor him in some way. Douglas Englebart was responsible for invention of the computer mouse, the development of hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to GUIs.  Happy Birthday, thanks for your contribution to computers and the internet we know today.

DS106: assignment link

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DS-106 Pokemon

DS-106 Pokemon:

THE ASSIGNMENT:

The assignment was to create a pokemon card using one of the internet pioneers as a theme base.

THE PROCESS:

This process was fairly simple and almost “dummy” proof.  I found a picture of Larry Roberts on google images (Larry Roberts), saved the image to my desktop of the computer that I was using, then used the online program my poke card to upload the image and create the card.  All that needed to be done was to add information to the provided fields on the internet site, such as the pokemon’s strength’s and weakness’s, and then click upload. BOOM…now you have your very own pokemon card.  After that, you save the completed image to your desktop and upload the image into your wordpress acount.  The process takes about ten minutes to complete ( including uploading it into wordpress).

THE STORY:

I chose to create a pokemon card of Larry Roberts because he was responsible for directing the team who created the ARPNET.  I feel that Larry Roberts was very influential and set the standard for the internet that we know today.

DS 106: assignment link

Computer Love….

Posted: 2012/01/27 in Uncategorized

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Computer Love

Computing’s “Jhonny Appleseed” J.C.R. Licklider A.K.A. “Lick”
Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (1915–1990) began his schooling at Washington State University where he recieved three bachelors degree’s in math, psychology, and physics.  He then got his doctorates in psychoacoustics.      In 1942, he went to work at Harvard’s Psychoacoustics Laboratory where he did work for the Air Force to find solutions for the communication problems faced by crewman in noisy bomber aircraft.  In 1950, he began working at the Massachusetts Institution of Technology where he worked on a Cold War project called SAGE designed to create computer-based air defense systems against Soviet bombers.  At MIT he developed the idea of “Man-computer Symbiosis,” he wrote a paper describing a process in which computers are capable of performing real time interactive computing  which envisions that mutually-interdependent, tightly-coupled human brains and computing machines that would complement each other’s strengths.  He also worked as a top researcher for Bolt, Beraneck, and Newman. He developed the idea of a universal network at the Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO) of the  U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), where he was responsible for the ideas that led to the creation the first ARPANET.  He headed IPTO from 1962 to 1963, and again from 1974 to 1975.  J.C.R Licklider’s ideas had a profound effect on the development of computer technology and the development of the Internet. He had a vision of man computer symbiosis whereby human intellect could be augmented. He instilled that vision in others who would later on be responsible for implementing them.  The following is a quote from Larry Roberts (A co-worker of “Licks” at ARPA):

“Lick had this concept of the intergalactic network which he believed was everybody could use computers anywhere and get at data anywhere in the world. He didn’t envision the number of computers we have today by any means, but he had the same concept-all of the stuff linked together throughout the world, that you can use a remote computer, get data from a remote computer, or use lots of computers in your job. The vision was really Lick’s originally. None oof us can really claim to have seen that before him nor{can} anybody in the world. Lick saw this vision in the early sixties. He didn’t have a clue how to build it. He didn’t have any idea how to make this happen. But he knew it was important, so he sat down with me and really convinced me that it was important and convinced me into making it happen” -Larry Roberts

Licklider was considered by many as a quiet and humble person.  Licklider never achieved any great amount of fame or widespread recognition for all of the contributions that he has made for the advances in computer technology, so naturally, I am writing this to pay respect to another great mind in computer history.  Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider,  you too are a scholar and a gentleman….thank you

 Additional readings:

Dream Machine, The : J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal

References:

http://memex.org/licklider.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_pioneers#J._C._R._Licklider

http://www.ibiblio.org/pioneers/licklider.html

DS106- "Horror"

NO JOKE!!!

Here it is, my first DS-106 assignment!

DS 106: assignment link

THE ASSIGNMENT:

I chose to do my first assignment on Horror 106.  The idea was to create a picture making the word DS 106 appear scary to its viewers.

THE PROCESS:

In this particular assignment I wanted to create something that most people could relate to as being scary.  I’ve never done anything like this before, so, It was a bit difficult for me to figure out how to set this up.  The only design program that I have on my computer at home is Microsoft paint, so I had little to work with.  The Joker and the skull pictures both came from internet designs that I found.  I copied the pictures and saved them to my desktop.  I then transferred the pictures into Microsoft paint and began to transform the pictures into what I thought was scary.  The first step I took was to set up the background color for both pictures.  The Joker was easy to do because the background was already black, however, the skull picture took me almost two hours to complete because of the intricate design that I’ve created.  The way I did this was to use the pencil and paint bucket tool to make almost a spider web design in the background of the skull.  This was not easy, and very time-consuming.  The lettering on the skulls head was made using the programmed lettering in Microsoft paint, and the lettering on the joker picture was done using the paint brush tool.  In the end I was very satisfied with the outcome of this project.

THE STORY:

The reason that I’ve chosen this project is because I grew up watching horror movies and have always been interested in them.  I thought it would be fun to try to create a horror film poster of my own, so I chose this assignment.  I am now a master of the program Microsoft paint and available for lessons (by appointment only)…….enjoy

DS106 "Horror"

Technologic

Posted: 2012/01/18 in Uncategorized

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Technologic

This song almost perfectly describes Vannevar Bush’s idea of the “Memex”, with that being said, who is Vannevar Bush?

 During World War II, a man named Vannevar Bush (1890–1974) Vannevar Bush found a way to create a relationship between the United   States federal government (U.S. military), the American scientific community, and business’s in America.  After the war  Vannevar Bush was appointed as the chairman of the National Defense Research Committee in 1940 by Franklin D. Roosevelt.  As a result, organizations like the National Science Foundation and Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), were created. It was at ARPA that the Internet was first created.   He also wrote a paper published July 1945 in the Atlantic Monthly called “As We May Think.”  In this paper he described a storage and retrieval device capable of computing information that could be shared by multiple users, called a “memex,” which would use a system  similar to what is now called hypertext.  In the Article  “As We May Think” Vannevar Bush described a machine that could do exactly what modern computers are capable of doing today.  If not for Vannevar Bush’s initiative and genius, we would not have fax machine’s, laptop’s, internet, wi-fi, i-pod’s, digital camera’s…..ect.  The list could continue on an on, all that I must say is thank you Vannevar Bush, your a scholar and a gentleman. “TECHNOLOGIC”

Additional Reading:

 “As We May Think” by Vannevar Bush (1945 Atlantic Press)

External Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_pioneers#Vannevar_Bush

http://www.ibiblio.org/pioneers/

http://www.unc.edu/depts/jomc/academics/dri/pioneers2.html