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Web Hunt #5 Solution

Okay, first: apologies for the Rick Roll. I just couldn't resist! :) Now, there were actually TWO candidates for the first space selfie, but it all depends on just how picky you are about the rules. In July 1966, astronaut Mike Collins took a selfie while inside the Gemini 10 capsule, so strictly speaking he was not actually in space. In November of that same year, astronaut Buzz Aldrin (shown on the left) took a selfie while on a spacewalk outside of the Gemini 12 capsule, and so when being very literal, this would be the very first selfie taken in space. However, both astronauts were heroic pioneers of the space age, and so credit was awarded for either answer.



Victory Lap Time!

It's time to properly close down the BMB project with a review of all projects for our Victory Lap celebration. We'll meet on Thursday, December 18, at 9:00 a.m. in our regular classroom. Make certain your team is ready to show off your work!



Cool Stuff: Reality, But Better!

If you like astronauts and/or T-rexes, check out this amazing video of a live augmented reality demonstration from National Geographic and UPC.


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Global is the new Local!

Information and communications technologies have changed how we interact with the world. We can now easily communicate with faraway places, navigate international web content, and trade on a global scale. Of course, organizations venturing abroad need to be prepared for international and cultural challenges! And so in the upcoming week we'll look at just how information technology interacts with the global marketplace.

Note, this chapter is not included in the printed version of the textbook. It can be downloaded from Blackboard in the Week 16 tab.



How to GTD!

Building and maintaining large information systems requires that you pay attention to a broad variety of simultaneous activities. To help you accomplish this, we'll look at the topic of Project Management in the upcoming week.



Time Off For Good Behavior

CIST 2100 will not meet on Tuesday, November 25, as your instructor is attending the Decision Sciences Institute's 45th Annual Meeting. Happy Thanksgiving to all! We'll resume on December 2nd!



Web Hunt #4 Solution

The fourth web hunt tested your digital code-breaking skills and many of you did not disappoint! Converting a binary code to a website URL, which in turn provided you with GPS coordinates, should have led you to a well-known historical location: the Parthenon in Athens. With all the cold weather we're having in Omaha, this is not a bad place to hang out!


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Team Work... It's Never Easy!

With only a month left, we are rapidly approaching the conclusion of the Building a Modern Business project. Some teams have collaborated very effectively, others ran into some obstacles. This is actually quite normal for collaborative projects, and your goal should always be to learn how to collaborate better. In other words, don't be like the guys pictured on the left! (Click on the image for a full-size version.)



Construction Projects

Developing large and complex information systems can be as challenging as building an airplane or a highrise building! In the upcoming week, we'll look at just how information systems developers manage the complexity of systems construction.



Cool Stuff: Gaming in the Real World

Does anybody ever criticize the amount of time you spend playing video games? Well, according to Jane McGonigal, we're not playing enough! Watch her visit to The Colbert Report to find out why. Then check out her Ted Talk for more details.



Yes! No! Maybe!

Managers spend an extraordinary amount of mental energy on making decisions; some small, others enormous. To help them, information technology has long been deployed. In the upcoming week, we'll examine how information systems can help managers make better decisions.

Also on our calendar this week: Mission 11 and BMB Level 4 are due on Tuesday.



Web Hunt #3 Solution

So what was hiding under the oriental rug in the living room of the white house? Many of you found it: a trap door that leads to all sorts of exciting adventures. If you enjoyed this taste of Zork, feel free to play it some more. There are plenty of guides online to help you solve some of its tougher puzzles. And be sure to keep an eye out for the next Web Hunt!


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Cool Stuff: USA Wind Map

Using massive amounts of data from the National Digital Forecast Database - which is updated each hour - has created an amazing wind map of the United States. This is a great example of visualizing enormous amounts of data.



Whad'ya Know?

Oliver Wendell Holmes said that One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. The same probably applies to organizational knowledge management systems. As we accumulate ever more knowledge in the organization, managing it becomes a vital activity. In the upcoming week, we'll look at how organizations can keep track of all they know.


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Welcome to Muppet Labs where the future is being made today!

Oh yes, those touch screens are nice. And your new iPad is a cool device. Even Siri - the voice recognition software built into the iDevices - is quite helpful at times. But why did we have to wait so long for them? After all, the ideas at the core of these devices were out there long ago, as this 1987 video about the concept of the Apple Knowledge Navigator demonstrates. And even today's Facetime doesn't quite match the capabilities of the communications services in the AT&T Connections video.



Let's Go Shopping!

This week we'll look at the ins and outs of e-commerce. And while you are investigating online shopping, better stock up on some vitamins and espresso: with both Mission 9 and BMB Level 3 due, and with a new web hunt coming up, you'll have a busy week!


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Cool Stuff: Happiness and Success

I linked to this Ted Talk before, but it's worth featuring all on its own. Turns out there's an unexpected relationship between success and happiness. It's not just that success can make you happy, happiness can make you more successful! A good reason, then, to select a career you enjoy! Here's Shawn Achor explaining it all, including the connection to unicorns!


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Cool Stuff: The Dark Side of the Internet

Yes, yes, we are well aware that social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and the like connect use to people and ideas. But as Alexis Madrigal makes clear, there is a Dark Social Side to the Internet which diverts our attention while away from prying eyes.

So... do the links on this web page seem dark to you?



Complexity & Integration

Computers have mighty complex insides, but somehow we can make all those pieces work together in order to make information systems work. Similarly, organizations are often quite complex, and we're only now starting to integrate organizational processes and functions properly.

This week we'll examine systems designed to integrate organizational components, such as Enterprise Resource Planning systems and Customer Relationship Management systems.


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Web Hunt #2 Solution

Very few elementary school students are able to create a social network, but it sure helps when you've been an elementary school student for more than 25 years! The student in question was of course Lisa Simpson, and on the episode of The Simpsons which aired on January 15, 2012, Lisa created a brand new social network called SpringFace, which was the answer to this web hunt.

Check back for a brand new web hunt, coming soon!


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Got Protection?

There are evil-doers out there, and they will do whatever they can to get at your personal information, your financial information, your files - even your eggs! And so organizations and individuals have realized the need to protect themselves against hackers, viruses, digital espionage, and the like.

In the upcoming week, we'll look at how information systems can be made more secure.


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Let's Get Connected!

It may be difficult to imagine, but modern data communications networks serve many useful purposes other than the world-wide transfer of cute cat pictures.

This week we'll take a closer look at Telecommunications, the Internet, and Wireless Technology.


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The Truth About Facebook!

From those merry pranksters at The Onion, a completely different look at just what Facebook is. Check out the complete video.



It's All About Data!

He hasn't been on TV much lately, but it's always good to feature Commander Data. He is especially appropriate this week, as we'll talk about the design of data and databases. Commander Data's positronic brain had a storage capacity of 800 quadrillion bits (or 100 quadrillion bytes), which is still much more than the world's largest data center, but taking up far less space and using far less energy. (Plus he has an evil twin named Lore, but that's a whole different story!)


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Ethics Statistic of the Day

So what ethics-related information technology issues are you interested in?

The graph on the left shows the ethics issues addressed by Mission 3/4 submissions. We appear to have a clear winner!



Web Hunt #1 - Solution

Turns out the first web hunt was not all that difficult. The computer science pioneer and inventor pictured is of course Douglas Engelbart, and the device he's holding is an early version of the computer mouse. Engelbart spearheaded quite a few technologies we now take for granted: hypertext databases, networking, windowing and graphical user interfaces, and much more. Stay tuned for another web hunt, coming up soon!



Tech Talks begin - Here's some inspiration!

Our first Tech Talks are scheduled for this week, and it's always good to get some inspiration from great speakers. Let's start with things that can go wrong.. Is there anything worse than having computer problems while you're giving a presentation in front of a huge audience? Or is there anything better than what happened to this poor guy?

Some other great TED talks you might want to watch:

So what is your favorite TED talk?



Hardware matters!

A string of lightbulbs is probably not the most appropriate hardware configuration for a rousing game of PacMan. Somehow the streets of Manhattan seem to work a little better.

While much attention in information systems goes to software applications, the actual hardware infrastructure is still quite important. And so this week in class we'll discuss information technology infrastructure issues.


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We Know Who You Are And Where You've Been

This week we'll discuss privacy from an information technology perspective. To show you what's possible, Panopticlick shows your computer has a digital fingerprint.

How does this work? And what has been discovered? Kassner provides a good overview of Panopticlick and some recommendations to improve your online privacy. You can also read this white paper for more technical details.


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The Business Model Canvas

This week we'll get started on building a business plan for an online business using the Business Model Canvas. Here are the links featured in the class lecture:


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A Big Sale For Muggles

At least some Borders employees did not lose their sense of humor while they were updating their resumes. In the upcoming week, we'll discuss organizational strategies and how information technology can play an important role. Not all organizations have realized that yet, as the story of Borders makes abundantly clear.



Why You're Here

Exploring the relationship between unemployment and education level. Turns out being a college student was a very smart move on your part! Read the entire article here.



How To Get Things Done!

Many of us are long-time experts on procrastination... but wouldn't it be ever so much better if we were experts on productivity instead?

Check out this short video on the Science of Productivity and get introduced to the wonderful consequences of the Zeigarnik Effect!


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Tech Talk Sign Up Time!

It's time to sign up for your Tech Talk! E-mail your instructor with the your topic and the date on which you prefer to present.

To show you how you can give an engaging presentation, how about checking out some classic TED talks such as Rob Reid's explanation of Copyright Math or David McCandless' show-and-tell of data visualization.



A long, long time ago...

Babylonian king Hammurabi and the sun-god Shamash, god of justice, as found on top of a diorite stele - now at the Louvre museum in Paris. This nearly 4,000 year old sculpture is best known for having the Code of Hammurabi - an ancient set of laws - inscribed on it. Of course, any student of information systems would notice the 1 and 0 being exchanged.

An early transfer of two bits of information, perhaps?

More this week as we survey the history of information systems.



Information Technology - Not Always Done Right...

This semester you'll learn lots about what information technology is and how we create the systems that surround us every day. As it turns out, building large complex systems is difficult! Moreover, when these systems fail, the consequences often affect large numbers of people. For example, last year American Airlines experienced a massive system failure, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.


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And so it begins...

Organizations, Applications & Technology will launch on 08.25.2014.


CIST 2100 - Organizations, Applications & Technology - Fall 2014 - ISQA - UNO

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