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CURRENT MISSION: Mission 15 DEADLINE: 2015-04-28 13:30:00 GMT-05:00
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BMB LEVEL UNLOCKED: BMB Victory Lap DEADLINE: 2015-05-07 12:30:00 GMT-05:00
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Web Hunt 5 Solution

So where did aliens drop me off? Why, right inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy! If you figured this out, then you are a master code-breaker!



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, May 7, at 12:30 p.m. in our regular classroom. Make certain your team is ready to show off your work!



Time to Chill Out? Not Yet!

It's the week before finals week at UNO, time for that final push of awesome effort! This week in class we'll wrap up the course content with an overview of information technology and the enormous impact it has on our lives.



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 14 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.



Web Hunt #4 Solution

For the fourth webhunt, we ventured into space! Most of you had no problem identifying the elaborate camera as the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), one of seventeen cameras on the Curiosity rover on the Mars Science Laboratory mission.

Curiosity did NOT find any Martians (apparently the image on the left is somewhat photoshopped...), but it did take spectacular pictures of the Mars landscapes and of itself. An early image - taken on September 7 - shows its its camera mast. An image of the entire rover was taken on October 31. Both images qualified as correct answers for this web hunt.


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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 fearsome foe was hiding under the oriental rug in the living room of the white house? Well, that depended on whether or not you were clever enough to grab the lantern and turn it on before you went down into the hiddent basement of the white house. If you brought the lantern, you would encounter a troll which you could easily defeat with the sword you should have brought too. If you descended in total darkness you would find yourself attacked by a grue; and grues always win in Zork! 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

Did you know that there is 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.



Web Hunt #2 Solution

So in which stadium did Cyndi Lauper sing the national anthem in January of 1999? It was the Springfield Memorial War Stadium, home of the Springfield Isotopes. This was clearly visibile at the start of the Simpsons episode "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken" (which originally aired on January 17, 1999) in which this scene took place. Check out the YouTube video here.

By the way, quite a few websites gave you the wrong answer. The event did not take place in Duff Stadium, despite several online sources saying so. Yes, the Internet lies sometimes... (Given how hard it is to tell what's true online, credit was awarded for Duff Stadium for this Web Hunt.)


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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!)



Web Hunt #1 Solution

The first web hunt focused on the computer science pioneer and inventor Douglas Engelbart, seen here holding 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. Many of those inventions were first introduced to the world in 1968 in a video presentation which is now known as the Mother of all Demos. Stay tuned for another web hunt, coming up soon!



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:


invisibility cloaks on sale

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 01.12.2015.


CIST 2100 - Organizations, Applications & Technology - Spring 2015 - ISQA - UNO

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