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CURRENT MISSION: Mission 14 DEADLINE: 2014-04-22 13:30:00 GMT-05:00
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web hunt 4

Web Hunt #4 Solution



So who was the gentleman who took a true out-of-this-world selfie? Well, that would be astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, who took a selfie containing himself, the world, and the sun while bantering about the International Space Station on September 5, 2012.

Stay tuned for the fifth and final web hunt!

04.16.2014

colbert

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.

04.14.2014

gtd

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.

04.14.2014

team project

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.)

04.07.2014

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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.

04.07.2014

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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 - hint.fm has created an amazing wind map of the United States. This is a great example of visualizing enormous amounts of data.

03.31.2014

decision

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.

03.31.2014

web hunt 3

Web Hunt #3 Solution



Hope you had fun playing Zork! If you managed to enter the white house through the window, you would have found that hidden underneath the large oriental rug in the living room is a trap door. This trap door leads to the Great Underground Empire, where the actual adventure takes place. A classic game that is still entertaining AND challenging!

03.19.2014

knowledge navigator

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.

03.17.2014

knowledge

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.

03.17.2014

shawn achor

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!

03.10.2014

e-commerce

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!

03.10.2014

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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?

03.03.2014

complexity

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.

03.03.2014

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Web Hunt #2 Solution



On April 29, 1990, which host of a children's television show was arrested for armed robbery? And why was a microwave oven an important piece of evidence in his case?

The television host in question was of course Krusty the Clown, and the date provided in the question was the original airdate for the Simpsons episode "Krusty gets Busted," in which Krusty is arrested for armed robbery. Krusty was innocent, and one of the pieces of evidence was the robber using a microwave oven, which is something a person with a pacemaker - such as Krusty - could not do safely.

02.19.2014

missing eggs

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.

02.24.2014

phone cat

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.

02.17.2014

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Web Hunt #1 Solution



Sometimes great ideas happen twice! While many people attribute the modern printing press using movable type to Johannes Gutenberg (the gentleman on the right) in 1450, the same technique was invented centuries earlier by Bi Sheng (the gentleman on the left). Bi Sheng used clay characters, Gutenberg used metal type, and both are quite deserving of their statues.

A brand new web hunt will be posted soon!

02.12.2014

facebook fun

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.

02.10.2014

data

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!)

02.10.2014

beachball

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?

02.03.2014

pacman

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.

02.03.2014

surveillance cameras

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.

01.27.2014

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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:

01.27.2014

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.

01.27.2014

employment-education

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.

01.20.2014

productivity

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!

01.20.2014

rob reid

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.

01.20.2014

hammurabi

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.

01.06.2014

apple maps

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! Apple found that out when they built their Apple Maps app. Fortunately, a major effort is underway to fix the Apple Maps problems!

01.06.2014

oat begins

And so it begins...



Organizations, Applications & Technology will launch on 01.13.2014.

01.01.2014

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


Content by Paul J.A. van Vliet - pvvliet@unomaha.edu