Information on the Internet Lab
Fall 2011 Version
Dr. Kris Stewart
With the unprecedented growth of the Internet, I believe
the most common "problems" are understanding a users' responsibility
to the community of users and understanding how to deal with the
overwhelming amount of information avaiilable.
San Diego State Univeristy
How to keep yourself (and your friends, your mom?) safe, online
Rohan Squirrel mail warning
05Feb08 Campus CIO Security Alert
technews.acm.org [Stewart's fav technology news ]
This page discusses User Responsibilities;
- GMCS 425 Lab Responsibilities
Student Responsibilities for Academic Computer Use
- http://www.sa.sdsu.edu/srr/index.html [Center for Student Rights & Responsibilities]
- How can a person find out about the availability of information
on a particular topic?
- How do you access that information?
- Do you read the information right now, or store it to be read later?
- If you store the data, how will you categorize it so that it can be
- What are the various "kinds" of information? (different for each person)
Just because you "read it in the newspaper", does this make
it true? (maybe, depends on the author [editor] and on the newspaper
Most material available on the Internet is not "peer-reviewed"
which implies there is no guarantee that the information is correct
or valuable or worthwhile.
Since SDSU is a member of the Internet2 high-speed Internet network
community, we have wide bandwidth connections to the global Internet.
This is a valuable resource that each of us should utilize and
respect. You can no longer find SDSU on the current
of Abilene, the Internet2 network. But in 2000, SDSU was
2000 Abilene Map
San Diego State University has adopted a Computer Security
Policy that each student should read.
SDSU Computing Security Policy adopted 7 Nov 2000 by University Senate
This recalls the lessons from Journalism, to answer the questions
| Who ||
|| (Who first told you about the resource?)
| What ||
|| (What access mechanism: anonymous ftp, WWW, gopher, ...)
| Where ||
|| (Location is an IP address)
| When ||
|| (The dynamic nature of the Internet adds a "temporal" quality to information)
| Why ||
|| (Why did you think this link was worth saving? Why is this sourceinteresting?)
From your own point of view, how would you order the above topics
in terms of importance?
Authorities for Computer Science students at San Diego State University:
arweb.sdsu.edu/es/catalog/index.html SDSU General Catalog
Note the disclaimer on the top of the page.
The online SDSU catalog is the official publication for SDSU
Computer Science Department home page
Association for Computing Machinery, the Professional Society of
http://www.stewart.cs.sdsu.edu/step/wayback_machine.html [Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman WayBack Machine by Kris Stewart]
Technology News / Current Issue from ACM [useful, authoritative updates]
SDSU Student Chapter of the ACM
IEEE, Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers, the Professional Society
of Engineers, including computational scientists.
SIAM, Society for Industrial
and Applied Mathematics, the Professional Society for Applied Math,
now looking to focus on computational sciences.
The Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (
CAIDA) and the
National Laboratory for Aplied Network Research (
NLANR) are highly recommended sources
for information, tools and research projects/results on the Internet.
Security Policy approved by the SDSU Senate Nov. 7, 2000.
The computers and the network at SDSU are a
community resource which must be respected by all users. Every user
of this resource has a responsibilty to be considerate of other users.
History of the Internet, Computing and Supercomputing
http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsf-net/home.jsp [National Science Foundation NSF and the Birth of the Internet]
- Kris Stewart Personal Timeline of Technology
- www.nlr.net (National Lambda Rail) 2001 future of optical networking.
Internet Society's History of the Internet
History of Supercomputing (Oak Ridge National Labs)
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000
"The Computer Museum History Center is the world's authority on the
history of computing technology. Our collection spans hardware,
software, audio clips, films, documentation, etc."
Table to calculate transfer time based on file size and connection speed
- Internetology from
the Network Startup Resource Center, U.
UC Berkeley Library "Finding Information on the Internet Tutorial"
Sources Available from San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC):
Some Interesting Maps
Online Histories of Technology - 2001
Achievements of the 20th Century (What are your entries? What order?)
1. Electrification 2. Automobile 3. Airplane 4. Water Supply and Distribution
5. Electronics 6. Radio and Television 7. Agricultural Mechanization
8. Computers 9. Telephone 10. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
11. Highways 12. Spacecraft 13. Internet 14. Imaging 15. Household Appliances
16. Health Technologies 17. Petroleum and Petrochemical Technologies
18. Laser and Fiber Optics 19. Nuclear Technologies 20. High-performance Materials
The Usenet Newsgroup are archived at rtfm.mit.edu. Do you
know what RTFM stands for?
ftp access - to all newsgroups
ftp access - to all newsgroups - index by name (HUGE file)
Current Directory of FAQs
Email - all the answers from rtfm.mit.edu archive
Excellent Information Sources from the Scout Report
Weekly Scout Reports [on the web]
- This is a nicely filtered overview of the
activities each week that are accessible via the Internet.
The focus is on educationally oriented topics, which is a very
broad focus. It is also kept "timely".
Scout Report Bimonthly Collection (organized by subject area)
library.sdsu.edu/ SDSU Library
- Cause and Educom merged to
- Transforming Education through Information Technology
- Andy Carvin's EdWeb
- Brought to you by CPB, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,
and CNIDR, the Center for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval.
Sources for Software (public-domain, free-ware, share-ware)
What is the difference?
SDSU Library supporting CS Computers & Society Research Papers