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March 22, 2007

I've updated the Test 2 study guide. You can find it on the "Test Aids" page of my web site. If you've already started studying using the Fall 2006 Test 2 study guide, be sure to check out the new one. This semester's test will cover multiplexers which were not on last semester's test. (Beware of your browser caching the old one. Hit "Ctrl-R" to refresh.)

Also, I've posted the answers to the Karnaugh Map homework. You can find it at:


March 22, 2007

This is just a reminder that there will be a quiz on Monday regarding the material David Robinson covered during yesterday's Symantec Ghost lab. His notes can be found at:

March 18, 2007

Last week, I forgot to announce exactly what was going to be on today's quiz. Therefore, I am postponing today's quiz until Wednesday. Please be prepared on Wednesday to take a quiz covering both the Windows XP installation and the Linux installation. (Basically, it will be an "O/S Installation" quiz.)

March 12, 2007

We will be performing a Linux install during this Wednesday's lab (March 14th). Just like with Windows XP, you will be performing the installation using installation CDs. Unlike Windows XP, you will not need to buy or sign anything. All you will need to do is download an .iso image of the Red Hat Linux 9 CDs and use the images to create the CDs. Visit our download page at http://cscidbw.etsu.edu/software/software.html.

IMPORTANT: Because of server limitations, these CD images have an extension ".i". You must rename the file to have an extension ".iso" in order to work properly with your CD burning software.

Many installs have been taking all three CDs, CD1, CD2, and CD3. If you don't want to wait for someone else to finish with their CS3, you should probably download all three and burn them to CDs to bring to Wednesday's class. (Downloading the documentation CD is not necessary.) Remember that this lab will not work if you simply copy the .iso file to the CD. You must open up your CD burning software and select the option to "burn CD from an image." This will allow you to open the .iso file and use it to create the Linux CDs.

You may use a different distribution of Linux if you wish, as long as it is an RPM-based Linux. Linux Online provides a resource that allows you to download any Linux image of which they are aware. The link to their distributions page is http://www.linux.org/dist/index.html. I am only giving you this last link for your own information. It is not necessary to download any other images for this lab.

March 7, 2007

Just a quick reminder of the homework that is due on March 12th (the Monday we come back from Spring Break.) I've posted a copy of it here if you've misplaced yours. If you've been coming to class and following the Karnaugh map stuff, it should only take you about 5 minutes.

February 21, 2007

Some of you have commented that you would like to have access to the laboratory facilities outside of class time. Unfortunately, the lab in Wilson-Wallis no longer has open hours due to under usage in the past. The Nicks Hall 491 lab, however, has machines with the swappable hard drive bays, and you are welcome to use them during that lab's open lab hours. The hours marked as "Swartz" on the lab schedule are open for you to use. Just make sure you use a GX260. The majority of the boxes in that lab are GX240 machines which may cause some problems when you try to run the installs on a GX260.

February 13, 2007

The accounts have been set up through MSDNAA for you to download the XP installation CD images. Those of you who have never used the system before should have received an E-Mail with the username, password, and site link. If you have used the system before, but your account has been disabled, it is now re-enabled with the same username and password.

As for burning a CD to bring with you to lab on Wednesday, the lab notes have a description on how to do that. They can be found at:


In the past, the greatest confusion has been between the differences between a CD image (a *.iso file) and the CD itself. A CD image is an exact copy of an original CD that is stored to a hard drive. It's like taking a picture of a dog. The picture is an exact copy, but it is not a dog. To recreate the CD from its image, you must use a CD burning program and select "Create CD from image". See me if you have any questions about creating a CD from it image.

January 17, 2007

Welcome to class! There are two items of business we need to address before we can get started.

First, this course does not require a textbook. All of the notes you will need are provided on the web from the course notes page. You can purchase a hard copy of the textbook, but it is not necessary. (Some students have found it much more convenient to carry around the hard copy rather than a bunch of printouts from the web.)

Since you are saving $125 by not having to buy a textbook, you can use part of those funds to purchase a new hard drive. Most of the labs will be performed using this hard drive. Future courses in your CSCI curriculum will also use this hard drive, so I would suggest you don't begin using it to store your MP3's once this course is over. Details on the minimum hard drive requirements will be provided in class. Please have this hard drive in your hands by the February 7th lab.

Your second assignment is to verify that your e-mail address is set up correctly on Blackboard. I use this system to e-mail you updates throughout the semester regarding class. I cannot take responsibility for messages you did not receive because you were not looking at your z-account e-mail.

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