Friday, January 31, 2014

1964 Antique Modem Live Demo

Phreakmonkey. "1964 Antique Modem Live Demo." Online Video Clip. Youtube. Youtube, 29 May 2009. Web. 21. Jan. 2014.
This is a really neat video of a Modem from 1964. After reading about early computers and ideas such as the World Brain (H.G. Wells), I thought it would be helpful to see a video of an early networking machine. The model is completely analog, so there is nothing digital about it. I think it is useful to see how technology has progressed from its early stages.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Last minute tweaks before our first meeting tomorrow

Hi folks.  My online roster shows that we have 22 students registered for our LIS 644 course this semester, so that means with 45 readings (beyond the first ones for tomorrow), you'll each be summarizing two readings over the course of the semester on this blog, which is not bad.  (I'll figure out which reading to absolve you from summarizing later ... maybe one of the really short ones ...)

Tonight I've tweaked the syllabus and assignments just a little to add some short personal reflection work to weeks 3 and 6.  Otherwise I think I'm happy with the flow of the semester and I hope you will be too.  I'll go over all of this tomorrow in class, starting at 9am in 4191F H.C. White (the classroom inside the SLIS library).

One more thing: Tomorrow is going to be a cold one, with dangerous wind chills and drifting snow.  Some of you may have family care responsibilities due to closed schools, or travel restrictions due to closed rural roads.  Just email me if you ever need to miss class; we are all adults and I understand when life intervenes into carefully-planned syllabi.  Your safety, and that of your family, comes first.

See you tomorrow -- GREG

Monday, January 20, 2014

Almost there!

Hi again, folks.  Tonight I've posted draft sections for the assignments and syllabus.  Hopefully these will be live by the first day of the semester, Tuesday January 21.  I'll send out an email to the whole class list once things are set, with your reading assignments for next week (the first class meeting next Monday).  More soon ...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Setting up for Spring 2014

Hi folks.  This will be the online syllabus and public discussion blog for Professor Downey's version of the UW-Madison course LIS 644: Digital Tools, Trends, and Debates in Spring 2014.  Details on the way ...