Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Lab - Mar. 1/2005 - Multimedia Resources

The History of Computing

a) Resource: The Internet Archive
URL: http://www.archive.org/movies/details-db.php?collection=prelinger&collectionid=06855
Type: Video

Comments:
This is a great video about the history of computing because it focuses on some of the early practical uses of computer technology during the Cold War. Judging from the reviews given by viewers, some of whom actually worked on SAGE, it is highly accurate and informative.

b) Resource: The Internet Archive
URL: http://www.archive.org/movies/details-db.php?collection=computerchronicles&collectionid=CC1301_windows_95
Type: Video

Comments:
Windows 95 was the single most influential piece of software that jumped the virtual world forward. This video outlines the story of it from its conception to its overall effect on our future. Very enlightening!!

c) Resource: Google
URL: http://www.computerhistory.org/exhibits/online_exhibitions.html
Type: Images

Comments:
This website is full of interesting images of significant developments in computer technology. Each exhibit has a brief description of the history of that particular object which makes it much more informative and interesting.


Cultural Impact of the World Wide Web

a) Resource: Google
URL: http://www.ascusc.org/jcmc/vol7/issue2/china.html

Comments:
This article shows the cultural impact of the world wide web on the people of China. A communist country who’s government focuses on controlling the thoughts and ideologies of its people are no match for the open arena of the Internet. I chose this article because it true exhibits the power that the www really holds over society.

b) Resource: Google
URL: http://www.isoc.org/inet97/proceedings/G3/G3_1.HTM

Comments:
This article shows the cultural impact of the World Wide Web from international perspectives. It is well laid out with hyperlinks leading to specific sections of interest. The thing I liked most about it was that each section is short and to the point which makes for easy reading.

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