ICS 131--Fall 2000--Lecture Four--5 Oct 00

Review of Lecture Three--sections 1 and 2

1. History of Computing according to JF


Operators/Operating Systems


Time-Sharing, Real-time interactive


PC's, Workstations


2. How did these changes come about?

Driving forces

A. More efficient use of hardware

Operating systems, multi-programming

B. More efficient use of people

Time-sharing, interactive computing

C. Need for real-time response

Air Traffic Control, Air Defense, Airline reservations

D. Bottleneck model

Let the users in

Supermarkets, Libraries, Gas Stations,

PC's and productivity software

E. Hardware developments

Cost, Size, Density

F. Military requirements

Web site of the Computer Museum History Center in Palo Alto

1945 to 1990 history




3. How is Web used? Beyond E-mail

A. Finding Information




Library Catalogs

Publications of organizations


B. E-Commerce


Info on Markets

Buy stocks, bonds, futures, commodities




Books, CD's, PC's, Autos, Real Estate

Toys, Wines, groceries, discounts, auctions

How are preparations for this Christmas different?

Ads, inventory


Information, Tickets, Hotel Rooms

Weekend sales

Priceline getting competition from airline consortium


Radio, Video, Music, Books, E-books


C. Government programs

Medicare, Social Security


Front page


Senate Bill 3939,

LTC for federal employees

Associated Press. Clinton Unveils Web Site to Check Gun Sale Licenses,

LA Times, 24 Sep, A29


D. Education

Distance Learning


Today's Circuits



4. In the news, access, access control, use of consumer info

A. Pen as a data entry device

Lake, Matt. A Pen That Could Let You Scribble Your Way Across the Internet, NY Times, 28 Sep 00, D12 [web access)

B. Wireless Access

Austen, Ian. Meet the New Web. Same as the Old Web.

[With Few Pages (and Users), the Wireless Web Is, for Better and Worse, What the Net Used to Be]

NY Times, 28 Sep 00, D1, D8

[web access)

Time article on radiation from cell phones


C. Amazon's dynamic (discriminatory) pricing

Streitfeld, David. Amazon Pays a Price for Marketing Test, LA Times, 2 Oct, C1, C11

Sanders, Edmund. Psst! CPO's Are Secret Agents, LA Times, 1 Oct 00, W1, W3 [Save for future reference]

Collecting and using information

In a village where everybody knows everything about everybody else

D. Digital signature

Monday papers, Business section

Schwartz, John. E-Signatures Become Valid for Business, NY Times, 2 Oct, C1, C6

E. Disney's policy change on children's access

Schwartz, John. Disney to Deter Children From Some Areas of Its Web Sites, NY Times, 4 Oct, C4


5. In the news. How big is Web business? Impact on the economy

The Next Downturn [Cover Story] BW, 9 Oct 00, 167-184

[just look for 2 reasons why IT might trigger a downturn]

Goldman, Abigail. Mattel Cuts its Losses by Giving Learning Co Away, LA Times, 30 Sep 00, C1, C3.

[Another case of financial problems in IT business]

Rewick, Jennifer. Priceline's Stock Plunges on Revenue Warning, WSJ, 28 Sep 00, B6

[just one of several drops in stock price]




6. Is it suffering from too much hype? too much speculation?



Reading-- E-mail including Carnivore

Follow up on pre-test questions

Internet/Web stuff

Save for later

Project schedule

2--topic--can I change?

3--10 references

4--outline--2 pp

5--problems--1 page

First quiz


Pick up BW's

Lectures 2, 3 and schedule on web site (~feldman)


Elstein, Aaron. Defending Right to Post Message: 'CEO is a Dodo",

WSJ, 28 Sep 00, B1, B12

[Save for future reference]


Huffstutter, P.J., and Fields, Robin. 'The Dirty Little Secret of the Dot-Com World', LA Times, 1 Oct 00, A1, A32

[Save for future reference]



5 Oct 00/jf


More readings to save!

Schrader, Esther, and Drogin, Bob. Security Breaches a Rising Concern in Age of Laptops, LA Times, 3 Oct, A1, A14