LIS3353 - Technologies for Information Professionals

Welcome to the Course!

This website (and not Canvas) is the primary location for information on the course. Most of the course, and anything suitable for public viewing will be available here.

That being said, Canvas will be used for announcements and assignments, and discussions (i.e. anything that is private or semi-private.)

Note: Contacting me should only be done through regular email, at (Messaging through Canvas will be ignored -- regular email is a better and safer tool for this purpose)

You don't need to do anything for the first day besides show up. The syllabus and calendar are below, and schedules and procedures will be discussed in class on the first day. See you then!


Linux Install Info

Assignment II - The Terminal

Week 11 - Anonymity

In the news:





Week 8 - Algorithms and Milkshakes

./08 - LIS3353 - Milkshakes I.pdf

this just in...

How Encryption Works

Apple's Method

Hashing for Verification

How Bitcoin Works

Week 7 - The Internet

./07- LIS3353-Internet-T1908.pdf

The history:

The barriers

DIY? Mesh, et al

The net; today:

Net Neutrality Today

Week 6 - User Interfaces


READ THIS AGAIN. or for the first time if you didn't before.

Browse for fun..

on UX

See, e.g.


THIS, again?

dark patterns

Week 5 - Why Linux?

./05 LIS3353 - Lots of Linux (with command line info).pdf

The basics:

Continuation of an idea from last time:

Read AT LEAST the first 4 sections (Intro, MGBs, Tanks and Batmobiles, BitFlinger, and GUIs) — the rest is optional, but pretty good:


What you can do with very little:

a little "language" in here, forgive me

For the Practical ☺


Dont have to read - but a good reference:

— new material, on Politeness, "PC-Culture", etc in Tech and Linux?

Week 4 - OSs and History




Cultural Defeat of Microsoft


Week 3 - Hardware

./02 LIS3353 - Hardware I-T1908.pdf

On Moore's Law

Does Moore's Law Matter?


(Warning, strong language ahead. But, it makes for perhaps the most frank and honest discussion I've seen on the topic)

Does HARDWARE Matter?

On Shenzhen

Week 2 - Software and Everything

./01 LIS3353 - Computers I - From Numbers to Thinking-T1908.pdf

What is code?

What programming is

Basic Binary

(also this — brilliant!) -

Basic Algorithms


Turing Test?

Facebooks war on free will (with an excellent bit in the middle on algorithms)

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