Ready for a road trip? The Computer Science Club and SAC have teamed up for you to go see Iron Man 3 in IMAX and go to the St. Louis Science Center on May 4th! The approximate cost per student is $10 and the event will be all day. Please sign up at http://csclub.uis.edu/trip or email [...]
Gamer Tournament 2012 Pictures
The Tournament was a huge success with more than fifty students attending. Here are some photos of the event.
Lan Party 2012
Lan Party 2012 Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2012 Time: 3:00pm – 8:00pm Location: UHB 2028 Computers will be provided or you can bring your own. We will have food provided around 5:00pm. Steam and Minecraft is installed on all of the computers and include some free games to play such as TF2 and Alien Swarm. [...]
UIUC FabLab Pictures
I’ve finally managed to find the time to post the pictures from our trip to the Champaign-Urbana Community FabLab last weekend, April 1st. (Check out some of the other stuff people make there.)Overall everyone had a great time, and many interesting projects were created. If you missed the chance to attend keep watch on out [...]
235,182 years of HALO
I love infographics. This week as the development of the HALO franchise is passed on to 343 Industries, Bungie has decided to release some of the statistics they have gathered since the release of HALO. Thought I would share this with you all…. …and if you have time, join us on our game server.
Over the last week the club has been working on getting a Left 4 Dead 2 server up and running. It is open to everyone who plays the game! It is easy to find the server in game if you join the UIS CS club group on steam. Any feedback is appreciated and welcome. Now go take out some zombies!
Fun Fact: Today, Friday February 17th is the Game Server’s Birthday!
Yes, it was one year ago today that those beautiful blue lights lit and the fans started humming. The soul of a great beast awoke within it… and all it wanted was have fun and play. So, show the server some love and jump on for some Minecraft, Counter-Strike: Source, or Team Fortress 2 because no one should be lonely on their birthday… and the server’s only birthday wish is for you!
Log on info for the game server, and stats can be found here!
And just in case that hasn’t convinced you. There is scientific proof that games are good for you!
“In 1947, Grace Murray Hopper was working on the Harvard University Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator (a primitive computer). On the 9th of September, 1947, when the machine was experiencing problems, an investigation showed that there was a moth trapped between the points of Relay #70, in Panel F. The operators removed the moth and affixed it to the log. (See the picture above.) The entry reads: “First actual case of bug being found.” The word went out that they had “debugged” the machine and the term “debugging a computer program” was born. Although Grace Hopper was always careful to admit that she was not there when it actually happened, it was one of her favorite stories.”Image here
Also, this is a very interesting recounting of the birth of the computer:
At today’s “How2: be a Hacker” we discussed the technical aspects of how SOPA/PIPA/ACTA legislation would be implemented, and how a simple implementation would not work as blocked sites could simply be reached via their IP addresses. During the discussion Brian told me about a TED talk given by Clay Shirky which discusses the origins of this legislation, it’s practical implications, and why the big media companies are so set on this legislation.
It is, as all TED talks are, a great presentation.
During this event students can once again make their own Ethernet cable (which they take home to keep), and they will delve further into the world of computers, networking, and personal online security as they take part in a “Hacker 101” during which they will learn the basics of IP addresses and how internet pages come from all over the world to their screen. We will also discuss the recent SOAP/PIPA and ACTA legislation and what it would mean for the Internet. Finally, we will discuss the proliferation of private information on the internet and how we can take basic steps to protect ourselves, our families, and our friends.
How2 events are open to all UIS students at no cost. Past How2 series events have included “How2: Make Your Own Paper”, “How2: Grow A Potted Plant”, and “How2: Relax Before Finals”. For information on future How2 events please check out the Star’s Lounge on facebook.
What’s cuter than a basket full of kittens? A basket full of kittens that you can play with via webcam on the internet, that’s what!
iPet Companion has partnered with several animal shelters across the country to increase awareness of kittens of all ages looking for forever homes. To do this they have combined web cams, IP controlled cat toys, know how and a little old fashioned elbow grease to develop an application which animal shelters can embed into their web pages to allow people to play with the animals.