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.
Announced to day, every legitimate geeks favorite toy company LEGO (Nerf is third) is planning to release Minecraft themed sets!
“We’re happy to announce that the Minecraft project on LEGO CUUSOO has passed the LEGO review and we are now developing a concept that celebrates the best aspects of building with the LEGO system and in Minecraft. We can’t wait to show it to you—but it isn’t ready just yet. These things take time, so we appreciate your patience. More details are to come.”
In addition we discussed:
– Pursuing contacting local businesses for donations of gift cards/certificates for use as facebook contest/challenge prizes
– Trip to the UIUC fablab
– Moving the meeting dates: there is a poll on our facebook page
– Utilizing our university printing funds to make club fliers
– Setting up a YouTube channel to post tutorials and quickie edutainment videos
We will be holding a club meeting on Wednesday, January 25th in Brookens library 141A between 4:30 and 5:45. In this meeting we will be covering several topics including the new forum, project management tracking, and upgrades to the minecraft server. Like always we will have the meeting streamed online through Big Marker here
The CS Club will once again be co-sponsoring a Gaming Party with Stars Lounge.
Event will be from 6pm to 11pm on Saturday January 21st.
The event will have the same free-play style as we used during the Fall 2011 Welcome Week. Basically, you can challenge anyone to any game you choose, and the winner gets to pick a prize from the prize box and walk away with bragging rights. (We do, however, retain the right to call shenanigans on anyone abusing the system)
Food with be finger sandwiches, crackers and fruit trays… because the CS Club rolls fancy like that.
We look forward to seeing everyone there to kick off another successful semester!
As the Winter break is almost here and many of us will be traveling home for the holiday the Computer Science Club will be having a building contest. This is not to be able to build the biggest thing you can think of but more small scale. There have been 24×24 squares that have been made by the pvp arena at coordinates 300,65,575. You can build as high or as low as you want but it has to be in your 24×24 square. For those unfamiliar with the server take the minecart from the spawn area to the second train station. Then take the minecart to the pvp arena. Go across the bridge at the arena and you will find the build sites labeled with a number. Take the sign down and put the number back along with your username. Then email Csclub at uis.edu with your username and the numbered spot. Feel free to use the Teamspeak software to chat with friends while you build! All builders will have till new years day to build whatever creation you can think of. At that time I will take screenshots of each creation and post them to the club website. From there all UIS students are able to vote on which creation is there favorite, again email csclub at uis.edu. If you have friends who like to build feel free to invite them to this build contest. Voting will end on the first day of classes. First place will be given creative mode for a week, second place will get three full stacks of items of there choosing on minecraft. Happy Building!
Address to the CS minecraft server is glados.uis.edu:27000
Teamspeak software and information is here
For those who have creative mode right now on minecraft it will go away as soon as this post is posted and will remain like that until the new year.
In a world of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari and where HTML5 and CSS3 are just over the horizon it seems long overdue that we finally rid ourselves of IE6. This website allows us to watch IE6′s slow but inevitable demise. And some day just as we named the world’s 7 billionth person, we will find ourselves naming someone the “last person using IE6″.
10 years ago a
browser was born.
Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2011, in an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye.
This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers. via: http://www.ie6countdown.com/
I also find it interesting that Microsoft themselves owns the site. A DNS lookup reveals that the IP address for ie6countdown.com is 188.8.131.52, and a WHOIS shows us that the registrant is indeed Microsoft themselves.
On September 27th, 2011 the Computer Science Club co-sponsored an event with Stars Lounge as part of their ongoing How2 series. The goal of our event “How2: Be A Techie” was to introduce non-computer science majors to topics in computers which relate to their everyday lives. The event was open format and students were allowed to participate in as much of the activities as they were interested.
The two main attractions were “Make your own Ethernet cable” and “Take Apart a PC”. For the first event we assisted each attendee in making their own 20ft Cat5e Ethernet cable which they could then take back to their dorm and use. From this students learned a little about basic networking and as we explained why each step of making the cable. For example, the twisted pairs inside an Ethernet cable reduce noise and interference on the line as data in the form of electrical signals passes along it.
Students could also choose to see what is on the inside of a computer by disassembling and reassembling a desktop PC. This allowed the students a hands on opportunity to see what techies do everyday. In addition computer science club members explained not only how to take each part out and put it back in, but the role that part plays in the functionality of the computer and what happens can happen when each part breaks.
Star’s Lounge and Student Life provided all the supplies and the venue for this event as well as assisted with marketing. The event was attended by 20 students and 25 cables were successfully made. In total the event cost $55 dollars for 500 feet of Cat5e Ethernet cable(yes we have some left over and plan to run the event again sometime) and the RJ-45 end caps for the cables. This event was chosen by NACA Mid-America as an Outstanding Low Cost Program (under $100).
What happened to our logo you might ask?
It has been censored to raise awareness of Net Neutrality and Protect-IP legislation.
Since it’s creation the Internet has been a medium for the unrestricted sharing of ideas. This freedom has been what has allowed it to grow as it has to be added to by large corporations as well as individuals, and to help proprietary development as well as open-source and create commons development.
Now that freedom, that openness, is at risk. Companies are lobbying to pass bills which would collectively allow them to censor the content you can view and create as well as charge you more for it. Protect-IP would allow companies to have specific sites blocked outright. The loss of Net Neutrality would would allow them to have different content receive priority based upon corporate deals and connections not user demand. These bills would not have the copy-right protecting effect that they are intended to, but would alter the development of the Internet and the way we share and create content online.