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My Labreports in Psych 409 by Bev. Diaz

My Second Week

by Beverly Diaz

I can't believe that I'm actually typing my first paragraph. In class this week, Dr. James said this would be the hardest two weeks, no doubt he was not kidding. During last week's class everything seemed a so much more easier than this week. Last week, after I was through obtaining my Unix account two days later I went to Keller Lab yet I was a bit anxious sending e-mail to Dr. James because I had so many mistakes and I kept using the backspace key, I thought that the message sent would have so many funny looking characters. I felt that way because I've only sent e-mail on using a communications program at my working place called Reflections.

So far I don't think using that key while typing e-mail to anyone has affected the messages. Following that I quit Pine and went onto Lynx to retrieve the class syllabus. It was so easy to obtain, by then my anxiety level had dropped. I was able to browse through thesyllabus and I read as much as I could. I played around with the links of the instructor's home page, and I also poked around the help file. I was having so much fun I couldn't wait to start our lab reports.

I can honestly say this week I had a couple of problems. I love to work and fool around with computers, and I can have the patience to sit in front of the monitor for a few hours, but this week was not that much fun. If we had a scale from one to ten to monitor our frustrations, well I can tell you that my frustration level went beyond the number ten. Tina Smith could relate to this.

My first problem was looking for the Homepages of Nicole Gustie and Barry Kwock. I recieved a message for both that it could not be accessed. I wondered if Dr. James had given us the wrong information in class. Although, I didn't stop there. I went to their glossaries and found some information there. In Barry's glossary was the link to Nicole's glossary. Following that I went Lynx and found the fake weekly lab report of Psychology 459 to look for Bo Mar's and Danell Saito's Lab reports and took a look at that. I read them and then went on to "Hints on preparing your first lab report" My frustration level grew further from then. I went through Telnet to get into the CSS server, and thought that creating the www sub-directory would be easy. NOT!!!

I created the glossary first. Then I forgot the "Chmod 755 *" command which needs to be done when you create a new file, and was stated in the syllabus. I did it for my homepage file and the labreport file, and then made a new glossary file. After I completed that I went to Lynx to see what was in my .html files. There was nothing, because I didn't write anything. I felt like giving up at that point.

However, after reading Dr. James' Comments on Students' Lab Reports, he stated that we no longer need to use that command. Chmod 755 * is done automatically. Take a look at his comment. I did not know how to go about writing for the lab report, so I went back to look at my notes from class, but found no answers. Then I went back to the labreport of Bo Mar in the Psy 459 class, still that didn't help me. I remembered that Mr. Bogan said that he would be in the Clic lab so then I went there and asked him a couple of questions.

A little while later I remembered something from class. Dr. James mentioned a "\" key, which would toggle between Lynx and Emacs. By then I was able to figure out how to go about writing our first lab report. My only problem now is trying to link a part of my document to something stated in the syllabus of our Psy 409 class. Arrgh!! If I figure it out you'll be able to link into it in the previous sentence.

I guess I'm going through what Dr. James called "Information Shock" as mentioned in section of the instructor's weekly comments. The moment I started to learn a new program and it's commands frustration starts to build up because sometimes things don't work and you don't get anywhere. For a moment this sort of feels as if we are learning to program a computer, because we have to tell it what to do. What do you think?

Another problem that shot my anxiety level up was a screen on the bottom that popped up while I was typing this report. One of my friends wanted to talk to me (on the screen) from her screen. I panicked. I escaped from Emacs then I went to Pine, and that didn't help. I didn't know what to do. I found out later, that she "fingered" me.

Fingering someone is searching for them while they are working on the server. "Talk" is being able to communicate with another person on the server, just like a phone call except your conversation is on the screen. Alison Asahina did this to me while I was trying to type my labreport. A message appeared on the bottom of the screen and it stated that she wanted to "talk" to me. I asked myself, wouldn't it have been easier if she had just come to talk to me in person? Well, the screen disappeared and my anxiety level had dropped. I thought that sure was weird to see such a message. Soon after Alison came to me and told me what I should have done. When the message such as that comes up then I should escape what I'm doing and then go to the Unix% or the WWW% (depending where the other person is and type 'talk' and the other person's login name and address then we can have a conversation. Wow! It's sure amazing with what can be done with computers. Take a look at what Jae Isa and Michelle Ota of the Psy 459 class had to say. By the way, is there a way to prevent yourself from getting junk mail in e-mail?
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Assignment for Week 4

The moment I am in the hypertext environment I begin to find information using the bookmarks I created in Lynx. One of them happens to be Dr. James' Weekly Comments. Although I have the option to type the number of the link at the bottom of the screen, I have found it easier to use my up and down cursor keys to scroll the list of bookmarks. When I've found what I want to look at I hit the right arrow key and it links me to his Weekly Comments document. As we were told the first day of class, I will look through the document globally, such as what are the assignments for the remainder of the semester, then I'll browse around to look at the comments he has made. However, when I am looking through his syllabus, I am usually searching for a specific command.

If I am specifically looking for something I will take a look at the headings above the paragraphs. For example, if I wanted to know how to suspend emacs and then go to the unix prompt, I would search for the heading "EMACS File Managment Commands" in the Psy 409 Syllabus. (How did I remember it was there? One of the first things I remember when learning a new program is how to escape.) Here give it a try, now. It also tells you how to comeback to Emacs .

I think a noun that is missing here is frustration, because this is the second time I'm typing the following paragraph. On my first attempt at typing that section, I tried to save it, but accidently pressed the wrong key and was taken to another area of EMACS. I panicked, tried to figure out what went wrong, then asked the lab monitor to help me. He was no help at all. In addition he later told me he knew nothing about EMACS. I could not return into my document. I was so upset. I left the lab, told myself told myself to take a break and decided to come back a day later. Take a look at what Jill Kaneshiro had to say.

I realized that it was my fault for not saving in between paragraphs, but have you ever experienced those moments when you just want to get things done? That was how I was feeling when I started to type the following.

In my opinion, we experience pessimism anytime we learn something new. It could occur while we learn a new program, or even learning a new card game--and your opponent keeps on winning, while you don't. Soon you reach a point where you think you'll never win a game, whereas the computer may not cooperate with the commands you've inputted.

Personally, I felt more intimidated, rather than pessimistic when I started this course. I've used the computer since I was nine years old and also used many programs, so the thoughts of "things getting worse" had subsided long ago. I love working with computers, I've never felt an ounce of depression yet. I heard about Internet through my sister (who just happens to be a librarian) and she's used the Net for approximately three years now. Well, the moment I got onto the W3, I couldn't believe it. This is great, I could go anywhere and find information just by using my fingertips. Well, I became intimidated when I saw the commands for Emacs. My heart palpated so fast (no kidding) I didn't think I'd be able to remember them. I'm glad to say that so far, I've been able to master a couple of the commands by just fooling around. I'm pretty comfortable with them too. For example, I've sort of gotten the hang of making links and moving around in Emacs.

I've found Lynx and Pine to be simplier to use because of the dialog screens that pop up at the bottom, asking you what you want to do. I must admit I did get lost at first, especially when it came to making bookmarks in Lynx. Then I realized, OH! Bookmarks--it just like dog earring a page in a book and coming back to it later.

I don't know who said this but, "To Err is Human." If something goes wrong don't take it personally. Try to figure out what went wrong, or take a break--especially when your having a bad day. Take a look at Trudy Moore's comment.

When it comes to dealing with routine frustration, uncertainty, and information shock, I'll tell myself this: First, take a break (as mentioned earlier) for about five minutes, and then plan out what exactly you want to do. If you need to write down the commands you think you'll be using, do so. (This may seem time consuming, but I've found it very helpful. If a something doesn't work, I can pinpoint the problem in my commands.

Next, if you are unsure about something ask questions!! Ask your classmates, ask the lab monitor, ask Kevin questions or take a look in his help files. Send him e-mail or send Dr. James e-mail with your questions. Don't be hard headed as Fujii stated in his labreport which was noted in Dr. James' comments file.

Finally, when it comes to Information Shock, just remember what was said in class,"We are all novices." In addition, quoting from Dr. James' weekly comments file, "All of us experience information shock, no matter how advanced we are."Take a look.
There'll never be an end to it...we're always going to feel that way!

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Reaction to previous semester's lab report.

When I began to read the lab and self-witnessing reports that Dr. James had passed out to us on the first day of class I was a bit disappointed because of the the student's (Avery) reactions. Let me begin, by telling you that he was pessimistic at first because he was frustrated and didn't know what to look for. He did say that he went through Turbographer,Mosaic, and Fetch, but didn't give any details as to what he was able to access when he got there. Alison Asahina writes about the views of Josephine Allen's state of mind.

In his second lab report, his pessimism had exacerbated because he was disappointed with the grade he received from his first labreport, and then he goes on to talk about the badluck he was having at Clic Lab. I've surmised that he was using a Mac computer since he talks about a bomb appearing on the screen on and off again. He continues with problems he had with connecting into UH from home using his modem.

However, he does mention that he was able to go into Lynx, and explore through the Hawaiian Network Services. Here he went through Gopher, FTP, Telnet, Usenet, and Hypermedia services. Again, he doesn't say much about it. He does say that he was able to find information about the White House and other Government issues in Gopher. He goes onto discussing the difficulties he had in searching for the book, The Science of Right, by Immanuel Kant. He did not state whether or not he found it. Later, he goes onto report about his search on Women's Rights,in Veronica, and how he found a lot of information because the topic was very broad.

At this point, I think his feelings had become more positive, because he had more of an idea of what to do, and where to go. I enjoyed reading his last report because he talks about guiding his friend on the Net, and showing him how to navigate around. I found it funny when Avery wrote how disappointed he was because his friend was able to grasp more about the Net faster than he did. I do know that he was able to access quite a bit of information and how to surf around Cyberspace.

Well, where shall I start? I was a bit disappointed when I began to read the report. I imagined the class was really fun, but after reading Avery's first two reports it didn't seem that way --at least from his point of view. Jill Kaneshiro felt scared also. It did bother me that he went into little detail about he was able to access. I think I read his report about four times. Perhaps, I missed something, yet it was he who just didn't write down a number of points. I wanted to know what happened when he went somewhere so on and so forth. He just summarized alot. Sometimes, I was just left hanging in mid-air wondering what went on. While reading this report you may ask yourself what did happen, let me assure you that there are missing blanks that I can't answer.

((Kyle:please make a link in your file from your paragraph to this anchor,thanks)) When I was able to go on-line, I could not understand why Avery felt the way he did. Being able to search around was fun, and I made it a point to understand how I was getting from one place to another. I wondered of he procrastinated in doing his work, because there is a tendency to leave out a number of things when you do procrastinate. Kyle Fujii mentions it in the labreport he read about Phillip.


((Cheryl:please make a link from your paragraph to this anchor, thanks)) Another reason Avery left out some areas in his report may have been due to time constraints. Take a look at what Cheryl Remata had to say abouttime.

((Jason:please make a link from your paragraph to this anchor, thanks)) I think that if Avery had spent more time in doing his reports, there would be alot more information to fill in those blanks. As Jason Raad reports in his labreport about learning the basic commands and getting things done faster.Take a look. The best suggestion I have for future readers is not to procrastinate, and the Net isn't terrible as some make it sound like it is.

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I found a few waves to surf on!!!

Surf's Up
I began this assignment by using the Web Crawlersearch tool provided for us in Dr. James' Weekly Comments. I typed in the words traffic*internet, on the line provided and pressed enter to start the search. The Web Crawler was able to come up with a number of documents. I had so many to choose from, I picked The Internet Index to start off. This index is provides facts and stats about activities that relate to the Net. I found some of them funny, for example, did you know that in Cambridge, Massachusetts a cup of Cappuccino costs $2.00 while surfing at a place called Cybersmiths?

When I was through, I returned back to the list of documents and went into the San Diego Traffic Reports which I thought was quite interesting. This traffic report provides Net commuters, information about the freeway through the internet. I don't want to forget to mention that certain areas of the freeway are still under construction, so don't be surprised if a message such as that pops up. :-)

There were other document I could peruse through, but I began to wonder, what if I retrurned to the Web Crawler and typed in, Internet*Traffic. What would I come up with? Well, the Web Crawler came up with other documents in addition to some of the titles I had seen earlier. Anyhow, at the very end of the document I found Internet Services. When I hit the link, I was taken into it's document. There was the University of Idaho Gopher Server, the All Data Auto Repair Database, and finally the Yahoo Internet Directory, which I was curious about. So I tried it, Yahoo Link. Wow, I said to myself. There is so much here!!! The titles ranged from Art, to Entertainment, to Society and Nature. Many of them were new!! Well, I chose the Hard to Believe link. Boy, did I find out something interesting! Try it from my link. The should have entitled it something else. |-*

It's not over!
((Jill:please make a link from your paragraph to this anchor, thanks.)) Well, I had lots of fun with this assignment. I'm not through surfing the Net...Who is? There so many things to see and places to go. Isn't this fun? When I was through surfing, I went back to read some of the labreports of the students in my class. I came across Jill Kaneshiro's Traffic Problem anchor and saw here link of Virtual Tourist-California. It's really neat. I was able to find information about Disneyland and other amusement parks. Check it out!

((Joleen:please make a link in your file from your paragraph to this anchor, thanks.)) When I came across, Joleen's lab report I came across her higher ed in IBM link which was interesting also. There's information about Publications, News and Announcements, Software, and lots of stuff an IBM user can use.

I'm almost through
((Ryan:please make a link in your file from your paragraph to this anchor, thanks.)) I came across Ryan Higa's link about his Getting Online and connecting to UH with his modem. I was able to empathize, because I had a few problems when I hooked up my modem from home too. I'm happy to say that everything has been okay ...so far. :-P

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What happened this week?
This week's assignment invited us to read the Labreports of our fellow classmates in Psychology 409, and comment on anything they had written. In addition, we also read and commented on the Instructor's article which is a review of the Fall 1994 semester Cyberspace class. I began this assignment by linking into the individual Psy 409 Student Homepages, and linked into their homepages from there. The following is what I've been able to surmise.

First of All
((Carol please make a link from your paragraph to this anchor, thanks.)) The very first labreport I read was that of Carol Alamares. In her Sensorimotor Process anchor, I observed not only should you have your chair adjusted to a proper height, and have the appropriate amount of light, but also be aware of your time in the labs and or while you are on the modem. It's not at all pleasing when someone tells you your time is up or the modem hangs up on you, and you feel as though you're just getting started. :-)

As I read through the labreports I noticed the overall impressions of anxiety and frustration, everyone had experienced during the first weeks of class. Dr. James also notes this in his article about the Atmosphere of the previous Cyberspace class. I hope future generations reading this report will find it comforting to know that it is alright to feel baffled and apprehensive, since we've been through it too.

Click your heels three times
((Tina,please make a link from your paragraph to this anchor,thanks.)) Another emotion I detected was the feeling of 'not knowing where you were' around the Net. In the Additional entries of Dr. James' article, a student wrote, "When I come across an obstacle, I searched the screeen for some options that maybe related to the problem, and usually found a way around it." Tina Smith recommends to "look at things in a positive way...and try to stay motivated." Likewise, I've felt lost also, but would remind myself to take note of where I began and how I reached a certain point thereafter.

It's only the beginning!
((Rayson,please make a link from your paragraph to this anchor,thanks.)) So far, I think the emotions felt at the beginning of the semester have subsided and we've reached a plateau (for the time being.) Jill Kaneshiro had something to say about a plateau too. Doesn't it feel so great to have access to all kinds of information at the tips of your fingers??!!!! Rayson Noguchi summed it up when he stated he found, "the Internet rewarding and exciting."

((Diane,please make a link from your paragraph to this anchor,thanks.) If you don't believe that traveling through the Net is any fun, take a look at what I was compensated with when I went into Diane Beauchemin's 409 labreports, and read her Study Break anchor. (By the way, don't laugh out too loud!!!! |->)

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Crossing Over to the Otherside

Goin' over to look read some Traffic Reports
For this week's assignment, we crossed over to the Psychology 459, also known as the Traffic Psychology class, to read and comment on a few of the students labreports. It was interesting to read another person's feelings about driving thru traffic and pedestrian traffic. Also, we were assigned to read and comment on Dr. James' Comments File. Here's what I've got to say....

((Jo, please make a link from your paragraph to this anchor, thanks.)) I began by reading Jo Allen's labreport, and saw her comment about the accordian effect. Use the link in the above sentence to see her comment. :-) Anyhow, I've noticed many people here drive very closely to each other. I learned in a driver's education class (while I was in high school) as a driver you are supposed to drive 2 seconds apart from the car that is ahead of you. If not, you cause a chain reaction similarly as the domino effect as stated by Jo, the moment you step on your breaks. Also, at a stoplight the amount of space you should be apart from the car in front of you is approximately three feet. Let me put it this way, you should be able to see the bottom of the rear tires of the car ahead of you, without stretching your neck over your steering wheel.

Hey where's the fire?!
((Joleen, please make a link from this anchor to your paragraph, thanks.)) Another topic I read was Joleen Lai's comment about speeding. I too have seen people speeding and hopping in and out of lanes, thinking they'll get somewhere faster if they drive the way they do. Haven't they realized by now that it'll take them 20 minutes or so (it's a longer drive to Waianae and out towards the North Shore) to get to wherever it is they are going? Truly, this is a small island, and it's not going anywhere!!!

Hmph, Hawaii Drivers
((Todd, please make a link from your paragraph to this anchor, thanks.)) One last comment I'll make about driving is that I agree with Todd Takitani's remark about Hawaii Drivers--they are rude, rude, rude (which is an understatement) when compared to drivers from the mainland. I've travelled to numerous states on the East and West Coasts, and I've noticed the drivers there allow you into the lanes they moment you hit the blinkers. Unlike the drivers here, who have you drive about a mile to a mile and a half before someone allows you into their lane!

C'mon, c'mon
((Diane, please make link from this anchor to your paragraph, thanks.))
Lastly, I wanted to make a small comment on Diane Beauchemin's remark about pedestrian traffic. I enjoy walking and taking in the siteswhile doing so, what bothers me is that I have a pace I keep while traversing the pavement and I always end up following someone who breaks my momentum as I'm moving along. If I try to pass them on the left or right, they'll move in either direction and block me. It's as though they have a sensor on them, telling them not to allow me to pass....grrrr!!!

Reading Dr. James' Comments
When I read the comment about collecting episodes on Smashing the computer, I had to laugh. The only person who has written about it so far is Cheryl Remata. You've got to take a look at it yourself! Another comment that I can relate to is Dr. James logon remark about dialing into UH Unix. I had the hardest time connecting in this week because the lines were very busy. I wondered if it had to do with Midterms and many people are trying to call in too? Tryin' to catch up huh?? Remember....DON'T PROCRASTINATE!

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Part 1
Sometime during the beginning of the semester, I kept hearing a few of my classmates having trouble using the Emacs editor when typing in their reports. They were told to use the Pico editor instead. I've heard some positive remarks about Pico so I decided to try it myself. Prior to this I've used Emacs to type my labreports. So far, I'm enjoying Pico. Rather than using the cursor keys to move me from the top to the bottom of the screens (as in Emacs) I've found it alot faster using the ^V (^ means using the Control key) to move to the next screen. Also, I really like using the backspace key in Pico, because the Help screen doesn't pop up as it does in Emacs. Oh yeah the best part is, the dialog screen on the bottom which you can view if you forget certain commands. I've found this editor to be quite user friendly. |-)

Our assignment for this week was to read and give our reactions upon reading the 1991 Course-Integrated Online Socializing Files. When I began reading the discussions, I could not understand how the students jumped from a question on political science to the subject of multiple choice questions on a test. As I read on, I noticed a number of students commenting on PLATO, and electronic bulletin board. This was done in addition to regular class meetings.

Gee, that sounds familiar
Quite a few of the of the complaints came from the Psy 210 class who found PLATO a real pain, according to Dr. James' instructor's files. There were students asking, "What does this have to do with stats?" Being that Psy 210 is a psychometrics class, it seemed that the students weren't able to distinguish the relationship of statistics and frustrations with the computer.

Does this relate to us?
When I was through reading the reports, which by the way is 85 pages my eyes were really hurting. I should've taken a break, but I wanted to complete reading the reports as soon as I could. Okay, enough said let me get back to answering my question. I found a student who commented that using Plato was like a "Dear Abby" column. Unfortunately, I have never used Plato (although I wouldn't mind trying it) and I don't know how it works. It does sound similar to the Talk concept, except instead of a conversation with two people, there are more involved. In some context, Plato does relate to our class since we are able to write our feelings in our labreports, and have others comment on what we've said.

Oh, I see!
In addition to reading the Course-Integrating files we were also instructed to read Dr. James' instructor files. After completing that portion of the assignment, I was able to gain a better understanding of what the students were initially doing. A few of the sentiments my classmates share are similar to those written that the students had felt also; such as the issue of time, and being able to say just about anything. Here, take a look. Another area I didn't understand was why the students had not used their names, Dr. James explains it in the file about persona.

Cyberspace Community
Dr. James also asked us in the assignment if "We would continue this approach to building a Cyberspace learning community?" (I hope I'm answering this question correctly.) My answer would be YES! I think it's great to be able to write about our thoughts and feelings while in Cyberspace. It's a great opportunity for others to see the frustrations and anguish we feel. Perhaps, other readers will see this and say to themselves, "Hey! I've felt that way too!!" or those who write Net programs can see the flaws we encounter, while using those programs, and create better programs!

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Creating various homepages

What is Netscape? Before I began this week's assignment I would go to Keller Lab and play around with my Yahoo link to view pixes with Netscape. I had so much fun with it (Netscape) I didn't want to leave. I was so addicted, venturing from one link to another and viewing so many graphics, I couldn't believe I became a computer junkie. I would go arrive at school a few hours before class began, just so I could link around. I was able to find the homepage of Portland, Oregon -- a city that I enjoy travelling to. I found the homepages of ER, Friends, & Seinfeld just a few of my favorite shows. I found so many sites I just can't remember them!!! I had so much fun...I just can't describe the feeling...if you've got the time try it!!! You'll be addicted too!

Sample Size
Okay, getting down to the nitty gritty... Dr. James' posed the question of how big the sample size of homepages did we view? I viewed approximately 10-11 homepages (not including those mentioned above) in order to pick up some ideas on they types of homepages that are created. Many of those I viewed were the Indexical types, with very broad details. I would read the list of links just to see if I could find anything of interest, or just find anything that really caught my attention. In one of the Topical homepages I found by a student at Drake University. The student gave a brief summary on the purpose of the creation of her homepage. I made a link to her homepage but was given the message that it was "read" protected and could not be accessed! :-( Oh well, access to viewing those homepages were made through Dr. James' link here. After reading her summary I decided to create my Graphical Homepage in that manner too.

Other Homepages
A number of homepages I viewed were still under construction, some had the statement "Coming Soon" written. Although I came across very broad topics written in the homepages, I made sure to dig deeper by following some of the links made. I was able to find more information by doing. I found a couple of homepages created by an 11 and 13 year old. They gave a brief description of themselves and their school --I couldn't believe it, these youngsters are creating their own homepages!!!! Wow!

Any special preferences?
Every homepage I viewed was unique. Some had pictures, and some had just indexes. I can't say I preferred one over the other, because I enjoyed the homepages that gave me some details of what I would find, and I also liked those that had little detail in them--it makes a person want to search more. I found myself asking questions such as just what else is there beyond this? Dr. James mentioned in his Weekly comments that homepages are constantly "under construction"...and the best part about creating them is we "get to determine what the browser sees!" I agree. I didn't want to put alot of links into my Graphical Homepage because I want the browser to go through what I have beyond what's written. Why not?! I do it!!

The Future of My Homepages
I wondered about the maintenance of my homepages after I created them. I think I'll keep my Graphical Homepage just the way it is. However, I'll try to keep updating my Regular/Standard Homepage and my Topical Homepage when I have the time. At this point, we've reached the middle of the semester, and I'm sure that my fellow classmates will agree that we've got alot of catching up to do with our other classes...so bear with us!!! Eventually, I would like to add images to the latter homepages, just to pretty them up a bit!!! :->

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My reactions upon reading Kuhlthau's book

What's it about?
As I read through Kuhlthau, the main idea I gathered from the reading this book is that the processes used in library research, is moreso the same as what we as a class have experienced. I especially concur with the six stages she mentions during the information search process. The stages are: initiation, selection, exploring, formulation, clarity, and presentation. I know I've gone through these stages when we began this course.

When I obtained my Unix account I'll admit I was overwhelmed when I looked over my notes and it said to look for our syllabus online. I had this thought that our syllabus was going to be about 2-3 pages in length. Well, I was very wrong. The syllabus as you can see is very very long. I contained so much information I couldn't read it all in just once. So, I downloaded the file to my diskette, and printed it out at my office. There is so much information, I didn't think I could remember a thing!

In this process, I assume she was trying to exhibit how a library patron would go about thinking or brainstorming ideas to search. Just as we were given the assignment to search for Traffic reports on the internet. I didn't know exactly what to look for. I didn't mention it in the report, but when I stumbled upon my very first traffic report, I thought it was literally about traffic. Anyhow, through my selection I gathered the type of information that was interesting to me. The next stage Exploring would could also be examined through my Week 4 labreport. Take a look!

This particular stage is what I found a bit difficult. Why is that you ask? Well, just when I've been able to devlop a topic to focus on, I've also gotten quite a number of information to use. I try to incorporate all that I have, hopefully making a point from what I've gathered. This is the leads into the next stage Clarity. At this point I've been able to travel around the Net with enough confidence, I no longer feel Intimidated.

I may not be hitting this stage on the dot, but I'll just say that this particular stage is where we go about reporting our feelings we've felt while going through Cyberspace. Included we also report on what we've gathered through our searches. The feelings are written via our labreports or what we've said in class when we discuss problems we encounter.

Does it help you cope?
The following question was raised at the beginning of this week's assignment by Dr. James, about whether or not the book helps us cope. I definitely say Y-E-S! It never dawned on me that searching in the library is very much the same as going through the internet, until I read Kuhlthau's book. I know that while searching for a topic to research on I've gone through the very same processes, but never acknowledged it until now. I'm sure that future generations who read Kuhlthau will notice it too. My fellow classmates Jill and Kyle have a few things to say also.

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Week 12

Reading the Swedenborg discussion Files

The assignment
Our assignment this week was to read Dr. James' file entitled, The Swedonborg discussion files on Psychology and Theology, I read about various topics. Many of them were about Religion, the Afterlife and Traffic. The subjects are not related, but if you take a look at it you'll see what I mean.

As I read through the files, I didn't quite understand how the students jumped from one subject to another. It reminded me of my Week 9 assignment, when we read through the Plato Files. Therefore, for this assignment, I'll just touch upon a few things which stirred my thoughts. Jill Kaneshiro had a few things to say.

My Views
So far if you've been able to go through my entire labreport, you'll see that I've made quite a number of comments about driver's here. However, when it comes to religion I really believe the cliche to each his own. You can't possibly tell a person, "Hey you're views about life, death, how to get to Heaven, etc... is wrong." Each culture, and each family are brought up a certain way, with it includes religion. If you feel that you either don't agree with the ways of the church or whatever religious teaching you've been taught, then find one that you feel acceptable with. Personally, I feel that as long as you believe in God and let him into your heart, you'll be allowed to enter Heaven. Jill also had a few things to say about the article.

Sorry, if this labreport doesn't seem as long and windy as my previous ones, but when I tried to access Dr. James' Weekly Comments files, I saw the message on the bottom of the screen that said it couldn't be accessed. I also went through various routes to look for it, and still could not access it. Well, I can't remember the questions that Dr. James' had asked, but did remember that our assignment dealt with reading this file, so I ended it briefly. Once more, I apologize!
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Week 13

Sorry to disappoint you, but we weren't assigned to write a labreport for this week...instead this was our assignment.

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Week 14


Answer This
For our assignment this week we had to answer a few questions about, what else? Titles. In class, we were told that Titles are names or directory of files. Also addresses are made up of titles too. The titles can be mnemonic, has to be short, or in a series. In our weekly assignment Dr. James asks us a couple of questions about how we keep track of our files, create names of our anchors, subheadings, filenames, and how we figure out other people's hrefs.

How do you...
In order for me to keep track of my files, I'll do the 'dir' (directory) command, before and after I look at anything else. I'm aware of what's listed in my directory, but I always check to make sure everything is there. You can't be too safe! As for creating the filenames, the names must have something to do with the topic I am covering. Jill does the samething too. If you go over and read Dr. James' article on Titles you'll see that he covers two areas on the creation of titles. One of them is the Ordinary Level, which many of us fall in, here he states that it is the "discourse made up of descriptions, and assertions...found in the body of the text." IOW, the way we create our titles is done by the subject matter that is covered, which is pretty common. Think about it, you wouldn't entitle a filename "Ice Cream" when you're talking about Videotapes, would you? Hopefully, you've got the idea.

As for...
Continuing on with the creation of anchor names, I'll try to use an anchor that is related to the topic that I have written. As you can see with this anchor, I've entitled it 'As for' since I am continuing to answer the questions above. Observations I've made with people's URL's their Href's, and their tree structure is that it also covers a subject, such as Fitness, or Entertainment, Gizmos, etc.

Lastly, for the next generations reading this, my suggestion to you is that when you create your filenames on the Web, Unix, etc. be sure to check each time you logon and before you logoff. Should you have the tendency to forget what your filenames are, be sure to write them down in your notebook, perhaps somewhere on a sheet of paper that you can refer to it often. You can also print them out. With that established you can also add on other files you've created. It sounds tedious, but you wouldn't want to entitle a filename that is exactly like another, and just happen to overwrite it while saving the new file you've created would you? Also, I've found that when you create your anchors/subheadings you should try to make it coherent as possible with the subject that you've written about.

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Week 15

All good things must come to and end!!!

Personal Evaluation
Wow! I can't believe we've reached the end of the semester. Personally, I've gained a numerous amount of information, and insight from this class. From the very first labreport I wrote, and overcoming the feelings of frustration and anxiety through the semester, I've really learned so much. After examining my Web pages, with those in my class, I think I've done pretty well, however I think Diane and Jill went beyond what I've gotten done. As with everyone else, it did take me awhile to create my first homepage, glossary, labreport, creating various links, etc. It wasn't an easy task. I had to learn various commands in HTML, which allowed me to write my labreports, create links, place images here and there, etc. Just as you learn a word processing program, soon the commands became "second nature." I just sort of knew them. I'll admit, though that I would sometimes refer to my HTML Reference link that I had in my bookmarks, to help me out once in awhile. For future generations reading this, I suggest you take a look at it in my My Homepage, under my 'Fun Stuff'!

How much is it worth?
Dr. James asked (in our assignment) if what we accomplished was worth it? Welll...YES! I felt as though I was way behind when I constantly kept hearing about the Internet, and how a person could have access to so much at their finger tips. Through the years I've attended college I learned so much about computers from basic DOS commands to a number of Progams such as Word, Microsoft Excel, etc. I don't want to list all the programs I've used...they'll just bore you. But the point I'm trying to get across is that you can never learn too much. Technology is changing rapidly, and if you're like me, I like to keep up with the times!

In Retrospect...
In class I remember how Dr. James kept saying what we've learned is a valuable asset. Once I was in Keller Lab, and there was a person who kept looking at my screen, as I browsed through the individual homepages of our class. He asked me if we (our class) created those homepages ourselves, I smiled at him and said yes! He was shocked! He wanted to know what class was this for, and when I told him it was a Psychology class, he was much more amazed. He wanted to know if we had to take any other computer classes in addition to this class. When I told him, no, he just couldn't believe it. He told me that after working at his student job for about three months, one of his assignments was to create a homepage, which he was trying to do, he still couldn't do it.

Following my conversation with him, I thought if my fellow classmates had heard all of this, they'd be happy too with what they've accomplished in over three months. At this point I think it's appropriate to add this in here...Thank You Dr. James for all that you've taught us. Indeed, it was a struggle at first, but we've reached a higher level of learning, and I've learned it's a cycle we go through, overcome, and go through it again. Also, Mr. Bogan, Thank You, for being such a great help for many of us! And to the First Generation Cyberspace Psychology 409 Class...Kudos to all of you for making it through! Look how far we've managed to go! Pat yourselves on the back folks! Now, we fall into that category of people with Netitude

What's in store for the future?
Well, I'm hoping that our homepages will be upkept! It was painstaking to write all this! I'm just kidding. I sure hope our files will be maintained throughout the years, so future generations can refer back and make links to our files, or maybe have presentations on them too, just as we did on the hardcopy labreports we read. As for me, I'm planning to revisit our Cyberspace learning area. I'm curious, I'd sure like to read the files of the next generation. Who knows, maybe in 10 years the First Generation Cyberspace Class should get together, and have a reunion...Online!

In closing...
As for suggestions for the next generations, I think you should give extra credit for those who go beyond what is expected It gives others more incentive to do more!! Challenge the class to find certain links or create a certain amount of links...sorta like a contest! I also think you should hold at least 45 minutes of class in the Computer Lab during the first few weeks of the semester, in order to assist those students who are desperately struggling. And that's about all I have to say. Once more, Thank You Dr. James & Mr. Bogan. And Congratulations to the First 1995 Cyberspace Class, for making it through! Take Care!

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