Joels Class ROCKS!
Build Your Own PC
I want you to have fun in class. Not fun at the expense of others in the class, but fun in experiencing the joy of exploring new things and acquiring new skills. We are engaged in the serious business of learning the subject matter, but it's ok to display playfulness and enjoy every new discovery along the way.
Microsoft Office Certification tests will be available on the MCC campus this year. Students who complete the Computer Systems and Applications sequence of courses for the Computer Apps in Business programs will likely be able to take those third-party assessments free of charge as part of the program. More information will be shared as the details for that are developed.
Both the Exploring Office book and Technology in Action books will be available as e-texts in MyITLab this year.
Students need to register and enroll in the MyITLab course.Video Tutorials
How Computers Work
The Java SE (Standard Ecition) Development Kit (JDK) that includes the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and command-line development tools that are useful for developing applets and applications is available for free at java.sun.com. It has everything that you need to get started.
Visual Basic is part of Visual Studio from Microsoft.
My favorite hardware site on the web is Tom's Hardware. They target “grassroots technologists”—the huge population of technology early adopters who have grown up on video games, computers and gadgets—and have an insatiable need for more. It's a great place to learn about the current computer hardware on the market.
Be sure to also check out Anandtech, another source for hardware analysis and news.
Example Build A PC Project.
Processor: Atom vs. Core 3
Processor: Sandy Bridge - Core i3, Core i5, Core i7
To see if your system's graphics are DirectX 9.0 compatible, follow these easy steps:
1. On the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, click Start, and then click Run.