Information on the Internet Lab
Fall 2011 Version 13Oct2021 upd

Dr. Kris Stewart
San Diego State Univeristy

With the unprecedented growth of the Internet, I believe the most common "problems" are understanding a users' responsibility to the community of users and understanding how to deal with the overwhelming amount of information avaiilable.

Phishing How to keep yourself (and your friends, your mom?) safe, online Rohan Squirrel mail warning 05Feb08 Campus CIO Security Alert [Stewart's fav technology news ]

This page discusses User Responsibilities;


  1. GMCS 425 Lab Responsibilities

  2. Student Responsibilities for Academic Computer Use

  3. [Center for Student Rights & Responsibilities]


    • How can a person find out about the availability of information on a particular topic?
    • How do you access that information?
    • Do you read the information right now, or store it to be read later?
    • If you store the data, how will you categorize it so that it can be retrieved later?
    • What are the various "kinds" of information? (different for each person)

    Just because you "read it in the newspaper", does this make it true? (maybe, depends on the author [editor] and on the newspaper [IP name])

    Most material available on the Internet is not "peer-reviewed" which implies there is no guarantee that the information is correct or valuable or worthwhile.

    Since SDSU is a member of the Internet2 high-speed Internet network community, we have wide bandwidth connections to the global Internet. This is a valuable resource that each of us should utilize and respect. You can no longer find SDSU on the current Topological Map of Abilene, the Internet2 network. But in 2000, SDSU was 2000 Abilene Map

    San Diego State University has adopted a Computer Security Policy that each student should read. SDSU Computing Security Policy adopted 7 Nov 2000 by University Senate

    This recalls the lessons from Journalism, to answer the questions

    Who (Who first told you about the resource?)
    What (What access mechanism: anonymous ftp, WWW, gopher, ...)
    Where (Location is an IP address)
    When (The dynamic nature of the Internet adds a "temporal" quality to information)
    Why (Why did you think this link was worth saving? Why is this sourceinteresting?)

    From your own point of view, how would you order the above topics in terms of importance?

    Authorities for Computer Science students at San Diego State University:

    1. SDSU General Catalog Note the disclaimer on the top of the page.
      The online SDSU catalog is the official publication for SDSU
    2. Computer Science Department home page
    3. ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, the Professional Society of Computer Science
    4. [Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman WayBack Machine by Kris Stewart]
    5. Technology News / Current Issue from ACM [useful, authoritative updates]
    6. SDSU student ACM Chapter
    7. IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Professional Society of Engineers, including computational scientists.
    8. SIAM, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Professional Society for Applied Math, now looking to focus on computational sciences.
    9. The Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis ( CAIDA) and the National Laboratory for Aplied Network Research ( NLANR) are highly recommended sources for information, tools and research projects/results on the Internet.
    10. SDSU Information Security Policy approved by the SDSU Senate Nov. 7, 2000. The computers and the network at SDSU are a community resource which must be respected by all users. Every user of this resource has a responsibilty to be considerate of other users.

    History of the Internet, Computing and Supercomputing [National Science Foundation NSF and the Birth of the Internet]
    Kris Stewart Personal Timeline of Technology 2000/2007 upd (National Lambda Rail) 2001 future of optical networking. Internet Society's History of the Internet History of Supercomputing (Oak Ridge National Labs)
    Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 "The Computer Museum History Center is the world's authority on the history of computing technology. Our collection spans hardware, software, audio clips, films, documentation, etc." Alan
    Table to calculate transfer time based on file size and connection speed
    Internetology from the Network Startup Resource Center, U. Oregon
    UC Berkeley Library "Finding Information on the Internet Tutorial"

    Sources Available from San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC):

    Some Interesting Maps

    Online Histories of Technology - 2001

    Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century (What are your entries? What order?)
    1. Electrification 2. Automobile 3. Airplane 4. Water Supply and Distribution 5. Electronics 6. Radio and Television 7. Agricultural Mechanization 8. Computers 9. Telephone 10. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 11. Highways 12. Spacecraft 13. Internet 14. Imaging 15. Household Appliances 16. Health Technologies 17. Petroleum and Petrochemical Technologies 18. Laser and Fiber Optics 19. Nuclear Technologies 20. High-performance Materials


    The Usenet Newsgroup are archived at

    Do you know what RTFM stands for?

    ftp access - to all newsgroups
    ftp access - to all newsgroups - index by name (HUGE file)
    Current Directory of FAQs
    Email - all the answers from archive

    Excellent Information Sources from the Scout Report

    Weekly Scout Reports [on the web]
    This is a nicely filtered overview of the activities each week that are accessible via the Internet. The focus is on educationally oriented topics, which is a very broad focus. It is also kept "timely".
    Scout Report Bimonthly Collection (organized by subject area)

    Education Sources SDSU Library
    Cause and Educom merged to become Educause
    Transforming Education through Information Technology
    Andy Carvin's EdWeb
    Brought to you by CPB, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and CNIDR, the Center for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval.

    Sources for Software (public-domain, free-ware, share-ware)

    What is the difference?

SDSU Library supporting CS Computers & Society Research Papers