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Choad
January 16th, 2007, 05:34 PM
for my "information systems analysis and design" module, i have the most boring lecturer in the world... god he is about as charismatic as a damp stain you might find on a towel in your bathroom ...

anyhow, today one thing he said caught my attention. he was talking about web interfaces with databases. basically, that people want to be able to access their database off site, so they use web based interfaces. they also want a consistent interface, so why not use the web based interface on site too? makes sense. anyway he thought it was silly for some reason, but said it was the way things were heading. the point of interest is he then said something to the effect of

"and microsoft saw this trend happening a long time ago, which is why they put alot of effor in to integrating internet explorer with the OS [bla bla] ...legal issues... [bla bla]"

what the hell!? seriously!? unless im mistaken, web based interfaces are designed for the exact opposite reason: to be able to access the same interface regardless of OS or browser. is there any truth in what he is saying?

ComplexNumber
January 16th, 2007, 07:16 PM
"and microsoft saw this trend happening a long time ago, which is why they put alot of effor in to integrating internet explorer with the OS [bla bla] ...legal issues... [bla bla]"

what the hell!? seriously!? unless im mistaken, web based interfaces are designed for the exact opposite reason: to be able to access the same interface regardless of OS or browser. is there any truth in what he is saying?your lecturer is talking out of his hat. he hasn't got a clue. bill gates actually believed that the internet was a passing fad.
by the time they realised that their original thinking might just be ever so wrong, they were way behind. thats why they had to employ dirty tactics (ie bundling IE into the windows kernel and (successfully! :shock: ) claiming in the law courts that the browser is part of an operating system) in order to strong arm their way to the front.

Choad
January 16th, 2007, 07:21 PM
your lecturer is talking out of his hat. he hasn't got a clue. bill gates actually believed that the internet was a passing fad.
by the time they realised that their original thinking might just be ever so wrong, they were way behind. thats why they had to employ dirty tactics (ie bundling IE into the windows kernel and (successfully! :shock: ) claiming in the law courts that the browser is part of an operating system) in order to strong arm their way to the front.
well thats what i thought too... but y'know you he is a lecturer at a uni, so i had to give him some credit and not just outright ridicule him.

it seems that ridicule IS what is in order tho.

he called MySQL "freeware or shareware or something to that effect" lol.

ComplexNumber
January 16th, 2007, 07:24 PM
but y'know you he is a lecturer at a unithat doesn't mean a thing. he's just regurgitating the acceptable line of thought rather than the truth.
i suppose one could call it Political Correctness applied to operating systems.

saulgoode
January 16th, 2007, 07:34 PM
The Xwindow system is network transparent. You can access a computer halfway across the planet using your keyboard, display, and mouse just as though you were sitting at the computer itself. Talk about presenting a consistent interface. :)

Choad
January 16th, 2007, 07:42 PM
ahh but that requires more specialised client side software. you couldnt walk in to any net cafe and log in to VNC could you?

edit: i LOVE the avatar btw. something very funny about a penguin with a jetpack...

mips
January 16th, 2007, 09:09 PM
Your lecturer sounds like an egit. For universal access you would use open standards, not prop. ones.

Tell him thats what I said. Scary shite when educators don't know much themselves.

Choad
January 17th, 2007, 01:36 AM
i know. i take everything alot of people tell me with a pinch of salt when it comes to technology. i read too much slashdot.... technology is an area where everyone "knows" they are right. however the other people might actually take on board what he says! scary...

actually, no. no one could possibly listen to him and pay attention.

incidentally i was round a mates flat for a bit of poker earlier thisevening, and this guy from next door came round... hillariously drunk... one of those "over the top" gay characters... you probably know someone like him. anyway <the lecturer> came up and much **** taking ensued. mostly to do with <the lecturer's> obsession with this IMB guy called codd and the fact that "we're not doing SSADM". (these things crop up many, MANY times in his lectures) it seems that everyone who has a lecture with him thinks hes a boring ****. :D

ComplexNumber
January 17th, 2007, 01:43 AM
Choed
i would edit that last word if i were you :mrgreen:

seijuro
January 17th, 2007, 01:53 AM
well thats what i thought too... but y'know you he is a lecturer at a uni, so i had to give him some credit and not just outright ridicule him.


As ComplexNumber said earlier just because they are a prof. doesn't mean much I had a prof. in Intro to Computer Information Systems (I won't mention the school) that I CONSTANTLY had to correct about stuff that should have been mostly obvious to students looking to obtain any IT degree. Like when he couldn't get the comparisons right for dialup vs isdn vs dsl vs cable vs T1 etc. And the sub we had the one time was even worse.

Choad
January 17th, 2007, 02:00 AM
Choed
i would edit that last word if i were you :mrgreen:
if they want it filtered, why dont they filter it?

surely its better than leaving it up to the authors descrssion. its not like i used symbols to avoid a filter.... i could understand that :)

mips
January 17th, 2007, 12:55 PM
Choed
i would edit that last word if i were you :mrgreen:

Well these forums are basically US orientated so the non-british meaning will probably apply, kinda like fanny.

mips
January 17th, 2007, 12:59 PM
if they want it filtered, why dont they filter it?

surely its better than leaving it up to the authors descrssion. its not like i used symbols to avoid a filter.... i could understand that :)

Filters are American and their language is not exactly english. Lot's of words have completely different meanings in the US compare to International english.

Tux Aubrey
January 17th, 2007, 01:21 PM
Filters are American and their language is not exactly english.

Please don't tell them that! Now we'll have to go and invent a whole bunch of new words. What a pain in the grindle!

Anyway, back on topic - An friend of mine put forward a theory that the reason we can't cut education budgets has nothing to do with kids education - He reckons the trauma to society from releasing all those academics into the community would be too much to bear.