Category Archives: Computer Applications

Course Feedback Survey

I have prepared an online survey you can fill out to give me feedback on my courses, my teaching, and your learning.

It is anonymous and optional, but I would sincerely appreciate hearing your opinions about all of this so that I can improve things in the future.

You can go to this link — Roosevelt CS Course Feedback Survey to fill in the survey.



TechPrep Seattle registration next Monday

TechPrep Seattle is a program in which high school students can earn community college credit for certain courses they take in their own high schools.

These “articulated” courses include both Web Design and Computer Applications (as well as other business, marketing, law, technology, etc. courses) and can earn credit at North Seattle, Seattle Central, and South Seattle Community Colleges.

This program allows students to get college credit for free while taking normal high school classes, as long as they get at least a B grade in the course. More information can be found here: TechPrep Seattle.

A representative from TechPrep Seattle will be in class next Monday, January 10, to explain the program and register any interested students.

Engineering Mentor Night at UW Bothell, 11/16

On Tuesday, November 16th from 6:00 to 8:00pm, the University of Washington – Bothell is having an Engineering Mentor Night.

You can meet professional engineers and also explore career opportunities in engineering. Receive academic advising and learn
more about employment in engineering. Pizza and refreshments provided.

Contact 425-352-5000 or for more information.

There also is information on the RHS Career Center bulletin board.

QR codes update

At the beginning of the year, we looked at the new two-dimensional bar codes, called QR Codes, like the one I made at the leftfor this website.

At the time, I said that they not in very much use here in the United States, but fairly popular in Japan, for example. Recently I have read and seen more about them.

Here are some updates:

Car Hacking

Last week, during one of our discussions about online privacy and digital footprints, I mentioned in some classes that cars are going to be a new target for computer hackers. Some of you expressed skepticism about this possibility.

In fact, car hacking is a very real possibility and has recently been demonstrated by a group of researchers at the UW. I know some of these researchers and contacted one of them. She has agreed to come to Roosevelt and talk to us about their work, which has received international attention.

Franzi Roesner, a PhD student in the UW’s Computer Science and Engineering program, will be a guest speaker here next Tuesday, October 26 in class. This is a late arrival day, so we will have long periods, and enough time to hear about the project and discuss this issue.

You do NOT want to miss this session, as there will be a special surprise associated with it that I am pretty sure everyone will find fascinating!

In preparation for Ms. Roesner’s visit, please read at least one of the articles below. As you read, make a list of questions that come up in your mind. What do you wonder about the technology or ethical issues? Do you think this is a real danger or just an academic question? Who has responsibility for the safety and legal issues and consequences? Usw…

When you have read an article, go to the Lab 319 blog, and post a comment there on the “Car Hacking” item with your substantive, not frivolous, questions. This is an assignment that will count in your grade.


Finally, here is an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) list about the project prepared by the researchers:  Auto Security FAQ.

Your blog comment post is due by Monday, October 25.