Report Topics

Every two weeks, you need to write a wiki article on a random topic. You should write 500-1000 words after researching the topic. Don't just repeat Wikipedia back to me. Be sure to site your sources. Tell me how this topic relates to Computer Science and what you thought was interesting about it. Be sure to sign it with your wiki account name so we know who wrote the article. When you are ready to write your article, just click on it's link below to start it.

Here's an example I wrote, called Slide Rule.

Round 1 (Early Computation) Due 2/12

  1. Abacus
  2. Antikythera Mechanism
  3. John Napier and Napier's Bones
  4. Astrolabe
  5. Gottfried Leibniz
  6. The Mechanical Turk
  7. Charles Babbage and the Analytical Engine
  8. Herman Hollerith and the 1890 US Census
  9. Ada Lovelace
  10. Joseph-Marie Jacquard's Loom
  11. George Boole and Boolean Algebra
  12. Orrery
  13. Heron of Alexandria

Round 2 (WWII & Post War Computing) Due 2/26

  1. German Enigma Device
  2. Alan Turing
  3. Turing Test
  4. Turing Machine
  5. The Norden Bombsight
  6. The Colossus Computer
  7. The Curta Calculator
  8. von Neumann Architecture
  9. ENIAC
  10. Grace Hopper
  11. The First Computer Bug
  12. Bletchley Park
  13. Vaccuum Tube

Round 3 (The Rise of the Personal Computer 1960s-80s) Due 3/12

  1. Arpanet
  2. Apple II
  3. Xerox PARC
  4. Commodore 64
  5. IBM PC
  6. MITS Altair 8800
  7. BBS
  8. FORTRAN
  9. BASIC
  10. Integrated Circuit
  11. COBOL
  12. UNIX
  13. History of Atari

Round 4 (The Internet) Due 3/26

  1. Tim Berners-Lee
  2. NCSA Mosaic
  3. Compuserve
  4. The Morris Worm
  5. Steve Jackson Games vs. The US Secret Service
  6. Usenet
  7. The History of Yahoo!
  8. The History of Netscape
  9. The History of Google
  10. The History of eBay
  11. The Dot-Com Bubble
  12. The Year 2000 Problem
  13. Napster

Round 5 (Open Source Software) Due 4/16

  1. Richard Stallman
  2. The Free Software Foundation
  3. The GNU Project
  4. Linus Torvalds and Linux
  5. The Apache Foundation
  6. Creative Commons
  7. Open Source Initiative (OSI)
  8. Wikipedia
  9. The Debian Project
  10. The LAMP Stack (aka LAMP bundle)
  11. Public Domain
  12. Intellectual Property

Round 6 () Due 4/30

Round 7 () Due 5/14

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