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Module 1

June 1, 2009

Module 1: Task1 Telnet

Telnet was always a term I had heard used but not quite understood; it was interesting to see how and why it was used due to this module. To summaries what it means – it’s a process that allows you to remotely connect using telnet protocol allowing for ease of transfer of information without having to upload it to a server to download from.

The other interesting item to note is the use of command language, which is so different to communications today between computers and modems as one example. The similarity between now and telnet time is of course the use of passwords to control use (thought it is sometimes not used) as security wasn’t always paramount to telnet users. This was mainly because most owners were not concerned with security, for example university students and the like used it to communicate information that need not be secured.

I found telnet to be very interesting as it allowed for me to understand that intricate interaction between the computers. This sounds simple but really it’s important to note the differences between using a catalogue online to connecting to a computer remotely as the speed alone is indicative of the difference of the connection to say browsing online.

Using Telnet to log onto the Deakin library I performed several searches with ease, after I solved some minor connection issues by going to Google to find common solutions (http://www.ufaq.org/mac_telnet.html). There were small syntax issues like not having the right order or the right commands (Like O for open) but after sorting through these it was nice to see how easy it became to access information.

Task B:

It’s always wonderful to see how people utilize technology to express themselves, of course we have all seen blogs and the like which allow for freedom of speech globally but its wonderful to see the use of telnet to have such a creative outlet.

This made me appreciate telnet technology more so than just viewing a library catalogue, as visually it was more stimulating and made me want to explore it further. This was as opposed to a very dry method of searching for a book on my PC using the very same technology.

I appreciate artistic expression but never more so than when it’s combined with a method to communicate it that is just as unique. I think it makes technology more attractive and users curious to explore its boundaries, this is how we learn and in the worst case we all feel better after viewing something fun and intelligent.

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