I try to post some pre-class activities every week before the lecture. These are activities that you can do or think about before each lecture. We may not explicitly discuss every pre-class activity during lecture and tutorial, but nonetheless following each activity could help improve your understanding of the class. Feel free to discuss these activities online (via commenting on this blog post) with your classmates and the teaching staff.
What is an operating system?
- Google “define: operating system” and see what the rest of the Web say.
Microsoft tried to bundle the Internet Explorer with every Microsoft Windows, claiming that it is part of the operating system (see Wikipedia entry on US vs MSFT)
Based on your understanding what an operating system is, should the Web browser be part of the operating system?
- Recently, a new phrase “The Web browser is the new operating system” has emerged. What does this mean? Do you agree?