First Exam Date

Because of the 3310 exam on Monday, I have moved the first exam to next Wednesday instead.

Class Notes for 22 June

More scheduling


Class Notes for 17 June

CPU scheduling


Class Notes for 15 June

Process Management


Using RSS to Automatically Receive Blog Entries

Did you know you don’t have to actually check the blog to read the information posted?

On the right hand side of this page (if you’re actually on the blog), you’ll find a button for RSS subscriptions. If you click that button, you can set yourself up to have these entries sent to your email automatically when they’re posted. Warning: you only get the first one. If there’s a change made to an entry, you don’t usually get it in your email.

Class Notes for 10 June

Continued in earnest with the material this time. Completed Software structures and started on OS structures.


Class Notes for 8 June

Went over course administrivia and introduced the basic pieces of an OS.


Class Notes for 3 June

There was no class, as I was atending the Echo360 Conference is Leesburg, VA. (Echo360 is the system we use to capture the course videos.)

An assignment was emailed to all enrolled students.

Twitter Hash Code

Experienced Twitter users know they can find posts by users they do not follow by using the search feature. The way they are found is by searching for “hash codes” – the “hash” is the pound sign (‘#’); the “hash code” is a hash followed by some index term, such as “#stuff.” This makes it easy for the tweeter to mark┬áthe post to make it readily available for anyone interested.

When I tweet about this course, those tweets will have “#CSE3320″ in the message. I would urge all students using Twitter to adopt this as the standard hash code for any message about the class. Remember, I encourage you do discuss the class with each other, and this is just another tool…..

What You Need to Know About the Clickers

This course uses the eInstruction Classroom Response System (“clicker”) for a number of uses: attendance, questions during lectures, surveys, etc. It is important that you have your clicker with you every day after the first class.

In order for it to work with the in-class portion of the system, you must register the clicker on the eInstruction site. To do so, you will need the following number:


This number identifies the specific class and section you are registering for.

When filling in the registration form, enter the following information:

  • Name: Your name, exactly as it is on your student id card. Using any other name will mean that your grade will not be properly posted. Be sure to divide first and last names the same way the University does. If in doubt, check to see how it’s done on MyMav.
  • Student Number: enter your student number. If your student number is wrong, the numbers on answer sheets can’t be matched, so your grade could be in jeopardy.
  • Pad Serial Number: The serial number of your clicker. (It shows when you turn it on.)
  • Email: Your official UTA email address. (probably a Mavmail or Exchange address, not Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) This address will be used for all official correspondence relating to the class, so it must conform to the official email to meet UTA requirements.

Be sure to carry a spare pair of batteries for the clicker at all times. Even if you don’t need them, you can always sell them at an inflated price to the student who has the misfortune to go dead in the middle of an exercise that requires the clicker!

Past experience with the clicker being used throughout the class has shown that grades tend to improve overall, and most students actually enjoy the interaction. There is also a jeopardy-like game that I sometimes use for reviews than can be both useful and fun.