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<h1>Humanizing <b>Technology</b></h1>
<p class="tagline">A special topics course taught by <a href="http://karlstolley.com">Professor Karl Stolley</a> during Spring Semester 2012 at Illinois Institute of Technology.</p>
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<h1>Course <b>News</b></h1>
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<h2>Quick-Fire Challenge</h2>
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<b>2/21/2012</b>: In 20 minutes, pitch a humanized redesign of some technology (computer, device, physical/virtual interface, etc.) that has made your life difficult or annoying in the last week. You'll then have 3 minutes (Stolley will set a timer) to present to the class:
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<li>your name (so we know who everyone is)</li>
<li>the problem technology</li>
<li>your idea for the redesign (could include a sketch or other mock)</li>
<li>three areas of interest that this problem/solution points to</li>
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<p>After the presentations are complete, there'll be time to organize into teams.</p>
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<h2>Oh-my-zsh</h2>
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<b>1/10/12</b>. We will be setting up some unusual technologies tonight. They’ll all be better explained in the coming weeks, but tonight you’ll just have to take a leap of faith.
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One of the technologies that we’ll set up is <a href="https://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh">oh-my-zsh</a>, a set of scripts that will enhance the Z shell (<code>zsh</code>) command-line shell that we’ll be using in this course.
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<li>Open the Terminal program (aka the command line); it’s under Applications &gt; Accessories.</li>
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You’ll be greeted with a screen full of dire sounding text that begins with <code>You are
seeing this message because you have no zsh startup files (the files .zshenv, .zprofile,
.zshrc, .zlogin in the directory ~).</code>. <b>Hit the letter q</b> and you’ll be dropped
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At the prompt (represented here as a dollar-sign, <code>$</code>, which you should NOT type/copy-and-paste), type or copy and paste the following (without the dollar sign):
<pre><b>$ </b>git clone git://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh.git ~/.oh-my-zsh</pre>
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Once that command is finished running and you have your prompt again, you’ll need to make a start-up file (<code>.zshrc</code>) that we’ll do more things with as the semester goes on. For now, type or copy and paste this line (without the dollar sign):
<pre><b>$ </b>cp ~/.oh-my-zsh/templates/zshrc.zsh-template ~/.zshrc</pre>
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The command line can be used to launch graphical programs; that’s what we’ll do here, bringing up your new <code>.zshrc</code> file in the gedit text editor:
<pre><b>$ </b>gedit .zshrc &amp;</pre>
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To start, we’ll uncomment out this line in the <code>.zshrc</code>file by deleting the <code>#</code> (hash) in front of it:
<pre class="file"># DISABLE_AUTO_UPDATE="true"</pre>
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Next, we’ll set the visual theme to <code>gallois</code> (just so it looks like your instructor’s):
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Save the file and close the gedit editor. Then close your Terminal program and reopen it.
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<h2>The Course.</h2>
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<li><b>COM380/COM580:</b> Humanizing Technology</li>
<li><b>Instructor:</b> <a href="http://karlstolley.com">Dr. Karl Stolley</a>; <a href="http://twitter.com/karlstolley">@karlstolley</a> on Twitter</li>
<li><b>Office Hours:</b> Tuesdays 3:00 to 5:00 and by appointment in SH208</li>
<li><b>Class Meetings:</b> Tuesday nights from 6:25 to 9:05</li>
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