יום שני, ינואר 10, 2005

MIS FINAL

My experience during the past semester in MIS has been a very enjoyable one. I have done things in the classroom that I had not done before in all my years of schooling. Not only was MIS enriching and educational, but it was also a lot of fun.

Back on the first day of MIS, we created online journals and began posting in them. They became the staple of the class; while we moved throughout Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access, the online journals were the constant that we always came back to. Whether it was posting on them during exams, or just responding to the reading or to various articles that we read, we always used our journals. I liked having an online journal because it was a good way to express my feelings and to let people know who I am and what I like. I even sent a link to my journal to my friends from other schools, who read it, and one even posted a comment. I also read some other people’s journals from time to time, and enjoyed seeing their family history and what they were thankful for. As far as the readings went, although there weren’t too many of them, I found the chapter on networks and communications to be most interesting (even though we never had the quiz on it), because it really explained all the inner workings of connecting to the internet, which is something that I had always taken for granted but I had never actually known how it worked.

I felt that actually being in class was the most worthwhile way to learn in MIS. There are some classes which people never go to, and only show up for the final, but MIS isn’t like that, and I think that’s because people realize the value of being in class. The class lectures are very clear and straightforward, and really teach the material. While the readings were also interesting and educational, I felt that they weren’t exactly the “meat and potatoes” of the class, but rather were supplementary readings. Out of all the classes I have been in this semester, MIS has been the most clear and easy to understand, and the course is wonderfully organized. As far as I go personally, I really put in effort this semester to try and learn the various programs, and I feel that putting in this effort and not just slacking off really helped me advance my knowledge of computers. While I cannot think of one specific special thing that I learned, I am confident that the mastery I now have over Word, Excel, and Access, which is something I did not have four months ago, will help me in a big way throughout my life.

The last aspect of the class, but definitely not the least, is the Class Journal. The importance of having a website that follows and organizes the entire class cannot be under-estimated. I checked the website at least once or twice a week, looking for homework assignments, reviews of class, and sometimes even other articles of interest. While the most useful part of it was clearly the information pertaining to the classroom, I also found the extra information and other articles to be useful as well.

As is clear from the aforementioned specifics, I thoroughly enjoyed MIS this semester. The combination of a great teacher and interesting course materials led to everyone having lots of fun and a great educational experience. I hope that I can use the skills that I have learned this semester and apply them to the rest of my life, whenever I may need them.


יום שישי, אוקטובר 22, 2004

Chapter 3 - Application Software - Excel

I was very impressed with what i read about excel in the textbook. this spreadsheet application is very very powerful, and can facilitate business processes in many ways. gone are the days of calculating numbers by hand, and erasing, re-writing, and recalculating hundreds of numbers. with one click of the button, Excel can perform so many tasks that really make business more efficient. Excel is like a spreadsheet that doubles as a giant calculator. and the size of one worksheet is enormous -- over 16 million spaces to enter info in one sheet! Besides for excel, i was also impressed with the different types of software that are available to different professions -- such as legal software and tax-filing software.

יום רביעי, אוקטובר 20, 2004

Word Exam

My name, Yoni Weiss, really does not have a story behind it. My first name does not come from any deceased relatives; however, my middle name, Moshe, comes from a great uncle, although I do not know much about him. My parents, however, are named after people that I know about. My father’s Hebrew name is Ya’akov, which was his grandfather’s name also. His grandfather, who is my great-grandfather, was killed in the Holocaust. My mother’s name is Baila Rivka, which comes after her grandmother, who was also killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust. My brothers, Dani and David, are not named after anybody (at least no one that I know about), although I vaguely remember, when I was six, sitting with my parents late at night trying to come up with a name for my youngest brother, David.

Most of my family comes from Hungary. My father’s parents grew up in different cities in Hungary, and they met after the war. After getting married and living a few years in Hungary, they took a boat across the Atlantic, landed in New Orleans, and took a train to Los Angeles, where they had family. My father was born in L.A. a few years later, and grew up there. At the age of 14, he left home for good, as he went to Ner Yisroel Yeshiva High School in Baltimore, MD. After graduating, he attended Yeshiva College, made his way through Columbia Dental School, and became a dentist, practicing in New York City. He has currently worked there for over 20 years. My mother’s father also grew up in Hungary, living there until shortly after the war, when he wandered across Europe by himself (at the age of 15), and finally took a ship to America where he went to learn in Yeshiva in Brooklyn. My mother’s mother was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and went to Yeshiva University High School for girls and then Queens College. My mother was born in Brooklyn and lived there until marrying my father. After marriage, my parents moved to an apartment in Riverdale, where I was born a short time later. I lived in Riverdale for two years, and then we all relocated to New Rochelle, NY, where we have been living ever since.

My parents and grandparents recently took a trip back to Europe, to see the old Jewish communities. They stayed in a hotel in Budapest, and toured all the old cities that my grandparents and great-grandparents grew up in. They also visited many Jewish graveyards that my ancestors are buried in. They even went to my grandfather’s old house, in a city that I don’t know how to spell, and knocked on the door, requesting to look around. The owners were more than happy to let them see the house, and, much to their surprise, everything was pretty much the same. It was a very interesting and emotional trip for them all.

יום ראשון, ספטמבר 26, 2004

History of Computers - Chapter One

The history of computers goes back many decades and is very interesting. computers used to be very large, slow and expensive, and were only used by big, rich companies. as time has progressed, there have been so many advances in technology that, today, everyone has an opportunity to own technological devices. desktops, laptops, tablets, PDAs, and many other devices are all getting smaller, faster, and cheaper and are continually undergoing many changes and improvemnets. technology makes many things easier for us, such as business and shopping. credit cards are a recent technological advance, and even those are soon maybe going to be put to a stop, as Mastercard and Visa are experimenting with safer ways to allow customers to purchase on credit. in summary, the evolution of computers is still occuring around us at record speed, and who knows what the future might bring.

יום שלישי, ספטמבר 21, 2004

Resume Building

Well resumes used to be where youd type a single sheet and it would clearly say in complete clear sentences what it is that you have accomplished and hoped to accomplish. but now, people are changing that - theyre making longer resumes, filled with nouns, and keywords describing their main accomplishments. this is due to companies who no longer read full resumes. rather, they screen them using computer programs which look for keywords, and they hire the person with the most 'hits'.

im not sure how good this is for the companies -- instead of getting a person who is truly qualified, theyre getting a person who knew to put down the right keywords -- whether or not theyre true doesnt matter. however, companies are looking for any way to save time now, when there is so much to do and such little time to do it.

יום רביעי, ספטמבר 08, 2004

Interesting Thing

Well i went to the caf and i got abducted by 150 screaming MTA kids wanting my caf card. so i said no to all of them but two kids still got food off me.

NeW wAys To PoSt

Some of my favorite websites are:
New York Times
CBS Sportsline

יום רביעי, ספטמבר 01, 2004

Blogging:

Blogging is a very interesting way to communicate thoughts publicly over the internet. It makes publishing your thoughts and ideas very easy and simple. Its good for each person to be able to have their own page through which to write down their thoughts or whatever they want.

I'm not quite sure what ill use blogger for. Maybe as the semester progresses ill have more ideas. For now im going to leave it at this. Blogger is an interesting tool which can be used easily by anybody to express their ideas.


Yoni

My name is Yoni Weiss
My email address is Yoni1321@hotmail.com
Im a student at Yeshiva University in my Freshman Year, majoring in Finance.