Sunday, February 22, 2009



“Card Counting iPhone Application Could Get Your Legs Broken”

There was interesting news that about information technology was happening in Las Vegas, Nevada. When I read this news, I felt very surprise and amazing. The first question mark is how people did that.
Apple products always give a surprise to consumer. This time, people or Apple’s fans are using the iPhone or iPod touch for counting the card in the Black Jack game. Gamblers use the counting card application to count the card probabilities in the bet. By the way, there are pouch of questions mark on my head…
My question is this application. As I remember, a Black Jack game cans up to 8 players and up to 10 decks of cards in each game. How does it work? How is the logic of the counting card?




A. Key terms with definitions

1. Bit Torrent is a file sharing utility that shares files between all clients currently getting the file and continues to share the file on their computer. What makes bit Torrent so successful is that it shares the files between all users, which means if the file is popular, the bandwidth is likely to increase and will not overload or stop the download because so many users trying to get the file at the same time.

2. DDR à Short for Double Data Rate, DDR is a type of memory that utilizes both the rising and falling edge of the system clock that has the potential of doubling the speed of the memory. Today, the DDR technology can be found in high end Video Cards as well as computer memory such as DDR-SDRAM.

3. DSL à Short for Digital Subscriber Line, DSL is a method for home users and small businesses to have high speed access to the Internet over standard copper lines. Capable of receiving up to 6.1 megabits per second, DSL is a great solution providing it is available in your area. Because of the technology used, you must be within a certain distance from your phone company's CO for DSL to work or be available.

4. Ethernet à Originally known as Alto Aloha Network, Ethernet is a widely used local-area network (LAN) protocol originally created by Xerox PARC in 1973 by Robert Metcalfe and others (U.S. Patent # 4,063,220). Being the first network to provide Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Detection (CSMA/CD), Ethernet is a fast and reliable network solution that is still widely used today. Below is a listing of different standards of Ethernet and additional information about each of them.

5. Firewall à software utility and/or hardware device that limits outside network access to a computer or local network by blocking or restricting ports. Firewalls are a great step for helping prevent un-authorized access to a company or home network. The image to the right is a 3Com Super Stack 3 Firewall, an example of what a hardware firewall may look like.

6. IEEE à Short for Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and also pronounced as eye-triple-E, IEEE is an association of various individuals founded in 1963. IEEE helps advance global prosperity by promoting engineering, the process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing, and applying knowledge.

7. ISDN à Short for Integrated Services Digital Network, ISDN is a telecommunications network that allows for digital voice, video and data transmission. ISDN is a broadband Internet solution that offers up to 128Kbps of data transfer.

8. Ping àShort for Packet Internet Groper, ping is a utility used to verify if a network data packet is capable of being distributed to an address without errors. The ping utility is commonly used to check for network errors.

9. PPPoE à Short for Point-to-Point over Ethernet, PPPoE is defined in RFC 2516 and is commonly used with cable, DSL, etc. to connect to the Internet using the PPP and Ethernet protocols.

10. Wi-Fi à Short for Wireless Fidelity, Wi-Fi utilizes one of the IEEE 802.11 wireless standards to achieve a wireless network. A home wireless network commonly broadcasts a signal using a WAP to send and receive signals from wireless devices on the network.

B. Short explanation of research process

My research process is not too difficult. The first thing that I have to do this homework is to understand what kind of terminology I have to find. Besides that, I have to figure out what the category is, and the word to begin my search process.
I usually use yahoo and Google to search my target. I tried to input the key word “Computer Terminology”, but it came out too many different kind categories. Such as, basic computer terminology, programming terminology, internet terminology etc…
However, something gave me a fresh in front of my eyes when I saw internet terminology. So that, I found some interesting terminology that I saw in my life and hang it in to you. For example, “PING”, the first time I see this work is when I play the online game. It represents the network error and it also represents the speech of network of the player. If the “ping”: number is small that mean the speech is faster (Ping: 64), otherwise it is reverse (Ping: 1999).