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  Notes by Week:
  • 01 – Sep 04 2017
  • 02 – Sep 11 2017
  • 03 – Sep 18 2017
  • 04 – Sep 25 2017
  • 05 – Oct 02 2017
  • 06 – Oct 09 2017
  • 07 – Oct 16 2017
  • 08 – Oct 23 2017
  • 09 – Oct 30 2017
  • 10 – Nov 06 2017
  • 11 – Nov 13 2017
  • 12 – Nov 20 2017
  • 13 – Nov 27 2017
  • 14 – Dec 04 2017
  • 15 – Dec 11 2017
  • Exam Week – Dec 09

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Learn about the Algonquin Orientation

Attend both AC Start and AC Day 1 events!

To get your college life started on the right track, attend both AC Start and AC Day 1 events. Check out the About page for all the information you need to know about these two events, and why it’s important to attend both.

Fall (SeptemberDecember) 2017

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Important Dates for CST8207 Students

2017-09-04 – Week 1 – Monday September 4 – Labour Day (College closed)
2017-09-05 – Week 1 – Tuesday September 5 – All Woodroffe Campus classes for all levels are suspended Tuesday and replaced by Algonquin Orientation for all students at all levels. We encourage staff and students from all Schools and Faculties to attend the College Orientation.
  • Program Orientation (get to know your classmates, professors, and program)
  • Getting set up on Blackboard, email, WiFi
  • AC Card/U-Pass (student ID) pick up
  • A Chill Zone, bubble soccer and archery tag, live music, and more social activities and entertainment
  • Academic resources
  • A free outdoor concert – stay tuned for the announcement!
  • Afternoon SAT Theatre Presentation (Student Commons Theatre)
Please note, all classes will be suspended on September 5, so that you can attend AC Day 1. Your regular schedule will resume on September 6 (please refer to your timetable available on ACSIS).
2017-09-06 – Week 1 – Wednesday September 6 – Classes Start! See your timetable, available online on the College ACSIS system.
2017-10-09 – Week 6 – Monday October 9 – Thanksgiving Day (College closed)
2017-11-10 – Week 10 – Friday November 10 – Last Withdrawal Date
2017-12-08 – Week 14 – Friday December 8 – Last day of classes
2017-12-09 – Week 15 – Algonquin Final Assessment Week (Exams end after 2017-12-16)

See also the "Academic Calendar" on the Algonquin Registrar Office Page.

Course Description

Consult the Course Outline (PDF) for the official description.

Students learn the basic concepts and features of the GNU/Linux operating system and utilities, the world's most well-known Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) project and the underlying technology supporting Google, Facebook and Android smart phones. Students examine the power of the GNU/Linux command line and the basics of shell scripting and task automation are studied. Students perform file system searches, full-text searches, and data-mine system log files to generate analyses of network attacks and intrusion attempts. Students also customize their shell programming environment to simplify repetitive tasks and support system administration functions.

Alternate Web Notes

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Web notes for this course are kept at multiple sites. I pay for the notes to be stored on commercial Linux-based web hosting services, with backup copies located in various locations.

Write down the locations of the web notes and their backup copies from the list below. (You won't be able to get to this page if the main web site is down!)

  1. http://teaching.idallen.com/cst8207/17f/    (main .com site)
    The main dot .com site is located in a large data centre in Troy, Michigan, USA.
  2. http://teaching.idallen.org/cst8207/17f/    (note the dot .org domain suffix!)
    The .org site is located in a large data centre in New York.
  3. http://cst8207.idallen.ca/~idallen/teaching/cst8207/17f/     (on campus)
    The CST8207 site is accessible from inside Algonquin College even when the College Internet is broken.
  4. http://elearning.algonquincollege.com/coursemat/alleni/idallen/cst8207/17f/     (on campus)
    The ELEARNING site is accessible from inside Algonquin College even when the College Internet is broken. Unfortunately, the web server on ELEARNING is not configured correctly to run CGI scripts and it will not serve up the directory index files correctly. (See this note.) You can read the Class Notes by appending /notes/ to the above URL.

A System Administrator – XKCD

Sysadmin devotion to duty

Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants. Programming Sucks

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