Ethics

ethics

What are Ethics?

Ethics are a system of moral principles and a branch of philosophy which defines what is good for individuals and society.

According to http://www.dictionary.com/, Ethics are defined as

1. (used with a singular or plural verb) a system of moral principles:

the ethics of a culture.
2. (used with a plural verb) the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.:

medical ethics; Christian ethics.
3. (used with a plural verb) moral principles, as of an individual:

His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence.
4. (used with a singular verb) that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.

A personal Story

We have been tasked with sharing a personal story regarding any awakenings/realisations or challenges we have faced that informed or forced us to choose a specific action or left us wondering what was the ethical thing to do, so here goes.

About eight years ago I was employed as a local security guard in the Nelson region. Along with the task of dealing with alarms and checking clients property, we were also tasked with dealing with the region’s noise complaints at night time (Noiseys we called them in the business).

Now late one Saturday night, around midnight, when doing my routine property checks I heard the all too familiar sound of a noisey job come through on the pager. Grrrrr I hated doing noise control in this job, 15 bucks an hour to go rock up to a house full of drunk party goers to tell them to turn down their music or even threaten to take the sound system with me…..not fun at all.

Anyways, so I get the job on the pager and I call base to get any more information about the job. It is right at this point that I’m informed that its a possible gang members property and not only that, but they have also had numerous warnings about excessive noise complaints and are now in a position where if anymore noise complaints come through, security guards are to take their sound system.

Oh great, imagine how enthusiastic I was to rock up to a gang members house and take their stereo! Well, I guess this is where I made an ethical decision. When I got to the house I was greeted by an not too happy islander that I’m guessing, could squash me like a bug. I had already at this point decided not to follow the law and take this mans stereo and upset a house full of gang members, so I politely asked the man to turn down the music and informed him that I was actually required by law to take the stereo, and asked if he would please save me the hassle of coming back and taking it by simply keeping the noise down a bit. Well, the man was very polite and thanked me for not taking his sound system and I never got another noisey from this house again.

I experienced a situation that required me by law to take another mans property, not only did I feel like a bit of a douche for doing this I actually felt pretty uneasy in my stomach at having to do this to a possible gang member.  I thought by making the decision to give the man a warning would be just enough to resolve the situation keeping all parties happy and it sure payed off. I learned that sometimes, it pays to think about the situation and come up with alternative solutions rather than doing what’s is legally required straight away. Of course I realise that this lesson totally depends on the situation that has presented itself.

IITP’s 8 Ethical Tenets

The IITP (Institute of Information technology Professionals) has eight ethical tenets, a code of conduct as you may call it. They are listed as follows and not in any order of importance:

Good Faith

Integrity

Community Focus

Skills

Continuous Development

Informed Consent

Managed Conflicts of Interest

Competence

My story, in my opinion relates most to the community focus tenet. You may ask why? The community had complained about the noise coming from a property and I was required by law to ‘take’ the noise away completely. I guess at the time I saw more problems occurring taking the stereo rather than asking politely for those responsible of it to simply turn the music down with the threat of returning again and taking the stereo. I also though of the possible consequence taking this gang members stereo may have on his neighbours, the man wasn’t stupid and he would have know a neighbour had complained and that’s why his stereo was taken.

The Three Most Important Tenets

We have been asked to identify what we believe to be the three most important tenets of IITP’s ethical list. Well this is a very difficult question, as I personally believe that they are all of equal importance and have their specific reason for being included in this list.

The reason they are all so important is because the serve a purpose as a whole rather than individual tenets. But in the context to my task of identify three that I believe to be the most important, I’m going to say Good Faith, Integrity and Continuous Development for the sole reason that they are all very important to me and always have been, in particular the Good Faith tenet. I believe what goes around comes around and treat others how you want to be treated in return.

NMIT’s Relationship with IITP

NMIT and the IITP share a very common interest, to increase the education, professionalism and expertise of those working in the ICT sector.

This attitude benefits everyone involved in the IT industry and is the reason why New Zealand is gaining such a great reputation around the world of producing top quality IT professionals.

 

 

Copyleft

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What is Copyleft?

Copyleft (a play on the word copyright) is the practice of offering people the right to freely distribute copies and modified versions of a work with the stipulation that the same rights be preserved in derivative works down the line.

Copyleft is a form of licensing, and can be used to maintain copyright conditions for works ranging from computer software, to documents, to art. In general, copyright law is used by an author to prohibit recipients from reproducing, adapting, or distributing copies of their work. In contrast, under copyleft, an author may give every person who receives a copy of the work permission to reproduce, adapt, or distribute it, with the accompanying requirement that any resulting copies or adaptations are also bound by the same licensing agreement.

The above information was taken from Wikipedia on 9/5/2016.

Is Copying Always Theft?

In my opinion no, I don’t believe that copying is always theft. I believe that there’s a fine line between the two arguments and it can get quite murky trying to argue which is right and which is wrong. To argue my point, lets first take a look at the definition of theft, I googled theft and I found this definition from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/theft

Theft

noun

1. The act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.

2. An instance of this.

3. Archaic. something stolen.
Nowhere does it say anything about ‘copying’ is stealing, however, it is one of those invisible questions that is there and is strongly argued around the world.
Answer this for me please, if I come across an unlocked car, jump in and take the owner’s brand new Dirty Dog sunglasses, is that theft? That sure is, and there’s no arguing it. But how about this instead, if I came across an unlocked car, jumped in and scanned a copy of the owner’s brand new glasses with a 3D scanner and printed myself a copy of those glasses, is that still theft? Pretty hard to call but in my opinion the answer is no, the reason being is that the owner still has their glasses and even the dictionary I used as an example above will agree with me!

Who is Larry Lessig and what part has he played in the copyright/copyleft debate?

Larry Lessig was the legal brains behind Creative Commons, along with the well-known individual Aaron Swartz who was the mastermind behind all the coding. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. More can be found about Creative Commons at their website http://creativecommons.org.nz/.

These two people helped change the way most creative industries and people, act when making and releasing their work to the public. Because of them, and ultimately Creative Commons, we are able to share are stuff freely and have anyone use it at their will, within reason.

Conclusion

Like I said above, it’s a really fine line between copying and stealing another’s work. However, like people such as Larry Lessig, Aaron Swartz and even Michael Moore, I believe in sharing as long as the person who copies your work or ideas isn’t making money from it. It’s a great way to get your name, product or ideas out to the people in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts On Copyright

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Picture retrieved from here 18/04/2016

This week in ITC501, our guest tutor talked about Copyright. Well, it certainly got my brain working! To be honest, I’ve never really been the sort of guy that cares about Copyright, however, as I dive into this wonderful world of It, I know there will come a time where it will quite possibly mean everything to me, who knows, in the future I may develop the ‘next big thing’ in the IT world and I can certainly tell you, I’d be pissed if someone stole it.

Issues and Problems with Digital Copyright Today

As I said above, I’ve never really cared about Copyright in the past. From what I do know, I understand that its a real issue and it will become even more of an issue as the world wide web grows further and more people have better access to more content.

I think the biggest issue at this time and age is ease of access. I mean, think about it! If you want the newest System of a Down album and you don’t want to pay for it….simple, go online and torrent it. There, boom, all yours in as little as ten minutes without costing you a cent. The same can be said about movies, e-books, video games, TV shows, porn…..the list goes on and on. Its all online and at the fingertips of anyone that wants it without paying.

I believe Copyright is a great thing, it protects someone’s ideas, designs, inventions and inspires innovation, however, I also know that’s its a murky subject that in my opinion needs ‘fixing’. The reason I say it needs fixing is because of the cases we have all heard of people attaining massive court cases and debts over copyright infringements. I’m not saying people convicted of copyright infringements should get a slap on the hand, they still should be punished, but at the moment I think the punishments are too high. I mean, Jail time and huge debts for the rest of their life’s is a bit harsh in my opinion in particular when people have not intentionally breached those copyright infringements.

A Simple Solution

I’m afraid there is no solution, well, certainly not a simple one anyway! I do believe there is a need for a solution and the biggest obstacle as far as developing a solution goes is just about every country in the world needs to work together to solve this problem. What? You seriously think that’s possible? Well, it may be but let me put it into perspective like this.

The world has been at  ‘peace’ for a total of 268 years out of a recorded 3400 years, another words, 8% of recorded history.

That’s not a good number as far as world peace goes. We cant even stop killing each other or bombing one another yet, we need to come to an agreement regarding worldwide copyright law? Not likely in my opinion.

Why you may ask do we need to work together to solve this problem? Let me explain, here’s a simple example.

Netflix. I’m assuming you know what Netflix is, but for those that don’t, Its a streaming service that for a small for of about $12 a month lets you stream a tonne of TV shows, Documentary’s and Movies.  The interesting thing is, that different country’s have different content to stream because of Copyright laws.

Same with YouTube actually. I’m a huge fan of UFC (Cage Fighting), I can stream it live through the Fight Pass app for $10 a month, however I cant watch highlights on YouTube because of copyright laws in New Zealand.

Such examples are evidence that Copyright is a murky subject and there needs to be a solution to it. Maybe the solution is just a simple worldwide Copyright law that all country’s that it’s applied in agree on? What do you think ?

My Opinion of New Zealand and Copyright

New Zealand has a 3 Strikes system. It was established in 2011 and the intention of the law changes is to crack down on peer-to-peer file sharing.

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Snip retrieved from here 18/04/2016

I believe the 3 Strikes  system New Zealand has established is a step in the right direction. This act in my opinion protects everyone, from the artist or producer all the way to the person who breached copyright infringements. The fact the person identified as someone breaching copyright infringements gets two warnings is a great factor, it not only identifies individuals or groups of people  who may constantly breach copyright laws, it actually protects someone that may have breached a copyright infringement on accident, I know of someone that this has happened to personally.

More information on New Zealand’s 3 Strikes law can be found at http://3strikes.net.nz/

Fair Trading

After evaluating the issues I’ve outlined above, I think its right to identify some company’s that do ‘copyright’ right.

Spotify. Spotify is a music streaming app. Customers subscribe for a small fee of about ten dollars a month and are able to stream just about any song or artist they want to, Spotify then pays the artists a small fee per stream. Spotify is also available for free, although customers will have less access and have to put up with ads.

Netflix. Much like Spotify, Netflix is a streaming app where customers can stream Movies, TV shows and Documentaries for a fee of about $12 a month. Netflix then make a small payment for every stream to the applicable producers, companies and owners of said content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Real ?

(Video retrieved from here 10/04/16)

In the modern age where Technology is advancing at an astonishing rate, we really start to wonder what are the possibilities? Did you know 5 years ago, the general thought of people in the IT world was that the technology we have now would be available in roughly 20 years, that’s how much technology has evolved in the last 5 years, and its only evolving faster!

What is Real?

What is real? that’s a good question when it comes to the IT world. With the arrival of technology such as Microsoft Hololens, this question will become harder to answer in the future, before I explain, I recommend you watch the video below or  go and visit the Microsoft Hololens website to get a understanding of what technology I’m talking about.

(video retrieved from here 10/4/16)

http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us

After visiting the above link or watching the video, do you find yourself asking yourself ‘what is real’?

Its such a hard question to answer as people will always have their own opinion on what’s real, but to some context all of those answers are right. Some people will answer if they can see it, it’s real, well that’s right but in virtual reality are you seeing real objects? Some people answer if I can touch it it’s real, well that’s also right but when using the Microsoft Hololens, are the objects your touching real? See…its an extremely hard question to answer, and I’ve only lusted a few examples.

For me, the best way I can answer what is real is, if you experience it, it’s real.

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Picture retrieved from here 10/04/16

Microsoft Hololens

Here are a look at what is in my opinion of both positive and negative aspects of Microsoft Hololens.

Positives

  • Gaming….oh imagine the awesomeness that could happen.
  • Learning, Why pay massive school fees when you can have your own personal teacher teaching you one on one….in your home.
  • Watching your favourite TV show, sports event of movies…..wherever you want.
  • The Hololens may be able to assist people that suffer from disabilities, these people can do things with the Hololens that would otherwise be impossible.
  • Productivity within such sectors in the IT industry, for example imagine how much a 3D designer could accomplish using an Hololens.

Negatives

  • This ties into a positive I’ve listed but its a consequence of that positive. Learning, if people are using augmented reality in their schooling, what is to happen of the ‘real’ teacher’s job?
  • Teaching is just one of the many occupations I believe may be in jeopardy because of the Microsoft Hololens.
  • Socialising skills. This is already evident with the technology we have at the moment in my opinion. When I say socialising skills I mean socialising in ‘person’.
  • Having kids always makes me think of their future and personally I worry about the possibilities with things such as the Hololens. I’d much rather my children go and play outside than ‘bring’ outside inside.

Oculus Rift

Before I get started on the Oculus Rift, I suggest if you have no idea what it actually is you go and visit their website. Here’s a link https://www.oculus.com/en-us/

Now we have been asked if we believe the Oculus Rift would have a life outside gaming?

Personally I believe yes, the reason being is simply at this point of time in the Oculus Rift’s lifetime, its only the start and who knows how it will evolve. At it’s current state, it’s amazing and the sky is the limit.

I see a future where people will be able to visit popular tourist destinations from the comfort of their own home with technology such as the Oculus Rift. Now imagine how great that would be for someone who was unable to ever visit such places such as people suffering from disabilities.

The Sky is The Limit

As the title says, The sky is the Limit with the Technology and in particular the Microsoft Hololens. I truly believe the Hololens will change the world and it will affect everyone. I’m going to show you a awesome video of the Microsoft Hololens and I can guarantee you will be not only amazed at what it does, but it will open your imagination up on what are the possibilities with such technology!

Video Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgakdcEzVwg

Now tell me…..are you not excited???

 

 

Evolution of Laws in the IT world.

 

Watch the movie first:

(movie retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCwjDuoJK0E 3/4/2016)

Introduction

I’m going to start off by introducing you to this weeks topic in ITC501, The internet’s Own Boy, The story of Aaron Swartz.

The Internet’s Own Boy is a documentary released on June 27th of 2014. The film is about the life of Aaron Swartz, an programming prodigy and information activist who took his own life at the young age  of 26.

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(picture retrieved from here on 3/4/2016

As a student studying information technology, this documentary blew me away! In my opinion, this film is pure evidence that as computer technology  is ever changing, the laws regarding the use of computers need to change with the technology.

After watching this documentary, I’m sure you will also share my point of view.

Here are some interesting questions out tutor asked us to answer after watching the film.

Q1: What did he do that got him into trouble?

Aaron did a few things that got him into trouble with the law, people will argue that what he did was good or bad, depending on who’s side they’re on. According to the documentary, The two main things that Aaron did that got him in trouble were ‘hacking’ into JSTOR (an online Academic Library) through MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and downloading millions of Academic Journals and papers, and ‘hacking ‘ into PACER (pubic access to court electronic records) and downloading millions of federal court documents.

Aaron was caught on camera  hardwiring his Acer laptop into the MIT network to download the entire archive of academic records from JSTOR. He was caught and arrested on the 6th of January 2011.

Q2: What were the possible motives mentioned in the film for his so called “crime”?

There are two possible motives for his so called crime, and they are both unprovable as Aaron took his own life before a motive for these possible crimes could become certain.

  • To start a new website to compete with JSTOR and sell the documents for profit.

or

  • To liberate the information and make it free to access for everyone. As he suggests it should be in his “Guerilla Open Access Manifesto” blog post.

 

Q3: What does each motive imply from a MOREL and LEGAL point of view?

From a moral point of view, I totally understand where Aaron was coming from. He wanted public access to the public domain, another words, Aaron wanted everyone to be able to have access to information that SHOULD be free.

On the other hand, I understand from a legal point of view that what Aaron was actually doing was theft.  He stole the “property” of JSTOR, and if he had the intention to sell it he would be selling fraudulent copies of stolen files.

Q4: Why were understanding his motives so important ?

Because understanding his morals really make this case so interesting! If Aaron had the intention of selling the academic Journals and papers then he was absolutely in the wrong. However, upon understanding his morals and points of view that information such as the information he ‘stole’ SHOULD be free, you start to see why this case is so interesting.

Was he going to sell the documents or was he going to ‘give’ them to the people?

After reading his manuscript, I’m sure many of you , like myself, will believe Aarons intentions were to do good, and not sell them fraudulently.

Q4.1: How many charges did this end up giving him?

Aaron faced a total of 13 charges, 2 charges of Wire Fraud and 11 charges for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act 1986 (CFAA) which could have landed him up to 35 years imprisonment and a fine of up to one million US dollars.

Q5: What was wrong with the SOPA bill ?

The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) was a controversial United States bill that was introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith. The aim of the bill was to combat online piracy and if successful, the bill would enable the US government and rights holders the ability to effectively shut down websites relating to copyright infringements.

The US government and rights holders would have the right to seek court orders against any site accused of “enabling or facilitating” piracy. This could theoretically involve an entire website being shut down because it contains a link to a suspect site.

(Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-16596577   3/4/2016)

In short, if passed, the bill had the potential to literally break the internet!

Q6: Why did It look like the bill would be impossible to stop from passing?

Because in a country where the deciding factor on whether or not a bill will be passed, is normally money, SOPA looked like it was a sure thing. It was being backed greatly by a majority of members of US congress as well as large entertainment companies. These people have a lot of power and influence.

Q7: What were some of the significant factors that helped raise awareness for dismissing the SOPA bill?

In protest to SOPA, people organised protests, rallies and petitions. Others called congress to voice their opinions about the proposed act. The most significant factor I believe in bringing awareness  for dismissing the SOPA bill was a  coordinated “Service Blackout” on January 18, 2012. Websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit showed their support for dismissing the SOPA act by going ‘black’.

Q7.1 What’s the important message about this victory to those of us in the “new world”

The message is clear, even if we as a majority face obstacles that look impossible to beat, if we stick together we can rise and conquer.

Q8: “Bringing public access to the public domain”, “books are our cultural legacy”.  What do these statements have to do with Aaron Swartz’s passion?

Since Aaron was a small child he loved to read books and learn, He knew that reading was a great way to attain knowledge. As written in Aaron’s  Guerilla Open Access manifesto, he believed information is power, and there are people out there who want it to be keep for themselves.

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(Snip retrieved  from Aaron Swartz’s ‘Guerilla Open Access Manifesto 3/4/2016. The full document can be found here

 

Q9: What does q8 have to do with Jack Andraka?

Jack Andraka is known for his award-winning work on a potential method for detecting the early stages of pancreatic and other cancers, he discovered this method by studying free online Academic Journals. If jack couldn’t gain access to online free academic journals, he would not have been able to make the discovery!

Q10: What’s the most important question on this list. Why?

When there’s a whole list of equally important questions, to pick just one to be the most important is a difficult task. However, if I have to narrow id down to just one, I’d say question 9 is the most important, the reason being simply the fact that someone was able to discover a possible method to discover early signs of some cancer due to having access to FREE online academic journals!

Now image what we as humans could achieve by simply…..sharing! It truly makes you wonder, imagine what else we could achieve if we shared a lot more than just online academic journals!

 

 

 

Information Technology and the Sea

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Commercial fishing vessel named South Bay, Morro Bay, CA

Image sourced from here 25/03/2016

My Background

Let me start this off by telling you a bit about my history in regards to the sea, I come from a fishing background. Both my grandfathers were fishermen, my father was a fisherman, so naturally I became a fisherman. I was 17 years old straight out of school with no qualifications and I was not able to pursue my dream of joining the army or the police as I’m deaf in one ear. My family at that point owned a business name Donker Marine, a fishing company with two deep sea trawlers, I got a job on a vessel named the Recovery II.

At the same time, our family also owned a business named Motueka Nets, which is based in Port Nelson, Motueka Nets make and repair fishing trawls (nets) amongst other small projects, like safety nets for builders, supplying ropes, twines and netting to the general public and servicing the salmon nets located around the country.

When I was about 19 years old, I left the deep sea fishing industry and got a position at Motueka nets, I no longer work there as I’m currently studying for a Diploma in Information Technology, but I will always have an interest in the trawl industry because of the family business.

Information Technology in the Trawl Industry

In the trawl industry, information technology plays a huge role! The main piece of information technology that benefits the trawl industry is the software that has been developed to design the many different types of fishing trawls. In fact, the fishing industry in a whole would be a hell of a lot different nowadays without the evolution of information systems.

Theses information systems provide all the necessary information required by a large range of people specialising in different fields of work, these people include captains, fisheries business owners, Ministry of Fisheries officials and other government agencies.

The information attained from information systems in the fishing industry helps govern New Zealand’s eco system and lowers the risk of species becoming depleted. The information gained helps develop the quota system, which is a system that states how much fish a company can catch and what species its allowed to catch.

Examples of Information Systems on the fisheries industry

There are many, many different types of information systems in the fisheries industry ranging from systems for vessel management, Quota management, Trawl management, species management, seabed mapping, trawl design and trawl monitoring systems just to name a few.

Here are some examples of those information systems with the links to their websites.

  • Software such as Trawl Vision PRO available from http://www.acruxsoft.com.uy/ which is used to design fishing trawls.
  • Notus Electronics is a world leader in net monitoring systems and offers products and services that are unmatched in the industry. Here’s a link to their website http://www.notus.ca/
  • Ocean Mapping software available from such businesses as Seabed Mapping International http://www.seabedmapping.com/

 

Innovation in Information Systems for the Sea

As I said earlier, I will always have an interest in the fisheries industry because of the family business, Motueka Nets, and now that I’m going down the path of an Information technology professional, who knows what’s in store form me in the future, in particular when you combine both of those interests, there’s opportunity to maybe develop my own information system for the trawl industry or even the fisheries industry.

When our tutor gave us students the task of writing a blog about an area of IT and reflect on possible innovative ideas, or innovative ideas we are passionate about that are already in motion, I naturally thought of the fishing industry!

I currently don’t have an innovative idea for an information system myself in the fisheries industry, however I came across this not long ago and I personally think that it’s a winner.

This innovative product is called Dredgemaster.

Dredgemaster

Dredgemaster is the world’s first real time monitoring system for scallop dredges. Dredgemaster is a brand new product developed by Notus Electronics, and I believe it will revolutionise the way commercial dredging is performed.

DREDGEMASTER: The World First Wireless Monitoring System for Scallop Dredges
Notus Electronic Ltd. (Notus) has been supplying wireless sensors to the commercial fishing industry for 22 years. Notus has just released the Dredgemaster, a wireless sensor system for monitoring the warp length, pith angle and roll angle of a scallop dredge. The system was developed by working with scallop vessels in the US where increases of 22% were seen in catch rates.

The Dredgemaster consists of shipboard equipment (command unit and transducer) that communicate wirelessly to sensors mounted on the dredge.

(News extract retrieved from http://www.notus.ca/dredgemaster-the-worlds-first-real-time-monitoring-for-scallop-dredges/ on 25/03/2016)

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Dredgemaster system

Both images sourced from Notus Electronics

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Dredgemaster System in play with the vessel

A link to the Drendemaster System website can be found here.

The reason I believe this system is the next big thing in scallop dredging is because leading up to this point of time, fishing vessels have been essentially dredging blind. Of course they know where the scallop bed is, but now with this system, it opens up so many capabilities that enables the vessel to really ‘see’ what their dredge is doing.

I also don’t believe there are any justifiable obstacles with the Dredgemaster, the only obstacle it may have in my opinion would be cost, generally these types of technology are very expensive but with the fishing industry, you have to spend money to make money and the share amount of time you would save with this product would save you thousands.

As far as my own personal views go with this product, I’m very passionate about the fishing industry as a whole, and any technology that makes the job more efficient is a winner in my books.

My first go at hacking!

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Picture retrieved from here 22/02/2016

CSA501, 13;00 pm, Monday 14th, I walk into class expecting the normal, dismantle this, assemble that,  then Neil our tutor informs us we will all be troubleshooting potentially broken PC desktops and running diagnosis programmes on them, Little did I know that in half an hour I would have a crack at hacking my first computer….sweet!!

We are all put in groups of two and told what to do, first step was to create a basic list of questions for a customer when receiving a desktop to fix/update/diagnose. Corbin and myself have been given the task of unlocking a desktop. Our client Neil has dropped us off us his desktop computer because his crazy ex-wife put a password he is unable to get past on it when she left him, poor Neil!

First Task

First task was to fill out the basic form Corbin and I had completed for ‘our’ fictional business name Machine Head PC Repairs and Custom Builds.

 

Machine Head

PC Repairs and Custom builds

 

Date:16/03/2016 

Customer Detail

Name: Neil

Address: 454 West Willow

 

City: Nelson

Phone Numbers: 021 585271

Email Address: Neil.bensen@nmit.ac.nz

Do you wish to receive Machine Heads Promotional Emails: Yes 

Make and Model: Old and Crap

Password Protected: No, Want a new password.

Purchase Date: 1953

Warranty Details: no

Serial Number: 124673846

Data Backup required: Yes

Personal/Business Machine: personal

Previous Repairs: Yes, Upgrade hard drive from 1 GB to ??  

 

Fault Description: None aware of

Activity at time of Fault/crash: No

Accessories Taken: Desktop

Preferred Payment Method: Cash

 

Second task

Corbin and myself had not done this before, so the first thing we did was google instructions on how to reset the log-in password for Windows 7, we came across this website and simply followed the instructions.

http://www.isunshare.com/windows-7-password/bypass-windows-7-logon-screen-and-admin-password.html

Here is a snapshot of those instructions we followed:

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Windows Hack 2

These instructions were retrieved from:

http://www.isunshare.com/windows-7-password/bypass-windows-7-logon-screen-and-admin-password.html on 22/03/2016

Reflection

Corbin and myself had no issues with these instructions other than the keyboard we were using, a lot and I mean a lot of keys were missing and the ones that were there were not all responsive, so we simply plugged in another keyboard to use instead.

Overall it was a fun day in class and I learned something fun and simple, cant wait to have a crack at hacking NASA!….Might be a bit harder I think.