Lab 1: Windows, Unix and HTML
CSE-15 Fall 2011
By the end of this lab, you will be:
Familiar with the Sandbox labs
Receive a hard drive,
locker id and combination
Find your way around Windows and its file system
Create a simple website
Log onto a remote Unix computer and navigate its file system
Transfer files across a network
Part 1: Introduction
Welcome to the first lab for CSE 15. In the next 70 minutes, you'll learn how to use
Windows and Unix to run programs, how to explore and find things in the file system,
how to transfer files from Windows to Unix and back, and how to create a basic webpage.
At the end, you'll be asked to submit, by transferring a file to the CSE sun machines.
Since software and hardware change every year, often in subtle ways, inevitably
something won't work exactly as described here. If you find something wrong with the
instructions, please let us know. Thanks.
Part 2: Using Windows
What is Windows?
Windows is an
, which is a program that manages the resources of a
computer for you. It lets you run programs like browsers and word processors and
iTunes; it lets you store and retrieve information on disks; it lets you use peripheral
devices like printers and MP3 players; and it lets you communicate with other machines
via a network.
"Windows" is a family of operating systems from Microsoft. Microsoft cranks out a new
version every few years; Windows 7 is the latest release of Microsoft Windows, Windows
XP had been around for several years prior to the release of Windows 7. Unix, Linux, OS
X and PalmOS are also operating systems, not from Microsoft, that all perform the same
basic functions, though with myriad differences in style, philosophy, and details. Most
consumer devices like MP3 players and cell phones also run some operating system,
though simpler and much better hidden from you.
One of the main functions of an operating system is to provide an environment in which
you can run programs. Most operating systems allow you to run several programs at
once, switching your attention from one to another at will. Originally, operating system
user interfaces were text-based and mostly controlled by typing on the keyboard. Most
now are graphical and are usually controlled with a mouse, touch-pad, or pen.
Editing and Saving with Notepad
Word processing is one of the most frequent computer tasks, and most people have used
Microsoft Word to process documents. Notepad is an alternative editor of much more