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Computer Science

Tech Terms: A Guide for the Non Tech-Savvy

Confused by all the tech jargon STEM concentrators are always bandying about? Us too, but we’ve managed to figure out Wikipedia, so here are some simple, plain English definitions for some common tech terms that you might see on the Internet, hear on the street, or have to explain to your grandmother.

Facebook Sign
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Facebook Sign

"I want the Facebook sign in the background," exclaimed CS50 staff photographer as CS50 TFs posed in front of the entrance to Puzzle Day. The Facebook-sponsored event was held at the i-lab.

On Campus

The MetaLAB Drone

A white round creature with four arms and four legs, the Phantom drone II is differentiated from its cousins by the stabilized GoPro camera dangling from its belly. Its job is to help the metaLAB get their fancy aerial footage.

Decoding Harvard's Most Popular Class
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Decoding Harvard's Most Popular Class

Freshmen pose for a photo booth at CS50 Puzzle Day on September 6, 2014. Prof. David J. Malan later posted the photo booth pictures on Facebook.

Binary Lights
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Binary Lights

Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science David J. Malan uses lights to teach binary code.

Binary Lights
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This is CS50

Facebook at Puzzle Day
College

This Is CS50.

CS50 is exceptional for its size, its resources and the cult of personality around its charismatic leader. It is more than just a class at Harvard; it is a cultural touchstone, a lifestyle, a spectacle. This is CS50, and it’s here to stay.

Meet Michael P. Burke, The Registrar
College

With New Catalog, Admins Hope To Re-Invent Browsing Experience

Administrators hope a new course catalog tool will spur students to reflect on their educational goals when searching for courses, even as some professors worry that more targeted search tools will limit exploration.

Puzzle Time
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Puzzle Time

Morris Yau '17 works during Puzzle Day at the iLab. Teams of students competed for prizes at the Facebook-sponsored event such as a Nintendo Wii U.

Photo Booth
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Photo Booth

Photobooth pictures feature CS50 teaching fellows at Puzzle Day on September 6, 2014. Some TFs have felt a degree of celebrity working for the high-profile course.

Puzzle Pic
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Puzzle Pic

A CS50 staff photographer photographs a puzzle piece at CS50 Puzzle Day at the iLab on September 6, 2014.

Facebook at Puzzle Day
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Facebook at Puzzle Day

Mohammed N. Oosman, a university recruiter for Facebook, welcomes the crowd at CS50 Puzzle Day. Malan has described "a mutually beneficial relationship" between CS50 and tech companies.

Inspiration at the i-lab
Technology

Inspiration at the i-lab

Budding entrepreneurs work at the i-lab.

Gluten Free
Technology

Gluten Free

A sample of the i-lab's eclectic quisine.

Facebook and Sweets
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Facebook and Sweets

A table full of Facebook paraphernalia rests next to another filled with snacks at CS50 Puzzle Day on September 6, 2014. The Facebook-sponsored event included a photobooth and electronic giveaways.

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Visual Arts

Intelligent Design: Negotiating the Identity of the Architecture Track

django unchained scene
Visual Arts

Script Doctors

Harvard vs. Yale
Yale

Freshman Survey Part V: A Look at New Haven

Books
Academics

Freshman Survey Part III: Inside the Classroom and Out