Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hw Assignment 11

information technology- the study or use of systems (esp. computers and telecommunications) for storing, retrieving, and sending information

technology transfer- the transfer of new technology from the originator to a secondary user, esp. from developed to less developed countries in an attempt to boost their economies

infowar- hostile actions against an enemy's information infrastructure

web site- a location connected to the Internet that maintains one or more pages on the World Wide Web

database- a structured set of data held in a computer, esp. one that is accessible in various ways

I used the Dictionary application for Mac OS to find all of the definitions here.

Hw Assignment 10

CUNY’s "Security Awareness Training" gives a breakdown of the dangers facing your computer and personal information on the Internet. It also gives commonsense tips on the measures that can be taken to protect such data. These run the gamut of everything from filtering spam to spyware blockers. At the end you are given a quiz to test your knowledge. There are also glossary and resource links that could prove useful.

I feel that this is a possible asset to everyone, even if you already know the information that is being provided. Unfortunately, a lot of other students do not know the ramifications of clicking on spam links and we (just as much as them) have to live with possibly infected lab computers and the like. Also, I think this inadvertently brings up an unethical data and market research collecting issue. Companies we may or may not work for in the future could in fact be using these methods to target consumers. It could prove helpful to start thinking of other alternatives now.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hw Assignment 9

proliferation- rapid increase in numbers

hodgepodge- a confused mixture

social network- a social structure made of nodes (which are generally individuals or organizations) that are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as values, visions, ideas, financial exchange, friendship, sexual relationships, kinship, dislike, conflict or trade.

denigrate- criticize unfairly; disparage

proselytize- convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another

I used the Dictionary application for Mac OS to find most of the definitions here. Social Network however, was found through Wikipedia.

Hw Assignment 8

Brad Stone’s New York Times article Tracking Hate 2.0 on the Web, touches on a subject we tend to forget about when looking at the networking opportunities provided Web 2.0 services. Hate groups have been using websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Myspace as a marketing tool in hopes of getting new recruits.

A lot of the articles I have been looking at over the last few weeks have mostly focused on the positive attributes and potential uses of Web 2.0 services for broadening companies. I find it interesting that sites like Yahoo aren’t the only ones looking at the opportunities available.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hw Assignment 7

Steven Jobs- Ceo of Apple Inc.

counterintuitive- contrary to intuition or to common-sense expectation (but often nevertheless true)

Twitter- a social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates

Zillow- allows users to see the value of millions of homes across the United States, not just those up for sale and it offers several unique features including value changes of each home in a given time frame (such as 1, 5, or 10 years), aerial views of homes, and prices of homes in the area

interface- a device or program enabling a user to communicate with a computer

I used Wikipedia for most of the defined words. For the others, such as, interface and counterintuitive, I used the Dictionary Application for Mac OS… That Zillow site sounds a bit scary.

Hw Assignment 6

John Markoff’s article On a Small Screen, Just the Salient Stuff, speaks on the iPhone’s success being due to the reconfiguration of sites to fit its screen.

“By stripping down the Web site interface to the most basic functions, site designers can focus the user’s attention and offer relevant information without distractions.”

If only site designers would take this simple approach to web design regardless of screen size. Quality over quantity would be a savior to my eyes (that’s for sure!) This is something a lot of major company’s sites forget in user experience.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hw Assignment 5

venture capitalists- people who invest in a project in which there is a substantial element of risk, typically a new or expanding business

widget- a component of a user interface that operates in a particular way

industrial-strength- very strong or powerful

module- any of a number of distinct but interrelated units from which a program may be built up or into which a complex activity may be analyzed

application- a program or piece of software designed and written to fulfill a particular purpose of the user : a database application

Much to my surprise I found all of these definitions using the Dictionary application on the Mac OS operating system.

Hw Assignment 4

Saul Hansell’s New York Times article, Web 2.0 Gets Big – and Corporate, we find that major companies with complex websites are looking to redevelop said sites for similarly interactive features seen in Web 2.0 concepts.

This can be important to pay attention to as we develop our own websites. If Web 2.0 user customization and interactivity is here to stay, we may have to consider that in the planning and creation of our services.