Final piece :) !!!!!

Its close to the end of the module and i’m pleased to say i am happy with what i’ve achieved. I’ve picked up lots of skills (although i need more practice) and i have learnt the ins and outs of Convergent media…

For the final artifact we were set the task of using our skills from the workshops to create a website using HTML and CSS to display information and pictures.

The programmes we used, in my opinion, where challenging, but i got there in the end ūüôā I used photoshop, flash and dreamweaver inorder to build my webpage.

However, i’ve learnt alot. I was able to create a slideshow of my pictures and i managed to¬†incoperate buttons. I also created a website with several linked pages.

I have focused my website on my favourite photographers and photographs. I have used links to there websites, incoperated pieces of there work and finaly added my inspired photographs on slideshow.

Overall, i am very happy with the finished artifact. Hopefully i’m not the only one ūüôā

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March 20, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Catching up….

bbciplayer4odAnother example of the growth of technology and the web is the way in which we are able to catch up with programes or films we have missed at anytime just by a click of button. Another example is Sky plus…this enables you to pause live television whenever you want, you can also recored programmes onto the skyplus box.

Who knows what else we could do in the future…

March 20, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Ooh..Youtube

Here is a brilliant example of how the web has abolished privacy. Not only is this a site where we you can find music videos and clips from our favourite shows. We can also find bloggers. Unlike facebook and myspace where our thoughts are just written. Youtube allows us to see there emotions visualy.

The logo of youtube (youtube…broadcast yourself) is almost promoting throwing you privacy up on the web.

The views for Chris Crockers unforgetable plee to “leave Britney alone” has had an amazing 24,549,011 hits.

March 20, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Editing my photographs

During one workshop i discovered how to manipulate photos by changing the contrast, focus, colour, size and more.

I have added the edited images to my flickr account and to my website.

Editing allows what started of as a bland and boring image to become an eye catching and proffesional photograph.

Here is a before and after example of an image i edited on photoshop.

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March 20, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

The rise of ubiquitous computing

Computing has improved technicaly as the years go by. The internet has become more useable and less stressful.

This has me asking the question: what will computing and technology be like in 20 years time?

Films such as I-robot and minority report potray more of a fantasy and far fetched dream of the future. But if this can be thought up, whats stopping it from being created. If computing and technology continues to grow, how do we know this will not be possible. The growth of other technolgies backs this up. Such as the I phone, this allows you to use the internet download music and recently allows you to identify a peice of music by just holding your phone up to it. 

I belive that technology will grow and films such as I-robot will no longer be a fantasy…

 

The rise of mobile phone technology:

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March 20, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Virtual worlds

second-lifeAfter researching second life i discovered that it was a completly new world that the users have created. Everything that is created and done is by the residents (members of second life). Although it is a 3D fantasy world, if you think about it…Everything in sence is real, these are real people acting this “second life” out.

Second world is similar to the computer game the sims, this programe allows you to create your own characters but not on such an social level. Second life is also similar to social networking sites as it allows you to socialise with others ans meet new people.

“Second Life‚Äôs virtual world also includes sound; wind in the swaying trees, babbling brooks, seocnd-lifeaudible conversation, and built-in chat and instant messaging. Residents buy property, start businesses, game with other residents, create objects, join clubs, attend classes, or just hang out. The rendering of Second Life is remarkable, making it an instant guilty pleasure” http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-second-life.htm

I suppose second life is a place people¬†can escape to…

As i mentioned below “in the future will our lives just consist of logging onto life??” This website seems to back this up completly, peole log on to this “second world to see there friends, go shopping, go for a drink, go to the gym, go to work, even purchasing stuff for themselves! Thousands of people have become members to this site, to live different lives. Do they believe that the virtual life¬† is better than real life???!

This is an amazing and intelligent breakthrough for the Market, afterall nothing is for free, not even virtual reality. Members of second world must purchase.

To me, second life seems a bit to much like the “real world” :S.

March 20, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Whats the big deal about Web 2.0

My understanding of Web 2.0 is that most of the content for it is supplied by us (the users)- not by the station. Web 1.0 is more like the server (does the reading) while web 2.0 does the writing.

Web to enable the user to get involved within a community such as entering networking site, downloading files off other users etc. Unlike web 1.0 we share instead of own. Web 2.0 is on more of a personal level, within web 2.0 we write blogs consisiting of personal subjects. However web 1.0 only allows us to find information extenaly.

Web 1.0   Web 2.0
DoubleClick –> Google AdSense
Ofoto –> Flickr
Akamai –> BitTorrent
mp3.com –> Napster
Britannica Online –> Wikipedia
personal websites –> blogging
evite –> upcoming.org and EVDB
domain name speculation –> search engine optimization
page views –> cost per click
screen scraping –> web services
publishing –> participation
content management systems –> wikis
directories (taxonomy) –> tagging (“folksonomy”)
stickiness –> syndication¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

March 20, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Surveilance & Privacy in a Networked World

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In todays society social networking sites such as facebook and myspace are almost taking over. The majority of the population have a social networking sites inorder to socialise and contact others. Although these sites are a breakthrough within technology, i cant help but to wonder what the world would be like without¬†the likes of myspace, twitter, facebook etc. How would we meet new people? how would we contact others? I often think about what the world was like before all of these networking sites were around. How did we cope???¬† One day will our lives consist of sitting in front of a screen and logging onto life. Scary…

When submitting to social networking accounts we fill in a number of personal details such as our name, address, date of birth, secret questions and much more. All of our details are just being carlelessly thrown up on networking sites for the whole world to see. Somebody could be jotting our details down for their personal use as we speak. Who knows. 

After watching the news and discovering the shocking amount of details we allow to be displayed to all has shocked me. When I post a blog now i am consious of the fact that ANYONE could be reading it. On facebook and myspace i post so many images of myself¬† for all to see. It never enters my mind who would be veiwing this…

So overall, i tap in personal information about myself, put large amounts of photos of myself up, write blogs daily,  tell the world what i am doing at a specific moment in my life and muchhh more. Where has our privacy gone!?!?!

March 19, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Music downloading- Pros and Cons

Approximetly i download around about 6 songs per day. Thats an average of 42 songs per week. I use P2P networks, mainly limewire. I find that this is an afordable and convienient way of getting hold of music in demand. Not only can i download that havnt even reached the charts but i can also download older music..such as motown, rock and roll, reggea etc. P2P downloading offers a wide range of genres, from jazz to rap and classical to rock, so there is a wide range of choice for everyone.

Althought i back P2P downloading there are some down points to sharing files. It is quickly diminishing sales of music cassettes, CDs and DVDs. It reduces the sale figures of music companies. It has an adverse effect on the music industry today.

March 12, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Using dreamweaver

Coming from radio production at college i had never gained HTML and CCS skills. When introduced to dreamweaver i struggled. However after practice i began to understand the different ways of creating a website. I created a website that explored vintage photographs that appealed to me. This was good practice for me…

February 24, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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