Adobe Flash Session 2

20/03/2009 - Leave a Response

This session felt like a huge step on from the previous session. I really struggled in this particular session and I found this was partly because I did not get much interaction with Flash due to sharing a computer.
I followed the session up with a surgery as I felt I needed the help.
In the end though, I managed to produce what I wanted out of my final artefact and I felt I picked Flash up well. I am not sure it would be something I would use out of choice but at least I know the basics of it so I can use it if ever I do need to.

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Adobe Flash Session 1

20/03/2009 - Leave a Response

I found the session very useful as I have never used Flash before. I found it to be very trying and demanded a lot of patience. With a bit of practice, it was a bit easier to get the hang of and by the end of the first session, I was able to make a very basic animation.
It could be a good idea though if I go and independantly use the software between now and the next session as I feel I could use the practice especially as the final artefact is going to be using Flash.

Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0

20/03/2009 - Leave a Response

All technology evolves and it is unsurprising that the internet is also doing so. Change is generally welcome and I think it could be in this case. Web 2.0 allows users of the internet more chance to create the content which they read. It is more user based which gives people chance to create what they want to see.
It is definitely created with the current generation in mind because it gives people a place to share information more easily. It becomes created by everyone and not just a select few.
I like the idea that all the content on the internet could be created by current and future generations because I feel it is more accurately documenting our events that will eventually contribute to history. It is the same as was done many years ago, just in a much more advanced form.

Surveilance and Privacy in a Networked World

20/03/2009 - Leave a Response

Having read about how much information of mine is being logged from websites such as Facebook, I realised how little I knew or thought about it. The reality dawned on me that every photo I upload, every comment I write and so on is trackable and leaves a ‘trail’. It is a worrying thought that everything can be accessed by so many people.
I also only recently found out that even if I closed my Facebook account down, they still have the rights to use my photos as they wish.
Its unlikely that a revelation such as this will stop people uploading their photos though, people will remain unaware as to how much of an invasion into their privacy this is and will carry on using Facebook as they wish regardless.

The Read Write Web

20/03/2009 - Leave a Response

The web in the last ten years or so has become far easier for people to contribute to. Blogging sites and editable pages have become far more popular. The article entitled The Read Write Web discusses the boom in interactivity in ‘grass roots journalism’.
I like the idea that you can make a contribution to a technology as highly successful as the internet from your home using just a computer and an internet connection.
It gives the public a chance to contribute to something which they used daily. It gives each individual a voice and allows people to put their opinions forward. I like that this option is not just available to a fortunate few but instead to a large number of people who can use it as they please.
Another way in which people can add their two cents to the internet is through all the websites that you can create and host your own websites from such as Geocities. It is another way to provide information for others and also a way to self promote. It is a good step forward but only when used in the right manner.

Newsmap

20/03/2009 - Leave a Response

Newsmap is a similar application to We Feel Fine apart from the fact that it gathers its information from live news feeds and then represents them in a patchwork of headlines. There are various colours to show you how recent the news is and also what type of news it is. The headlines are also sized to represent how popular the stories are.
I particularly liked this application because it was a good way to visualise all the current news. There are so many different news websites around that it can be hard to know which one to read and this application demolishes that problem straight away. I like the layout of it as well because its simple to use and easy to follow the headlines.

Dreamweaver

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Dreamweaver was not new to me as I had used it before in school. However when I used it before, we wrote the code for our websites by hand and tested them in Dreamweaver so this was easier this time round as we were using Dreamweaver primarily to design the website.
The workshops on Dreamweaver were a useful reminder as to how to used it and also taught me new skills on it.
I was pleased with my website to some degree but I feel there was room for improvement. This could have been achieved by more time spent using Dreamweaver. I can improve it further before I hand it in with the final artefact so this is good that I realise it earlier rather than later.

Convergence and the Music Industry

20/03/2009 - Leave a Response

In reference to Universal launching their own form of download service.
I think that the music industry has generally become more about downloads than CDs. If Universal had not considered launching a service similar to that of itunes, then I feel that they would be very behind in the industry.
As for Universal taking on itunes, I think this is a positive thing. Apple dominate so much of the download market with itunes, that it is time someone had a serious attempt at taking away a few of their customers.

Jonathan Harris

20/03/2009 - Leave a Response

Jonathan Harris created an application known as ‘We Feel Fine’ . It scans the whole worlds blogs for sentences that begin ‘I feel’ and ‘I am feeling’. The colour of each dot represents whether the feeling is positive or negative and also the size of each dot represents the size of the sentence found by the application.
I like this application because I think its a nice way to represent data. I also like that it scans the whole world so you get a snapshot of what is happening across the globe.
The data represented, mainly how people are feeling, is an unusual subject but a very interesting one mainly because each sentence seen is unique. It does not make society a whole but instead gives every blog writer an individual voice.

Wordle

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I really liked the idea of the visualisation data tool Wordle. I decided to have a go at it even though I did not use it to represent my statistics.
I appreciated the way you could edit certain things about it such as, the colours of the word and the way in which you could control the layout of it.

Wordle: Blog

I also felt it was a unique way to look at data and would be visually entertaining for anyone to look at.