Welcome 2 November 2009!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Here’s a Gizmodo that will rock you. Until now we’ve danced around it; haven’t really seen it at work in our lives; but now it’s out there: The Droid.

Go back one step. You’ve heard about computer  operating systems (OS)? Big whup. An OS is the internal software the makes a computer work: On PCs it’s called Vista or Windows 7. On Macs it’s called Tiger or Snow Leopard. And for years, there’s been a hidden dragon out there used mostly by Geeks called Linux (pronounced lin-ucks).

Linux lives in the world of open source computing, and its open source OS that’s about to light up your life, on November 6.

If you’ve been watching the World Series, you’ve seen this advert for Droid:

Okay. Neato. But what is it?

Yeah, but what’s the difference, what’s the big deal about this “open source software? Is it just the magic that you see in the Droid, or does “open source” signify something more? The future. Start thinking.

Open source software (OSS) is computer software for which the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that meets the Open Source Definition or that is in the public domain. This permits users to use, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified forms. It is very often developed in a public, collaborative manner. Open source software is the most prominent example of open source development and often compared to user-generated content.[1] The term open source software originated as part of a marketing campaign for free software.[2] A report by Standish Group states that adoption of open source software models has resulted in savings of about $60 billion per year to consumers.[3][4 Source: http://bit.ly/19Xq7E

Have you been thinking? Work in small groups. Speak quietly, like you were executives in a board room, or diners at a fine restaurant and be prepared to present your answeres to the class:

1. How might “open source” software Droid compete with a “closed source” iPhone OS?

2. Be logical. Think about iPhone’s heard start on Droid. At the end of September there were 85,000 aps and 2 million downloads for iphone products. source: http://bit.ly/2rDmv As of March, 30 million iPhones have been sold http://bit.ly/3NxPKg and I don’t know how many iPod Touches. So how can Droid compete?

3. Another hot new smartphone came on the market a few months ago called the Palm Pre. It had about 1.5 million sales in this, its first year http://bit.ly/1wEBSS It’s a closed system, not open source.

4. If you were to chose who will live and who will die, which smartphone will we be talking about burying this time next year?

5. And why is that. Group votes will be tallies on the white board.

Let’s see what we’ve learned from watching documentaries. Let’s form groups, take 15 minutes to talk and be prepared to present:

  1. Discuss why you would make a documentary video.
  2. Consider the documentaries you’ve seen in class, and describe the techniques they use to tell their stories. (e.g., how is a biography told? how can camera angles affect a story?)
  3. Describe how you would prepare to make a documentary video — what steps would you take? (e.g., choose equipment, decide on a story; ask yourself why it is important and who might watch.) Be very specific.
  4. What role does each of the creators in a documentary play? What exactly do they do? They are: the producer, the director, the sound operator, cinematographer, writer, composer. Who could fit most easily into dual roles. For instance, a long distance truck driver could use a navigator, but if necessary he or she could play both roles. Now, apply this example to documentary film making.

Now, let’s take another 15 minutes and staying in the same groups and be prepared to present. You will decide on a documentary you would want to make if I could provide you with equipment. Tell me why you think it would be important for people/audiences to see this story. Would they be entertained or informed? Consider a realistic way you could present or distribute you documentary and how you might go about advertising it. Consider how long it might take you to make the documentary. What resources would you need? How much money would it cost you to produce? How would you rise the money? What equipment would you need? What role would you want to play in the documentary?

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