Wednesday – 13 January 2010

Photo of the day


Quote of the day: “Individuality is… the amount of privacy you give away….”

Morgan Trachtman, Melissa Coto, Migule Perez

Here’s a good place to begin the class review of the semester in media:

ANNOUNCING A STUNNING NEW RESOURCE: THE TIMELINE OF INFORMATION HISTORY!

http://www.mkbergman.com/temp-exhibit/

Please remember our long discussions about source code — a handy way to remember the difference is by thinking about the new Google Nexus One (open source software) and the IPhone (close source software).

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

Open Source computing: For our purposes we will define OS software by way of analogy. The Source is like a giant supermarket. The market is open because there is no key (no hidden source code), as there is on PC or Mac. Everything in our supermarket, which comes in the form of codes, is free. Think of these codes as recipes. Part two of our analogy is a restaurant. Think of the restaurant as the software application or operating system we want to design. Even though all of the food in the supermarket — fruits and vegetables, meats and fish, along with their recipes are free for the taking — we still must prepare them for our restaurant. We must use the food and recipes available to us to create a customer tempting menu. We can also change the recipes available from the supermarket, too. Still, in order to have a successful restaurant — or in this case, a software application or operating system — we have to find the right menu, the right setting, and provide the best customer experience. Even though all we take from the supermarket (code) is free, it’s still up to us to make it delicious (useful). The great advantage of our open source supermarket is that lots of people can contribute code and other recipes. With more people working to solve the same sorts of problems, the more likely it is that someone will be able to come up with a better restaurant (application or operating system).

And let’s not forget our video game discussions:

Almost all teens play games. Video gaming is pervasive in the lives of American teens—young teens and older teens, girls and boys, and teens from across the socioeconomic spectrum. Opportunities for gaming are everywhere, and teens are playing video games frequently. When asked, half of all teens reported playing a video game “yesterday.” Those who play daily typically play for an hour or more. Fully 97% of teens ages 12-17 play computer, web, portable, or console games.

Additionally:

  • 50% of teens played games “yesterday.”
  • 86% of teens play on a console like the Xbox, PlayStation, or Wii.
  • 73% play games on a desktop or a laptop computer.
  • 60% use a portable gaming device like a Sony PlayStation Portable, a Nintendo DS,
  • or a Game Boy.
  • 48% use a cell phone or handheld organizer to play games.
  • Gender and age are key factors in describing teens’ video gaming.
  • Fully 99% of boys and 94% of girls play video games. Younger teen boys are the most
  • Some 65% of daily gamers are male; 35% are female.
Source This Pew Internet Project – http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2008/Teens-Video-Games-and-Civics.aspx

So, the medium is message. What happens when the message is the message:

http://bit.ly/hgV7J

Some interesting news from the New York Times:

January 12, 2010, 12:00 pm

Google Lets Users Store More Files Online

By MIGUEL HELFT

“Google is moving closer to offering something like a Web-based disk drive where users can store any file and access it from anywhere.

The company said on Tuesday that it would allow users to upload any type of file smaller than 250 megabytes in size to their Google Docs account, just as they can do today with Word documents, spreadsheets, presentations and PDF files. That includes large graphic files, videos or even zipped archives….”

AND BESIDES LEARNING MORE ABOUT HOW MEDIA AFFECT YOUR DEVELOPMENT, YOUR EDUCATION, YOUR ATTITUDES, THE REAL REASON EXPLAINING  WHY YOU CAN BUY CHUNKY SPAGHETTI IN THE SUPERMARKET, WE HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND THIS: MEDIA IS POWER, WHICH WE GLIMPSE BY QUICKLY TURNING BACK THE CLOCK 450 YEARS:

http://prezi.com/voimy5yas1gz/

And I want you to remember this man and his message:

<object width=”425″ height=”344″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Jev2Um-4_TQ&hl=en_US&fs=1″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Jev2Um-4_TQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&#8243; type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”425″ height=”344″ allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true”></embed></object>

Three, two, one…

  • Three things that you’ve learned today
  • Two questions you still have about the subject
  • One statement about something you already know that connects or matches to something you learned today

Level III, Period III ONLY —

For my Level III students who wish to lecture me about grades… Let’s flashback a moment to 3 September 2009:

“I want reports from the groups — WHEN ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING TO SEND ME A TREATMENT. YOU WILL LOSE ONE FULL GRADE POINT FOR EACH DAY YOU GO PASS YOUR DEADLINES. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO MERCY. FACE THE DOOOOOOOOOM! After all, as you often remind me, you are seeeenyours.”

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