Final Artefact…the end

March 16, 2009
Before I began my final web page with Flash built in, we had another workshop to show us a bit more about Flash we went over how to do our basic slideshow again which I had already done last week, we then took a look at adding little movies between the slides so that when you hit the forward button the screen would go black then fade in the picture if we had done this before each slide it would give your slideshow a little bit more body. We didn’t have to add this as it was just an extra little thing, I chose not to as it was going to take quite a while to do and I still needed to do my final Dreamweaver web page. We also got shown how to save it as a file that could be seen on our web pages so people could use the slideshow so we published them, after that I put my Flash Slideshow onto my USB and also my original DIV Tag web page I created in class onto my USB so I had something to work from when I got home.

I started to create my final web page in Dreamweaver, I uploaded my Flash slideshow and original DIV Tag web page onto my computer and put them in a new file directory for Dreamweaver to work from then opened Dreamweaver and opened up my original web page I started to edit some of the sizes of the DIV Tags so they were equal and also changed the colour of the main background using CSS I then started to add buttons in the LeftNav box that would when clicked on go straight to the image selected as you can see here:

Dreamweaver with DIV Tags

I created a welcome page explaining how it all works with two of my images on, The ‘I’ and ‘Do You…’ I saved this as my index and ‘saved as’ page2 so I had the basic layout for my second page. I then only had to change what was in the RightNav DIV Tag box to a bit of text and the correct image. I then started to link the buttons on the left and also the forwards and backwards buttons and when I previewed it, it was working, finally it worked and looked good you can see it here:

Website with DIV Tags

So once I had created all my web pages with my images on and linked them all up so when you clicked on a button in the Navigation it linked to the correct page and that the forwards and backwards buttons worked I started to create my last page with my Flash Slideshow on, it worked and when I previewed it in the web browser you could watch the slideshow, I made links on every page for you to leave the normal slideshow to go and see my Flash Slideshow as I didn’t do a link in the navigation. When this was done my web page was complete, I was happy with how it looked obviously I wasn’t deliriously happy as it doesn’t look like a real web page well like a very old one anyway, but that would take a lot more time and I would need to have learnt a lot more, this is my first steps and I am happy and really excited for next year when I learn more : ) but I did add one last thing to my web page to make it a bit more like a proper one, as I made links so when you click on the images it opens a new web page and you can see the image bigger I liked this and thought it was a nice touch so people could see my Slideshow images bigger.

I have really enjoyed this course and think I have come quite far with my skills gaining new ones and adding more to what I already knew and think I have created a fairly good final artefact that I am proud of.

A Cave, Ubiquitous Computing, Tim and the Semantic Web… I get it… Maybe

March 16, 2009

I read the blog on ‘The Rise of Ubiquitous Computing’ and it was good this was almost to hard to get my noggin around, on one hand you have the virtual reality ‘CAVE’ were a person enters a room almost with 3 or more walls around them where there is things projected onto the walls while the person has a head set on over there eyes as they enter this 3D world this is cool but not that new.

After watching the short video showing the ‘Commercials’ in ‘Minority Report’ the film and reading soon this wont be sci-fi but real life, its kind of like wow cool.

Mark Weiser came up with the term ‘Ubiquitous Computing’. This is the future and its scary! The concept is to have a “post-desktop model of human-computer interaction in which information processing has been thoroughly integrated into everyday objects and activities. Someone ‘using’ ubiquitous computing engages many computational devices and systems simultaneously, in the course of ordinary activities, and may not necessarily even be aware that they are doing so”. So just like the film ‘Minority Report’ we could soon live like this, where computers do all the work and can almost think for themselves its cool because this is a really good advancement in technology but also leaves my with ‘the fear’ feeling of when will I get a knock on the door and there’s the Terminator ready to shoot me. I saw on the news this evening they have created a female robot than can talk and do facial expressions and will be walking down the Japanese catwalk they say its far away until they will do our washing up but I say how far? anyway I am getting distracted.

I also read about the’ Semantic Web’ and watched the video ‘Tim Berners-Lee on the Semantic Web’ this man is insanely smart the semantic web is computers being able to read between the lines almost so we don’t have to do all the fiddly bits, its basically making the computer be able to read the web pages we publish by using a different kind of code that they can understand which will help to bridge the gap between us and the computer and the computers working on there own. I think haha.

zzzzZZZZZZZ who? what? Huh? ‘Second Life’? wtf? zzzzZZZZZ

March 16, 2009

The lecture on Second Life/Virtual worlds I found extremely boring which was sad because I normally love Tuesday lectures I NORMALLY find them interesting but this however was not ‘Second Life’ is for people with no lives its a scam to get money out of people a pretend utopia were everything and everyone is perfect but its not its gets people hooked on the game like drugs for example ‘WOW’ (World of Warcraft) were people play non-stop and cant physically stop playing and set up bottles to go to the loo in, ITS CRAZY! Well Second Life has people pumping money into the game to create a better them they meet other people aka ‘avatars’ (your character/personal in gaming) where they interact with each other and even start relationships in a VIRTUAL world this is crazy its gaming gone mad there using a fake life/world to do things they wouldn’t do in the real life. Hence the name ‘Second Life’ I suppose. People spend days on end playing this game which means in turn they aren’t living there real life I say go out and live properly don’t just sit there all day playing a stupid game if your life’s crap do something new with its your life after all, if your life’s good and happy don’t fuck it up by spending to much time on a frigging GAMEEEEEEE!

This development in technology and internet is great ‘virtual reality’ but this is a wrong type of use of it I believe. These games are all well and good until a real person gets hurt for example the wife of the man who married some one on Second Life then divorced them. Its a game, you shouldn’t be able to do this! arghhhhhhhh I hate it, I hate it! that’s all im saying.

Web 2.0 we are the providers, that what the big deal is

March 16, 2009

Our lecture ‘What’s the big deal about Web 2.0?’ spoke about the movement from web 1.0 to web 2.0, stating some of the changes, first things first I really liked the image at the start of the blog I thought it represented web 2.0 well and was pretty cool.

Web 1.0 and web 2.0 are just names to distinguish the two and that they are different. Mosaic was the start of this as they created the first graphical web browser capable of showing more than just plain text you could access document and data using FTP (File Transfer Protocol it is a network protocol used to transfer data from one computer to another through a network) for the first time. It could display HTML (text, anchors, images etc). It even supported several video formats. This was a huge step forward the internet was now going to become more of a public thing rather than just a company related thing. And why? because we were now all involved we can upload, download, share, talk, see and speak before web 2.0 you couldn’t do most of these things we are the main difference about web 2.0 as we provide information to post online.

We took a look at ‘Key Differences’ taken From Darren Barefoot’s blog which speaks about the main differences from web 1.0 and web 2.0 and there big I liked the way it was set out for example:

1) Web 1.0 was about reading, Web 2.0 is about writing. 4) Web 1.0 was about HTML, Web 2.0 is about XML

HTML was the old way of writing web pages and XML is the new way, we use XHTML when we create our web pages as its a mix of both as we are beginners with web design.

We also took a look at the video: Blogs in plain English this was an interesting video I enjoyed it, it not only talked about what Blogs are and how to use them but also how we create the news and that ‘we are now the Media’ I thought it was well made and informative like the lecture.

‘Flash’ a-ahhhhhh

March 16, 2009

For our final artefact we needed to incorporate a Flash slideshow into our website so we needed to learn how to use Flash I had never used Flash before so this was all new and exciting, I enjoyed it.

We opened up Flash and made a ball go from one side of the screen canvas to the other, its was quite like Photoshop as all of these products are Adobe, Flash has a time-line built in so it allows you to be able to have things move on you screen creating an animation. After fiddling with our shapes on the screen making them change colour and shape as they move from one side to the other, we started to import our slideshow images before we did this we needed to number them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ect so when you then imported them in, they would go straight onto your time-line in order saving you some time once they were on your time-line each given a frame if you viewed it as a movie Flash would just play the images in sequence really fast so you don’t really get a chance to look at the images, so to make it so people can view them in there own time we added buttons so people can go forwards and backwards looking at your slides. To do this you had to go into ‘Actions’ and change it so the forwards button would go to the next slide and the backwards button would go to previous slide. There was a huge selection of buttons to choose from as you can see I chose some basic light grey ones.

Flash Slideshow

I also chose to have a grey background this would go with my Dreamweaver web page back ground. Once this was created and you watched it run through as a movie it still went really fast as Flash needs to be told not to do it, so you create a new layer and click on ‘Actions’ and select stop. When you then watch it through you can use your buttons and click from one slide to another and back if you want now this was done I was ready to put it onto my web page.

Oh NO not DIV Tags!

March 14, 2009

arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh F**King DIV Tags they are a bitch!…

In our second workshop of using Dreamweaver we learnt how to give our web page a bit of structure using DIV Tags. DIV Tags separate divisions or areas of your page to make it look better more like a real web page.

In the class I got it I made a neat little index page using DIV Tags to make it all nice following instructions but when I tried it at home I forgot to bring my page I had created in class home to work from that, well now I had totally forgot how to do DIV Tags I remembered what button I had to press to create one but had forgotten sizes and names and basically all I needed to do I spent a whole day sitting at my computer fiddling on Dreamweaver and I actually got a page made it looked good then I previewed it in the web browser and blurrrr the LeftNav and RightNav DIV Tags just fell straight out of the main area and would not move no matter how many times I changed the sizes it would look good but when I previewed it in a web browser it wouldn’t work, I got nothing done apart from being pissed off so that was the day I hated Dreamweaver and DIV Tags as nothing would work!

But never fear children… he does get it done in the end… After going to Uni and collecting his original Div Tag Index page and take it home on USB.

My Second Artefact/Dreamweaver

March 14, 2009

For our second artefact we had to create a basic website to show our slideshow in, so the website showed the image, where you could click to go to the next image then click to go back i created forward and backward buttons.

To create this we needed to know some basic Dreamweaver HTML and CSS so we had a workshop I had never really touched any of this I had never used Dreamweaver I had just used some very basic HTML to edit my Myspace page.

So we got shown how to create a new website and a new page finding out your first page is called index then page 1, page 2 ect. It was quite a lot to take in but I liked it as it was something new and interesting so using our images from our slideshow, we had to create a new web slideshow making links from one image to another and basically just learning some of the basics like inserting tables, text and using CSS to change the background, fonts, borders and such like here is a screen shot of my first internet web page for my slideshow:

First web page screen-shotAs you can see it has no real structure the image is just centred to the middle with some text above with a hypertext link to my Flickr account and if you click on the image it goes to the next image were it is basically the same but with less text above it with backwards and forwards buttons underneath to go from one image to the next and so on. I found this good and not to hard to do so I had a fiddle and imported some images to use as background images using CSS.

This was good fun I started to like Dreamweaver…. Until… DIV TAGS!

My first Artefact/Photoshop

March 14, 2009

For our first artefact we had to create a slideshow using statistics, I chose to do the statistics on myself this was fun, I enjoyed working out how much I use/do things.

We had to create images to represent these stats in Photoshop. So we had a workshop on how to do the basics in Photoshop. I already knew how to use Photoshop as we used it at college but this was a good refresher of some things.

I love Photoshop its great you can use it to edit photos and create cool images using the effects, also the ability to cut out using tools like the lasso and magic wand make editing images easier. So I found creating my slideshow fun I used images from google and edited them in Photoshop adding text, cutting bits out and changing odd things. For my slides ‘I’ and ‘Do You’ I wrote them in my notepad and scanned them into my computer all the rest I created in Photoshop. You can see them by clicking onto my Flickr account to you right —–>

Here is a screen-shot of me using Photoshop to edit one of my images:

One of my slideshow images being edited in Photoshop.

One of my slideshow images being edited in Photoshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed creating this first artefact and think it turned out well.

whos watching you? whos watching me? whos watching us all? and why?

February 13, 2009

This weeks lecture was about Surveillance and Privacy in a Networked World.  First of all this reminded me of my Artefact me, Lisa and Jenny created last term about how CCTV and Technology is making the world seem smaller you can see it here:  Compression

Steve Mann came up with the idea of Sousveillance this is when you wear small cameras, like policemen have them on the bike helmets and also people wear them to stream live to the internet.

This really makes you think, cameras can now be tiny, how do you know when you are being watched ,even more than CCTV as everyone knows this is everywhere there is more CCTV in England than anywhere else in Europe.

We are getting watched everywhere whether its by cameras or by people. This makes you think about privacy do we have any? when we are always being watch and listened too, online you give loads of information out constantly, we got told about when you go on websites, and such, we leave a footprint of where we have been online, which people can follow and see what you have been doing/viewing.

For example on Facebook or any type of networking website you have to give lots of personal information to create you account Name, Post Code, Email address, phone number, date of birth, gender, you write about yourself what you like, what you don’t, you can obviously change your privacy settings to stop people you don’t want seeing this information from seeing it, but most of us don’t change the settings so everyone can see it, you can even give your back card details why the f**k would you do that? why do facebook need it? can they see what you have been buying? like the brilliant Tesco Clubcard the perfect way for Tescos to keep tabs on you what you buy, eat, how often, how much, and of course your personal information to  use the card, name, address, phone number ect.

They can use this information to advertise to you when things you like go on offer or something new is coming out you might be interested in, you will know about it.

All of this is scary being watched but it doesn’t bother me I think if you get to wrapped up init you would become paranoid, I have loads of information bank details and photos on websites all over the place from when I buy online and my Facebook page having photo’s on my profile.

There are quite a few articles about privacy and Facebook but I took a look at these articles Facebook: The New Look of Surveillance and Exclusive: The next Facebook privacy scandal both talking about privacy when it comes to Facebook and what they do with your information.

I don’t really get scared about being watched or tracked its not worth it, most of the time there not trying to hurt you or steal your personality but just advertise to you what they think you may like or maybe interested in, I will worry more when the police nock on my door for doing things online i shouldn’t be. I never think im being watched/or tracked in the real world while in town but I know I am, everywhere I go, whatever I do, there will be a camera or person watching but you just get on with life. 

Its for your safety right? or do they just want to keep an eye on everyone.

We also watched the video ‘Facebook killed the private life‘ I found this very interesting that if you now apply for a new job the employer has all the right to look at your profile and make decisions about what you put on there, most people wouldn’t want them to do that as its not fair you act differently at work, but how are they to know. Another part I found funny was when they mentioned listening in on people ,you don’t like it do you if someone is listening in on your conversation while you walk down the street but how is it any different on Facebook when you look or spy on peoples profile walls reading what people have said to one and other everyone does it and its strange that people see the internet not being the same as in the real world as if its different, but its not at all.

So how do these websites (social networking websites) make  money they sell your information not just give it away to whoever wants it but they have advertisements, also when you sign up to have applications on your profile they get access to your personal information and use that to advertise to you. I read the article ‘15 reasons Facebook may be worth $15bn‘ which speaks about why its became so big and is worth so much money its interesting.

This is a bit of a cheek it doesn’t work for me anyway the adverts on Facebook I just find annoying more than anything and I don’t put many applications on my profile for that reason, I don’t want everyone taking my personal information. I dont think this is going to make people start using a different website, as Facebook is the best, on Myspace you just get non-stop Spam and friends requests of people/bands you don’t know or want to, even if your profile is private, on Facebook you don’t get that and people like this.

People will continue to use facebook until something better comes out people used Myspace for ages then people started moving to Facebook saying its better ‘come on make a profile’ so you do and slowly but surely you stop using Myspace altogether so the only way that people will leave it is if others aka Friends start to use another Social networking site.

The internet can and will destroy everyone and everything. But don’t worry I am sure you will be fine if you make sure everything is set to private… well… unless you get hacked.

Who would have guessed some guy called Tim Berners-Lee created the internet

February 6, 2009

On Tuesday we got told about the start of the Internet. We took a look at ‘How It All Started‘ on the W3C website.

It was first thought of in 1945 by Vannevar Bush the Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development who wrote the article ‘As We May Think‘ which i have taken this quote from “Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library.” “memex” “A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.”

and the Internet is born.

I found this to be crazy that it was first thought of by 1945  I would of never thought that it would have been thought of then but its was and its brilliant. Vannevar Bush talks about how we keep up with technology and comes up with what it will be like in the future not to far away, that we now live in.

In the 1960’s Doug Engelbart an American inventor prototypes an oN-Line System (NLS) which does hypertext browsing editing and email. He also invents the mouse for this purpose.

In the 1980’s while working for CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) Tim Berners-Lee created a notebook program called  ‘Enquire-Within-Upon-Everything’ which was originally so researches could share information with each other. In 1990 Tim creates a proposal and starts to circulate it around CERN he gets the nod and starts to create the very first Internet browser based on the concept of Hypertext. Using the Software NeXTStep He makes up ‘WorldWideWeb’ as a name for the program. This is an image of the very first Browser:

The Very First Internet Browser

The Very First Internet Browser

I think it is amazing that after 45 years when Vannevar Bush first came up with the possibility of this it was then created.

.and how it has now changed everything.

To start off with the Internet was none commercial and was created by scientists for scientists to share information and also used by NASA, the Army and for Academic use.

In 1992 the very first mode browser was released 1.1.

ARPANET was the very first Internet which was used for Packet Switching which was a way of sending information like an early email and file sharing. this would be done by using the Internet Protocol Suite, also referred to as TCP/IP.

Netscape originally (Mosaic Communications Corporation) was the first commercial Internet browser in 1994 Microsoft started to get scared by this and created Internet Explorer and in 1995 realised it as a add on with the Microsoft 1995 package, Microsoft liked to lock people in so they would only use Microsoft software and such like, this started a Internet browser war which Microsoft won. Since 2003 This is now happening again between the Internet Explorer and several other browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera and, since 2008, Google Chrome. which one will win who knows.

The Internet since then has moved forward so much its used by nearly everyone, there is a computer and Internet in most houses after web 1.0 which was read only to web 2.0 which lets us do everything we can now do on a computer file share, upload, watch, listen, instant messaging. you now Tag, tagging allows things to become searchable if you Tag a photo people will then be able to search for what you have tagged it as.

The internet is now more commercial than it ever has been and is used in much more of a commercial way than it is in a none commercial way everyone and anyone is uploading, watching, commenting, adding, copying.

this is the new world.