Cloud computing.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2011 by kendall Stearns

Cloud Computing, what exactly is it? It is the general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services all over the internet. These services are divided into three different categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service. The name was inspired by the cloud symbol that is often used to represent the Internet in flowcharts and diagrams. There are 3 distinct characteristics that differentiate it from traditional hosting. It is only sold on demand and the user can have as much or as little of service as they want at any given time. It can either be public or private. A public cloud sells services to anyone on the Internet and a private cloud is a proprietary network or a data center that supplies hosted services to limited number of people. Whether it’s private or public, the goal of cloud computing is to provide easy, scalable access to computing resources and IT services.
As a web designer, Cloud Computing will help me figure out which people would prefer to have for their provider; public or private. They will have the opportunities to choose which ever one they would like to have and I will have the ability to give them access to it too. It will help the customer with the supplies services that can be anything from Web-based email to inventory control and database processing. It will also help me in designing a way for the customer to select a service provider that hosts both the application and the data so that the user is free to use the service anywhere they choose.


Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2011 by kendall Stearns

What exactly is podcasting? It is an online audio content that is delivered via an RSS feed. Many people like to podcast to the radio on demand. In all reality however, podcasting gives many more options in terms of content and programming than the radio does. Listeners can even retain audio archives to listen to at their own convenience. You can use podcasting for self-guided walking tours, music, talk shows, training and even storytelling. Podcasting was made popular by the media entrepreneur and former MTV VJ, Adam Curry. Podcasting has been described as TiVo for Internet audio because it lets it’s users save content digitally and it lets them replay it whenever they want. It can be used for publishing any type of audio and some developers are exploring the idea of using the same techniques to publish video and other types of content. Because of the rapid adoption of MP3 players, podcasting is spreading quickly.
I think that podcasting will help me as a web designer because it will give me an idea as to what audio people are looking for when they first go to a web page. It will also help me in designing a music page for people so that they can listen to music, store it, save it, and come back later and listen to it again and again as they wish. I would be able to set up a web page where people can make their own music list and have the ability to listen to it later. They would also be able to share it with other listeners too.

Mobile Web

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2011 by kendall Stearns

People think that it is easy to assume that Mobile 2.0 means brings Web 2.0 to mobile devices, but the driving force that is behind Mobile 2.0 goes much further. Mobile 2.0 is not just about delivering PC content to the mobile devices we have, it is also about delivering mobile content and personalizing it to our satisfaction. There is actually a difference between bringing Web 2.0 to our mobile and combining the mobile devices and Web 2.0 to create Mobile 2.0. If all we wanted to do was bring Web 2.0 to our mobile devices, we are already undergoing into doing so. All we would need is a mobile web browser that is capable of handling AJAX, Flash, and the other various technologies used to bring together Web 2.0 websites. Mobile devices are not personal computers, and we don’t want to treat them like personal computers. Instead of bringing Web 2.0 to mobile devices, we want to make Web 2.0 mobile- we want to have a combination of the two that exploit’s the advantages of our mobile devices.
I feel that if our mobile devices had the capabilities of the various technologies that we would need to access Mobile 2.0 on our mobile devices, it would eliminate the need for computers. Some people are not ready to have that transition happen to them yet. People rely on computers, as well as relying on their cellphones. It would same many people a bunch of money, but again it could make them spend more. It will help me as a web designer because if I have the sudden urge to need to look something important up for a job, and I am no where near a computer, I have the ability to access the website I need on my phone.

Collective Intelligence.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2011 by kendall Stearns

Collective Intelligence is a shared or a group intelligence that emerges from the collaboration and competition of many individuals. It appears in decision making in bacteria, animals, humans, and in computer networks. Norman Lee Johnson refers Collective Intelligence as Symbiotic intelligence. The concept is relevant in sociology, business, computer science, and mass communications. It also makes an appearance in science fiction, frequently in the form of telepathically-linked species and cyborgs. There are many different kinds of collective intelligence in our world today. Including, collective intelligence generated by high quality conversations among diverse people working together, collective intelligence generated by independent consumers in a market, collective intelligence of global information systems we reach through computers, and collective intelligence of whole societies who weave all of these into their cultures and into their political, governmental and economic institutions. To this date, much has been learned about how to develop collective intelligence within organizations-usually to help corporations become more competitive in the global market. There is so little effort that has been applied towards the building of collective intelligence in the public sector, for governance and social system design. Understanding collective intelligence can help us fulfill the original dram of democracy and the participatory determination of our collective fate.
I feel that this may help my career as a web designer because it will teach me to take the advice from others. Hearing different ideas from a group of people rather than just one person can help a whole lot. Brainstorming with other people will help too. That way I’m not faced with the pressure of coming up with something that everyone may or may not like. And, it will also help me interact with other people as well, so that I don’t become a hermit and live in my house all alone.

RSS Feeds

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2011 by kendall Stearns

What is RSS? Rich Site Summary or RSS is a format for delivering regularly changing we content. Many people use this to have information sent to them, rather than having to go and look for it. RSS solves a lot of problems for people who are regularly on the web. It easily allows you to stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites that you are interested in. It saves you time by not needing to visit each sit individually. You also insure your privacy by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter. There are a variety of RSS Readers that are available for different platforms. Some popular feed readers include Amphetadesk, FeedReader, and NewsGator. My Yahoo, Bloglines, and Google Reader are popular we-based feed readers.
I feel that this is important to for me to know because it will help me gather all my information tha I need for jobs and such. As it says I wouldn’t have to worry about subscribing to a newsletter and giving out my email. It will benefit me because if there is a certain website that I visit often, I wouldn’t have to look for anything that is new or that I need to know, and not have to worry about there being a time limit for when it isn’t going to be up there anymore. I can have it delivered right to my RSS Feed, and read it when I get the chance too. Having an RSS Feed as a Web Designer will let me keep up to date with latest applications, systems, other news, and whatever else I am going to need.

Personal Learning Environments

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2011 by kendall Stearns

Graham Attwell defines Personal Learning Environments as an idea that firstly integrates “pressures and movements” like lifelong learning, informal learning, learning styles, and new approaches to assessment, cognitive tools. PLEs inspire many successes of “sticky” new technologies in ubiquitous computing and social software. The concept represents the latest step in an alternative approach to e-learning which can trace it’s origins to earlier systems such as Colloquia, the first peer-to-peer learning system, and to the more recent phenomena such as the Elgg system released in 2003. The approach of PLE is based on a learner-centered view of learning and differs fundamental from the alternative Learning Management Systems or Virtual Learning Environments approach both of which are based on an institution- or course- centered view of learning. They can be described as “systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. It helps them set their own goals, manage their learning, communicate with others in the process of learning, and thereby achieve learning goals. A PLE may be composed of one or more subsystems: as such it may be a desktop application, or composed of one or more web-based services.
A PLE can affect me in a way that makes me learn about what I should learn better. Meaning, I will learn what needs to be learned and not have to worry about what isn’t necessary. Of course, anything that someone teaches me is important. This will affect my career because it will make me what to create something that helps a person learn better to where they are not distracted by their surrounding that they have now. Such as Facebook and Youtube. Being able to have your own PLE can get you into a state of mind that will help you comprehend all the information better.

Web 2.0

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2011 by kendall Stearns

The term Web 2.0 is associated with web applications that facilitate interactive systemic biases, interoperability, user-centered design, and developing the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site allows users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as consumers of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where users are limited to the active viewing of context that they created and controlled. There are many examples of Web 2.0 that follow: networking sites, blogs, wikis, video sharing sites, hosted services, web applications, mashups and folksonomies. The term “Web 2.0” was coined in 1999 by Darcy DiNucci, a consultant on electronic information design. Her use of the term deals mainly with Web design, aesthetics, and the interconnection of everyday objects with the Internet; she argues that the Web is “fragmenting” due to the widespread use of portable Web-ready devices. Her article is aimed at designers, reminding them to code for an ever-increasing variety of hardware. The term Web 2.0 did not resurface until 2003. Web 2.0 is a system that breaks with the old model of centralized Web sites and moves the power of the Web/internet to the desktop. Web 2.0 has found a place in the lexicon; in 2009 Global Language Monitor declared it to be the one-millionth English word. Web 2.0 websites allow users to do more than just retrieve information. By increasing what was already possible in “Web 1.0”, they provide the user with more user-interface, software and storage facilities, all through their browser. This has been called “Network as platform” computing. Users provide the data that is on a Web 2.0 site and exercise some control over that data. These sites may have an “Architecture of participation” that encourages users to add value to the application as they use it.
I think that Web 2.0 is a good thing that we are going to have because it will make the internet better and it will be more helpful for us when we start to get into the future years. It will allow us to do so much more than we already do now. It will be a great addition to have to the internet.