Friday, April 29, 2011
So as weird as it may sound, I still am somewhat unsure what I want to do after graduation. I am planning on graduating in December later on this year, majoring in computer information systems. As of right now, I want to look into going into IT with any company that is hiring. I think i am more intrigued about managing computer networks and communicating with others as a great future job. This could change however after I graduate because sometimes things change for a reason. My intentions right now are to stay in Columbia because my family lives here and I want to stay close to them if possible. I am not sure if I would be willing to moving to another state, but I might if it provides the best opportunity available. I know God has a plan for my life so I will continue to follow Him when the times get rough. Hopefully after settling for a job, I want to get married within the next 6 years or so. For some reason I can myself having a home in Columbia and also having a family in there. Trust me, I will never turn into a USC fan as long as I live...I just like the area because I grew up there. I think that's one of the fascinating things about the future: you really don't know what to expect to happen but it is always cool to think about it. I do look forward to the day I can walk across the stage at Littlejohn Coliseum and say I got a degree from what I believe is one the best universities in the state of South Carolina. I am truly proud to be a Tiger and I will always represent orange and purple as long as I live. Go Tigers!
I want to begin this blog by saying this simple statement: we ALL have some sort of nerd in us. Some won't believe that but I truly believe this is the case for everyone. When you think of your typical nerd, you think of geeky glasses, jeans and old dirty t-shirts, and most of the time having a lot of facial hair. But this is not all the things that classify a nerd. Nerds also have passions for the craziest things and of course nerds are truly smart. Most will agree that in order to get to Clemson, you have to be somewhat smart to attain a high GPA, high class rank, and a high SAT. Some will argue and say that they never had to try in high school or that they never study and get good grades. The true claim, however, is that even if they don't study they still know the material somehow which makes them smart somehow. Along with being smart comes having a personal favorite thing to do. Since we all have grown using the latest technologies and adapted to being able to use them on a day to day basis, we have grown tech savvy, which also contributes to being nerdy. We all have specific games we love to play, whether it be video games or any game, that also defines a nerd attribute. As I type this blog, I am using bigger type words, telling me I can speak in an intellectually way. I will be the first to admit that I am one because I truly enjoy learning about the computer technology and learning programming language is a big interest to me. I don't think that is bad to be a nerd, but there are people that need to admit they do have a side of nerdiness in them. So in this way we all have the nerd influence, meaning we influence others to be nerds. Now you can look at yourself and understand that you are in some ways a nerd. :)
The ongoing issue of net neutrality continues to debated over how we use the Internet. Net neutrality's principle is that government and Internet Service Providers should have not be allowed to control what content we see or have access to. It basically is a way of applying the freedom of speech context to the Internet. Many people are in favor of net neutrality because Internet should be looked at as a freedom and privilege to use because it has had a great effect on how people express their opinions and how they use services online. Internet service providers and the government want to control specific information for specific websites by having their own pipe set up to speed up online use for their own purposes. By doing this, they are forming a discrimination of online use, which is why people are against the idea. ISPs supposedly want this because it helps them with competition, but if they control their own content, then we have to pay fees to access certain networks in the area. It all comes down to money. The Internet should be a freedom for everyone and content does not need to be monitored. If this is allowed in the future, more people will also be concerned with what is being monitored, which diminishes privacy. Unfortunately, I do believe in the near future, net neutrality will truly lose its true form because our government always seems to get their way because of the control they have.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I have heard before what an RSS feed was, but my MGT 455 class helped me understand exactly what it does and what it is used for. An RSS feed is a simple of idea of combining news feed material from several sites to be shown together. One way of doing this is to use Yahoo's application called YahooPipes. By using this application, we can easily form a pipe that generates specific content to a pipe, which can be displayed on a screen. On the screen we can find related articles that deal with that sites content, entered in by the user making the pipe. A cool feature of YahooPipes is that you can filter information you want to see or not see. If i want to find related articles dealing with the word "sports" from msn.com, a list of articles dealing with sports will pop up on the RSS feed. By doing this, you can view any article that satisfy your interests. Each day, the feed will be updated with current articles. People that would love this are people that love daily news. You can wake up in the morning and go to your RSS feed and check to see the latest on your favorite topics of interest. I was quite intrigued on how simple this is to use and will most likely use this since I was able to make one. RSS feeds are another way of showing how easy it is to view information at the tip of a button. The way we can read news that we enjoy is just another reason showing how technology is serving us in a better way. To learn more about how to create your own pipe, search or go to yahoo.com and look for YahooPipes.
As most of us know today, many forms of technology are taking over existing innovations from earlier times. This is defined as a disruptive innovation. It's basic idea is that a new product is slowly but surely making disrupting an existing market of a similar product. In some ways it is transformed completely and in other ways its continuously changed to make the product better. The original intention of most new technologies is just to make the product better and by doing this sometimes its past product is forgotten. We are seeing more disruptive technologies surface because of the increase of new technology. I first remembered when DVDs were the next big thing which completely wiped out VHS tapes. I also remember how cassette tapes also became obsolete when CDs came out. But now both of these products are being represented on the web. Now most people will buy music through ITunes or download movies online through Netflix. I don't believe that this will kill the DVD and CD market, but it certainly is satisfying the customer in a more accessible way. Overall, the web is changing the way we use existing products and to me it is for the best. For one reason, the web provides a way of accessing information anytime anywhere and now you can buy products anytime. It has also increased competition with other companies to get the best product available online. This trend will grow more as more companies do a part of their business using online websites.
Before my MGT 455 class, I had never really been introduced to GoogleDocs because I am an active Windows user so I usually use Microsoft Office. I have learned, however, that GoogleDocs is a pretty useful too that allows a user to edit documents online. By updating each document. a user can now have access to everything they work on by means of logging on to their Google account. The idea of this new way to edit documents is done through cloud computing. Cloud computing is basically a way for a user to make changes to anything they would like that is within the cloud, which is by an online server. Some of its advantages include security, up to date saved copies, and easy functionality for everyone to understand. For GoogleDocs, you can change a file anytime you want without the worry of ever losing the file (ex: your computer crashes). It is also secure by access of having the correct username and password. Unlike Microsoft Word, it has the simplest ways to edit without too much complexity. Many users of GoogleDocs enjoy the freedom of maintaining files and organizing in an easier manner with less hassle about how the system works. It is also good because you can access GoogleDocs on any computer instead of having to access just one computer from Microsoft Office. Although I am most likely going to use Microsoft Office because I am already adapted to it, I would not mind having files that I would need on the go, such as if I needed my Resume printed for a future job. Cloud computing is becoming the new norm as companies like Cisco and IBM are making their products and services by it. It is only normal to say that cloud computing will become the next big thing in years to come.
So as we have talked about before in class, privacy is one the latest issues people have discussed. After watching the video on how Google is running its search engine and how it collects data, I certainly believe everything I do is being carefully monitored. Every search term I take a part of is collected by Google and they are able to draw information on the type of person I am because of it. In some ways, I find this rather intriguing because information now days is easily accessible because of the unlimited use of current technology we have. In other ways I must ask: Is this really okay to hold this much information about myself? Should I be more careful on how I search? Not only is my information available online, but it also tracked on by my cell phone. Anywhere and anytime someone could be monitoring the things I talk on the phone with. There are even some companies out there that have exclusive information about me that I probably have never even heard of. I find it truly amazing how finding information has become so easy that almost ANYONE can do it. It doesn't even take a rocket scientist to find simple data on someone because of the means of the Internet. As some of you have heard, Sony has been recently hacked by a group of people forcing many members of the Playstation 3 to try and secure their information before identity theft strikes hard. Because of all of these things, I truly believe we can't have true privacy because technology finds multiple ways to disengage its meaning.