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    I’ve had enough… like it matters

    by jander23 | 1 Comment

    As much as I value technological progress and am amazed at how the internet has changed business and society, I have had enough! Most of it may be my own problem. I spend absolutely too much time online these days. Just after class I spent over 2 hours searching and reading and the different awareness tools. This is on top of the sites I already visit daily. I’ve also found that my attention span has decreased and whenever I’m online for this long I feel physically sick.

    Even if the internet is making us lonely, shrinking our attention spans, wasting my time, or contributing to an unhealthy lifestyle it is still a wonderful invention/innovation that everyone needs to keep up with. I have also found it important to keep up with the news. Most of my friends are on sites like Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Imgur, Stumbleupon, etc. so it becomes a social imperative that I at least make the effort to join.

    I already use the news aggregator Drudge Report along with others. I’ve become fond of Google News lately with news from many sources put in one place that came be easily accessed through Google’s home page. While theweblist will keep me distracted for hours, I’m confident that I will never have a boring moment again. I mean who could be with so many links on one page (all of which undoubtedly have dozens of their own).

    As much as I feel like a luddite sometimes, Ackermann is right. We all need to learn to be adaptable and learn to love the web and whatever eventually replaces it. So I hope you all have a great summer, I’m getting off the computer. I’ve had enough…for now.

    Forums

    by jander23 | 2 Comments

    I did a quick search for “rail travel Canada” and got 6,720,000 results. My guess is that after the first dozen pages or so, most of the results will be less than relevant to my search just like Google’s main search. I do like the idea of searching a forum for information though. Instead of reading a page that just tells you what’s what you can read a dialogue and answers to people’s questions. Sometimes I can find in depth answers which almost always come from personal experience. Of course, you never want to rely on forums and an authoritative source unless you know you can trust the author of each of the posts in that discussion. I’m fond of using Yahoo! Answers when I don’t particularly care that the answer be completely accurate and want more information that Wikipedia give.

    Chowhound is also a great site. You can get an unbiased description or personal story for people who have visited restaurants instead of reading a restaurant’s page. Don’t find what you’re looking for? You could always post a question.

    There’s really only one thing that I don’t like about forums. If I don’t start reading a discussion when it first starts then I lose interest quickly. It’s really a problem I have with the internet in general. I’ve lost most of my attention span so unless something is shorter than 140 characters or so, I’m gone to the next random thing I’ve stumbled upon.

    Thought this was pretty funny.

    RSS

    by jander23 | Comments Off on RSS

    Google Reader seems like another great tool for aggregating all of the sites I like to visit. I had never known what that little orange button was for so never thought I could have something like a reader. I signed up for Netvibes a while ago when we were discussing it in class. It’s a good site and easier to use in the sense that it’s more visual. Netvibes also allows you to organize feeds into different categories and as you want in each category. Google Reader just has the headlines from you feed on a single page. I find that pretty difficult to follow. Google Reader’s main advantage for me is that everything is in the same place and when you want to read an article the link takes you to the original site rather than bringing it up there. I prefer reading articles and posts in their original formats.

    There are other readers that may be more user friendly, I just don’t think that convenience is worth the time of try out and exploring each of them. So I think I’m going to be sticking with Netvibes and use more often as I keep exploring everything it allows you to do.

    Here’s a newer version of Google Reader in Plain English.

     

     


    Mobile Internet and the Developing World

    by jander23 | 2 Comments

    My paper was similar to Effie’s in that I looked at the effects that the internet has had on the developing world. I focused connection through mobile phones and how that connection is becoming more pervasive than fixed connections.

    For various reasons the developing world lacks the land based communication infrastructure of the industrial nations. Land based communications technology include broadband, dial-up and wired based technologies. Lower income nations seem to be bypassing these technologies and going straight for wireless, mobile connections.

    There has always been a gap of access to digital technology and technology in general. This gap, called the digital divide, is shrinking. As of 2011, 97 countries had over 100% penetration rates while internet usage was 30% globally according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Specifically looking at developing countries, 79% of the population has access to a mobile phone. In the fast developing BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) there are 610 million regular internet users, while there are 1.8 billion mobile phone connections. This level of access shows the potential for growth in mobile internet connection.

    On Demand Research has found that over 50% of African and Asian internet users do not access the internet from a PC. The researchers classified these people as mobile only user who never or rarely use desktop internet. In the US, by contrast, it’s 25% and 22% in the UK.

    Why is it important that people in developing nations have access to the internet through mobile devices?  A big reason is that mobile access leads to economic growth. About 4/5ths of a percentage point is contributed to annual GDP for every 10 percentage point increase in mobile penetration. Mobile phones provide a cheap networking tool and allow the exchange of information. Famers’ can access market and weather information online and villages can share information on tackling different problems. There will also be increased investment in connection technologies in these areas as more people go online and more content is added in local languages. It is beneficial for the same reason as having any connection to the internet: it provides networking opportunities and access to information that can empower the poor to help lift themselves out of poverty.

    International Telecommunications Union statistics

    Social Bookmarking

    by jander23 | 2 Comments

    Delicious.com seems like a pretty helpful website. I hate spending more than a few hours a day on the computer so I’m always looking for ways to help myself organize the massive amounts of information I like to go through. And social bookmarkers seem like a great way to do that. That being said however, I’ve found an app for Google’s Chrome that is much simpler to use and have decided to stick to that. I opened a Delicious account but it seems cumbersome to use. Plus it’s inconvenient to tag and write the description. I would much rather just press a button and have it all done for me (oh the joys of technology induced laziness). I’ll probably need to try more sites, see which are the best. Part of hesitance to use Delicious is probably just that I’m new to it so I haven’t learned all the little secrets that make thing easy and worthwhile, though that hasn’t stopped me from falling in love with Stumbleupon. It’s easy to use and it only shows you things that you say you are interested. But the things it shows you are pages that you probably haven’t been to. So not only is it a site where you can organize what pages that are of interest to you, many of these pages are new. It’s convenient, fast, organized, and customizable and leads you to new pages that are of interest.

    AHHH…stumbleupon is yet another way for me to waist hours on end on the internet.

    Videos

    by jander23 | 2 Comments

    Since we’re talking about videos on the internet, I naturally thought to focus on YouTube. I wasn’t all that surprised when I heard about YouTube not being profitable. I rarely see ads on there (though I do have an ad blocking app from Chrome-go figure, Google blocking its ads) Server and streaming cost must be a huge part of it. However I did come across this article that gives a different perspective. I really don’t see YouTube staying unprofitable for long. Google will be able to come up with some sort of business model that allows it to sustain itself.  They are already offering the movie rentals like OnDemand but slightly cheaper and are trying to make it more user friendly while helping professional video stand out. With these kind of statistics there is really no way YouTube will continue its losses.

    I find the idea of YouTube partners to be intriguing. There’s no doubt that this is an attempt to bring in more professional content to increase revenue. It also seems like a great way for people who aren’t part of major networks and who are little known to increase their audiences and make their work know. It’s really seems like extension of Web 2.0, and if YouTube can profit from it everybody’s happy. I haven’t really been able to find any downsides to partnering with them, but if anyone can put it in the comments!

    And of course, what kind of blog about videos would be complete without a video?

    Podcasts

    by jander23 | Comments Off on Podcasts

    Using poscatchermatrix.org, iTunes and juice don’t seem all that difference. The main one I noticed was that iTunes is not a free and open source like juice. However, as we saw in class you can certainly subscribe to some for free. I searched for juice and it’s a downloadable service just like iTunes and I actually downloaded iTunes myself.

    I never really thought about listening to podcasts. I only ever watched videos online or listened to the radio when in the car. I have never even used an iPod. I think it’s really cool how podcasts can be used to both save radio program for future listening and even provide educational tools for universities and students. I did a quick Google search of “iTunes U” and got several hits for major universities like Stanford and Oxford.

    I never noticed that every news website I visit has a section for podcasts. I’ll probably stick to videos but listening to podcasts will be a great break for my stressed out eyes. They should also be a good thing for me to listen to while up and around the room or in the kitchen. Maybe I can learn a thing or two about cooking! My local radio station also has podcasts from recent programing. The podcasts don’t seem to be working right but at least I can listen live.

    I’ve been messing around on iTunes for a while now, and I like what I what I see. Though of course much of it has to be paid for, but at least that means I’m not the product.

    Cool, but not for me

    by jander23 | Comments Off on Cool, but not for me

    I’ve tried out a virtual world or two in the past. I lost interest after thirty minutes. I know we were supposed to try out Second Life but I didn’t want to strain my computer with the download.

    Virtual worlds were fun when I was younger as are games, the most famous probably being World of Warcraft. I just can’t see why people our age or older would spend hours on end in a virtual world when we have sites like Charoulette where you can talk to socialize with people from anywhere in the world, and unlike virtual worlds you’re talking to the person directly rather than their avatar. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that people can express themselves and that these worlds foster creativity but I for one can’t be on a computer for more than an hour or two without the need to do something.

    There is the possibility though that this license to create can lead to wealth creation, and maybe not just in the virtual world. I find it fascinating that people pay real money to acquire virtual goods and property. This of course means someone is making money which is more interesting. These worlds and games as well, also have educational implications. Not only can classes meet online and schools reach out to prospective students but people can get hands-on experience in the virtual economy leading to real world knowledge.

    Here’s an interesting article about economists using the MMORGP “EVE” to study economics and interaction in the market.

    Photo Sharing

    by jander23 | Comments Off on Photo Sharing

    I have never been one to take many pictures. I have always preferred to focus on experiencing rather than recording. Though I have also wished I took more so that I remember everything I have experienced. Technology and different services that are offered for free on the internet have made it so much more convenient to take, collect, organize and share everything. Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and so many more are made available to us these days for free.  I signed up for both Flickr and Picasa today and I have to say that they are very easy and fun to use. I found it very convenient that you didn’t have to have a Yahoo! account to sign up for Flickr. I had the choice to sign up with Facebook or Google instead, I chose the latter. My only concern is having more of my life interconnected on the web, but anyway uploading some photos won’t damage my privacy too much to worry about. I also downloaded the Flickr app for my android making it so much more convenient to upload pictures.

    Some of Flickr’s apps are especially interesting. I spent over 10 minutes looking at different pictures using the color fields colr pickr. Flickr really is a perfect way to waste hours and hours of your life on end. Though at the same time, being able to cheaply and conveniently store, organize, create and share may certainly be worth it.

     

    Sources

    by jander23 | Comments Off on Sources

    B, Andrew. “Mobile phone adoption rates in developing nations among the highest in the world.” Phone Arena – Phone News, Reviews and Specs. N.p., 18 May 2012. Web. 2 June 2012. <http://www.phonearena.com/news/Mobile-phone-adoption-rates-in-developing-nations-among-the-highest-in-the-world_id30240>.

    Costa, Dan. ”    One Cell Phone Per Child  | Dan Costa |  PCMag.com.” Technology Product Reviews, News, Prices & Downloads | PCMag.com | PC Magazine. N.p., 1 May 2009. Web. 2 June 2012. <http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2344283,00.asp>.

    Kessler, Sarah. “Why the Web Is Useless in Developing Countries – And How to Fix It.” Social Media News and Web Tips – Mashable – The Social Media Guide. N.p., 4 Feb. 2011. Web. 2 June 2012. <http://mashable.com/2011/02/04/web-developing-world/>.

    Mundord, Monty . “Developing (and developed) countries embrace the mobile internet – Telegraph.” Telegraph.co.uk – Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph – Telegraph. N.p., 25 Dec. 2010. Web. 2 June 2012. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8220274/Developing-and-developed-countries-embrace-the-mobile-internet.html>.

    The Economist. “Mobile internet in emerging markets: The next billion geeks | The Economist.” The Economist – World News, Politics, Economics, Business & Finance. N.p., 2 Sept. 2010. Web. 2 June 2012. <http://www.economist.com/node/16944020>.

    Tryhorn, Chris. ” Mobile phone use passes milestone as UN report reveals global growth | Technology | The Guardian .”  Latest US news, world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | guardiannews.com | The Guardian . N.p., 2 Mar. 2009. Web. 2 June 2012. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/mar/03/mobile-phones1>.

    Tryhorn, Chris. ” Developing countries drive explosion in global mobile phone use | Business | guardian.co.uk .”  Latest US news, world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | guardiannews.com | The Guardian . N.p., 2 Mar. 2009. Web. 2 June 2012. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/mar/02/mobile-phone-internet-developing-world>.

     

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