Monday, November 27, 2017

Dot Com to Dot Bomb!

I found this subject to be incredibly interesting... The evolution of the dot com was massive, and I had no idea. I've so loved this class in the fact that it embodies it's title (Living and Working in the Virtual World). Technology, as I've stated before, scares me to death, but through our class time I've come to realize how hugely technology impacts the entirety of humanity at this point, as well as the fact that I use it daily, and I probably couldn't go a day WITHOUT using it. 
I find it absolutely incredibly how quickly the internet and world wide web turned into something so all-powerful and necessary, from it's small beginning, to something uncontrollably huge. To think that we started with a green screen - and with computers the size of a car; the size of a building - to PC's, to CLOUD COMPUTING. That reminds me of Shadrach White and of how incredible it is that he started a company based on cloud computing, the incredible amount of money that saved  him, the fact that none of that would've been possible had the DOT BOMB evolution not have taken place. 
I'm a very descriptive writer, leaning more towards opinion pieces and nature writing/lyric essay type of formats, and when I think of Dot Bomb, I literally imagine an atomic bomb going off, I imagine the chaos that follows, the destruction, the insanity. In our lecture we talked about the 5 stages of technology, and one of those was the "crawl back to sanity". The thing is, we might have reached some semblance of sanity, but I feel like we've lost sanity as a whole; we lost it a long time ago. We're always changing and growing in technology, and it's become UNCONTROLLABLE. It's insane. It's become to the point of where someone posts something on the web and suddenly it's no longer just for them to see, the whole world sees it. Things go viral, there is no privacy - there is no sanity. 
I went shopping on Black Friday and I realized that it was far less busy this year than it has been in the past because online shopping and "Cyber Monday" has become far more prevalent than on-site shopping. This is another facet of the Dot Bomb, and the fact that our lives are lived primarily on the web. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Shadrach White


First of all - I'd like to say listening to Shadrach White speak about his company and his growth as a businessman and person was hugely beneficial to me. If I can speak candidly, this class scares the be-jeezus out of me, because I feel like all the technical jargon goes right over my head... hearing Shadrach speak was so helpful, because it really aided me in applying everything we've been learning to the real world, to see how all of this ties into life outside the classroom. Honestly, it was quite inspiring.

My big question was how my degree can be used in the real world, and Shadrach answered that all within his sharing. Seeing that he uses blogging for his own company was so amazing, and it gave me a boost of excitement, hope, and a little extra determination to go after my goals and know that what I LOVE to do - which is write (specifically the blogging style of writing) - can be utilized to really build a career. Hearing him go in-depth about the major need for blogging and writers, as well as his short spiel about putting in hard work and effort to reach your goals, it was all very inspiring and so exactly what I needed to hear. I've been feeling exhausted as of late, with all the hours I put in at work, completing homework on time, trying to balance a social life and maintain relationships with my family and friends, make it to class on time, eat healthy, exercise, get a decent amount of sleep... life gets crazy. But seeing that Shadrach has made it - that he didn't even GO to college, technically - was HUGE for me. It was eye-opening and a reality-check... I am doing the best I can, and if I continue to give 100% effort, I will reach my goals.

Awesome speaker, and so beneficial!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Soooo... I ATTEMPTED to make an HTML web page... and technically, I think that I succeeded. I mean I wrote very minimal code and even managed to get a picture and a marquee on my web page, so in my book, it was a success... I apologize if it's not seen the same way by those who excel in these areas...

I found this exercise to be thoroughly frustrating and challenging and I may have stared at my computer screen while laughing hysterically for a few moments as I inwardly chastised myself for being an idiot. Technologically incompetent- I think yes.

I would have attempted to make something a bit more... polished looking... had I known what the heck I was doing. Using the directions we were given, I managed to open up notepad, get things rolling, and save what I created quite easily. My largest issues came when I tried to add color to my website background, and I gave up on attempting to add any links to my page. The most I was capable of without some sort of extra assistance was getting some wording up on my web page. I suppose I could have thrown more up there, but that doesn't show much besides the fact that I know how to use a keyboard...

After making the html page, I will concede that this is a useful skill to have. I mean it's really great that we have this ability to fill a page with information, pictures, links, etc, and create a whole website with just a few touches of the mouse and keyboard. If ever someone wanted to take the time to sit down with me and really explain how it works, so I could produce something of more use than what I just created, that would be awesome.

I chose to throw up a few things about horses because they are my favorite animal and I own a horse and she is the closest thing I have to child. She looks nothing like that fine specimen seen in the photo on my HTML page, has more of a mutt-like thing going on... but that makes her all the more special. (:


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Email versus Postal Service?


When looking at the similarities and differences between email and the US postal service during class, I realized just how serious the people who developed these inventions were about making sure users would feel comfortable making that switch. Obviously, just like with any product, software, or anything else being sold to the public, it really needs to be sold convincingly in order for its use to be widespread and generate some revenue. To make users feel like switching to email was the smartest and easiest option, it was created to mirror the functions of the postal service with functions like a “mailbox” and an electronic “post office” and email “addresses”, as well as options to send photos and chain letters. The differences are immense, and throw email into favor above the postal service, considering that the speed with which communication occurs is immensely faster with email than it would be through the postal service. Another huge plus is having email right at the user’s fingertips. Receiving a letter via “snail mail” would mean you’d have to be at home or be stationed in one specific place in order to receive your mail. Using email, as long as a user has access to some sort of electronic device, be it a computer or smartphone or tablet, they can look at their mail immediately, which is a huge component of email’s popularity, especially in the day and age we live in where everyone is constantly on the GO. Email is also not affected by bad weather or impassable terrain or long distance like the postal service would or could be. This allows people on either side of the world to communicate with one another in nearly the blink of an eye. The exaction of email addresses can create some confusion, whereas postal service can often get a letter to where it needs to go through assumption or logic… because email is electronic, there isn’t human mind or logical reasoning going on to find the correct receiver of an email if an address is typed incorrectly. Regardless of this, email is still the faster, easier way in which to communicate and outweighs the postal service in pros versus cons in almost every way.  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

What Do I Want of This Class?

What do I want out of this class?

I took a technology-based class this previous spring quarter. My professor was rude, unhelpful, and taught me very little about the ways of the technological world. Knowing that I was registered for this quarter and enrolled in this class was terrifying to me, knowing as little as I do about what it seems we will be learning.

I must say, though, that I have pleasantly surprised so far. Our class has been laid-back, and we've talked about technology and the history of the internet and the worldwide web in such a way that I feel less intimidated, and more excited to learn!

I am hoping to enter into a career in corporate blogging, or something of the sort. Our world is becoming increasingly technological and I know that in order to be successful in what I hope to do in the future, I MUST have some idea of how technology, the internet, and the future is evolving, as well as what my role in that will be. My hope is to gain some knowledge of these things in this class, and to be able to put that knowledge to use in my future career, or even use it now!

I know very little about technology, about the history of computers or the internet or the worldwide web. I think that, no different than other major events and evolutions in our world's history, this knowledge on technology is important, and something that is becoming increasingly unavoidable. So learn it I will! Looking forward to a fantastic quarter!