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This assignment was to make a simple HTML script and make a blogpost about it. I personally thought it was pretty straight forward and simple. An overall pleasant experience. Can't say much about that in particular. I'll go on a more interesting tangent instead.
My opinion is that everyone should know how to look at source code at a glance and get a general idea on what its doing. Once you learn how to read one language, you can understand almost any other at a glance because the essential properties of programming don't change. You hardly ever even need to be a programmer. If you know simple algebra you could acquire this skill in a couple days. It's just a mental roadblock people have, nothing more. The reason I think acknowledging this is important is because of a little story I have.
Some night one of my technologically illiterate friends calls me late at night in a panic. I was just about ready to head to bed but he told me to come over because it was important. He lived close enough so I did.
He shows me a computer with a google chrome instance running. The computer was lagging so bad you could hardly use it and there was a popup with a warning stating there was a virus install on this computer, and linked a number to an Indian Microsoft support scam company. He was worried because it was his older sister's computer and told me he'd get in a lot of trouble if she found out he got a virus.
It didn't make sense to me that google chrome would be the one warning the user there was a virus. There's no way chrome itself could know, that's just not how it works. The popup was contained within chrome, else it would've made a separate tab on the desktop taskbar. This meant something was up with google chrome.
I open up the inspector tool for the page he was currently on, and big surprise; there was the culprit.
It doesn't take a genius to use something made by average people, for average people. Just need to overcome yourself thinking that you have to be a Physicist to read some slightly unfriendly text. That is to say, of course you won't be a useful programmer. You need to have a high level of mathematics for that, but at least you wont be like my friend; calling a guy with a heavy Punjabi accent and paying him 100 dollars to get in your computer, only to open and close your command prompt a couple times to make you think he did something.
between the US postal office are merely symbolic. The underlying
framework of how both systems work are not very similar technologies.
It is true that they
can both transfer information. The contents of a physical mail
document in your mailbox can contain the same amount of information
as an Email received to one’s inbox.
They are similar in
this sense but differ in every other. The postal service is obviously
less efficient if your only goal is to transfer information. Email
has the ability to almost instantaneously do this using the world
wide web. It can’t transfer physical objects however, unless its a
They both work by
having two parties transfer and receive the mail. The transferring
party sends it to an intermediary. In email it is the mail-server.
For the mail it is the postal service.
The postal service
has a network of physical nodes that receive and process packages;
not unlike email servers. These then are transferred through
transportation like dedicated trucks and air planes. This can be seen
as the physical connections between all parties involved in Email
transfer to the Internet service provider and it’s own connections.
This gives the benefit that one can send and receive these at any
time in any place, unlike the postal service.
It is also possible
for a person to make their own private mail server. This can’t be
done with physical mail for obvious reasons.
brings up an interesting relation to privacy.
Third parties can
intercept packages in both methods. A curious postal worker can open
a package or it can get open by accident. The same way many people
involved in the transfer of email can snoop in to one’s packages.
The Internet is
interesting though. If one wished, one can prop up their own email
server and encrypt the transfer. Many measures can be taken to
increase the privacy of this method. It is very cool in that aspect.
of all, It was interesting to see how Erik was able to jump between a
few business ventures given the motivation. I aspire to experiment in
business like him, so it was inspiring to see someone pull it off.
thoughts on the presentation is his situation is a perfect example of
the internet having an impact on business. It is especially good
since he was in the game right when the internet was beginning to
show its practicality to entrepreneurs.
concept of disintermediation is a very popular subject today. With
the advances in deep learning, people are considering their jobs
could be unavailable in the future.
business life was influenced by changes in technology with his
ventures as a non-profit manager. He founded a theater that did
better with its online presence than its physical presence. He was
able to perceive this as a valuable insight rather than a negative
and was able to invest time in learning how to exploit this
interesting example I would've never considered is the publishing
seems the entry level for an aspiring author has been leveled and
options for distributions of ones work has expanded. One no longer
has to invest in buying a bulk of physical copies.
most important thing I think I took away from this talk is that quote
about how a publisher lost money when publishing a book about
interesting internet sites a few months before a Yahoo Search became
In this class I expect to go over historical points of information I might've otherwise missed or ignored.
I don't believe information like the name of the man who invented Boolean algebra is necessary to know how to program, and knowing where the concept of a virtual network got started is necessary to be a competent systems administrator.
However, I do understand this information to be very useful in a historical context. History does repeat itself, and tech trends and discussions 20 years ago can be used as a reference point to make current decisions. Many of the older issues are still present today even, and haven't been addressed properly. I believe taking time to study these will be very worthwhile.
I am also interested in the current relation between the internet and entities of power like big corporations and governments. For example I found the scandal with alleged involvement of Russia in the presidential election to be very interesting. Also the whole deal with the terrorist attacker whose IPhone was encrypted where Apple Inc. was going to go into a big legal battle with the FBI to figure out whether law enforcement agencies and government entities could force companies to break their clients' privacy rights.
I've personally been loosely following developments in this broad area but haven't made the time to extensively research these topics. Many of these like the Apple vs. FBI ordeal could have intense future ramifications. Had the FBI decided to go through with the case and won, it could've set a very dangerous precedent.