Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Me, Myself, and UI Assignment

Good and Bad: Compairson

  • The IBM Mitsubishi touchscreen mobile device was similar to an iphone in it's basic capabilities. The IMB phone had an address book, a calculator, a fax, and more. While these seem like simple applications it was a much more compact way to bring these things with you whereever you are going. The stylus touch screen was also easy to use, however people had not commonly seen this on many devices yet. An IPhone touch screen uses finger touch and is the common type of screen across different devices and brands. Differences between the devices include the speed at which they run, the IPhone running much faster, as well as the storage on the device. The IBM mobile device runs simple opperations only and does not have the vast amount of storage that an IPhone has. An additional difference would be the popularity. The IBM mobile device was taken off the market after less than a year and sold around 50,000 units. IPhones on the other hand are popular worldwide and over a billion have been sold in total. One thing holding the IBM mitsubishi phone back was that people did not understand it. IPhones at this point have been around for some years and are common enough that most people have at one point used, seen, heard about, or owned one and understand it. 
The Future
  • I think the future of electronics is looking to make all devices as efficient as possible. This means making screens lighter and run with less power, as well as making software as compact as possible. Considering the growth of technology in everyday life so far, I think that trend will contine. Technology has already advanced to be included in most every aspect of life I can think of, and every room of the house. One advancement that is sure to be included in the future is more efficient and eco friendly cars. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Net Neutrality

What is net neutrality?
  • It is a principle according to which all internet traffic should have equal treatment.
What is the difference between Title I and TItle II?
  • Title I forced internet providers to keep their networks open while practicing reasonable network management. Title II allowed the FCC to protect net neutrality by creating regulations to prevent paid priotitization. 
What are the current responsibilities of the FCC?
  • The current role of the FCC is to prevent internet companies from gaining too much power and creating a monopoly.
Why do ISP's, Cable, and Phone companies want changes?
  • These companies want changes because it would be more profitable to them. 
What do you think a reasonable solution might be?
  • I think ISP's in this circumstance are being unfair and need to allow for net neutraliy to remain. 
What areas of the lastest area of the proposal changes might cause you some concern?
  • The cause of concern would be the monopolization of internet traffic and ability to prioritize certain customers in exchange for higher profit. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wires, Cabled, and Wifi

1. What type of technology do the cables use to provide communication?

  • The cables can use different types of technology, such as fiber optic cabled wich use light to transmit data. 
2. How wide are the cables?

  • Typically as wide as a garden hose. 
3. Where are the cables placed? At what point do they go underground? 

  • Cables are places along the sea floor, and are placed underground nearer to the shore for protection. 
4. What are the two main ways to measure capacity?

  • Potencial capacity and lit capacity
5. Explain what "safety in numbers" means.

  • Safety in numbers in this case refers to the fact that companies have multiple cables to transmit data so that if one breaks or fails, the others can continue to work while the broken one is being repaired. 
6. What are the types of damage that might occur to an undersea cable?

  • Ships and fishing vessels dragging anchors, earthquakes, underwater components - sabotage or shark bites are exceedingly rare 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

IP Addresses and DNS

1. What is a protocol?

  • a set of rules governing the exchange or transmission of data between devices

2. What is an IP Address and how is it organized (heirarchy)?

  • a unique string of numbers separated by periods that identifies each computer using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a network
  • IP addresses are distributed in a hierarchical system. 
3. What is the difference between IPV4 and IPV6? Why do we need IPv6?

  • IPv4 is the fourth revision of the Internet Protocol (IP) used to identify devices on a network through an addressing system 
  • Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is a new Internet addressing system that is being deployed to fulfill the need for more Internet addresses.
4. What is the difference between an IP Packet and an IP Address? 

  • An IP Packet is a smaller portion of data that gets sent across the internet to different IP Addresses

5. Explain the purpose of the DNS (Domain Name System)

  • The DNS is used to translate human-readable hostnames (URLs) into machine-readable IP addresses

6. What is your current IP Address?


Friday, February 17, 2017

Technology Innovations

1.) I remember my parents first starting to use gps systems, which made it much easier to go places because they didn't need to look up directions online or use a map or something, the route could be figured easily at the time when you need to go. Now I rely on it more than I would like to but it's very helpful.
2.) Mrs. Mackenzie says a technological advancement that changed things for her was the CD player as it made music much more mobile and compact.
3.) Both advancements improved people's lives and made thins easier. Yay technology

Monday, February 13, 2017

Scratch Project: Under the Sea :))

- Click stop and start again before beginning the program
- Follow the octopus with your mouse                            

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Writing Problem 0.0

I found the definition of a computer to be an electronic device for storing and processing data, typically in binary form, according to instructions given to it in a variable program. With this knowledge I found that a washing machine could be considered a computer. A washing machine stores information on specific settings, drawing from this stored information when the user makes inputs. 
Settings such as delicate or normal are programmed into the machine, from which you select before starting the machine. Manually selecting these options is the input, to which the washing machine will respond by performing the corresponding outputs. 
The washing machine also has other sensors which work to turn on the light when the machine door is open, and to prevent the machine from starting while the door is open. While these sensors do not require user input, they do rely on information that is stored in the machine. When the sensors are set off, they call upon this stored information in order to correctly perform the next action. This may be cancelling the wash cycle or making a sound to alert the user. As made evident by the necessary input and output system for operation, as well as the storage and process of data, a washing machine is a computer.