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Our class Twitter stream contains links to items that are relevant to CIS 275. These are the ones we felt were most important.
Latinos Fight for an Open Internet and Affordable Access- Casundra Renteria
"Yes We Won't", dated May 5, 2010, written by Amalia Deloney, Mag-NET Coordinator, and Center for Media Justice discusses how Obama's promise to ensure open internet is being threatened. The FCC may leave the decisions regarding access to the Internet mainly in the hands of the phone and cable companies. According to the article, doing so essentially means abandoning net neutrality and other consumer protections. Latinos and millions of other people of color, poor, working-class communities and rural communities have a stake in this fight. Latinos recently witnessed Governor Jan Brewer (AZ), signed SB1070, which treats Latinos like a second-class community. Latinos voiced their opposition to this law through petitions, art, music, and demonstrations. All of these actions were facilitated through the Internet. " The internet is our new democracy; it does not distinguish between legal and illegal", says Deloney. Latinos are the fastest growing community of color in the United States. Is it too much for Latinos to ask for affordable access and an open internet. Net neutrality is equivalent to the First Amendment on the Internet. Latinos deserve the equal freedom to express themselves and their culture. As a Latina and mother of a 7 year old son, I am very interested in ensuring that our younger generation is provided equal opportunity and freedom to express themselves. This fits into the implications/society and political section of our class.
Latino organizations position on FCC's role in enforcing net neutrality and network investment in poor communities.
Google Android How It Passed iPhone Sales in U.S. – Kevin Teodoro
According to The NPD Group during the first quarter smartphones with the Android operating system has overtaken iPhone sales. This makes the Android 2nd in terms of operating systems used by smartphones. The one who tops is the Blackberry operating system then the Apple iPhone operating system. It has been noted that the increased sales were spurred by a campaign by Verizon of selling all smartphones as a buy-one-get-one-free deal. While for the iPhone which is due for an update this summer does not have any such similar promotions by AT&T. It interests me that people are spurred to switch to a smartphone and also they would jump for an operating system just because it was on sale. It also to note that the iPhone has just two models to choose and it is a once in a year upgrade. Android phones are abundant with the different manufacturers using the operating system on their handsets. Rim meanwhile has a lot of phones to choose from. Both Android and Blackberries are also sold with all carriers unlike the iPhone. It is funny to note that the Windows Mobile operating system is not even mentioned. As we see more phones using an OS we can also see which applications would be developed and how the networks can handle these handsets getting more bandwidth to use their features. We should analyze how network applications would be changed within the coming years.
Android passes iPhone sales. With HP buying Palm and Android catching on, we may see price and feature competition!
The phone companies has not done enough to re-build the infrastructure as an ISP service provider- Mohammad Islam
The telecommunication companies failed to upgrade the infrastructure of communication network as a result we are 15th in world as broadband.
The underlying problem is that the phone and cable companies have taken control of America’s critical infrastructure. And under their control over the last 25 years, they’ve failed to adequately upgrade the infrastructure. America is now 15th in the world in broadband, and now every plan is about “workarounds” of the incumbents or filling ”deployment” holes left from the companies’ incompetence — or, more realistically, greed — over public interest.
And it wasn’t because AT&T, Verizon Communications, et. al. didn’t receive financial incentives. The phone companies made massive commitments to rewire entire states, schools, libraries, etc., and received billions per state to do these upgrades — yet, the work was never done. We estimate the companies already received $320 billion and counting, as the companies continue to get phone rate increases to pay for fiber optics and other services.
Maybe it’s time to give AT&T what it wants — AT&T, Verizon, you keep the “broadband networks,” and we’ll keep and properly finally upgrade the PSTN to what was already paid for — fiber optic, very fast, reasonably priced, ubiquitous, open-to-all networks .
Excellent summary of US ISPs thwarting the desire of congress and the courts to create a competitive Internet.
Telecommuting - What It's Really Like - Rita Clayton
to work at home using a computer connected to the network of one's employer
. This tweet gives an inside look at telecommuting and explains the activities in an actual workday of a person that telecommutes. The article explains some of the things that are required when working under this technological arrangement, and one telecommuter gives her experience with it and suggests ways to get the most productivity out of it. The telecommuter describes a typical work day as a telecommuter. She explains that flexibility, availability, and accountability are key in successful telecommuting. She explains an example of the flexibility it allows in that she doesn't have to drive the 350 miles from her home to her firm's location. She also emphasizes availability. In telecommuting you have to be available to your employees and return their calls promptly. You also have flexibility to work in a quieter environment and in an environment where you can control interruptions. In telecommuting, the featured telecommuter explains that you have to be highly accountable to your organization (and be conscientious about getting your work done), or you won’t last. In all telecommuting affords a person the option of working for an organization even if its physical location is far away from where a telecommuter lives.
This tweet interests me because I am a business woman and I might have to make a decision to be a telecommuter at whatever firm I go to
work for in the near future. I think this article fits into our CIS class because it is a prime example of computer technology and its capabilities.
We cover the implications of the Internet for individuals -- a telecommuter describes her work day:
Freedom vs. Precision - Mele Motuliki
According to this tweet I agree that public safety officers are doing their job very well. Every year accidents and other issues go up in percentage because of drivers who exceed the speed limit. Public safety officers deal and turn all their attention to these issues not only to enforce the law but to help prevent accidents and other issues.
It is true what the article states in the tweet article, that there “are many drugs problems and serious crimes that need greater attentions.” Although, I do believe that the speed limit is just as important as drug issues. Both issues are effective in the future and many public officers are assigned to look after certain levels of these issues. I do believe that both issues whether on the highway and in alleys are treated equally although one needs more attention the other they both receive fair attention.
The tweet article gives a great example that caught my interest in this article besides the title. This example really caught my attention to read and expand on the article. It is true the people see the speed limit at 65 and go 74 MPH. I agree public safety will let that slide, but you have to agree at others times when cars are going 85 on 65 MPH highway public safety is quick to pull them over. This tweet article relates to our class under application and technology for internet concept and content creation for internet skills. We are able to read articles and post summarizes on a wiki.
Are you willing to carry a camera in addition to a phone? Will you be as phones improve? Convenience vs. Fidelity:
International Network Operators Weather Recession - Soren Larsen
TeleGeography is an organization that has a Global Bandwidth Research Service. The research from this unit has shown that international network operators have weathered the world recession quite well, despite of the negative consequences the recession has had on the world economy as a whole. The bandwidth usage on an international scale increased by 60% in 2009, and have grown at a compounded annual rate of more than 50% since 2002 in the U.S. and Europe. The Middle East, Africa, and Latin America have also shown increased growth.
The increased demand for broad band service has been so great that international capacity requirements have grown by a factor of over 22 during the past seven years. Also, most providers are upgrading their fiber optic networks with additional wavelengths to keep pace with the increased demand.
Despite the world recession, internet use is at an all time high. The research and statistics provided by
) show this to be true. When other industries are struggling to stay in business, many telecommunications companies are trying to keep up with the growing demand for the traffic that flows over their networks.
This article fits into our class under internet concepts and technology. This article interests me because backbone networks are necessary for the transferring of information national and global scale and without them, the internet would not be what it is today. The URL to the article is:
We discuss rapid global backbone growth -- 50% per year since 2002.. It grew 60% in 2009 in spite of the recession
Digital Ginkgo; A New Form of Memory - Aaron Young
This article discusses the integration of Phase Change Material (PCM) into mobile devices. PCM is a composite material that records or erases information when it is heated by an electric current. It can read and write data up to 10 times faster than traditional flash memory and can help improve battery life by 20 percent.
This information fits into the technology and implications portions of our class as it describes an emerging innovation. Our culture is always on the go and there has been a major push to cram as much technology as we can into one mobile “smart” device. If PCM can improve battery life while increasing the speed at which data is transmitted, then both consumers and producers win.
Technologies improve until new technologies make them obsolete. Will PCM replace flash? It has in this samsung phone.
The New Lecture - Patricia Silverthorn
This particular tweet was interesting because it focused on online lecture courses. The main article also talked about “the Open University, the distance-learning behemoth based in England, [which] has vastly increased its visibility with open courses, which frequently show up in the Top 5 downloads on Apple’s iTunes U, a portal to institutions’ free courseware as well as marketing material.” The main reason I thought this was unique because it will give students or people in general a chance to get into a classroom without having to actually drive to the school. It will also let those worldwide learn what other people in other countries are learning; thus bringing people closer globally. Although there are classes that show lectures online from schools such as Yale, a certificate or degree is not given unless you are enrolled in the school. I think that live online courses would be great especially for those who cannot afford costs such as transportation. It gave one example of a stay-at-home mom who couldn’t attend the campus due to it being 100 miles away. She was grateful for her learning experience. OER (Open Educational Resources) is the wave of the future. Many people are downloading class lectures from popular professors and in return are given an open mind. This falls under Technology (communication) since it involves Professors sharing their lectures online.
Have you considered following your interests auditing a class at another university? There are many open courses.
Sharing Potentially Dangerous Information Online - Daniel Castro
The article I read was about privacy online and the implications it now has on our society. New services are beginning to become popular, such as Blippy, a service that allow users to broadcast very detailed information about their purchases on a Twitter-like feed to anyone on the internet. Another service, FourSquare, allows users to broadcast their current locations to their feeds. While these people are choosing to share their information over the internet, retailers have still taken action against these activities. Amazon, at a recent point, blocked Blippy from posting customer's purchase information to their feeds. What would push these people to post constant and private information about their daily lives?
Personally, I don’t find it interesting to post details or my whereabouts for the internet to read, but there’s no denying how these services have caught on. We need only to look towards Twitter to see the explosion that real-time feeds have had on people and their connectivity. The article goes on to talk about how privacy has changed over the years, stating that years ago we were afraid to make purchases online and now it has become a normal thing. As time passes and we become more comfortable with new technologies we will continue to reveal private information as long as it is relatively safe. There are huge downsides to these services such as third party marketers and people monitoring your location for theft, among other things. The article combats these fears by stating that these services have allowed us to become more closely connected and will continue to do so as new service are developed. I believe that what you post on the internet is up to you, share anything and everything but be mindful of the consequences that can result of your actions. This article fits into the concepts portion of the class, specifically applications and implications. Read the entire article
Some people are happy to share their credit card and online purchases and current location. Are you?
Hotel WiFi Report by Hotelchatter - David Mendoza
The Twitter I chose is about an article regarding a HotelChatter report on Internet WiFi. HotelChatter, a website that reviews hotels, conducted its 6th annual “Hotel Wi-Fi Report.” The report mentions that, contrary to earlier speculation, consumer demand for free hotel wi-fi service is growing. Apparently, as the applications of the internet become more and more obvious to businesses, the number of business travelers who need to access the internet on the road is growing. This rise in WiFi demand has prompted a lot of hotel chains to consider providing wiFi access at a cost. However, according to the report, it seems that a lot of people consider free WiFi a must-have amenity, like free HBO was back in the day. Finally, the article suggests that hotels should offer free WiFi as yet another way to draw customers to their ordinary hotel services to build brand loyalty. Regarding our class, the article falls into the implications and maybe concepts of technology. I thought the article was particularly interesting because I stay in a lot of hotels and I've always wondered why so many hotels think they can trick me into paying for WiFi access when so many others are providing it for free.
Portable connectivity: report on WiFi in hotels includes a neat graph. Would you stay in a hotel without WiFi?
Facebook an All-Time Social High – Steve Chambers
For the last few months I have heard others speak of; conference calls, Skype, E-Mail, Instant Messaging, and many more. I have wondered when someone would come out with something that everyone would just agree on. Skype would have been my first thought for agreeing on something that works. We also would need something that spans the world. We need something inexpensive and easy for all to use. I never would have thought that Facebook would want to take on that challenge. What I mean is they already span the world for the most part and have many of customers. But, to be the ones that would become a social site that would promote all the social interactions for the business world is a novel idea. Buttons on a toolbar are fairly easy to make, but to make them where everyone likes them and they do not conflict with other sites or programs, that is something else. This Site falls into the Skills and concepts of Application Technology and Collaboration for Networking 275.
Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. want to store your identity -- user name, contacts, and other characteristics.
Free Software – Why the “common” layperson cares and how it truly affects you - Monache J. Titchenell
This article describes an issue that
has been around
for approximately 30-odd years, free software. With the availability worldwide of applications available for download through websites such as
and the such, the internet has brought to anyone in need, free software if you know what you’re doing and what you’re looking for.
As is pondered, free software has been mainly a political and monetary issue. Those with the know-how, such as Richard Stallman formerly of MIT, who ventured out on his own to make “official” versions of code available at a substantially low cost. These versions of code and software were considered revolutionary in the industry as the call to need had always been big businesses making outdated material in mass production for outdated needs.
What interested me about this article was the title as it has to do with the music industry. Jill Sobule in response to a growing problem, launched her own solution instead of complaining or blaming users and seekers of her music, aka her fans. Jill Sobule had a couple of hits long ago and is looking to reinvent herself most likely and the www is the best way, especially with involvement in the topic of interest in this article. Sobule’s solution is comical, yet satirically interesting with her way of financing in order to produce and protect her artistic music. It is said in the article that Jill made $75K in two months through her creativity in offering her fans to support her with donations.
In conclusion, technology will not slow. Solutions must be created in order for the rest of the world to thrive along with the growing need to simplify and innovate. I believe and agree with the article that Sobule and Stallman have stopped complaining and started owrking with the system as many pioneers have always had to do. This falls under the Technology and Collaboration for Networking 275.
Portable connectivity: report on WiFi inFree software business model applied to music. Don't overlook the Jill Sobule example on the second page.
Founder of the Altair 8800 Personal Computer Dies - Michael Sargeant
Dr. Henry Edward Roberts, inventor of the Altair 8800 personal computer, has died at the age of 68. Dr. Roberts led the way for the personal home computer. His journey was an amazing one. Founder of MITS (Micro Instruction and Telemetry Systems), Dr. Roberts started out selling electronic model rockets. He then later sold electronic calculator kits. In the 1970s, the struggling company started to sell computer kits for hobbyists. The computer was called the Altair 8800. This computer was operated by switches and did not have a monitor attached. The Altair 8800 computer got its name from the Intel 8080 processor. Interested, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, two young men at that time, contacted Dr. Roberts after seeing the machine on the front cover of a magazine, made a deal with Dr. Roberts to write software for the Altair 8800. This software was named Altair-Basic. As computer users know, Microsoft was built on this language now called Basic. The vision of this great man, Dr. Henry Roberts, formed the most significant industry ever known to civilization - the personal computer. This article caught my attention because I have always been interested in computers and have followed its growth for years. The very first time I sat at a personal computer, it was love at first type. This class assignment fits into technology.
The personal computer would not be a reality today without Dr. Henry Edward Roberts - "father of the PC".
Next Generation high speed DSL - Carlos Linares
The company, Alcatel-Lucent, discovered a way to increase DSL throughput capacity over existing copper lines already in place and being used by many households. The experiment showed that it is possible to deliver a steady 300 Mbps bandwidth over two copper lines over a distance of 400 meters using VDSL2 (Very high bit rate Digital Subscriber Line), according to Stefaan Vanhastel, director of the marketing product at Alcatel-Lucent Wireline Networks. In addition, lab tests also showed that 100 Mbps can be easily attainable over a distance of 1000 meters. Stefaan explains that to reach those high speeds, Alcatel-Lucent employs three different techniques that when combined, deliver the promised speed. The first step is to use two copper wires simultaneously, a technology called bonding. Next, Alcatel-Lucent uses a technique called Phantom Mode to create a third virtual copper pair that sends data using a combination of the two physical copper pairs. However, there is a drawback in using Phantom Mode. The drawback is that the technology creates crosstalk noise between the coppers that degrades data integrity and throughput. But to solve this issue, Alcatel-Lucent created a third technology that works as a noise canceling technique called vectoring solving the problem effectively. Vectoring constantly analyzes noise in the copper wires and creates a new signal to cancel it out. It is a really complex technology that actually works and is very effective. Alcatel-Lucent sees VDSL2 as a short-term temporary solution to higher bandwidth speeds until fiber optic costs drop as technology matures over the next few years. VDSL2 will be commercially available until next year.This topic is of particular interest because I feel that the Unites States has fallen behind in internet technology when compared to other developed countries in internet bandwidth. It is time for companies to start doing more R&D to develop newer faster technology to improve the quality of live of civilization. This article is direct proof that it is not necessarily to reinvent the wheel to do a huge improvement, but that all we need to do is a bit more of fine tuning to see improved results in already deployed and existing technoloy. This article falls under Technology and Collaboration.
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The Top Ten Languages of the Web - April Horton
This article is very interesting in my opinion. I took a personal interest to it because I recently made it a personal goal to learn Spanish. This article lists the top 10 most popular languages used on the internet. I could only imagine that the process of collecting this data was tedious and complex and the article confirm that. English was listed as the most commonly used language on the internet and the author contributes that to the fact that most countries are requiring that students learn English. According to the article, approximately 495.8 million people that use the internet speak English. The other top languages were (respectively): Chinese (407.7 M), Spanish (139.8 M), Japanese (95.0 M), Portuguese (77.6 M), German (72.3 M), Arabic (60.3 M), French (57.0 M), Russia (45.3 M), Korean (37.5 M) and “all the rest” (313.7 M). The article also gives the Internet Penetration by language rate, Growth in Internet between 2000-2009, Internet Users Percent of Total, and World Population for each Language. The facts are not exact number, more so approximates because only one language was assigned per person though many people are bilingual and multilingual.
This fits into our course because the internet is a very important topic of study that we cover in class.
The Internet grows globally. English is the most popular language, but Chinese is catching up. Top 10 languages:
HP To Acquire Struggling Palm for $1.2 Billion - Gabriel Hernandez
The Tweet that caught my eye had to do with the powerhouse company HP, who recently bought Palm Inc., for $1.2 Billion. Most-well known for the Palm Pre, Palm had been unsuccessful for a while in keeping up with the highly competitive smart phone industry, which started to take its toll in overall sales. It didn’t help either that electronic store RadioShack Corp. recently decided to stop selling Palm phones both online and in stores as well. The recent news of HP buying Palm has definitely caught the eyes of many, and it can be said that the merging of both companies can most possibly have a bright future. Already having a good presence in the US market, HP can take their next step with their good foot as many wait to see what the two companies have to offer. This article interested me because I like to keep up with the latest that the smart phone market has to offer and I believe this article fits in the Technology category in our class.
HP to acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion. This may lead to some interesting competition for Apple and Android.
Improvements to Google Docs - Erica Hiser
I didn’t know about Google Docs until we did a class assignment on it. I was amazed by it and told all of my family and friends about it. Currently Google Docs allows you to create, share and collaborate with documents online. Just recently it became even better and if you can believe it, easier to use. Google Docs has created new editors for documents, spreadsheets and drawings to make them better quality and faster to create. Tab stops, rulers and better image features have been added so now to move the position of a picture you just have to drag and drop where you want it. The text auto positions itself around the new
of the picture. Google Spreadsheets have been improved allowing you to drag and drop columns use auto-fill and navigate easier between sheets, all of which make the system faster and easier to use. The time it takes to upload files has been made faster as well. A stand-alone editor for drawings has been added making charts and diagrams simple to make. One of the best improves I think, is that now all changes are made it real-time! This means you can see other edits going on which you make yours. You no longer need to refresh the page to see changes. Google is always coming up with ways to improve their products in hopes that it helps us improve ours. This topic falls under concept applications and application development skills.
A short video on improvements to Google Docs: faster, new features, better sharing and a vector-based image editor
Political Cartoons and Porn are One in the Same- Kiana Porter
The makers of the iPad caught a lot of flack recently when they rejected Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Fiore’s iPad application. As stated in previous press releases the makers of the iPad will not accept any applications that are deemed to be pornographic. So how does that relate to the editorial cartoons that made the online journalist famous? Well according to the letter of rejection that they sent Fiore his cartoons “contain content that ridicules public figures and is in violation of Section 3.3.14 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement which states:
"Applications may be rejected if they contain content or materials of any kind (such as: text, graphics, images, photographs, sounds, etc.) that in Apple's reasonable judgment may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene,
pornographic, or defamatory.”
In other words, the content he submitted was just as bad if not worse than if he had submitted porn. Stern magazine was one of the first places of media to take a stand against the rejection and stated that by making that statement, Apple is pretty much saying that they can and will accept what they want. Furthermore the actions taken in this particular case is counterproductive to their desire to make the iPad “the future of media”.
I chose to write about this article because I found the politics being played in this decision as being interesting. I feel that by rejecting his application is infringing upon his first amendment rights and furthermore proves that the idea of free speech is only true when a person is going with the grain instead of against. I believe that this article fits within the Network Applications portion of our class.
Apple blocks Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist from App Store. Would censorship stop you from buying an iPad?
Will newer Technology bring us into The jetsons life?- Hermina Williams
I think it’s great that Samsung can come up with a way to extend the battery life on their phones, but if you really think about it people use their phones quite often almost like a personal desktop. Mobile technology has gotten so advance that it has almost replaced personal desktop. If a person used their phone every day, then wouldn’t that person still have issues losing battery life? To me it depends what you use your phone for, is leisurely or business. I don’t think increasing battery life by 20% will make much difference; you will still have to charge your phone.
I understood from reading the posting to Samsung about changing memory, the technology holds a lot of promise but the density is too low to compete with nano flash memory; However, it has many other advantages over nano flash such as true random write and read, nearly unlimited writes and very long data retention. The concerns about the internal heating are nothing I have ever heard before. It’s not like you heat up the chip, but only the bits you want to change and only for about 100 nano seconds. In our class we’ve discusses everything from blogging, the different applications, image and audio, technology with mobile phones and iPad so I thought this post would be good to share with the class.
Why Buy Books When You Can Rent Them?- Matthew Gonzales
This New York Times article
talks about the history of Chegg a company that rents and sells college textbooks. The founders of Chegg also created Chegpost which is similar to Craig's List, it envisioned a network of university based Web sites where students would buy and sell everything from mattresses to textbooks. But Chegpost didn't do so well because students had difficulty selling their books on Chegpost. Chegg has now adopted a new business model which they primarily rent books by gathering those books from sellers at the end of a semester then rents or sells these textbooks. A student can save a lot of money by renting a book from Chegg instead of buying the book from the California State University Dominguez Hill's bookstore or online. For example a book for my CIS 370 class costs $164 new or $123 used when bought at the bookstore. If I bought the book online from a Web site like Amazon it would cost $130 new or $80 used. If I were to rent the book online from Chegg it would only cost me $55. I found this article interesting and useful because it has given me confidence to try renting books online which I plan to do next semester. This article fits under implications for our class.
We Rent Movies, So Why Not College Textbooks? NYTimes
Would you rent a textbook? Have you rented one?
Facebook Seeps onto Other Web Sites - Kristi Alves
Facebook plans to intensify its efforts to expand its empire beyond its Web site. What does this mean?Facebook wants to introduce a universal “Like” button that Web publishers will be able to put on their pages. It’s similar to “share” buttons that are already popular with many Web sites. These “share” buttons allow users to post links that their friends see on their Facebook pages. The Like button will allow Facebook to keep a record of what a user linked to, providing the company with ever more data with Web publishers. This enables magazine web sites may be able to show users all the articles that their friends like. In addition, Facebook is planning to offer a toolbar that Web sites will be encouraged to place at the button of their pages. Mark Zuckerberg is going to be introducing these new variations for Facebook. When Facebook plans to share these new modifications with the world, its aim at the moment is to become a social networking force across the Web. Our class relates to networking and so does Facebook, so I thought this article was interesting since students like and share many interests.
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More data in a very small space – Ronald White
The article I chose continues to demonstrate the strides in technology in the field of information storage. The author describes the accomplishment in terms of storing large volumes of data on material that is only nanometers wide. The ability to move large volumes of data to such small mediums will allow information to move faster from one location to another. The educational benefits will be the most immediate impact as educational institutions will have even greater volumes of information at their finger tips, while the medical industrial will have vast amounts of resources at their disposal. Aside from the ability to store information, machine code which requires vast lines of instructions to complete complex functions will have to means to store large volumes of data in a relatively small area. This is another aspect of technology where compression of data allows the user to do more with less.
Storage research: 4 terabit chip. Inventor says 5 years from products. How would it change storage and system design?
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