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  • Paavo Viilup 16:18 on September 28, 2011 Permalink |

    Small monitors 

    And here’s the result of the small monitor experiment: http://brooksreview.net/2011/09/smaller-not-better/
    I find the result a bit underwhelming (it all seems to add up to having a nice display to show off at work).

  • Paavo Viilup 06:15 on September 23, 2011 Permalink |

    The “new” Facebook 

    In the end, one needs to ask this: has it really changed enough to warrant the extremes of Facebook nerdrage witnessed yesterday? Because the core is essentially the same, there’s the stream of news and the stream of randomness (person X likes something, person Y becomes person Z’s friend etc); it’s just that the two things are separate now. Essentially, it’s the same thing, there’s just more structure and the, in my opinion, quite obvious distinction between what might be more “important” and what’s actually just an activity log.

    The locus of interest (at least for me) resides within the reactions the new design caused among the user base. There was a lot of yelling about what really qualify as minor changes in the UI/UX paradigm (and my initial impression is that these changes are for the best). Because, I suppose, users are, despite their best efforts to seem liberal and open to new web-based solution, conservative and easily distracted by minor changes in the routine. Yet if there is one thing which characterises the Web/Internet, it is constant change. From the users, this demands mental agility, yet based on on how people reacted, there is a distinct lack of flexibility and willingness to embrace the new. Furthermore, there is a tendency to react overtly emotionally and not actually look at what has been done.

    Granted, not every change is always positive and there are many examples of failed UI innovations, yet I believe that Facebook has managed to both pull off an elegant shift in it’s interface paradigm and also make Google+ seem even more irrelevant.

  • Paavo Viilup 17:42 on September 22, 2011 Permalink |


    Here’s a thought/experiment: http://brooksreview.net/2011/09/meticulous/
    Any opinions?

    • alex 19:50 on September 22, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I second the notion that having dual-display is useless and non-productive in any way. I have seen some people use it and half the time they do not use their second screen. It just sits there empty while everything else is done on the primary screen. Hence I always ask what is the point of having it.
      As for the screen size I would say that it does not affect the productivity of a persom. I have used a desktop computer with a large monitor all my life. Then in the 10th grade I got a notebook which had a screen that was more than two times smaller. I was still very efficient in my writings and the fact that i needed to concentrate on the smaller objects just gave me extra focus in my studies. So from this point of view I would say that efficiency behind a computer does not depend on the size of your screen. I believe enormous screens would only distract the person because there is too much to take in at once and the flow of concentration is not distributed equally.

  • Paavo Viilup 17:08 on September 20, 2011 Permalink |
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    September 20 

    Work on project.

    Or learn to code: http://www.codecademy.com/

  • Paavo Viilup 11:04 on September 14, 2011 Permalink |
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    Please write a short text mini essay approx… 

    Please write a short text/mini-essay (approx. 250 words) on the following question (discussion question 2 in chapter 1 of The Book): “Do you expect another “age” to follow the information age? What do you think it might be?”. Apply a reasonable tag.

  • Paavo Viilup 09:41 on May 31, 2011 Permalink |


    Please give me feedback.

    • Erik-Silver Toomere 09:43 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You’re too mean! (no you’re not)
      Zero is not a number (I suck at maths)

    • Silver 10:17 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      + Competitive with Physics, when it comes to interesting lesson construction and dept
      + We got to construct an actual tower computer… awesome

      we never finished dealing with the computers
      be gentle with the extensive use of the number also known as zero (only when necessary)

      (I may or may not add more)

    • Erik-Silver Toomere 10:19 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Will there be classes on motivation?

    • Sander 10:20 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The good
      Lessons are always interesting and a high-point in the day.
      The assignments and essay topics are always interesting to both write and read about.

      The bad
      As the infotechnologist of our school, try and educate the other teachers how to operate info technology. If all the teachers posted everything on the web, our lives would be betterer.

    • alex 10:21 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The lessons are quite well structured and you seem to have thought everything through which is a plus. The essay topics sometimes are just so horrible but I am guessing that the topics at the exams will not be any better so it’s okay. You should not expect everybody to work at the same tempo especially with the coding part because some of us just take longer to understand everything. There is no point in making disappointed faces at us if we don’t get it! Maybe some more feedback during the presentations would be better because I feel it is a bit lacking. Everything should be corrected on time if we have to hand our works in on time. Otherwise I am pleased with the subject and the topics we have gone through.

    • Taavi 17:26 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Duplicating yourself (Joel)
      Interesting lessons

      parse error, unexpected T_variable $Paavo on line 1, referer /feedback/negative.php

  • Paavo Viilup 09:07 on May 30, 2011 Permalink |
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    Monday text production 

    Some people clearly wish to practice creative writing, here’s a chance to do just that.

    Please write either an essay or a piece of flash fiction.

    The title is “And so it ends, only to begin again”.

    EDIT-MAKE: Due date is Wednesday evening.

  • Paavo Viilup 07:30 on May 23, 2011 Permalink |
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    Another essay Monday (almost the last) 

    This needs to be done by Tuesday (May 24) 10 AM.

    The topic is this: “Is it all (ITGS; ICT; web apps; computers; bits and bytes) worth it? Wouldn’t it be better to move into a hut deep in the forest, read poetry and hunt for food? Discuss.”

    And a reminder concerning tomorrow: you have the opportunity to work on your essay/ratemyfood for 100 minutes. Do not use the time for working, checking out memes and other irrelevancies as the due date for both is Thursday.

  • Paavo Viilup 09:15 on May 16, 2011 Permalink |
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    Essay Monday 3 

    Dearest students,

    please analyse the possible impact of Microsoft’s Skype deal on your Grandmother’s online habits.

    I make joke.

    The actual topic for today is:

    “Skype was recently acquired by Microsoft. Discuss both the deal’s impact on the proverbial regular user and the reactions to the deal based on a selection of technology sites/blogs.”

    The latter requires you to write a media review based on at least 6 (six) sources.

    Due date = Thursday (May 15) 10:00 AM.

  • Paavo Viilup 07:01 on May 9, 2011 Permalink |
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    Monday task 2 

    Yesterday, your Mom announced that she is going to get a new computer. Also, a reality lapse occurred and there are now three possible strains of the future:

    1) Your Mom wants to get a Mac and you have to convince her to get a PC with Linux. (Brent, Taavi)
    2) Your Mom wants to get a PC with Windows and you have to convince her to get a Mac. (Sander, Erik)
    3) Your Mom wants to get a PC with Linux and you have to convince her to get a PC with Windows. (Alex, Silver

    (we’ll randomly divide the topics in class, two people per topic)

    Because your Mom won’t listen to verbal reasoning, you have to write an essay-ish text to convince her.

    Please tag it mondaytask2.

    Due date is May 12 (Thursday).

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