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  • alex 19:11 on September 14, 2011 Permalink |
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    Another “age”? 

    Yes I do in fact expect the coming of another age. Actually I believe that this is age is nearly upon us if not already here. The “age” that I am talking about is the Connected age which of course involves the internet and a whole bunch of social networks.

    I believe this term “being connected” is a world known phenomena of people creating a Facebook, Twitter, Orkut or whatever social network account and then adding all your friends in order to chat with them, comment on photos and so on. The number of connections is increasing with each day and it seems as if people do not actually need to leave their computers anymore. They actually prefer their virtually displayed friends to meeting them in real life. Even my own parents are spending most of their time on Facebook commenting on their friends lately added new information or pictures. At first I did not expect this to happen that everyone would be so enthusiastic about sharing their private endeavours on the internet but the results are intoxicating. These social networks are spreading faster than the plague. Sooner that we know it the whole population is connected to each other. This is actually quite bad because if people really prefer virtual communication to real life then that might lead to the next step or “age” which would be the artificial age because if people are content with their lives behind the computers then somebody or something has to do all the work. It would not take long to conclude that machines would be the answer.

    I really do hope that this is not where mankind is headed because we all know what happens with artificial intelligence. So I do encourage people do go outside, meet their friends and do some crazy shenanigans together. I am not saying that the Connected age is a bad thing but it can lead to worse consequences.

     
    • Paavo Viilup 05:58 on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We do not really know about AI, do we? Unless you count explorer.exe as artificially intelligent.

      Although commenting here on this post, I do have to concur that the connected age is here. Giving feedback like this would have been unique five years ago, now it feels like a habit (although I get the feeling this is not as common as it could be yet).

  • alex 11:52 on September 7, 2011 Permalink |
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    The goods and the bads 

    Pros:

    • I am sufficiently good at coding when necessary
    • I know much about comptuer hardware and software
    • Thanks to the EE I know a lot more about games, gaming and gameification
    • I know how to analyse different IT situations with appropriate terminology
    • I know how to make thorough presentations and essays
    • I contribute to the lessons

    Cons:

    • I need to learn more terminology
    • I need to learn how to sort important info from non-important in presentations
    • More PHP/database knowledge
    • Need to learn about privacy and security to be more successful in analysing stuff
    • Learn how to design/program games (newbie level at first but higher than rectangles)
     
  • alex 19:17 on June 1, 2011 Permalink |
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    It was a regular night for Uimo He… 

    It was a regular night for Uimo. He was just sitting at home minding his own business when suddenly somebody in his msn started speaking to him. That somebody was Max. He was asking Uimo to come to a party which was going to take place in two hours. Uimo was hesitant at first because he does not socialize at all with Max but then thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to mingle with people. In a few moments everything was set. Uimo knew where to go and how to get there.
    Uimo started preparing himself for the big night ahead. He slapped on his dads cologne, put on his swankiest clothes and gelled his hair. When he looked in the mirror he was pleased with what he saw. It was time to set out to the party. In 30 minutes he arrived and already heard the heavy music beating 500 feet away. He met up with Max and got to know him a little better. During the night he danced a lot, met some new friends and got the opportunity to talk to some girls. It was everything he could have ever imagined. Quite soon though most of the liquor was gone and the remaining dudes and chicks wanted some food. Uimo and a couple of his new friends decided that one guy with a motorbike would go to the nearest McDonalds and bring back a huge amount of burgers.
    Everybody agreed to the plan and gave the guy the money to go and buy the food. The motorcycle whisked away into the darkness and in an hour was back with the food. Everybody came to claim their load of meat including Uimo. Uimo ordered the most food: two big macs, a big tasty and 6 cheeseburgers. He gobbled them down like a monster until he was so full that he could not move. After that so to say epic mealtime the group disbanded. Uimo went home and had a good 10 hours of sleep. When he woke up he felt the need to go to the bathroom to take a massive dump. He sat there for a good 20 minutes. Finally he was finished and satisfied. He started to go to the TV when suddenly his stomach started to turn. At that very precise moment the phone rang. He picked it up and from it a voice asked ” How are those laxatives working out for you”. At that split second Uimo knew that the crap session before had ended only to begin again. He shat for the next two days only to begin again after one day. Ultimately his intestines did not hold out and he died of distressed diarrhea syndrome. Even in his coffin he shat his pants multiple times. This was the story of Uimo the SHATANATOR.

     
  • alex 09:41 on May 31, 2011 Permalink |
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    Alex 

    Feedback give please me

     
    • Sander 10:02 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      DEAREST WARRIOR PRINCESS
      The good
      You’ve got M4D C0D1NG 5K1LLZ, and are always willing to help us out. You also write too much, but I suppose that is actually a good thing. Also, you add lots to the class by always having something to say.
      In case of major distress, you also provide the rest of us eastern-bloc immigrants with sweet sweet music.
      The bad
      Your shirt is silly.
      Also, sometimes you over-prepare for some things, which is not always good.

    • Silver 10:08 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      + essays are as long as JESUS!
      + essays have dept and are quite well built
      + looking forward to your conclusion of your EE
      – Don’t kill yourself if you get a ‘0’, its not you, its everybody
      (I may or may not add more)

    • Brent 10:08 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      +
      Your essays are always too long as are your powerpoints
      The music you play in class is quite good
      You care about the quality of the task, let it be a presentation, essay or some random idea from Paavo
      You know the code of the INTERNET


      Your presentations are too long

    • Erik-Silver Toomere 10:13 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dear Alex(ela – PALINDROMES ARE COOL), over the year that we have mixed and mingled in this great melting pot that is ITGS (and in private life, no homo) it has come to my attention that there’s nothing wrong about you, why the hell do you have to be so perfect!? TEACH ME O GREAT ONE!

    • Paavo Viilup 10:40 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You are very good @ ITGS. Your language is solid (if not exceptional), you analyse well and your presentations are always interesting (sometimes overtly thorough, though, see Prezi on file systems).

      Your coding project is also going well and you are clearly motivated to study that.

      Overall, you should be happy with your efforts and continue in a similar vein.

    • Taavi 17:30 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      +
      Motivation
      Essays, Presentations = great


      Really?

  • alex 04:47 on May 24, 2011 Permalink |  

    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? 

    This is a question that has no definite answer. Every person is different and has his or her beliefs. Some believe that they cannot live without technology others on the other hand think that it is a waste of time. I personally believe that technology is worth it.

    One reason why I believe so is homework. Without music it is impossible for me to study. Some prefer silence and piece while writing exercises but others require music to sooth the brain cells. Also I think that using a computer to write essays and other sorts of written tasks is much more efficient than the old paper pen method. Plus with technology e-mails help us to share our works with others more conveniently and faster. Only a few buttons need to be pressed.

    The second reason in my opinion would be the travelling speed of information. Nowadays information travels from person to person via internet, television or radio in just seconds. I believe if we were to live in little huts deep in the forest then the amount of information that would reach us every day is much smaller because we have a limited living space. If there are no means of mass communication then it is exceedingly hard to know what is happening in distant regions.

    There is also one negative side of technology. Namely people tend to sit too much at home behind a computer chatting, sitting in a social network or just playing computer games. This sort of behaviour damages a person’s eyes, keeps him/her away from his/her friends and prohibits the development of the person’s body. But then again to go live in the woods just because of that is not just cause in my opinion. If somebody really does want to go and live in the forest in a hut then they can do so. The forest is not going anywhere so the option is still available. It all depends on the person and his/her beliefs.

    All in all I would not support the idea of living without any technology in the woods. Computers and other media mediums have given us so much and made our lives exceedingly comfortable. To imagine living in a world without all of this is unthinkable. If somebody has problems with technology then by all means they can go into the forest and read poetry there.

     
  • alex 21:18 on May 18, 2011 Permalink |
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    Recently Microsoft closed the deal on the Skype… 

    Recently Microsoft closed the deal on the Skype purchase. This was quite a shock for most people because it is not everyday a huge company like Microsoft buys a new provision with 8.5 billion dollars. Many analysts think that Microsoft overpaid Skype due to the fact that other companies like Facebook, Google and so on were prepared to pay 2.5 times less for it. There a lot of ups and downs to this purchase, in this essay I will try to cover the biggest ones.

    The biggest obstacle or problem that Microsoft is going to have is with the carrier providers. This is due to the fact that Microsoft wants to integrate Skype into all phones supporting the Windows mobile platform. Since Skype is used to make free calls over the internet or low-cost telephone calls then Carriers see this as a possible threat to their revenues. But then again the integration of Skype with Nokia could lead to extremely beneficial results. If both of them agree on a suitable price for the services for both the supplier and the user then they will stand out as two major winners. Of course with all the other carrier companies it is all a matter of negotiation. Bill Gates also said that they have no intention of jeopardizing relations with mobile companies.

    Microsoft actually bought this company because it did not want it to wind up in the clutches of its competitors. Better to own it for themselves. If to look at this topic from this angle then it would seem to be a completely worthless purchase because Microsoft has similar products like Lync and Windows Live Messenger. But actually Skype gives them another vital aspect which is the profitable telephone service. This is the main element that makes Skype stand out of Microsoft’s products. On the other hand Microsoft could have made the same technology work for them at a far lower cost but this is where the competition comes in. It is always necessary to think only about yourself if a company wants to survive.

    Another bug issue for Microsoft is that with buying Skype all of the problems come along with it. Before the applying of improvement s can begin the old problems need to be fixed. At the moment the biggest problems are first of all interface annoyances. This meaning that there are very many scammers on the network who drive regular users mad with the constant friendship requests. So the privacy or security settings have to be overlooked. Secondly the competition nowadays is quite fierce. A while back Skype had the advantage to outshine everyone with its calling and video-conferencing capabilities but not anymore. Now Google’s Talk, ooVoo and others have the same technology and are striving to beat Skype. Luckily Microsoft is a Facebook investor so this also gives a good opportunity for the integration of Skype into Facebook and for it to excel some more. Thirdly Skype is full of spam which is mostly presented in ads. It is almost impossible to get rid of those and usually a serious headache for most users.

    All in all it is difficult to say whether the Skype deal was a good one or not. It is certain that this new purchase has potential for greatness but also requires a lot of work for it to succeed. Only time will tell whether it climbs to the top or comes crashing down.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/10/microsoft-skype-deal-shocks-analysts
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/itslideshow/8241677.cms
    http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/05/microsoft-buys-skype-2/
    http://techcrunch.com/2011/05/10/microsoft-acquires-skype/
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/how-microsoft-skype-nokia-can-rule-cut-out-obscene-data-roaming-rates-abroad/48983?tag=content;search-results-rivers

     
    • Joel L 13:18 on May 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “the profitable telephone service”?

      • alex 13:24 on May 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes, Skype offers people the possibility to make calls to cellphones and regular telephones with a smaller fee than normal cellphone carriers ask.

        • Joel L 18:57 on May 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          yes, but it’s not like they’re making lots of money from that.

          • alex 19:34 on May 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yes because it has not been brought up to its full potential. But it could be a good source of revenue

            • Joel L 18:14 on May 22, 2011 Permalink

              How is “we charge less money” a good business plan?

            • alex 19:54 on May 22, 2011 Permalink

              well the client is always searching for a provider with the smallest fee hence microsoft has a chance of getting other carriers clients away. Since carriers do not want that to happen then they will have to reach a compromise which will benefit both the carrier and microsoft. The first logical solution would be that the carriers give a percent of the profits to microsoft or something like that

            • Paavo Viilup 07:24 on May 23, 2011 Permalink

              The “percent of the profits” business is the best kind of business! Sort of like the mafia, they don’t sell meat, but they sure like the butcher to share his profits with them.

    • Paavo Viilup 06:40 on May 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Skype is full of spam? Really? I haven’t used Skype for some months now, but I really do not remember any spam anywhere. In fact, I just launched Skype and did not see any spam. No ads even. Unlike MSN (Live as in not Undead or Dead) Messenger.

  • alex 19:48 on May 15, 2011 Permalink |
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    Windows over Linux 

    As I understand the temptation of buying a Linux seems to be exceedingly great but do not make the decision yet. There are other operating systems that are far better than a Linux. I would like to take this opportunity and talk about the magical world that is Windows. I will cover all the points why Windows is better so that the decision will not be a horrible one.

    The first reason why it is not wise to choose Linux is the different distributions. Meaning that Linux has very many different versions with various options created for specific purposes. So if you are not sure what you want to do with the OS then installing a Windows will save you a lot of time and headaches. Secondly configuring the desktop and overall settings is quite difficult on it if a person is not well educated on the Linux OS. Again to avoid any problems and misunderstandings the safest choice would be Windows. Another factor that may confuse a beginner Linux user is software installation. Namely the Linux system functions on the principle that it has sources instead of setup files. This always astounds new Linux users that they cannot find the setup files and ask for help on forums. The lack of suitable hardware drivers is also a source of migraines for most users. This is a problem which does not occur on a Windows. I believe that the worst thing on Linux is that it does not have codec’s automatically installed to listen to music file formats such as MP3, WMA and others. To install these codec’s manually is a real pain best to avoid. As I mentioned above the difficulty of installing software then there is also a obstacle in getting the software. As cruel fate would have it then most new software are only available to Windows platforms which means that Linux users have to spend their time on finding replacement programs for those that are not available. If you run into any of these problems and are hoping to get help from your acquaintances who maybe know something about Linux then it may happen that they don’t know anything about it. On the other hand if you had a Windows OS you would get immediate help because most people are familiar with the features of Windows. If the aim is to have a OS up in a flash without any vast amounts of research then the best option would be to get a Windows. This prevents any problems in understanding how things work and is easy to use.

    In conclusion I think that these points should be taken into consideration in making this sort of important decision. In my opinion the only right choice would be to go with a Windows. It is more user-friendly and more common nowadays.

     
    • Paavo Viilup 10:49 on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ironically enough, you don’t have to buy Linux, just the computer, whereas you essentially have to buy Windows in case you wish to use it with your new computer.

      As far as argumentation goes, you hit the jackpot with the distro and update shenanigans.

      Yet, grammar is a bit off, unfortunately.

  • alex 09:46 on May 9, 2011 Permalink |
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    Is Apple tracking your whereabouts? 

    Some claims have been made that Apple is collecting the location data from iPhones and thus is monitoring each users whereabouts. This concern has made many people anxious about Apple’s doings and issued many questions and problems about it.

    It is true that Apple is receiving location data from the iPhone but not like people suspect they are and not for the speculated reasons. People believe that Apple is receiving this data and monitoring them constantly because the iPhone is gathering this info and sending it to Apple. The truth in fact is that Apple has a special cache folder that collects this data and then sends it through iTunes to Apple. It is not tracking the users whereabouts but in fact it is marking down Wifi hotspots and cell towers that are near the user so that the iPhone connects to these places with little effort and time. These files are also mostly encrypted and the guys at Apple have no access to them because they are anonymous. This ensures the security and privacy of a user. Apple has also announced that this cache folder is has a bug that it collects too much data and they want to limit this and also make it delete old data. They said that in the next software update this glitch shall be fixed.

    Another reason why people are thinking in such a manner and worrying is that they are clueless of the actual facts. This is also Apples fault for not providing the necessary information about what data is being received. Apple has also announced that they intend to include information about this topic so that people would be aware of the fact that Apple is not misusing their data or invading their privacy in any way. Apple feels very strongly about privacy and security that is why all apps have the pop-up which asks do you want to activate location services. At the moment Apple is the only one to have enforced this sort of policy for applications. This makes Apple one of the leading companies in security on the market.

    So all in all people should not worry about Apple’s location data handling. It is good that people are asking questions and want to educate themselves because then Apple can also find out what needs improving. It is natural that people are worried about their personal life and outings but this is one topic that should not be worried about.

     
  • alex 10:31 on April 4, 2011 Permalink |
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    Project problem 

    My client sews dance competiton dresses for children of all ages and it is difficult for her to sell these dresses to other dance clubs other than the club where her daughter dances. She wants to sell the dresses to everyone and not sit on the telephone all the time.

     
    • Brent 10:48 on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Use Facebook to promote the dresses and stuff, by creating a user in facebook, for the company.
      Facebook commeting and thingies can help.

    • Sander 10:55 on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If the transactions take place in the meatspace, use Facebook to organize and advertise.

  • alex 19:53 on March 27, 2011 Permalink |  

    E-elections 

    E-elections are conducted online and have become popular in Estonia since 2005. According to this years statistics the total count of votes was 140 846 all over Estonia. The distribution of votes over the days was quite equal but on the last day the electronic voting skyrocketed into the top compared to the previous days. In this essay I am going to touch upon the three aspects of the ITGS triangle: IT systems, area of impact and of course social and ethical concerns. My sources are from the Estonian Republic Elections Commission and from some articles in Postimees.

    The IT systems in the Estonian e-elections are very untrustworthy and unreliable. There are a couple of reasons for this lack of inadequacy. The first reason being the fact which Paavo Pihelgas in and article in Postimees said that Estonia is using the outdated e-election system which is insecure and prone to errors. If the whole system is out to date then it is east to make an attack on it and then manipulate the results that are being sent to the commission. As Paavo demonstrated in the article that it is easy to install a virus into the computers of voters and then change the outcome of the votes. The principle of this virus would be then to let through all of the votes for a party that is approved and all the others are just blocked in reaching the commission at all. Hence it is exceedingly easy to give a huge advantage for one party and leave the others in the mud. Another negative side of this system is that since it is impossible to make sure who has voted online then many votes can be forged. If somebody takes somebody’s ID number for some money and then votes with that then this leads to manipulated election results. Also if a person votes online then who is there to stop them from voting using the conventional methods also? The answer is nobody because the online voting system is anonymous and untraceable. Due to these reasons there have been three people in Estonia who have filed complaints against the e-election system so that the results would not be taken into account. Paavo Pihelgas, Ülo Palover and Igor Kukolev are the three men who are protesting against this untrustworthy and outdated system by taking it to the highest power- the Supreme Court.

    I believe the area of impact or possibility of e-elections changing anything permanently is mostly comfort and accessibility. People who use the Internet on a regular basis and are accustomed to the computer would most definitely prefer to use the online version rather than driving to the nearest place where it is possible to vote. Also for persons who live outside of town in very remote places would find it better to vote from their homes instead of driving lets say 50 kilometers into town and then back home. But this change in comfort is more for the younger generation who dabble in electronics on a regular basis. The older generation still value the conventional voting with pieces of paper on anonymous booths. Older people and some younger individuals think that this system is more secure in that it is harder to manipulate the overall result but actually there are some flaws which Ülo Palover brought out that this year the ballet boxes were not sealed shut with the official seal and were transported from building to building. In my opinion the e-elections have a overall impact in the sense that more people are using it to vote thus this could have an impact on the unfair advantages that can be misused by some computer viruses which were mentioned above.

    The use of this online voting system may lead to even more corruption in todays political system. What’s to stop a political party in tilting the whole election in their favor. This would completely devastate the political system because then nothing would be decided by honest means unless of course the security is not tightened. This could ultimately lead to a nation wide riot and huge instability in the entire country. Another problem that may arise is the fact that a vast majority is not capable of using the internet or a computer at all. So if to remove the conventional methods then this puts this group at a disadvantage. Of course it is possible to adapt but this means that this new system is forced onto them and this is in violation of human rights. People should have the choice whether to vote online or with a sheet of paper and pen.

    Overall I think that in Estonia we do not have so many individuals who would decide to hack the elections and then tilt the result in somebody’s favor but then again one can never be to sure. I think that for now the election went well, maybe there were some duplications of votes or other minor infringements but nothing major. I believe that the system is outdated and should be improved so that it is safe to vote and people can actually trust the results without issuing complaints to the Supreme Court.

     
    • Erik-Silver Toomere 10:37 on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Another very solid essay from you but I have some suggestions that will further enhance your essays.
      Spelling, spelling, spelling, spell check often because your essay is filled with very basic spelling mistakes that could be avoided very easily.
      Another thing is the balance of the ITGS triangle, the first topic has a lot of coverage but then the paragraphs start getting smaller and smaller. Balance out the content, I know I do the same mistake but a well-balanced essay looks more solid than a constantly shortening one.
      Otherwise a very good read and I see we covered mainly the same points, however I can say with certainty your use of additional sources made it a more interesting read.
      A five-star rating (out of four)!

    • silver 11:02 on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “In this essay I am going to touch upon the three aspects of the ITGS triangle: IT systems, area of impact and of course social and ethical concerns.” – Don’t comment on what you are going to do.(the point is ok, but the delivery could be different)
      There should be a Thesis statement of some sort…?

      Paragraph 1:
      “Paavo Pihelgas in and article” – typo
      The overall points were easy to understand and mostly adequate.
      I think the first paragraph was to talk about IT systems/technology? – if that is so, some of the text at the lower side of the paragraph did not suit (because they were more about social issues concerns)

      Paragraph 2:
      “paper on anonymous booths” – In booths
      “Older people and some younger individuals think that this system is more secure in that it is harder to manipulate the overall result but actually there are some flaws which Ülo Palover brought out that this year the ballet boxes were not sealed shut with the official seal and were transported from building to building.” -PLEASE CHUNK INTO SMALLER SENTENCES.. atm ‘sense – it almost makes non’.
      “In my opinion the e-elections have a overall impact in the sense that more people are using it to vote thus this could have an impact on the unfair advantages that can be misused by some computer viruses which were mentioned above. ” – repetition of Impact + the sentence makes little sense at some points: rephrase.

      you somewhat talked about the area of impact – I could have liked if you had structured your essay in a way that it would be really easy to understand who/what is targeted with the e-elections. (mention older people, younger people sooner in the text… it would make your paragraph have more structure as it follows through)

      Paragraph 3:
      I didn’t quite catch the social issue concerning ITGS I was looking for something like you had at the end of the first paragraph. (peoples’ rights being violated by the means of their ID cards possibly being misused in ways, that they were mnot meant to)
      Although I was looking for something else, I was pleasently surprised to find out that you had brought out larger concerns, that could occur when e-elections are at all times fixed.
      Since pople still have the choice to choose whether to vote with paper-pen or ID-card, I find the part where you talked about it unnessisary.

      Overall you had some interesting points that you brought out. There were some inconsistencies within the text, that could use some rephrasing.

      Verdict: Good, could be better

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