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  • Brent 13:59 on February 1, 2012 Permalink |  

    Tech 

    Today (01.02.12) the Tallinn Technical University announced that it will prohibit any use of technical gadgets during lectures. The reason was that students were not using their gadgets for study purposes, but rather for entertainment during lectures.

    It seems right away, that the university has not taken into consideration the needs of the students and have just chosen the easy way out. Students who are used to working with computers are put into a disadvantaged position where they must now develop new organizational skills in order to successfully taking notes on paper. This also means that later these students have a harder time studying for exams, since their notes are recorded onto different mediums. Thus a sort of inequality is produced.

    Another concern is that the decision is based on a global research, not a local one. The university has made decisions based on general conclusions and this is quite problematic, since every problem is unique, no matter if the establishments are all universities or not.

    The most depressing side of this news is that it is a Technical university. Thus from the name one would expect a more IT solution, like prohibiting Wifi access or some other filtering, not choosing 19 century tactics and just banning everything

     
  • Brent 09:55 on January 20, 2012 Permalink |  

    Plan of the Research of the Second Era of IB 

    Identify the topic and the problem
    Analyze the current IT solutions of the theaters Given
    Compare to what extent do the current IT solutions accomplish the needs of the theaters
    Research the IT solutions of estonian theaters and cinemas
    Look for solutions by taking into account the preferences of the clients

     
  • Brent 12:53 on December 8, 2011 Permalink |  

    Post title 

    Copyright infringement is not something new: In fact it has existed long before the Internet. Internet just made it simpler. After the emergence of sites like Napster, which started to utilize the full capabilities of the Internet’s rapid sharing possibilities the difficulty of obtaining music, videos and movies became non-existent. Ever since these sites emerged different organizations(BSA) hand in hand with countries(USA) have tried to cut Internet piracy, and the people who practice it, down. The Swiss government lately went in the complete opposite direction, by assuring that it will keep Internet piracy, to the extent of obtaining stuff for personal use, legal.

    Much of their decision lied on a study conducted by them, which actually showed that downloading is not nearly has harmful as the businesses claim it to be. In fact people who downloaded were more likely to buy games or go to concerts. So according to this study, Internet piracy is actually a good thing overall. In fact I have myself once downloaded a game and later bought it, because I liked it so much. Another reason was actually the multiplayer content, but I knew that the game is worth it. If I had not downloaded it before, I actually would not have bought the game for sure. So this thing actually works.

    To be continued, I just could not write right now…I guess no brain juice.

     
    • Joel L 12:29 on December 13, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How many games have you downloaded, played for hours and hours, and not bought?

    • Paavo Viilup 08:08 on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You promised to finish this in the evening (December 8), I see no sign of this (Dec 15).

  • Brent 18:24 on November 16, 2011 Permalink |
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    Are specs relevant. 

    When going to the store to buy oneself a new piece of computer hardware one has to always consider specs. Technological specifications are that, which show us what the machine is capable of and does it provide us everything that we need. So this kind of answers the question that, are specs relevant, because they are. So to develop this question, a add-on should be introduced, that are higher specs always needed, does the machine have to the best of the best all the time, according to specs?

    As mentioned before, the power and capabilities expected from the machine purely depend on the needs of the user. For a work PC the specs can be quite average. Though it should be reminded that some level of power should always be met, so that the computer would not be slow and would a few years a head of it, so that when a new windows comes out for example, one wouldn’t have to buy a new computer. Also the computer should be fast enough, so that the user wouldn’t burn their nerves while waiting for that damn D*ll to fire up and start up the internet and then crash….so to avoid situations like that.

    For playing games, well specs are very important. Not just to have the ability to play the game with good graphics, but also to not overstress the computer and likewise with the work computer, be ahead of its time, so that one could play never games after a few years also. This is specially important with gaming computers, since specifications for games grow much faster than overall specifications needed for a good work computer.

    So far the spotlight is on PCs in general, but a good example to show, that specs are not always the most important things, would be the iPad(2) vs. all other tablets. When comparing the specs on these devices and then the user experience or popularity, then one can see that though specs are quite relevant, they surely don’t mean that a device with lower specs must perform lesser compared with the device with higher specs.

    Specs therefore are quite relevant because nowadays there is probably every kind of PC(including Macs for sure) to suite the need of a person. But the need to have the highest specs is quite trivial, since higher specs do not always mean better experience.

     
    • Paavo Viilup 08:58 on December 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Specs are relevant, because they are?” -??!!??

      Your English is particularly horrible in this post, it impacts the understanding of piece severely. Correctly used grammatical structures also help you make your point more efficiently, as the reader does not have to make your text coherent in his/her head.

      Also, do you know your iPad’s specs off the top of your head? What about your PC/laptop? What do you conclude?

      • Joel L 15:55 on December 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        maybe he was drunk.

      • Brent 16:57 on December 5, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Damn….aga kui hinnete vahetamiseks läks, siis viitsid ja vahetad äkki selle nulli ka lõpuks ära? @ Paavo

        • Paavo Viilup 18:49 on December 5, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          English. It’s a language.

          Anyway, I’m not certain as to what the mark for this should be. It tries to be more than Erik’s effort, yet somehow it ambles around without any focus or aim.

          • Brent 18:53 on December 5, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Mayhaps, I’ll try harder next time

            • Joel L 11:22 on December 6, 2011 Permalink

              My personal (i.e. not influenced by Paavo) opinion follows – 

              I tried reading your post, the first 2 paragraphs were so confusing that I stopped reading.

              Basically, the sentence structure is almost impossible to understand, and if you submitted this is a non-school context, nobody would bother reading it.

              I’m not saying that the content is crap, just that it shouldn’t take more effort to read than to write.

  • Brent 20:20 on November 3, 2011 Permalink |
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    Future 

    Pondering and mindlessly going about in the vast open fields of the internet, one cannot disregard the fact, that there are a lot of videos out there, which convey some form of future vision, thought up probably by the creativity and pass-time section(located near the vending machine) of major companies. They generally tend to look the same featuring white sleek metallic buildings, happy people who use their devices frustratingly slow, some piano and bass music for the background with the occasional guitar and of course holograms Everywhere. Because I had no better gameplan, I decided to go Cracked on this and make a list of the reasons, why companies invest in such a thing.

    #1 Look like a company which looks forward

    The main idea of these videos is to ponder about the future and the technology that will be available there. This is actually quite good that it shows, what are the future plans and visions in which the company is moving or is hoping to move. Thinking about new gadgets that are currently impossible to do, may also show, that the company has a group of pretty talented minds(those guys standing in line for the vending machine).
    By being a company which looks forward also shows the confidence of the company and people leading it, that they will be going nowhere anytime soon. This brings reassurance trust to the investors and clients about the company and its management. So these videos can be actually considered as a PR trick, when you consider the corporate involvement in these videos.

    #2 Placing objectives or goals

    Though companies probably use the videos for PR, they still serve as and somewhat indication on the companies’ goals for the future products or outlooks. Though most of the videos show the same devices, kind of, like holograms and supers sleek and smart smarterthenyoursmart phones, they may just be considered as the goals for companies which have development teams which lack the ingenuity of developing and envisioning new more unique devices.

    #3 Escape from the today’s world

    Let’s face it, the everyday life is just too dull and mundane so why not just escape into the future, where the possibilities are endless. Holographic phones, self driving cars, a house equipped with Siri, the reasons for escape just keep on coming. Have you ever seen any future vision video, that showed that people are depressed and don’t appreciate the devices they have? For the sake of this argument, you have most probably not. This shows, that people who have envisioned these videos have put in their hopes and expectations. They have sort of escaped from the day to day world into something that is bright, clean, nice and worth of dreaming, something that most people probably enjoy to do, when they get the chance.

     
  • Brent 11:38 on October 13, 2011 Permalink |
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    4S 

    Apple has established a certain system of releasing a product in every hmnhm months. Though everybody, including Hitler, expected the coming of the iPhone of the fifth version, Apple unrevealed the iPhone 4s. So what good does the new phone have, that customers should choose this model over any other awesome smartphone out there.

    First of all to eliminate any other model, except the ones Apple provides, is the existence of iOS or even better, the iOS 5. This OS is just pure candy, it works smooth and has many features which make the usage of iDevices even more likeable. To this day I haven’t seen any other OS with the same level of user friendliness and smoothness.

    The new iPhone is also equipped with the new voice command app named Siri. This is a very amazing app that lets you control your iPhone with words, as any other voice command app would do. But Siri is different, it interacts with you, it responds to you, it writes your email and so on, it’s just amazing. Because of this single element I would buy this phone.

    Right now this phone represents the highest peak of where smartphones can evolve, so the importance in acquiring is purely up to the person. Do they want to use the best technological gadgets out there, or can they enjoy the fruits of the somewhat less awesome tech gadgets.

     
    • mariliis 08:35 on November 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      tahan facbooki pildi panna

    • Paavo Viilup 17:57 on December 6, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nevermind mariliis, she’s a horrid person/bot.

      “has many features which make the usage of iDevices even more likeable” – examples would make you piece better.

      “This OS is just pure candy” – colloquial expressions do not in an essay-ish piece.

      “hmnhm” – ?

      Also, maybe a little too short.

  • Brent 19:41 on October 5, 2011 Permalink |
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    Era Essay(hope you fix my zero) 

    Yes there certainly will be an age after this one. The difference is that why do we exclude some era of history form another, the causes. That’s why I have three main views on what could be next.

    The first one is rather optimistic and positive. Because humans are continually evolving onward, the information age just becomes too big and thus has to be separated into smaller pieces that are easier to follow. This categorizing can also be helped by the fact that technology is evolving onward and thus, at some point, can create a need for the separation. The technology that will be the catalyst will be most probably the name of that era, cause information era is already taken. So from this point of view, the next age will just come from necessity to organize are own history.

    The second one is a more fight club-ish future, where the society will collapse on itself because of some crazy dudes(by accident or for the lulz) and bring down everything with it, leaving behind the skeleton of today’s society.

    The third one is what I actually hope for and That is the contact with or arrival of Aliens. Though some expert thinkers like Stephen Hawkins have hypothesised on the possibility that the aliens who may arrive might not be friendly, then well….we would be firetrucked…so my hope is on the aliens will bring peace and prosperity and with it a new grand era for the human race..hopefully something like star wars, because I could use a lightsaber.

    Brainstormed on my iPad

     
    • Paavo Viilup 10:41 on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Brainstormed on my iPad” – this is absolutely redundant.

    • Paavo Viilup 20:00 on December 5, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “The difference is that why do we exclude some era of history form another, the causes.” – Very hard to understand this.
      “So from this point of view, the next age will just come from necessity to organize are own history.” – Isn’t this being done already?

      “so my hope is on the aliens will bring peace and prosperity and with it a new grand era for the human race..hopefully something like star wars” – the grand conclusion, I do not honestly understand whether you’re being serious or writing some form of highly ironical post-everything masterpieces. It’s school you know, based on facts and stuff, not wild theories about Star Wars and lightsabres. Also, quote for the Hawkins statement?

  • Brent 05:55 on September 30, 2011 Permalink |
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    Week structure 

    Wednesday: Project update and news maybe
    Thursday: ITGS stuff like….analysis and stuff
    Friday: Some coding maybe
    Week 4: I agree with Taavi

     
  • Brent 05:57 on September 23, 2011 Permalink |
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    New Facebook layout 

    At first glance, the facebook page looks quite the same: the design, the buttons, color and so on. The changes emerge when one actually tries to do something. The setting buttons are changed, there is a small avatar for some unknown reasons there, where it used to be different setting options. Because of that logging out takes now more clicks with the mouse.
    There also is a news stearm vol. 2 on the right side of the screen. The black outerbox, when viewing pictures, has been removed and been replaced with a slightly trasnparent box, that covers the whole screen. Also the “Recent news” and “Most popular” options for the live stream have been removed and replaced by a “top story” option.
    The changes of the new facebook are quite insignificant and for my user habits, do not change practically anything.
    For the end I’d like to quote a meme from the internet: “The only thing users want is a dislike button, Facebook changes everything else.”

    Additional notes: The new live stream looks exactly like Google+

     
  • Brent 11:45 on September 22, 2011 Permalink |
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    What my mom do 

    My Mother works at a online car shop. This means that her work is full of IT challenges.

    1. The company’s main focus is it’s website. This has to maintained and so on.
    2. The site is a online forum so to say for selling all kind of motor vehicles and equipment.
    3. My mother deals with the advertisements on the site.
    4. She either calls possible clients or clients contact her to buy predetermined spaces, meant for advertisements, on the site
    5. When she sells a space for an advertisement, she sends the design to the IT guy and he
    uploads it onto the site
    6. Profit
    7. She also veiws some graphs and researches to see traits of buyers/sellers(who deal on the site) and thus set a strategy for advertisment space selling on the site vms

     
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