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  • Brent 11:50 on September 7, 2011 Permalink |

    What I suck at but would like to… 

    What I suck at but would like to do:

    * PHP coding.
    * Understand how databases work.
    * P2P.
    * DHT and P2P.

    What I’m good at:

    * I’m quite gangsta in CSS(basic) and HTML(basic).
    * I know-ish how to build a computer.

  • Brent 09:41 on May 31, 2011 Permalink |


    Feedback give me please!?

    • Silver 09:51 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      + You have learned to give proper feedback (comments)
      + Presentations are always interesting (amusing, funny)
      – Should take stuff more seriously (presentations)
      (may be something more either +/-)

    • Sander 10:05 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You laugh at my jokes, we can be friends.

      • Sander 10:27 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You should probably try harder at your writing. You’ve become pretty damn good at coding but formulating arguments is not your strong suite.

        Good job, brah

    • alex 10:06 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You actually take things seriously in class when needed but also tend to goof off too much. Jokes should be taken in moderation not in excess. Don’t be so emotional with the zeros. They do not mean anything. Just do what you need to do, it is not important if you miss the due-date. Presentation skills are quite good, a bit of humour goes a long way. Most of the time though I find it lacking in information because the comedy part is dominating. You know the topic but you do not use all of the knowledge. Your essays also depend too much on moods. You should always try to give it your best. At least with the coding part you have shown effort nad really tried to get things working. Good job!

    • Paavo Viilup 10:09 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      In American comedies (and other films) they refer to people like you as “dudes”. It’s not strictly a word with a negative connotation, but then again, it’s not all good either.

      You are terribly lazy and shallow. This may seem like a harsh statement, but in a group of six, these things become very apparent. Things have improved a lot since September 2010 (this is apparent in the coding sessions with Joel, for example), but I think you can be even more thorough.

      Take, for example, your essays. You have solid points, but you do not take the time to really elaborate on them and thus they are very short and not specific enough. You need to spend more time on them and consider more aspects. Your English is fine (at least for ITGS), but you really DO need to spend some more time on essays.

      That being said, you are very nice and friendly “dude” and you participate in discussions. And you have improved a lot since September, this is something which you should appreciate, but not let it go to your head.

    • Erik-Silver Toomere 10:24 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We must somehow collaborate and start mending eachoters’ mistakes.
      All the pros and cons that come up I usually spew in your face but we must be more… constructive!

    • Taavi 17:15 on May 31, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Unique presentations
      Not so silly jokes
      Hidden effort

      Argh why?

  • Brent 04:26 on May 24, 2011 Permalink |


    Technology is all around us. We are really addicted to the stuff. I personally cannot imagine a life without technology. Communication, economy, medicine and politics all rely on technology and could not exist in a way as we have come to know it. Technology has made more opportunities possible than ever before. Though everybody agrees with this some people have begun to ask questions with the main concern of humans being to addictive of technology and ponder upon that the natural side of humans is dying. Would it be better to leave it all and go back into the forest?

    The answer of course is NO. First of all the whole, getting connected with nature, it is fun but people have forgotten how dangerous and unforgiving nature actually is. Watching it on Animal planet is not quite the same as living in it. Humans are not built to be super hunters. Compared to most mammals, we have no claws, we cannot climb, we do not see in the dark very well and so on. We are not fit for nature.

    Technology is our strongest weapon. With it we have created a nice friendly habitat where we can feel safe. It has developed for thousands of years, though only recently has it become so advanced and Great. So why should we live it. This would just be stupid. The possible reason is just, that some people think we have “won” nature, by creating our own little world in the world and now, we should just acknowledge victory and move back into the huts, leave our technology and let nature dictate our lives again. But this would just be stupid. I think no species would actually do it, including us and that is why we are probably never going to do it.

    Though it is stressful living in the modern world, worrying about things, that actually do not make a difference, it is still a much better plan, than living in the wild, hoping every day that a Grizzly bear does not come and bite my face off or something.

    • Paavo Viilup 06:58 on May 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You do realise that mankind has lived without technology for far longer than with it? Can’t really say we are not fit for nature. Though I do agree that nuclear weapons are our claws and venom, in a way.

  • Brent 18:35 on May 16, 2011 Permalink |


    The story of the Site…

    • The user arrives at the page
    • If the person does not have a user they can create it when they select the “Create user” link below the “Log in” possibility
    • After creating a user, or if the user logged in via the user log in possibility, the user arrives at the main user page, which is common for every user.
    • Here the user can give “user ratings” to the products that are available for the user

    On a side note: The system sees about 10-20 products max, which the admin can add/change/remove. One patch can be from a day to a week, depending on the admins choice

    • When the user wants to see their previous ratings and/or change them then they can do this if they select the “My ratings” from the user’s personal “User navigation menu”
    • Under “My Settings” the user can see their name( just in case they forgot it) and change their password. Also the user can choose to delete their account there
    • That’s basically it on the average user’s part
    • The user who has the “User with Administrative User abilities” has a longer menu which has a few more features
    • First is the “Users” where the Admin can choose the faith of other users
    • The second is “Food settings” where the admin can control the products, which the other users can rate. Here the Admin can add/delete food. If the admin deletes food here then the food in the other tables(on the main page and in “My ratings”) will also disappear.

    This is basically it

    • Joel L 10:27 on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Based on first 4 points, my understanding is:

      I can log in, see a list of my products, and can rate them. Why would I want to rate my products?
      What does “are available for the user” mean?

  • Brent 08:22 on May 16, 2011 Permalink |

    Dearest Mom! 

    I heard that your old computer made it to its judgment day. Because buying a new computer can be a great fresh start for you, why not change your operating system as well, because that was the cause of the failure for your last computer.
    Right now, there are only two possible alternatives to windows. One is Mac OS X from Apple and the other is Ubuntu (Linux). The popular opinion would suggest that you should Mac because of its reputation and that it’s just fancy looking. Because I am quite a hipster I
    would actually advise you to get Linux. Why should you trust my judgment you ask, well cause I am you son and I actually have some good points, which prove why getting Ubuntu is better.One of the best things about Ubuntu is, that you can actually get it for free and put it in any PC that you choose. Though Mac OS is not so expensive itself, it requires an Apple computer and those things are very expensive and if anything was to happen to Apple (evil)corporation then this would make Apple and thus Mac OS users’ life really hard. Ubuntu is also easy to install, just like an ordinary program, you just download it and install, it itself takes care of the rest.
    Also I understand, that moving from one OS to another is difficult and that is why Ubuntu can be downloaded onto a Windows and work parallel with it, so you can switch from Windows to Ubunutu whenever you like and if you then notice that you don’t like it, you can just delete Ubuntu and keep Windows. This is something that you cannot do with a Mac, cause if you have a Mac you are stuck with it.

    • Paavo Viilup 11:01 on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What are you actually suggesting then?

      Windows can also run on Macs via Bootcamp. Ubuntu can’t really run parallel (in real-time) to Windows. Also, there would be no point in doing that.

      Ironically enough, most mothers buy computers based on their sons’ opinions just because it’s their sons’ opinion (no logic required).

  • Brent 19:43 on May 5, 2011 Permalink |

    Apple tracking 

    I am quite sure, that everybody loves technology, its different possibilities and the ways it makes our lives so much simpler. We don’t need to use maps to find places of interest in new towns, or to locate ourselves if we are lost, we can access the web at any location and so on. Nowadays we do not just expect things to work properly, but work fast as well.
    It already seems impossible that one has to wait after information, of any kind, for longer than a few seconds and the fact that, at least in larger modern cities, we cannot access the Internet at all. Another thing we love is our privacy. Because we live in a democratic society, which protects our privacy by law, we expect everyone to respect that.

    The problem is, that sometimes these two “must haves” might go against each other. The latest such clash was when people found out about files in devices like iPhones and iPads, which consisted of logs about different positions where the device had been. According to apple, in a response to this subject, the files were actually about not the location of the device it self, but about the wi-fi hotspots it was near to. Furthermore the range of the hotspots, from the device, could be up to 100 miles, so not a very accurate “tracking system”. The way idevices sent the information to Apple was also anonymous. The problem here is, that people did not fully understand, what the log files meant and that the system could not be turned off. Apple has promised to fix a number of bugs and reasons of concern, of the system, with its next update.

    The system itself seems to be something, which is not there to keep track of people, but to help make the device faster when it comes to connecting to the Internet and finding location. So nothing to be actually worried about. But the incident itself again shows, how people jump to hasty conclusion. They right away saw it as an attack against their privacy without considering, maybe the device actually needs to know where I am, when I want to know, where I am.

  • Brent 09:35 on May 5, 2011 Permalink |



  • Brent 09:34 on April 28, 2011 Permalink |


  • Brent 19:57 on April 7, 2011 Permalink |


    The point of the website is to show different foods, lets say from the fridge, and let people rate them.

    The system will use two IDs

    • Food_ID
    • User_ID(divided into Admin and Average user)

    There would be 2 databases.

    Food database:

    • Food_ID
    • Name
    • Bio(well, if you want to tell a story about where you got the egg, like from a farm or shop. or special features)
    • Ratings
    • Expiring date

    User database:

    • User_ID
    • User_Type(Admin, Average user)
    • Name
    • Bio/Info(Bio and other user related info, like day of creation)
    • Rating history

    Also tables:

    • Main raiting page
    • Personal rating page
    • Expiring table

    Now that the parts have been laid down, how does it all come together:

    As said before, the system will mainly use two ID-s. First of all Food_ID. This is used to recognize the food that is being rated. A table, which users can see, will send the request to the database and retrieve the information for the required food_ID. The Ratings used in that database, will use the information(ratings) given by the users and record em in the database. After a certain amount of time, the ratings will be updated by simply calculating the mean( the sum of ratings given / the sum of ratings = Answer).
    The expiring date will be used as a trigger. If the item has past the expiring date for a day, it would be removed from the table.
    Now this is where the Food_ID makes its biggest play. On to the User_ID

    The User_ID also retrieves information from the database. Now, depending on the User_type, Admins and other users will see a slightly different tables. The average user will see the name of the food, expiring date, rating(of the food) and a field, where they can put their own rating. The ratings themselves, as said before, are related to the Food_ID. Now all users have their own rating page, where they can see and change their past ratings. It works like this: When a user has rated an item the Food_ID of that item will go into the user’s Rating history. Every time a user views the main table the Food_IDs in his rating history will not be displayed. On the personal rating page, there will be a table which shows only those foods which the user has already rated for(like the name implies).
    With the Admin, it’s a little bit different. First of all the Main rating page has a extra field, where the Admin can add items. This will be a row, which has empty spaces in the places of data.
    In the Personal rating page, there will be the same rating table, like the average user has.

    The Admin will also have an Expired food table where the foods, which have passed the “one day over expiring date” line, will be displayed. From that table, the Admin can delete the items from that table and thus from the entire database. This helps the admin to keep on eye on the things they have, for example: Mom can see which foods have expired in the fridge.

    So this is kind of it, I hope it makes sense 😉

    • Erik-Silver Toomere 12:23 on April 10, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Two things.
      Will the user_type be easily manipulated? That is, will the giving admin rights to somebody be easy (a “make admin” button) or a real pain (modifying databases/creating new users and copying old user info)?
      Also, again the expired food thing, just making the background go red or adding a note that “CAUTION! Food x hours/days over exp. date” would be smarter so that users can decide wether they will consume the food or throw it out (since expiration dates never are accurate).
      Otherwise, GJ!

      • Brent 14:38 on April 10, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The user_type could be manipulated like that(easily). The user_type will simply enable the user to see the awesomer tables and manipulate them, otherwise the user function is the same, they can rate and stuff still, so only accessing the pages, the function(which works with type) can choose to either show or no, depending on the type.

    • Joel L 07:33 on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      (I’ll finally read this and give feedback later today, sorry for the long wait)

    • Joel L 22:34 on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Overall, the summary is quite good and thorough.
      (Obviously there are also some inaccuracies, as you’ve never actually built anything like this, but there didn’t appear to be anything very wrong)

      Most important thing to remember (for all of you):

      You should try to clearly separate (in your head!) the data and the presentation.

      For example:

      – User (has id, name, email address, type (admin/normal))
      – Food (has id, name, expiration date, average rating)
      – Rating entry (has user id, food id, rating number and timestamp)

      And now we can have various “screens” that show this data in many different ways
      – Admins show list of all foods, with option to add/edit/delete
      – Admins see list of users, can add/edit/delete
      – All users see list of foods
      – All users can give rating to food
      – All users can see foods they’ve rated, and change the rating
      – When admin is viewing the list of foods, expired or soon-to-expire foods are highlighted.

  • Brent 10:32 on April 4, 2011 Permalink |


    The problem for my client is that, the current website is not up to date(information) and not appealing enough(the coloring and overall design) for the potential customer.

    • Sander 10:46 on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Use the skills you’ve learned in ITGS class, and design a better looking and better functioning site.
      To keep stuff updated, your client can use a social networking solution like Facebook or Twitter.

      • Erik-Silver Toomere 10:50 on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Make it prettier, update the information, sort it out so it makes sense and then add a Twitter feed to create a connection between the client and customer

    • alex 09:31 on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well yeah if the website needs to be updated then yeah a good colour scheme and many menus should be used

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