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  • Taavi 11:53 on September 7, 2011 Permalink |
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    Blue pill vs Red pill 

    + Able to compute
    + Able to understand PHP and CSS
    + Able to write adequate essays with required register and vocabulary
    + Able to analyse and comment on peers’ works
    + Able to get positive kdr in BFH

    • Unable to avoid ytops
    • Unable to stop sharing while downloading torrents
    • Unable to hide my ip when downloading
    • Unable to aquire an apple product
    • Unable to complete the ITGS project (distinct project!?)
    • Unable to choose a better anti-virus/firewall instead of WSE/WF
    • Unable to create a longer list
     
  • Taavi 18:12 on June 1, 2011 Permalink |
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    “And so it ends, only to begin again”. 

    It is 1st of June and the IB year 1 ends. But does it mean there is no homework? No it just ends to begin again. Just so you know for summer “holidays” the necessary assignments include “ITGS Project, TOK essay, Math Porfolio, Extended Essay, Bunch of lab reports, etc.”. Lets just say you are sitting at your laptop reading this sentence and you know that there is 31 degrees outside but NO! you cannot leave your laptop and go to the beach. It is just because you know the school has ended just to begin again on holidays. Yeah it is great to study not so much. But well there is nothing you can do, even your excessive computer skills will not help you because time is limited and you cannot cheat now by just posting this post before the deadline unfinished and finishing it after the deadline by just editing the post before Paavo can read it. Yeah we all know you have done it, you cannot hide it from the PAFF. But actually this is not what I wanted to discuss today, it was just an intro to the wonderful summer in front of us.
    The reality is that it seems as the world as we know it is coming to an end. As we all have noticed there are frequent blackouts. It is actually the all mighty GOD testing his new supercomputer the Yobibytus. And yes we are talking here about the main character in the fiction work “The Bible.” Just to be on the safe side I must quote Urban Dictionary “And God replied: I am Who Am.
    And Moses quickly corrected him saying that it should be I am Who Is. But God never was any good at grammar.” Yes, that’s right GOD has never been good at grammar that’s why he probably misspelled “Job”ibytus. Though we all know it is hard to remember your best friend’s name after drinking wine night’n’day. But what do we know its GOD we are talking about. Well, back to the topic, GOD was testing his supercomputer, but frankly he forgot that he was using Windows. At the moment when he was going to hit enter after having typed GOD into the Google Search (Yes, we all like google’ing ourselves, isn’t it funny?? Anybody? Ah, forget it!).Anyways at the very moment the thing what we love the most about Windows happened. Yup, the Windows Update restarted the computer just because it can. That made GOD so furious that he said: “That its!” (Mind his great grammar) And on that very moment on 21st of December 2012 he ended the company called “Microsoft”. All normal people were so happy that the empire had fallen that they all killed themselves just to praise GOD. And so it ends… The World as we know it of course…. but only to begin again…

    THE PROBHET

     
  • Taavi 11:07 on May 23, 2011 Permalink |
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    “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? “ 

    Nowadays all our life is computerized and we do not understand how much on them do we rely. To understand this we would have to think of the world without computers and compare it with living in a hut deep in the forest, reading poetry and hunting food.

    Imagine that one day there is no electricity, which could become a reality in 2012 during the enormous sun storms. Imagine an ordinary work day. You wake up and realize that your mobile did not wake you up, in fact it is dead. You do not know what time it is because all of the clocks have stopped at 0:00 AM. You do however understand that it is not the right time as the sun is shining bright outside. You walk into the kitchen and want to fry yourself some eggs, but you cannot because your stove works using a microchip which does not have power. You look at the fridge and see that it is empty. You decide that you go to shop to buy something. Your door does not open because it works using a remote system. No worries, you crawl out of the window and step into the car, as it can be opened using the key. You want to start the car but it does not start, as it needs a confirmation from the motherboard and electricity to ignite, which it obviously cannot as there is none. So you decide to take a walk to the shop, but you realise that you have used metro every time you go on foot. Luckily you remember that metro works on fuel in your city, so you wait at the station. Then someone comes and tells you that the mainframe of the metro does not work and metros are not in service. You get mad and move back to your hut in the forest. Yes, you are living in a computerized house in the middle of a forest. You give up on life and start reading poetry and decide to hunt animals for food.

    But what if there was no info technology at first place. What if you were already used to hunting food and reading poetry? The answer is everything would still be normal, just another kind of normal. So to ask yourself is it all (ITGS; ICT; web apps; computers; bits and bytes) worth it, then the answer is of course no.

     
    • Joel L 13:02 on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      so, on a good—-bad scale,
      hut-in-forest life and your current life are equal?

      • Silver 14:11 on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        @Taavi Very original approach

      • Taavi 16:14 on May 23, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If my hut has a tennis court next to it, then I think there is nothing more that I need. And yes, I do not need computers to play tennis…(wooden rackets, natural strings, leather ball, if you were wondering)
        So yes hut-in-forest life would be equal to my current life.

  • Taavi 17:50 on May 18, 2011 Permalink |
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    Microsoft Skype 

    “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 recent purchase of Skype by Microsoft has created a panic among the users of Skype as they seem their free of charge communication possibilities might be under attack. This is however not the case as there will be no major changes to the regular user as this change of ownership is merely cosmetic. It is the same as with football clubs, if the owner changes then nothing changes with the club as the apparent side, the players on the field and the staff, is untouched. This is also true for Skype as it has reached its maximum potential properties as peer-to-peer communication software.

    Though this purchase might not affect Skype it might affect the mobile network providers and cell phone users. Firstly as Microsoft now owns Skype they are most likely to embed it into their Windows Phone 7 and working together with Nokia they might work out a solution that would use Skype to make cellular calls when Wi-Fi is available. This of course would mean cheaper call prices for the user but a necessity of using Skype.

    Another area where the change of ownership might have impact is the users of Windows 7 as it is likely that Microsoft is going to embed Skype in their next upgrade or even an update. This means that the 300 million users would have an icon of Skype on their desktop even if they do not want to use Skype. Also all the enterprise users will have Skype on their computers which would be a huge impact point of Microsoft if companies started using Skype as their regular VoIP service.

    So in general there will be no visible changes for the regular users but Skype will make its way into mobile phone industry and all of the available Windows systems. Meaning that the average user of Skype will get their application on Windows systems automatically, so their life will get easier.

    The reactions of the 8.5 billion dollar purchase asked a lot of questions. Why did Microsoft buy Skype? This is the question to bear in mind because there is no tangible reason for Microsoft to buy a company that was in dept and whose revenues are falling. Most of the technology sites brought out the fact that Microsoft bought Skype to keep away rivals like Facebook and Google. This is not entirely true as neither of the companies made real offers on Skype nor were they really interested in acquiring Skype. It is even better for Facebook that Microsoft has Skype as Microsoft is one of the shareholders of Facebook. So what is it that made the software giant buy the unprofitable company? The reason lies behind the intermingling with Microsoft’s other systems like the above discussed Windows and Windows Phone, but also the gaming platform Xbox and Xbox live, and last but not least the Office programs.

    The tech world is waiting for the embedding of Skype into Microsoft devices. The first one to get Skype will most probably be the Windows Phone as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said: “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world. Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.” So we will see the world where all people will use Skype wherever they are situated. So maybe just maybe thanks to Microsoft calling will be a history and Skyping will be the future.

    Soruces:
    http://www.rediff.com/business/slide-show/slide-show-1-tech-how-skype-will-change-microsoft/20110517.htm
    http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2011/05/dont-expect-any-rapid-changes-to-skype-now-microsoft-owns-it/
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-10/microsoft-said-to-be-negotiating-purchase-of-internet-call-provider-skype.html
    http://gigaom.com/2011/05/09/why-microsoft-is-buying-skype-for-8-billion/
    http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/05/microsoft-buys-skype-2/
    http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-pick/microsoft-buys-skype-20110510/
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/10/microsoft-buys-skype-biggest-gamble-yet

     
    • Paavo Viilup 10:20 on May 19, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very good. I like how you blend the two sides of the task into one coherent whole and integrate the media review as continuous text and not separate quotes. Excellent!

  • Taavi 11:06 on May 17, 2011 Permalink |
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    UX 

    INDEX (Visible to all)

    • Logged_in=true -> Home page (if the user has logged in he wants to see the most important info available which is on home page)
    • Logged_in=false -> Login page (if the user has not logged in he wants to log in thus he sees forms to log in)

    HOME (Visible to logged in users)

    • Pictures of 4 top rated foods (the user wants to see the foods that other like to make a choice if he likes the same or not)
    • Pictures of 4 recently rated foods (To get immediate feedback of others’ users thoughts and share their own opinion)
    • Access to fridge (possibly a huge link which cannot be missed, because it is the place where the user can get the full overview of the ingredients)
    • Links to Profile page and Log Out link (these are not so important links, meant for the user to get info about himself (not really necessary but people like to view themselves) and log out is necessary for people to leave the page but it is small because we want to keep them on the site)

    FOOD (Visible to logged in users)

    • Huge picture of food (the purpose of this is for the user to get a visual overview of what he is rating)
    • Rating radios (on the top just below the name to be read immediately and to make the rating process as fast as possible)
    • Other info about the food : (quantity, rating, expires) (not necessary for average user but needed in order for the user to get feedback)
    • Links to Profile page and Log Out link (these are not so important links, meant for the user to get info about himself (not really necessary but people like to view themselves) and log out is necessary for people to leave the page but it is small because we want to keep them on the site)
    • Also there is an option to get to the home page if one clicks on the name of the site

    PROFILE (Visible to logged in users)

    • Pictures of 4 last rated foods by the user (the user wants to see the foods that he has rated recently to know what others have thought about the food)
    • Pictures of 4 top rated foods by the user (the user wants to know what he likes the most to see if others also like them)
    • Pictures of 4 least rated foods by the user (the user wants to know what he likes the least to see if others also dont like them)
    • Statistics (ratings, avg. Rating, last login) (To know how active he has been)
      • Small link to fridge (to get access to the overview which is less important than to rate foods)
      • Small log out link (necessary for user not for us)

    FRIDGE (Visible to logged in users)

    • Table of all foods in the fridge (foods ordered in the table by the expiration date)(has links to view foods, if user is MOTHER then there is an option to add foods and to edit the existing foods if some of them have been consumed)
    • Search box (in order to filter the table  so the user can find the foods he or she likes)
    • Links to Profile page and Log Out link (these are not so important links, meant for the user to get info about himself (not really necessary but people like to view themselves) and log out is necessary for people to leave the page but it is small because we want to keep them on the site)

    REGISTER (Visible to all)

    • Form
      • Username (needed for identification)
      • Password (needed for identification)
      • Confirm password (needed for adequate password)
      • E-mail (needed for )
    • Register button (takes the user to confirmation page (Registered page) given that data provided is correct)
    • Small link to Login Screen in the corner, if the user made a miss click and cannot find back button in the browser)

    REGISTERED (Visible to those completed the register form)

    • Confirmation text about the registration process
    • Double links to Login Screen (user wants to get to login page to login to the site to start rating)

    LOGIN (Visible to all)

    • Form
      • Username (needed for identification)
      • Password (needed for identification)
    • Go button (if user clicks it he can log in provided that username and password are correct) (he is taken to the Home page, if data provided is incorrect a message about it will appear)
    • Register button (if user clicks it he will be taken to the Register page where he can register to the site)
     
  • Taavi 19:29 on May 11, 2011 Permalink |
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    mac in tosh vs. personal computer with Linux 

    When computers cross with mothers then there is no doubt what operating system to choose. It is because mother’s use computer for searching info, communicating and paying bills online. As can be seen from the last word these all are ONLINE thus platform independent meaning there is no difference what OS to choose. Though there is only one thing that makes the difference for an ordinary mom. It is the fact that the only platform based application they use is a document editing software which does not require much computing power. So when it comes to choosing between Mac and PC with Linux, then there is no essential difference between them for mothers as they do not use the fancy extra properties that each of them might include. As it comes down to word processors then Linux has an advantage of the software called Wine which allows to run Windows applications thus allowing the mother use her favoured MS Office. There is though a native version of MS Office for Macs but it does not have all the capabilities of the one available on Windows and Linux through Wine. So Linux has the head start.
    Though Linux has better usability for mother’s there is the design that comes to the rescue for Mac. We all know that Mac’s are considered to be the best looking computers available. But when it comes to looks there is also money involved. So one must ask the question: do you need an accessory that has no actual purpose? Or is it really worth the pointless waste of money just to show off to your friends that you have someone’s bitten apple on your computer. The answer is NO, as the mother with a regular PC with Linux can buy jewellery for the money they saved by doing the right decision. So as you might have just understood from the hints that it is MONEY that makes the difference between a Mac and a PC with Linux. Linux is free and is constantly updated whereas Mac OS X costs a fortune and the only update you get is when you upgrade to a newer version which also costs a fortune. So by choosing Linux you get better for free. And what is even better is that PCs are on sale all the time, and what is better for a mother than a red label stating 30% off. It is an immediate magnet for moms, so when it comes to choosing between Mac and PC with Linux you should first check your purse then the jewellery then the Mac then the PC then the jewellery again then the Mac then the jewellery again and make your decision: SMALL & STUNNING or BIG & FANCY.

     
    • Paavo Viilup 09:58 on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Macs vs Mac’s? The first is in the plural, the second in the possessive case.

      Also: So one must ask the question do you need an accessory that has no actual purpose. -> So one must ask the question: do you need an accessory that has no actual purpose?

      Other minor language things as well.

      Additionally, Mac OS X is not THAT expensive, the computer is though, although you always have to consider what you actually get with it and so on, but the basic idea of cost is certainly valid when comparing Macs with Linux-based PCs.

      And the jewellery argument would actually work on moms, I guess. Although a Mac is also a great giant jewel, in a way 😀

  • Taavi 18:10 on May 4, 2011 Permalink |
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    Twitter speedness 

    The “death” of Osama bin Laden has created a lot of fuzz al around the world but the manner in which the world got to know about it might be even more interesting topic. All of us should think that the official announcement made by the White House on Osama’s death took the centre stage but it is actually twitter and other social media sites that made the announcement come so unprepared and early.
    It is obvious that the White House wanted to delay the release of the info about Osama’s death until the first consequences of it had been passed and a proper speech for Obama had been made but due to the spread of the info on other media channels they had to make a rush announcement. It is obvious to all of us that when rumours spread the one whom it is about needs to make a statement on whether it is true or not and if the one is too late the opinion of the population cannot be changed.
    In the case of Obama’s announcement on Osama’s death the rumours spread in a tremendous speed leaving no other choice for Obama to confirm the fact that had already been confirmed by various trusted sources. If it had not been twitter and other media sites but from person to person the info would not have spread too far making it possible for Obama to delay the announcement for a day. But as twitter and Facebook was used the info spread in an instant to millions of people who themselves re-tweeted it making the info reaching too large of a population for the White House to delay their response.
    This instance however is nothing out of the ordinary nowadays as all the social media available online makes the spread of info almost inevitable. Leaving the governments and other officiating bodies with no choice but to make rush decisions and announcements. Certainly there is nothing bad about the info of the death of probably the most hated guy in the world spreading faster than supposed but it could start to become an issue for the governments as can already be seen by the scandals surrounding WikiLeaks.
    So in general rumours do speed up the responses but in this case it did not make too much of a difference as everyone was expecting the “damn bastard” to be caught sooner or later.

     
  • Taavi 10:33 on April 4, 2011 Permalink |
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    The client needs a portal for the librar… 

    The client needs a portal for the library information kiosk which would speed up the use of the kiosk. The portal needs to include links to various library databases, electronic catalogues and other sites users visit.

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

      This is a pointless post. Look down.

      • Sander 10:49 on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If you’re doing it for the school library, you can use the school’s website. The database solution would be similiar to the original site, but instead of students you will have books.

    • Erik-Silver Toomere 10:47 on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Make a neat looking webpage with lots and lots of links

    • alex 09:30 on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah a website is the best solution for this problem with sliding menus and what not

    • Taavi 09:52 on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

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  • Taavi 16:39 on March 30, 2011 Permalink |  

    I can now do:
    HTML, CSS and a bit of PHP (date, foreach, isset, if, echo. arrays, functions, get, function…)
    I would like to be able to do:
    JavaScript sliding menus

     
  • Taavi 15:49 on March 27, 2011 Permalink |  

    E-elections 

    Estonia e-election of the Parliament of 2011 took place from 24 of February till 2 of March. Altogether there were 140 846 people who used the possibility of voting online which is about 24.5 % of all the voters. In this essay I will write about the social and ethical aspects of the e-election as well of the IT systems and the impact of the online voting on Estonian society.

    E-elections help the immobile or those who live in remote places. The main idea behind e-elections is to provide an opportunity to all people to have a comfortable voting experience. E-elections provide a possibility for the voters to vote from their own homes and what could be more comfortable than voting from one’s own household. The fact that there is a possibility to perform the voting in one’s own home means that those who are immobile or live in remote places and the access to their voting precinct is limited have a possibility to vote and thus make changes in the governing of their country. According to Internet World Stats 75.1% of the Estonian population uses internet as of June 2010. The percentage is obviously larger than the participation percentage so definitely e-elections bring voting to a larger audience and make their experience more comfortable.

    The IT systems used in e-elections are unreliable. The main issue about the e-elections is that none of the votes can be controlled as there is no physical trace of the voting process. In an Estonian TV Show Pealtnägija man named Paavo Pihelgas proved that the IT systems of the e-election can be manipulated. He proved that without the knowledge of the voter or the Republic’s Voting Committee the votes can be made to disappear. It works so that the voter casts a vote but the   Republic’s Voting Committee does not receive the vote as it is caught by a third party who wants to manipulate the voting results but the voter gets the feedback that the voting process has been completed. This flaw means that the voting results of the e-elections are not reliable and that is also why Centre Party gave in an application to annul the voting results of the elections.

    E-elections lead to corruption in politics. It is clear that politicians and parties use all possible techniques to manipulate the voters to vote for them. There are numerous misdemeanours in the way politicians and parties advertise themselves. Advertisements tend to change the mind of the voters and thus there is a rule that no public advertisements are allowed on the streets month prior the Election Day. But this rule does not include advertisements in the Internet. This means that voters might see ads just seconds before conducting their vote in the e-election system resulting in their change of mind of whom to vote for. This is something that will never happen when voting in the local precinct. This kind of manipulation using advertisements seconds prior to voting means that the politicians and parties are not chosen because of their premises or actions but how good their ads are.

    The e-elections of the Parliament surely have up and downsides. The IT systems might not be as secure and the rules of advertising do not apply to Internet but e-elections still bring voting to a larger audience and help the immobile and people in remote areas. Also one must not forget that it is due to the e-elections that Estonia is considered to be one of the leading e-countries in the world.

     
    • alex 10:37 on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The introduction is quite good because it explains what the aim of this essay is. The numerical values are also quite necessary in my opinion because it already emphasizes the fact that already 1/4 uses online voting. This can give the reader a sort of comprehension of what it may be in the future if it is already this high right now.
      The first body paragraph was well written. I am not sure if we were supposed to evaluate this topic or not but if we were then a negative side would have also been good to bring out. I understand that this was an improvement in the ethical and social concerns but an issue would have also given a lot more to it. I think it was also good that you brought out the internet users numerical value to yet again gice the same effect as in the introduction.
      The second paragraph critizises the Estonian e-elections which is good because Estonia is at the very beginning with this system. I don’t see any way to shed some positive light on to it. Good that you did some research by studying the Pealtnägija show. This makes the essay more reliable.
      The third paragraph seems to be a bit vague in my opinion. Because the voting should conducted on a page with no distractions and pop-up windows. Maybe some politicians do bribe the webpage admins to put up some ads but I think this is not the best issue to talk about. If you wanted to talk about politics then maybe it would have been better to say that they bribe some computer genius to hack the system and tilt the results in their favor or something like that.
      The conclusion in my opinion is good, it sums everything up and puts a full stop to the essay.

    • silver 14:25 on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      ” In this essay I will write about the social and ethical aspects of the e-election as well of the IT systems and the impact of the online voting on Estonian society.” – Don’t comment on what you are going to do.

      Paragraph 1:
      You repeated the word “confortable” a few times too many.

      Paragraph 2:
      I liked that you placed Paavo Pihelgas into a contex. This will sure add clearity to forigners’ minds.

      Overall, I think that the points you made were understandable and suited well. However, I think that more could have been discussed, concerning the problem (ie: Identity theft)

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