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

    Dearest students,

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

    I make joke.

    The actual topic for today is:

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

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

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

  • Erik-Silver Toomere 14:16 on May 15, 2011 Permalink |
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    Letter from: High Officer Michael, to: parental Unit no. 1 

    Dear Mother,

    I have acquired intelligence material from trusted sources that inform me of a rather worrying fact. Indeed, I am talking about your current operation to aqcuire a new personal computer – and I know you want a Windows-based Operating System. As your son I have to reprimand you for even coming up with the mental capacity to perform such an erroneous thought-crime. Luckily I have not let the scandal reach mass media nor higher echelons of power. It also hurts me that you have refused all means of verbal communication and thus I now have to spend my valuable time to write this letter. As a High Officer of the Skeleton-Formerly-Known-As-Steve-Jobs Local Authority Station 7 it is my great pride to introduce you to the cause that I follow.

    I have done some research on your daily habbits and have decided on a computer that will suit your needs: the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro with a 17-inch screen. Excellent for reading your email and playing Facebook games. It is also neatly designed and I have managed to get the cost down to only 999.99 Steve-Jobsian-Credits. A bargain! Refrain from similar future mistakes or I am afraid the worst may happen.

    You have found this letter highly informative,
    Your Son

    • Paavo Viilup 10:44 on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Less flash fiction, more actual content, please. For creative writing, you get a 7, for an ITGS essay much less.

      Indeed, it hard to find any actual content, because a 17-inch Macbook Pro is hardly something a regular mother would need.

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

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

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

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

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

    Please tag it mondaytask2.

    Due date is May 12 (Thursday).

  • Erik-Silver Toomere 19:52 on May 2, 2011 Permalink |
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    Do you think worrying over Apple’s collection of location data is a valid concern? 

    I would not say that I am paranoid, but at times it does show. For example, when I first learned of Apple, or rather my iPhone, collecting location data my immediate thought was: “Oh ship, I’m so screwed!”. Why the panic? Because to continue using my excellent cell carrier (TELE2 if you were wondering) I had to ‘jailbreak’ my iPhone, now Apple does not approve of this due to what I can only imagine is the money they receive from EMT that holds dominance over the Estonian iPhone market like AT&T used to hold over USA. And of course let us not forget that this ‘jailbreaking’ allows the user to pirate apps for the device (another percentage lost for Apple AND the developers of the apps).
    I then realized I use Foursquare. I feel secure about blabbering my current location to millions of Twitter users and whomever happens onto my Twitter just by Googleing my name. I trust millions of random people more than I trust a big corporation, time to reprioritize.
    Now if I think about the location data and from what I have read, that it “collects the data from nearest WiFi hotspots” and “cell towers (that are often hundreds of miles away)” and of course the fact that “all user data is encrypted” should even calm the craziest of conspiracy nut, and if not then black helicopters.
    But one question still remains in the air, WHY is Apple collecting the data? One theory, by Peter Pachal of the PCmag fame, is that Apple is working on a navigation service which most likely will keep you from gridlocks due to the collected user data which will portray as traffic congestion. However the problem with that is the ‘Maps’ app hard-boiled onto your iPhone. This nifty Google Maps app already shows the traffic congestion in your local area (Estonians: don’t bother looking it up, too little data for it to work) and we further learn that Google has already released a GPS for their Android OS but not for the iOS, further proof that Apple has the spot reserved.
    In conclusion, if you want to get somewhere using GPS don’t be surprised that your location data is collected.


    • Joel L 20:42 on May 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Random comment — 

      you should also differentiate between “Apple collecting data” and “your phone collecting data”.

      It’s not the same thing — I wouldn’t consider writing in my notebook to be “Moleskine® Corporation collecting my data”

      • Erik-Silver Toomere 20:48 on May 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ah good point, BUT the problem was that people thought their phones forwarded the data to Apple (which it technically did)

        • Paavo Viilup 18:58 on May 3, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Maybe implementing this idea into your essay isn’t such a bad idea. Also, the style of the piece should be semi-formal, overtly colloquial idioms (e.g. “to hit oneself in the face”) should be avoided.

    • Paavo Viilup 06:27 on May 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s not very good due to being all over the place.

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