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  • Brent 18:04 on March 30, 2011 Permalink |
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    What can I do and stuff 

    I can do:
    Some HTML
    Basic styling with CSS
    Some things on PHP

    What would I like to know more:
    A very simple database(a site which records some activity or shiznitz) for example, the last few grades for some students on the “random grade generator” page.
    More about styling: Menus, dropdown menus, howering stuff(the mouse thingy.
    Javascripting, for making pages moar fanceh.
    How to create pages, which get their information from another page(like the main page of Tik.edu.ee).

  • Brent 19:29 on March 27, 2011 Permalink |
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    In the late years, Estonia has continually moved toward a vision which is closely involved with the Internet. Because elections are the main basis of any democracy, the e-election is  a part of this vision to make elections available through the Internet and thus making voting more convenient for the voters.

    The elections of 2011 were quite successful. There were lesser complaints, compared to last years and no major glitches, except the update of the results on the homepage, were present. About 24% of voters used the online possibility. I am quite certain, that by making elections more easier, like making them online, can raise the overall number and activity of voters.

    Nothing is never perfect and sadly so goes for the e-elections. Though it worked well in gathering and conveying voting results, it had few major problems, mainly involving security. There were few points where the votes could be manipulated. For starters, in order to vote, voters had to download a program from an unsecured web site. This is problematic, cause the packages sent between the browser and server could be intercepted and manipulated. The second problem was that the votes could not be controlled. Because the only implication of a e-vote was the actual vote, then if it would be caught before it reached its destination, there would be no sign of its disappearance.

    Because of these security issues, there is the problem of people not being able to vote. This raises the question, if we should allow this kind of system, which is false at its very important part, security. A quick answer could be, that every voting mechanism can be false, even the good ol’ paper method but because such a loophole exist doesn’t mean that it will be exploited to its full extent and until proved otherwise all we can do is hope that the error wasn’t exploited to its full extent.

    • Sander 10:34 on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “I reley don wan to say this….but i have to now!” -axman13
      You have some valide ideas in your essay, but you need to practice more. You’re missing the proper structure. Some places are missing a logical progression (first three paragraphs). As for the ideas, you really could have elaborated more. The essay is too short, and you really could have proven your points with a longer piece of writing. The language is mostly good, bar the occasional double negative. But remember that higher level language will help you score!

    • Erik-Silver Toomere 10:51 on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I know you hate writing essays but this is something we need to tackle!
      First of all, all the three paragraphs could be combined as one for the IT systems side of the triangle, this however leaves a big gap in your essay, the two other sides of the triangle, you have barely touched on them and that is a problem since the task was to cover all the sides of the triangle.
      Second thing is the spelling, though there are not that many of spelling mistakes there are, however, logical errors on your side, TPEBKAC* like computer-people would say.
      I want to help you with this stuff so contact me in meat-space.

      *The Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair

  • Erik-Silver Toomere 08:02 on March 27, 2011 Permalink |
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    Estonia’s E-election of twenty-Eleven 

    Estonia is probably, politically and technologically speaking, most well-known for our e-government. All the services that the government offers are readily available online and literally everywhere thanks to our vast WiFi and 3G range. Every citizen has acquired an ID-card which functions, like the name implies, as identification in day-to-day life and online.

    High-mark of this e-liberty is the fact that all citizens of over 18 in age can use their ID-cards to vote online in the e-elections, this however is not yet fully polished system and is prone to have a couple of problems.

    The first problem is the technology behind the e-elections.
    To vote one first had to go to an unsecured website, download a program and only then they could begin with the voting.
    The fact that the program had to be downloaded from an unsecure website could cause some highly malicious problems, for example somebody could attach a totally different program that is to be downloaded thus either giving way to manipulation in the voting system or stealing of private information.
    Secondly, the server seemed to be constantly down. It was near impossible to vote during the day since the program could not connect to the server, from what I have heard it had something to do with third-party services lacking the ability to handle hundreds and hundreds of requests.
    The third problem ties in with the area of impact.
    The results. The results were very undetailed to, at first glimpse, keep things simple and quick. But upon further investigation it turned out that it is nearly impossible to find detailed results or the amount of votes a candidate received. I for example went through about 5 different graphs and 3 webpages and I still could not find what I was looking for.

    Coming back to the topic of manipulation. Corruption seems to be inherent in politics; it has been so ever since the days of ancient Greek. However with the amount of technology used in e-election and the amount of people taking part of the e-elections the manipulations can get ugly real fast.
    One fear was that the e-election system would give the votes to some other candidate and the danger was there, however luckily that did not happen.
    Politicians still seem keen on purchasing votes in the old-school election stations and this brings me to my second point. E-elections could remove these purchases of votes forever.
    However only setting up e-elections will bring us to our third aspect of the triangle: senior citizens.

    With all the attached technology a huge problem will become the senior citizens who have voted by the means of pen and paper all their lives. They can not adjust to the new technology fast enough and thus a large proportion of votes will be left unheard.
    However this problem is only temporary seeing as the technology is slowly overtaking old ways and the new wave of senior citizens are already able around technology.

    In conclusion I truly believe in the e-system and I truly hope that the lasts chinks in armour will be ironed out and we all can enjoy the comfortable future of politics.

    • alex 10:54 on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The introduction was good because you pointed out Estonias level of technology and that we are a e-country. You also pointed out that everybody has an ID-card but that is not true. This is generalisation which should be avoided.
      Technology is explained quite well what were the problems. I think that the sentence where you said the results were very undetailed is a bit hazy in my opinion. You did say that it is impossible to find the number of votes a candidate got but maybe you should have suggested an improvement or what you expected from it. That would have made things more clearer and explained your expectations to since you were talking about personal experience.
      First of all the Greek comment is vague. I don’t study history but why did corruption start at Greek? This is not a huge problem though. The last sentence is written so that it leaves the writers waiting for you to explain it. And senior citizens are not an aspect of the ITGS triangle. You should have written some sentences more about the older generation because it may not be coherent for every reader.
      In the third part you started to talk about senior citizens now. In that case you could have left the last sentence out of the second paragraph. In all the other paragraphs you cover many issues or aspects but here you only talk about one and not very informatively. You should have written more here because this seems to be the weakest pragraph.
      The conclusion is short and straight to the point expressing your opinion which is good. I think this is suitable for the essay.

    • Sander 10:58 on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A very fluent piece of writing, good job!
      Structure-wise, you could make it more of an essay. You could really do without the bolded paragraph titles. You could also write a longer conclusion. Otherwise, you have very good ideas, but you should spend more time explaining your points. Some of your points are explained in a somewhat shallow manner. This is a shame because the points themselves are interesting.In the case of the second body paragraph, use the PEE structure, instead of what seems to be the EEP. The language you used was very fluent, and semi formal as perscribed, good job.

  • Brent 10:36 on March 10, 2011 Permalink |
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  • Paavo Viilup 08:28 on January 17, 2011 Permalink |
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    Week 03 

    Hand was fixed on Friday morning, but as my daughter caught pneumonia, I’m the obvious choice to remain home with her with my CAST-FREE yet wooden (not literally, obv, although I do have a T-shaped titanium plate in my finger now, T as in Terminator) hand. Thus, here are the tasks for this week, I will be back on January 24 and we’ll dedicate next week to starting the ITGS project.

  • Paavo Viilup 06:57 on January 10, 2011 Permalink |
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    Hopefully having my hand operated on tod… 

    Hopefully having my hand operated on today. Will be away at least this week, will see about the next.

    Here are the tasks for the week:

    • convert your previous post back into ASCII (unless you’re Erik)
    • Monday: prepare a talk in which you explain the following article to regular people (http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2011/01/windows-8-to-come-in-arm-soc-flavors.ars)
    • Tuesday: continue with the talk. Also add key terms from chapters 5 & 6 to the wiki. Each key term should have two explanations in case you find two rather different ones (thus, look for two/three, then decide). Read chapters 5 & 6.
    • Thursday: form three groups, pick a topic, prepare a presentation for Monday. The topics are: 1) HTML/HTML5; 2) CSS; 3) PHP (and databases)

    In case I’ll return next Monday, we’ll listen to the talks and enjoy the presentations. Also, your key term wiki efforts will be evaluated.

  • Paavo Viilup 11:40 on December 7, 2010 Permalink |
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    On Thursday (Dec 9) be ready to present … 

    On Thursday (Dec 9) be ready to present on the following topics:

    • ipv4
    • ipv6
    • domain
    • IP address
    • protocol (e.g. TCP/IP, http, ftp)
    • DNS (+ resolving addresses, i.e. how to find the site you want to send a package to)
    • DDoS attack (and how to organise one, also how to defend oneself)
    • botnet (and how to create one)
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