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Module 5: Discussion on concepts

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Okay, so the curriculum didn’t mention this bit, but I found a post on the discussion board saying it might be an idea to discuss Module 5 concepts in our blog. Well, I guess the big starter is the actual assignment on Module 5 concepts, which is posted here.

Module 5 covers a lot of ground. I really don’t know where to start:

  • Information Ecologies
  • Case Study: Peer to Peer
  • Preparing for ‘future shock”

1. Asynchronicity
2. Your audience’s use of communication
3. Effective Internet communication combines technical and communicative competence
4. Reflective Communicative Practice
5. The mobility of electronic digital data
6. Reading the difference between ‘surface’ metadata and ‘implied’ metadata
7. Netiquette
8. The invisibility of difference
9. Permanent ephemerality
10. Automation
11. The relationship of data to meta-data
12. Communication and Information are related
13. Communication is not complete upon receipt
14. Cyberspace is informationally created ‘space’
15. Metaphors of use and communication differentiation
16. Communication and communication management: melding
17. The impact of text-based real-time chat
18. Non-speech communication through text: audience and authors’ responsibilities
19. Public and Private
20. Active communication generates identity awareness
21. Threading
22. Public space and regulation
23. Human-computer interfaces
24. Client-server two-way interactions
25. Identity and location
26. Privacy and Security
27. The persistence of history
28. The paradox of the World Wide Web
29. The challenge of ‘fast’ data
30. Frames: the information-display challenge
31. Hypertext: links or structure?

Since the assignment covered a lot of the topics in the numbered list, I’ll pick one of the topics in the first three concepts (not numbered).

Preparing for “future shock”

Personally, I believe that people are going to migrate further into wireless technology usage: Things like mobiles, PDAs and small laptops are just the tip of the iceberg. Basically, people want to stay connected to the people and information that the internet links us to. But we don’t want to sit at screens all the time, just as we didn’t want to stay at home in order to have a phone conversation. Mobile technology is the way of the future. We will also see an increase in internet-enabled devices. Whatever devices help to streamline the process of getting information from and to the internet is going to become more and more popular. These devices are inputs and outputs (like a keyboard, mous and screen), while the internet is the huge information processor.

There are still many people yet to catch on to the phenomenon of using the internet socially. Gen Y and many of Gen X are perfectly comfortable with this. I believe thus usage will only increase as the years go by.

Here’s an interesting article on the way Gen Y use the web and a nice slide on how Gen Y (and some of Gen X) is approaching the usage of the internet for work purposes.

I think if you’re unsure where the internet is headed that maybe you should spend some time watching what young people are doing with it.


Written by Angela Randall

May 26, 2008 at 6:23 am

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Module 4: Evaluating the web

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Okay, well. The first thing I’ll point out is that the original task on searching said to “use search terms of my choosing”. So, the fact that I chose Meerkats leaves me completely unable to fill this task’s requirement of “being relevant to this unit”. Oh well. I’ve handed up the assignment it may have been relevant to anyway, so it’s all a moot point.

I’ve chosen to evaluate this particular site:

This article was written by an expert from Stony Brook University, and then catalogued in this archive by the NSF Digital Library at UT Austin. The article is well referenced and professionally written, so I have ascertained that it is a reliable and credible source.

The article briefly summarises meerkat information such as characteristics, habitat and habits. It is designed to be a brief reference for research purposes and university use.

I think that generally, the information I saved in to would be sufficient for referring later. I can, however, forsee times when a more lengthy summary would be appropriate.

Written by Angela Randall

May 10, 2008 at 3:03 am

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Module 4: Organising search information task

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So, this task requires me to record my searches on Meerkats.

My usual way of saving urls for study is via, so I’ve created a Meerkat Tag for these:

Written by Angela Randall

May 10, 2008 at 2:48 am

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Module 4: Boolean Searches

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My previous search would have been a bad way to demonstrate boolean searches, so I made up another one. We’re looking for meerkats and pygmy hedgehogs now. It’s a world of cute. 😀

Search to get most results:  meerkat OR “pygmy hedgehog”

Search to get best results:  meerkat OR “pygmy hedgehog” -oreilly

Search to get university results only: meerkat OR “pygmy hedgehog” -oreilly +university

Written by Angela Randall

April 21, 2008 at 3:20 am

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Module 4 : Search Task

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Topic picked at random is: Qntal. They’re a goth medieval band. Figured that would limit the results a little compared to the first topic I came up with: Buffy.

Google gives me approx 446,000 results.

My first web search via copernic has yielded 18 results. A basic desktop search of all my drives has failed to find my Qntal music (clearly filed). So far I’m not impressed.

Gah. And I can’t make it search the deep web or anything. I think maybe the web search functionality is different to when the course was written. When you try to search the web through copernic now it goes to here and isn’t customisable.

Google Search – QNTAL – – Electronica / Classical / Experimental …
MySpace music profile for QNTAL with tour dates, songs, videos, pictures, blogs, band information, downloads and more. – 181k – Cached – Similar pages – Note this
Qntal – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Qntal is a German “electro-medieval” band founded in 1991 by Michael Popp and Ernst Horn. They later added vocalist Syrah (aka Sigrid Hausen) to complete … – 25k – Cached – Similar pages – Note this
Private note from Syrah…….. go on ». QNTAL @ myspace. Newsletter. E-Mailadresse. – 7k – Cached – Similar pages – Note this
QNTAL – Silver Swan – 25. August 2006
– [ Translate this page ] – 2k – Cached – Similar pages – Note this
QNTAL (Official Homepage -Enter here)
>Deutsch. >English. – 3k – Cached – Similar pages – Note this
Copernic Search

1. ::: QNTAL – Silver Swan – 25. August 2006 :::
Visit the link for details. [, Entireweb]
2. – ESTAMPIE/QNTAL – 30 – Male – – …
MySpace profile for ESTAMPIE/QNTAL with pictures, videos, personal blog, interests, information about me and more… []
3. Qntal
Volker Mayer’s unofficial Qntal Homepage with News, Information, Discography, Lyrics in Original and English Language, … []
4. Qntal
The music of Qntal is a mix of electronic music and traditional folk with female vocals. In 2001 Ernst Horn, one of the founding members, … []
5. Qntal – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Qntal is a German “electro-medieval” band founded in 1991 by Michael Popp and Ernst Horn. They later added vocalist Syrah (aka Sigrid Hausen) to … []

Written by Angela Randall

April 18, 2008 at 10:58 pm

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Module 4: Downloading Task

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Aargh. I don’t need any of this. I hate downloading and installing things I don’t need. I do download things and install them often, despite my hatred of it. So, this exercise is also somewhat pointless in terms of teaching me stuff.

I have installed things for this course, already. I installed filezilla for the FTP task. This was because I couldn’t remember the command line flag for ssl – Doh! I could have looked it up, but I figured I’d download filezilla because it’s sometimes handy, it’s a good program and I usually have it.

Maybe, I’ll share what I use instead of these programs.

  1. Instead of Acrobat Reader, I use Foxit Reader. It’s A LOT smaller than acrobat and just does what it needs to. And free. 😀
  2. Flash player = check. Almost essential these days 🙂
  3. Media Players: Ugh I hate quicktime. It takes over your computer and is a great lesson in why I hate installing stuff I don’t need. The other two are okay, I guess. But try using VLC. It’s free, very good and it will play just about anything.
  4. Computer search. Hrm. I mainly tend to use my computer as a vessel for temporary storage. Most of what I want to keep is online and backed up in other places online. Could be useful for some people though. I might download and take a closer look at copernic.
  5. Bookmarks. Well, I’m entirely Deliciousified. My firefox toolbar has many many rss feeds of my delicious bookmarks and other fun feeds I find online. But that’s just for fun really. Never again will I be stuck with all my bookmarks on a computer that just crashed.
  6. Offline browser/copier. Not useful in my world. I can see it’d be great for some.. but a) I’m rarely offline. b) When I am looking at websites I usually need to research or get recent updates. Pre-stored stuff would be pointless for me. I used to have an offline broswer thing set up on my palm, but I rarely looked at it because everything was old by the time I checked it.

Thoughts on Copernic: This might be quite useful. I’ll have a go at the search task and let you know. 😀

Written by Angela Randall

April 18, 2008 at 10:29 pm

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Module 3: Web 2.0

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I use a lot of web 2.0 stuff. I guess my definition is anything that allows for easy information sharing between websites. Take for instance all the stuff in my sidebar or my Myspace page or my blog. All of that is content that’s generated elsewhere, but I can easily share it anywhere. All my pictures (via Flickr), music taste (via and iLike), bookmarks (via delicious), twitter updates, feeds of my other blogs (via feedburner), travel destinations (via 43 places), to do lists (via 43 things or remember the milk), Flixter movie ratings, the meebo chat widget etc.

The point is in the off-site content generation. These widgets just display what’s being generated elsewhere. It’s far more useful than written html because it gets updated as you change things elsewhere. I don’t need to keep adding my favourite links, photos or music because the widget will do it for me. Tis teh awesome.

Written by Angela Randall

April 18, 2008 at 9:53 pm

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