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Cloud Computing May Have A Sunny Future

What is all this hype of cloud computing? Through my research, I have found that it could possibly be just what companies, governments, and educational institutions are looking for.  First, let me give a little more background information as to why Cloud Computing could be so helpful.   As an example, before cloud computing, lets say you or your company has a website. You begin to draw traffic to your site and notice business is going well.  Well, that new traffic is talking to other users about your business, and the traffic to your site is now doubling and even tripling. The server you use to host your site is now becoming overwhelmed with all the new users/traffic on your site. This can cause your server to slow down, which causes many unhappy users and lost traffic. To avoid this problem, you would buy more servers to accompany all this new traffic.  With that, comes more costs, space, time, and engineers to upkeep everything.  You pay for these servers when you are using them for your business, and when you are not (at home, sleeping).  What cloud computing offers is just this. More computing power when you or your business needs this.  When you are in need of more power/servers for your site, you can get it instantly. If traffic decreases, then you can go ahead and give it back to the Cloud. This is a major advantage that the Cloud provides. It is like a pay-as-you-go service.  And buying the Cloud service is exactly that. Just like paying for your electricity. You turn it on, your meter runs. You turn it off, the meter turns off. So, you only pay for what you use. 

Companies, governments, and educational institutions would be able to save a lot of money and time by using Cloud Computing. With all the costs from the servers and the engineers for upkeep, it would save time.  Companies would be able to reach out to their Cloud to keep track of progress amongst other sister companies to help further their own well being. Doctors and engineers around the globe will be able to instantly communicate about a new drug they are testing and help each other in their own findings to speed up the process of new discoveries.

You may be part of the hype of Cloud Computing right now and not even know.  Email services all use cloud computing, such as gmail and yahoo. Netflix is also another service that uses Cloud Computing. All in all, cloud computing is allowing us to make of our time more efficiently in our daily tasks.  However, there also has been some debate amongst Cloud Computing.  The scary fact that now you won’t have your services all on your hard drive, but in the hands of the Cloud Network.  The privacy factor. Secrets of major companies and people are now vulnerable because they are all stored on a server that the company or person does not have full control over anymore.  Another issue I came across was that you have to have a connection to the internet to use the Cloud. What if the internet is down? That would halt all production of that company for hours, and worse, possibly days depending on the severity of the problem.

Personally, I am not 100% sure how I feel about Cloud Computing. I can see the bright side of Cloud Computing in that it can change the way people, companies, and governments communicate with one another. The efficiency and production will also go up and the cost will ultimately go down.  The ability to work anywhere, and anytime with the tools needed to do so is another huge advantage.  People across the globe will have the same access to the same server to get the needed job done to further their companies goals. As to the disadvantages I spoke of above? Maybe I need to do further research and all this uncertainty is coming from an older generation that is afraid of the “big brother” watching every move. Maybe Cloud Computing is 100% secure? Any thoughts?

References:

The Cloud Website

The Rise of Cloud Computing

Understanding The Concept of Cloud Computing And It’s Advantages

YouTube: Cloud Computing Explained

Virtualization 2.0: A Foundation For Successful Cloud Computing

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in IMD Fundamentals

 

Podcasting & Vodcasting

Podcasting and Vodcasting are very similar. Podcastings are audio content that are downloaded to a users computer and is available to portable media players as well as users computers. Vodcasts are the same except they are video.  The great advantage that podcasts and vodcasts have are the RSS Feeds.  Users can subscribe to the pod/vodcasts that they are interested in and as soon as new ones become available they will be sent to that user.

The only thing I can think of that comes close to podcasts in my vast memory is driving to Chicago with my dad and listening to talk radio.  I was only around ten years old so what exactly they were talking about was far from my interest. Had something to do with the most up to date news at the time.  Must have been a talk show with a couple for funny guys because my dad seemed to think it was hilarious. The difference now between talk radio and podcasts is that you can listen to your podcasts at anytime, anywhere, Stop it, pause, rewind, fast-foward, and once it is over, replay.

I have not tried using podcasts or vodcasts.  Although, this is a tool that I have been wanting to learn about. I am very interested in finding a website/s that has many pod/vodcasts to sort through and find what peaks my interest. If any of you readers have any input and help as to what sites or shows that you use and listen to, please let me know!

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in IMD Fundamentals

 

ART, BEATS + LYRICS

My work will be displayed at the largest traveling Urban Art Show here in dallas Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Beamers. 7pm-12am!!!

Here is info about the show and a flyer for more information and where to get tickets!

Art, Beats + Lyrics Website ……………       My Art Website

Art and music were once the voice of the people. It was an underground movement driven by the need for expression. Somewhere along the way, art became available only to the elite and music profited only the few. At that point the artist lost control of their creation.
Art, Beats + Lyrics is taking it back.

HISTORY OF THE TOUR:

Art, Beats + Lyrics was established in 2004 when founder Jabari Graham faced being laid off from his job.  Jabari figured he could look for new employment or create it himself.  He had long toyed with the idea of creating a showcase for unrecognized urban artists.  Jabari decided to follow his dream, investing his savings and severance package to fund an urban art showcase in Atlanta’s eclectic Little Five Points District.  The exhibition was well received.  The venue held 250 people, but over 400 attended.  With that initial success, Jabari teamed with Dwayne “Dubelyoo” Wright.  Dubelyoo had been creating his own art shows and brought experience, connections with artists and the inside perspective, being an artist himself, to the showcase.  Together they repackaged the event and “Art, Beats + Lyrics” was born.  Positive reviews from their first show made their second show at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art an unparalleled success in both AB+L and High Museum history.  The museum was filled to capacity within three hours of the show’s opening.  With the success of that and several other shows the next step was to take the show on the road. The concept for the show was pitched to Jack Daniels and the partnership to produce one of the largest traveling urban art exhibition was born.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

I’m caught up in the mobile web!

Lets just say, this is a tool that I use nonstop throughout the day.  I have the whole world at my fingertips. And its not just when I am sitting down at a computer. I can be out shopping, working out on a treadmill or walking my dog just to name a few activities while I am mingling through the web.  It is crazy to think I could be buying stocks on my mobile/hand-held device while getting a pedicure. The question people need to be asking is, “What can I NOT do through mobile device?” I guess it can’t make me a sandwich, but it can show me the latest tasty sandwich that Paula Deen created on her TV show.   Looking back on the years and watching the development of the mobile web, I can’t believe how far it has come and where it could possibly be going.  The mobile web has already surpassed it’s fellow desktop users. The speed of mobile devices is rapidly getting faster now with 4G on the horizon of all networks. This makes it easier to video chat, surf the web and download your favorite music within seconds.  In fact, as I write these words, I am currently using my mobile web with my Pandora application which streams my favorite music tastes.  Oh, and what was that little friendly ring I just heard on my phone? It just let me know I received new email.

 

References:

Wiki Mobile Web

About: Mobile 2.0

Abduzeedo: Mobile Web Design

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in IMD Fundamentals

 

Collective Intelligence and What It Means to Me

Collective intelligence is the way an individual uses web 2.0.  How they interact, search, retain information, and learn from one another on the web 2.0 platforms. It is the individuals job to search through all the information that is spit out by the communities of people. So, how does this effect me?  Because I am part of theses online learning communities.  I interact with the web daily by email, google and certain social networks in my PLE. I am constantly researching topics to further my intelligence. I learn on my own and come to these communities to help further my thoughts and shape my learnings on whatever topic I choose. Which also means, I am combing through tons of information inputed by thousands of other individuals of the world. It is my own job to sort through this information and retain what I feel is important to me and my learning.

Resources:

Connectivism

Collective Intelligence and Web 2.0

eLearnSpace

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in IMD Fundamentals

 

CSS Typography And How To Use It

One thing I became aware of while researching CSS web typography is: Typography can make or break your webpage. I am taking my newfound knowledge and sharing the typography love of important tips to follow by.  I compiled this list from a couple sites:  Web Designish posted by Jaspal “How to Make Your Web Typography Better,” and Design Reviver “Amazing Tips for Improving Web Typography.”

1. Color and Contrast

It is very important to make the text visible and easy on the eyes.  It is best to have the color of text stand out from the background.  Examples given are dark blue and white, light blue on deep         blue, and of course the most used black and white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Type Size

You want to make sure that the viewer is not searching for the meat of the content on your website.  Therefore, helping this situation, you want to make your header stand out so that the topics       are easy for the viewer to find. The body should be smaller, yet still a size that is easy to read.

3. Headings can be fancy and exaggerated (but still readable), and content kept simple!!!

4. Over Usage of Fonts

Do no use too many different typefaces on your site. It causes to much aggravation on the viewer to find the information they came for.  It is best to stick to one or two typefaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Paragraph lengths

Do not make a paragraph too long. The user can easily get bored. Also, do not make the paragraph too short. It causes to much breakage in the text and too choppy to read.

6. White Space

Creating the right amount of whitespace on your website is extremely important for your viewer.  Allowing enough gaps in between the text of paragraphs, headers, sidebars, images, etc. makes    the site flow much more smoothly and for the viewer to focus on the area they are reading.

7. Font Stacks

Not all browsers are the same, so some browsers may not support a certain typeface that you as a designer are using on your site.  Therefore, always have your backup typefaces close to your intended typeface.

8. Type Emphasis

Be sure not to underline anything other than a link on your page.  This can become confusing to your viewer as to if it is a working link or not.  Using italics and bold typefaces are a great way to   emphasize type where it is needed.

And there is my list of tips that I had combined from a few designers.  This is something that I intend to keep researching, practicing, and using to help in my designs as a web designer.

Oh….and one last thing…..don’t forget to proof read!!!!

Other References:

Design + Strategy – 10 Examples of Beautiful Typography and how they did it…

This link shows examples of web typography as well as links to the original site they found it from. ENJOY!!

 

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2011 in Intro to Client Side Languages

 

Communities of Practice? I’m down.

Communities of practice are people coming together with a common topic of interest.  Although that sounds simple, there is much more to this definition that makes this a community of practice. This is merely scratching the surface. According to Etienne Wenger’s article Communities of Practice, there are three main points that make communities of practice vital.

“1. The Domain: A community of practice is not merely a club of friends or a network of connections between people. It has an identity defined by a shared domain of interest. Membership therefore implies a commitment to the domain, and therefore a shared competence that distinguishes members from other people.

2. The Community: In pursuing their interest in their domain, members engage in joint activities and discussions, help each other, and share information. They build relationships that enable them to learn from each other.

3. The Practice: Members of a community of practice are practitioners. They develop a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems—in short a shared practice.


These communities are groups of people coming together to share, learn and exchange knowledge from each other. It is asking questions to a whole, to obtain new knowledge.  As the age old saying goes, “two heads is better than one.”  However these two heads can be a large or small community. When people come together to learn their desired topic, there is great power and the ability to learn faster by leaps and bounds. Each individual is going to have their own learning outlets, experiences, and different education levels so that each individual within this community will be able to learn from each other.

Other Resources:

Improve Your Intranet With A Community Of Practice

Communities of Practice, Style and Persona

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2011 in IMD Fundamentals

 

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