Friday, May 27, 2011

Making a Difference.

Making a difference is easier said, then done. Miranda, Cassidy and I chose to learn about and support an organization called One Laptop Per Child. One Laptop Per Child is a non-profit organization that creates laptops for children in third world countries. They create their laptops inexpensively by using the scrap parts of used or broken laptops, using the simplicity to further education the children.
We only had a single month  to raise awareness and funds to help out this cause. In the time that we had, we managed to raise an amount of money to possibly change a child's life. When we started, we had a large vision of what was going to pan out, high expectations that never completely came true. Now I realize if we had more time, more organization and more people, we could have easily pulled of a higher amount of money and gotten more support from our Community. Though, we only made a small amount, it is nothing to dwell on, and we cannot wish we had done better. We were able to accomplish our goal, and make a difference.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Facebook; the good, the bad, the ugly.

Facebook is a social networking website where users can create a personal profile, connect with other users and exchange messages: automatically, publicly and privately.
 The world has become obsessed with facebook. Currently in 2011 there are over 500,000,000 active users, that being one in every thirteen people on earth. 57% of people talk more online, then the do in person. 48% of eighteen to thirty-four years old's check facebook right when they get up. Facebook is a major contributor to why cyber bullying is as bad as it is today, giving users a sense of false privacy- which is exactly the opposite of what it gives us, your posts, comments, tags and photos will no longer be private again, check Google, you may be surprised by the photos that they now posses, they just might be the same one's you posted on Facebook a few months ago.
But Facebook's characteristics aren't all 'bad' and 'ugly' , it can be extremely beneficial if understood, while allowing you to connect to old friends, long lost family members, relatives living far away and of course, new friends.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Delicious; the tastiest search engine on the web.

Delicious is a social bookmarking website used to store, share and discover web bookmarks. Using simple systems which allow you to tag websites in which you would like to remember or return to.
Delicious' home page consists of a 'hotlist' where 'popular' and most viewed websites can be found; keeping you up-to-date on the most recent and trending websites available. The many original features: including the use of the site being free, have quickly made Delicious one of the most used social bookmarking websites around. All bookmarks, or tags, are saved publically and strongly emphasized as so- although users can choose specific bookmarks to be private by default, and shared with others using Delicious around you. If your friends use Delicious, you can send them interesting websites that they can check out as soon as they log in, as well as them doing the same for you. In order to keep you up to date, Delicious also has a blog. No only can delicious keeps you up to date with your linked items in an organized manor, but lets you access it from any computer anywhere, anytime. Getting’s started on Delicious is just as easy as each and every one of it characteristics!