Of foxes, blogs, assignments and tech articles.

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Welcome to my blog, everyone. I'm sorry for the huge amount of fox spam on it. Assuming from the header, you should already know what my favorite browser is, along with my favorite animal. Also, I've got to admit that this blogging thing is very fun, and personalizing it just adds to that. In short, welcome to my blog, and the foxes den.

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Final Post

It’s almost the end now.  It has been a great semester for me in this class. Computer Studies is quite a fascinating subject, talking about electronics and computers all the time. But I still have to talk about the final part of this semester. Learning about Adobe Fireworks sure was fun and gave me some insight on how to use Photoshop better. Also with Google Sketchup and Windows Movie Maker, I think both of them seem equally fun to try out and use, sine I have them on my computer at home. Also, I don’t think I’ll get a good mark on the speed test, since my WPM is only 25. As with this final project, I think it does seem quite fun but also time consuming. I don’t even know which one to pick.

As with this being the final blog, I would like to say thank you, Mr. Fernandez for teaching this class about computers. I, for one, enjoyed and appreciated it. Through the class of computers, laughs, troublemakers, low marks, high marks, medium marks, easy and hard assignments, blogs, tech articles, bootstraps, networking, presentations, browsers, HTML, excel, powerpoint, word, e-mail, passwords, security, viruses, pictures, operating systems, Windows XP, software, hardware, electronic recycling, binary codes, gigabytes, One Strand and other class inside jokes and nicknames, and everything else. Through all that, this is my thank you to the greatest teacher ever from a fox-loving student.

Thank you Mr. Fernandez for a great year, sincerely, Albrecht.

P.S. I hope I meet you again in ICTM 11 (if you will still be teaching in the school)

P.P.S. I’m also pretty sure that Sam is going to love your class (Sam Wang) this coming semester. And if you’re reading this Sam, I hope you have as much as a fun time as I did.

Final Note: Like Telus said, “The Future is friendly”, I wish everyone who takes and will take this class (including Mr. Fernandez) a good future. And that wraps up this final blog.

Signing out, Albrecht the Fox.

🙂

 

Weekly Blog January 6

That was one awesome holiday! Though it’s too bad we have to go back to school. 😦  Just kidding. So welcome to this week’s blog. This Adobe Fireworks stuff we’re doing seems pretty difficult to be honest, and all this masking makes it more difficult. The readings on Chapter 7 were okay though, and not too hard. Though I would like to say that we’re getting too many assignments all at once, just thrown one after another. It’s getting a bit difficult to keep up and my insight is that you just keep it slow a little, not this fast. The pace we have to do these assignments at are getting quite annoying. On another note, I’m really liking Fireworks anyway. It looks much more easier than Photoshop, and much more simple. All the tools are basic tools that I only need to make/edit a good picture. So in conclusion, I’d say this unit is all right.

Now for the fox version:

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Whoops, looks like I changed the font a bit, but whatever. Do you think that looks like a fox? I just thought I'd
throw that in. And there are only a few blogs left before we all say goodbye. So see you next week.

Weekly Blog December 16

Happy Holidays everyone! I think it’s going to be a great holiday for us all no matter what event you’re celebrating. So anyway, let’s talk about what I’m doing in class. I think this HTML create-your-own-website thing is very awesome. With this project, I’m learning how to create websites and webpages, that is sure to help me in post-secondary education. Even though this project seems boring at times (I have to type out, copy and paste, all over and over again), the results will look great on the website.

For the next part of this blog, I really don’t know what to talk about. Though I’m pretty sure that during the holidays, I’m going up to Whistler.  Since I’m going up there, I might meet some foxes (wink, wink ;).

In conclusion,  I’d like to say: Have a wonderful holiday everyone, and see you next semester.

Merry Christmas.

Weekly Blog December 9

Well, it’s almost Christmas, I hope school ends soon. Anyway, welcome to another weekly blog written by yours truly. I think that this html stuff is going to be fun. Creating my own website was always out of the question for me, since I thought it took probably a month or more just to make one. The lessons right now seem quite easy to do, I just hope I make a good website.

And for the fox portion of this blog, I always wondered if Mozilla Firefox would produce an OS, but it’s okay if they don’t, since Chromium is just a rip off of Linux. Though if Firefox ever made an OS, I’m sure it will be original.

Happy Holidays everyone, and see you next week.

Google to sell new Nexus phone

Best Buy to sell Google Nexus S phone

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A woman carries a shopping basket at a Best Buy store in New York November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar 

A woman carries a shopping basket at a Best Buy store in New York November 23, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

By Georgina Prodhan

LONDON | Tue Dec 7, 2010 10:46am EST

LONDON (Reuters) – Samsung’s (005930.KS) Nexus S phone, based on the latest version of Google’s (GOOG.O) Android software, will go on sale this month in the United States and Britain through Best Buy (BBY.N) and Carphone Warehouse (CPW.L).

The two retailers said they would be the exclusive sellers in those two markets of the Nexus S, which supports a technology that lets people use their handsets instead of credit cards for payments, and would take pre-orders from 1600 GMT on Monday.

Google’s Android software has rapidly overtaken Apple (AAPL.O) and BlackBerry (RIM.TO) to become the second most popular platform worldwide after Nokia’s (NOK1V.HE) Symbian, and the most popular in North America and east Asia.

Offered free to cellphone vendors since coming to market two years ago, Android has helped fuel a boom in the smartphone market, which is expected to double this year to about 340 million units, although it has helped drive prices down.

The Nexus S will include an NXP (NXPI.O) near-field communications (NFC) chip, which allows consumers to pay for items by tapping the phone against a special terminal.

NXP, a pioneer of NFC technology, announced a strategic collaboration with Google to provide a complete open source software stack for the NFC chip.

Carphone and Best Buy said they would offer the Nexus S unlocked for $529 in the United States or for $199 with a T-Mobile (DTEGn.DE) contract.

In Britain, it will cost 549.95 pounds ($862) unlocked, or will come free with a contract of 35 pounds per month for a term and with an operator yet to be announced.

The previous flagship Google Android phone, the Nexus One, was made by Taiwan’s HTC (2498.TW). Samsung has also produced a tablet computer based on Android, the Galaxy Tab.

“Deals with Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy underline the importance of independent distributors beyond operators to Google,” British telecoms research firm CCS Insight said. “Despite the initial failure of Nexus One, Google’s intent clearly remains unchanged.”

U.S. consumer electronics retailer Best Buy and British mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse have a joint venture in Europe that includes stores in Britain, and a chain of Best Buy Mobile stores in the United States.

(Editing by David Holmes)



Weekly Blog December 2

Hey, everyone. Looks like it’s that time of the week again, another blog. So anyway, this new section on the internet seems very cool, and I don’t think I have any insights for this unit. I think that the internet is very powerful and resourceful tool, and that we should use it for the greater good of our society. What I don’t like in this unit is that the assignments will probably be too long and difficult (also, I think there’s gonna be a part in this unit when we compare browsers, though I just hope we don’t do that because all the Google Chrome fanboys are going to bash me like when we had that debate assignment). Though aside from that, it’s going to be interesting to learn about area networks, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet. Since I have quite a vague recollection on those things, this unit is going to be fun.

Also, I want to talk about that Wargames movie, since I didn’t talk about it earlier. It’s amazing how David was able to hack through to a military computer. But the main purpose of this movie can show how unethical/ethical decisions can get you in life, and it’s quite a good movie.

As with the fox portion of this blog, I know you’ve been wondering, “why do you like them so much”? Well, the reason I like them is because I met one in real life, at Kamloops in March 2009. As for scientific information, I met a vulpes abietorum, a British Colombian fox. After that, I’ve liked them ever since, and I possibly could take a course on zoology in university.

Sorry for the short blog, (but at least I post regularly unlike some people in the class) but I’m quite tired, though I wish everyone a good week, and see you on the next one.

Wargames Assignment

Wargames Assignment

 

I think that computer technology has come quite far since this movie, and it is also a great example of ethical and unethical decisions. (Calibri, 11, black.)

Back in the old days, computers were large machines that were the size of a huge room or bigger. They used up lots of energy, took a long time to process, and didn’t even have a colour screen. Though the computers were very slow, big, and energy consuming, those computers were the first step in advancing technology that will eventually lead to today’s computers. Speaking of which, today’s computers have made huge advancements such as being smaller, are in full color, are very fast, and can store much more energy than back then. (Adobe Caslon Pro, 12, Black.)

In the future, I think computer technology will go very far, and computers could completely take over our lives (depends on how far we let technology go, though). A supercomputer could completely take over our national defence, we could make them automated to do all our work, or our world could be overrun by them (hypothetically speaking, of course). Though in lowest terms, I think computers will be much smaller, energy efficient than ever before, and can store tons of data in the future. (Times New Roman, 14, Orange.)

As for the movie’s ethics, I think it’s a mixture of good and bad types of it. For the bad types, I think the main character (David), has broken commandment number 3 and 2 of the ethics. He has been snooping around his grades on his school and changing them. He has also infiltrated a military computer, and almost fired nuclear missiles at Russia, which is very unethical. However, he had realized what he had done, and tried to fix his mistakes, which is very ethical. From this movie, I learned why it’s bad to hack into other people’s computers, or you could get arrested/karma will take its toll on us. Seeing many science fiction books and movies myself, I think all of them are too futuristic. I think this because It costs so much just to get a ship in space, and with the current economy, I think it’ll be a long while before we can actually live on Mars. (Arno Pro, 10, Orange.)

In conclusion, I think that computers will go very far in a good way in the future, as long as we, as a society, make smart, ethical decisions. (Algerian, 16, Brown.)