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Weekly Blog October 21

Here’s the vocabulary I have to learn by October 21.

Excel Vocab

  1. Columns: spreadsheet cells aligned vertically.
  2. Rows: spreadsheet cells aligned horizontally.
  3. Cells: boxes identified by intercepting rows and columns.
  4. Workbook: Excel file that stores your information.
  5. Range: a block of cells that can be formatted, manipulated, etc. into a group.
  6. Spreadsheet: the term for applications such as Excel.
  7. Cell Reference: identifies a particular cell(s).
  8. Absolute Reference: a specific cell location/range
  9. Functions: a preset formula

10. Worksheet: an electronic spreadsheet.

11. SUM: adds all numbers within the cell reference.

12. AVERAGE: average range of numbers/letters in the cell references selected.

13. MAX: highest number in the cell references selected.

14. MIN: lowest number in the cell references selected.

Now that I’m done with the vocabulary, I think I should start this post. If there’s anything I found difficult in this class this week, it would be Microsoft Excel. I’m not going to make the same excuse that I made a month ago (I don’t have Microsoft Office on my PC), but I think I would need extra help on this. I keep forgetting my formulas and constantly need a few seconds to think before I can complete a question. And the addition of all these excel assignments will probably take up the majority of my weekend. For any new insights, I suggest a little less homework because when it comes especially to Microsoft Excel, I am probably the dullest tool in the shed. As for any other assignment, it would be okay to have a little homework every now and then, but please cut back on it. I have other assignments that need my attention as well, and a family that’s usually on the go. Speaking of which, I’m going to the States again this weekend, but this time for shopping.In short, if you could kindly cut back on the homework, I would highly appreciate it. With the vocabulary terms listed above, I’m studying them right now as I’m typing this blog. Now that I’m done with the classroom part of the blog, I’ll get on with my part. As I’ve said before, I’m going to the States again on Friday, I hope it will be fun like Thanksgiving was. Even though we’re only going shopping, we also are visiting another tourist site (I don’t know which one). Now that I’m done talking about my travels, I’ll start talking about foxes. I don’t know if I ever told you this before, but my Internet Browser is Mozilla Firefox. Okay, I know many other people use it as well, but I realize that it’s much better than Internet Explorer. In the days when I used explorer, it was quite slow running files/programs. When I compared Firefox and Explorer in terms of speed, Firefox was much faster. Also, it didn’t fail as often as Explorer did. I could go on and on about this, but I should just end the blog now, see you next week.       (P.S., I changed the theme.)


Weekly Blog October 14

It has been a great Thanksgiving holiday for my family and I. Enough about that, I’ll get on with the blog.  I must say that the Microsoft Word excercises for this week were quite easy. Though I didn’t learn any new readings or terminology for this week, the Word excercises helped me understand a little more about it. For example, I never knew that you could insert charts in Word, but only in Excel (which I know I will have a hard time doing the excercises for because I don’t have much experience with it). Another example of something I didn’t know about Word is that you could insert art on there, I thought you could only do it on PowerPoint. Aside from all that, I did not learn anything from the Microsoft Word excercises, but they helped refresh my memory on the program. Now for my personal section of the blog, as I’ve said before, it was a great Thanksgiving. I went to Seattle to meet my relatives, and we went to the museum of flight as well. It was a great weekend, and I wish I could’ve enjoyed it more. After the weekend, I must say that I’m impressed by my marks. Two A’s and two B’s, and quite good work habits to follow them. Now that that’s done, I will still say I love foxes (you can’t view my weekly blog without me typing/saying that at least once), but no offense to Fleetwood Park’s pride and glory (I’m not proud to be a dragon). Another weekly blog completed, hope you all enjoyed.

New BlackBerry product released



The next version of Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), v5.0.3, or BES 5.0 Service Pack 3 packs a variety of valuable new features for BlackBerry administrators and RIM smartphone users, according to a leaked BES 5.0.3 release-notes document from RIM.

Notable new features and enhancements for administrators include:

* BES admins can choose to make smartphone software updates optional for their users

* The BlackBerry MDS Integration Service is now end-of-life. The BES 5.0.3 setup application removes the MDS Integration Service when you upgrade a BES

* End of support for Microsoft SQL Server 2000

* Support for more IM servers, including Microsoft’s Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Lync Server 2010

* Support for Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 virtualization platform

* Many new IT policy groups and rules

BES 5.0.3 enhancements for users include:

* Users have the option to rollback optional software updates

* The default settings for media file downloads have changed to allow users to download larger amounts of content using the BlackBerry Browser or through an HTTP connection using BlackBerry MDS Connection Service

* When a meeting organizer receives a meeting confirmation email message via BlackBerry, or a request for information email message, the email message includes any comments that the meeting participant added

* support for Microsoft Office 2010 file attachments

Select RIM BES customers are already testing a beta version of the new software update, called BES 5.0 SP3 Beta/EAP1, and the official release is expected within the next month or so.

In related news, RIM this week released a BES security update to address yet another issue with the BES BlackBerry Attachment Service’s PDF distiller component.  

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————–After reading this article, this phone looks to be quite useful for people who like their internet on the go. But then again, BlackBerry was bound to make a phone like this, as with other companies. All it does is just give you a better internet, more storage space, and more programs (apps). Though in saying that,this phone doesn’t look to bad. With this phone, internet can be much more faster and convenient, there’s more security, and looks quite good.    Article from:http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/207914/blackberry_enterprise_server_50_sp3_has_new_features.html

Weekly Blog October 7

Well, it’s been another one of those homework-filled weeks. I’ll just cope with it and continue on with the blog. This week in class, I must say that the computer buying project was semi-difficult, but computer researching was quite easy. Though I’ve said that, I don’t know how well I would probably do on tomorrow’s test/quiz, I just hope I can multitask because I have a science test on that day as well. Also, I don’t think I learned any new computer terminology for this week but whatever. As I’m typing out this blog, I’m looking at the chapter 3 vocabulary and studying the periodic table at the same time. I don’t know if I can keep this up any longer. For the Thanksgiving weekend, I’m going to Seattle with my family. I just hope I don’t get any homework because that might just ruin the feeling of Thanksgiving (just kidding), but seriously, I can’t afford to have homework this weekend. Other than that, the week seems to be as normal as always. Now on with my personal section of the blog. Aside from Computer Studies and Science, I also take French and Humanities. I get a lot of homework every day from my courses, but it could be worse (I could have math and science in the same semester, that would be terrible). Unlike most of my friends, I’m not that much of a gamer. I’m just a guy who surfs the internet (a lot), and watches movies every now and then. After all that typing, yes, I still like foxes (I should have said that last week but oh well, since last week’s post was so long). That’s it for this week’s blog, see you next week.

Weekly Blog September 30

I must say that this week has been quite hectic, with a lot of homework, though I managed to get through it. Now on with the blog. For the computer terminology, I think that kernel and bootstrap are quite irregular names for computer software programs. The kernel though, is quite a fitting name for the core module of an operating system, like the kernel of a (pop)corn. As for bootstrap though, it’s a very wierd name for an OS initalizer/booter/starter. I also learned a lot about operating systems and utilities. I never knew that an operating system would be so vital for a computer. Without an OS, a computer can’t control its hardware resources, making it incapable of doing anything at all. And if not for utilities, there would be no security or file management on your computer. For the class/insights, I should say that it’s quite straightforward and easy to follow. However, since I don’t have Microsoft Office 2007 installed on my computer, it is much more difficult for me to do these kinds of assignments when they are assigned for homework (basically, cut back on homework that requires Microsoft Office). Now for my life, it has been quite a stressful week with not only Computer Studies homework, but also French, Science, and Humanities homework/projects. I have to say I’m glad I stayed in this school instead of originally going to Johnston Heights. After realizing how kind and funny people here were on my first week of Grade 8, I just had to stay. Though the only things I have a problem with are: 1, cut back on the homework and 2, the school mascot should have been a fox, not a dragon (though they do make great mascots). That does it for today’s blog, hope you enjoyed!

Linux and other OS competitors (5 things Linux does better than Mac OS X) Tech Article September 30

5 Things Linux Does Better Than Mac OS X


By Katherine Noyes, PCWorld

Were it not for Windows’ long-standing installed base and overwhelming market dominance, it seems unlikely that anyone would argue seriously for the merit of the operating system, plagued as it is by high prices, security problems and vendor lock-in.

Apple OS X, however, is another matter. Though certainly a minority, Mac fans are passionate and vocal enough to make it clear that Apple must be doing something right–whether that “something” has anything to do with the technology or not.

As an outspoken fan of Linux, I’ll make no bones about where my preference lies–and that I think the success of the Mac is mostly a matter of marketing. Whatever your own personal beliefs, though, there’s no denying that there are certain things Linux clearly does better than Mac OS X. If you’re trying to decide on a platform for your business, these factors are worth keeping in mind.

1. Security

The Mac might enjoy a smaller installed base than Windows does, meaning there’s less of the monoculture effect and less of a lure for malicious hackers, but Linux blows them both away when it comes to security.

First is the question of permissions: Linux users are not automatically given administrator privileges on their computers, meaning that viruses and malware don’t automatically have access to everything in the proverbial “castle.” So, when a computer is compromised, the most the malware can typically do is trash the user’s local files and programs.

With Apple, on the other hand–as with Windows–social engineering is painfully easy. Just convince the user to click on something, and away you go, with the castle keys in hand.

Apple is also notorious for trying to “protect” users in its “walled garden,” keeping all the inner workings of the computer secret and out of view. It’s even more extreme in this respect, in fact, than Windows is. The only ones who can see and watch for vulnerabilities in the code, then, are Apple engineers, who understandably have their own priorities and timetables.

With Linux, on the other hand, there is a world of users examining the code every day. No wonder, then, that Linux vulnerabilities can be found and fixed more quickly.

Recent data backs this up. Research firm Secunia recently found that Apple now “outshines” even Windows in the number of security vulnerabilities associated with its products.

2. Customizability

I can understand that there are some users who want to live in a walled garden, and are content to do things the way Apple wants them to. For the rest of us, however, the restrictions Apple puts on the user are just unacceptable.

With Linux, virtually everything is customizable and configurable, so that you can make pretty much everything the way you want it to be. Don’t like the GNOME desktop that Ubuntu comes with? Try KDE then–or another one! The choice really is yours, as it should be.

3. Hardware

Hand-in-hand with the question of flexibility is the fact that OS X–like Windows–is very restrictive in the hardware that it will work with, requiring pretty much the latest and greatest hardware to run well. Try it on anything less, and you’ll pay the price.

One of Linux’s most endearing virtues, on the other hand, is its capability to run on just about anything. In fact, there are even distributions of Linux designed for really limited computing environments, such as Puppy Linux and Damn Small Linux.

With OS X, Apple tells you what hardware you must have; with Linux, you tell it what you’ve got and go from there.

4. Reliability

Systems crashes and downtime are pretty much a fact of life when you’re a Mac user, but Linux offers a completely different experience. Many Linux users, in fact, have never experienced unplanned downtime. No wonder, then, Linux is so often the operating system of choice on servers. What business can afford unnecessary downtime these days?

5. Price

It almost seems too easy to point this out, but, well, Linux is free. Macs? Not so much–they’re even higher-priced than Windows machines, in fact.

Sure, there are proprietary vendors who will try to convince you that Linux’s long-term total cost of ownership is higher. That, however, is just a myth. For one thing, as I’ve noted before, such arguments typically don’t factor in the cost of being locked in with a particular vendor.

There are also numerous studies confirming Linux’s cost advantages. Then, of course, there’s all the anecdotal evidence in the form of governments and organizations around the globe turning to Linux in growing numbers every day.

No operating system is perfect, of course. But Linux has so many advantages over its desktop competitors that any business enterprise would be remiss not to give it a chance.  (Article from http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/206692/5_things_linux_does_better_than_mac_os_x.html)

Weekly Blog September 23

Sorry for getting this blog up late, but I was quite busy this week. Now let’s get on with the post. I’ve learned many new things about computers when I took this computer studies class. For example, I’ve learned how digital printers, blu-ray disks, CPU’s, etc., works. I never could have believed that CPU’s would be so small to be the brain of the computer if I hadn’t taken this course. To me, taking this class doesn’t semm to hard and too easy, it’s quite balanced. The projects would/will be quite extensive, the tests would porbably seem to be difficult when they really are quite simple (you just have to use common sense and study more) and everything else would seem to be balanced. Now enough about the class, I’ll talk about me. If you hadn’t already guessed by my username, I’m a huge fox fanatic. The reason I like them so much is because I actually got the chance to pet one, and they are very good, yet quiet animals (also, my other favorite animals are wolves and dragons) . Aside from that, I also like fantasy and role-playing, and I also like art. This has been my weekly blog, hope you enjoyed reading it.