March 8, 2007

Digital Billboards

Digital billboards are often too bright and cause me to be very angry. I personally like to be able to see where I am driving. I highly suggest a built in daylight sensor, so that the billboards can be bright enought to read during the day and dark enough to blind people at night.

Bright billboards are often dangerously bright and should be regulated by the city council. If something is dangering the lives of people, there needs to be rules.

Font for the Web

Fonts mock me every where I go. Especially Papyrus. I have decided it is evil and rarely used in a proper manner. Anyway, not the point of this blog.

Fonts on the web are easiest to read when the are sans serif. Serif fonts are sometimes hard to read, especially if the serifs are thin because screen resolutions are low and they get lost causing a blurred look to the text. I like to use Helvetica, Verdana and Futura.

Kiosk - Cub Foods Self Check

I am a cashier. I know how to read price tags. I do not need a computer to tell me how much each item I am buying costs. Then it tells me how to put it in my bag. A kindergartener can figure out how to put a box of kleenex in a bag. It is not rocket science. While waiting for the computer to tell me how much my kleenex costs, I could have scanned everything else in my cart. Other than waiting for the computer to talk at me, the basic navigation of the system is very straight forward and easy to use. In general, I think people need a lot of instruction, so that aspect is good for others even though it is annoying to me.

Second Life

Second life is a very interesting activity that can easily consume the lives of people looking to fill time. I fear that this program will eventually become some people replacement of real life. We may be fat Americans now, but when the world gets there hands on this program, the porblem will worsen. Many people are uncultured and socially awkward because the spend all there time on the internet, but if people start to play Secon Life, we are all going to be hermits that will no longer be able to interact with people outside of the computer chat room.

January 30, 2007

Interactive Game User Interface

I played Word Whomp on aol's pogo games website. The objective of the game is to unscramble the six letters they give you into all the three to six letter words possible. You win when you find all the possible words. There is a gopher digging in the garden that displays your score both visually and numerically. In order to enter the words you may either click the letters with the mouse or type them on the keyboard. When I played, I was using my laptop so I typed the letters which was easier and quicker than using the mouse. When I use a pc, I prefer to use the mouse with a right click button, so I can click on the letters in the puzzle. The first time I played this game on my mac, I hated using the mouse because I did not know how to enter the word without a right click button, but I eventually figured out that I could use my keyboard.

The game also displays the time you have left next to the scramble. There are also other function keys that need to be clicked with a mouse. At the top of the screen, is a list of all the words you have already found and how many words are left. The game has an arcade game feel with the concept of hitting gophers on top of the head, which makes the game playful and interesting to play.

The only thing I can think of changing is making it easier to play while using a one-click mouse. Clicking the enter button with the mouse seems to take too much time.

January 23, 2007

Web Terms

Internet
a network that links computer networks all over the world by satellite and telephone, connecting users with service networks such as e-mail and the World Wide Web

World Wide Web
the very large set of linked documents and other files located on computers connected through the Internet and used to access, manipulate, and download data and programs

Web server
a program such as a Web browser that serves up Web pages when requested by a client

Host
host or host com·pu·ter in a computer network, the main computer that controls certain functions or files

Web site
A group of related Web pages

Web page
a computer file, encoded in hypertext markup language HTML and containing text, graphics files, and sound files, that is accessible through the World Wide Web.

Web browser
a program used for displaying and viewing pages on the World Wide Web

Podcast
a Web-based audio broadcast via an RSS feed, accessed by subscription over the Internet
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/podcast

Cache
an area of high-speed computer memory used for the temporary storage of frequently used data to allow faster access. Also called cache memory

HTML
Hypertext markup language
a set of standards, a variety of SGML, used to tag the elements of a hypertext document, the standard for documents on the World Wide Web.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/html

XHTML
Extensible HyperText Markup Language
A reformulation of HTML 4.01 in XML. Being XML means that XHTML can be viewed, edited, and validated with standard XML tools. At the same time, it operates as well as or better than HTML 4 in existing HTML 4 conforming user agents.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Extensible%20HyperText%20markup%20Language


XML
A metalanguage written in SGML that allows one to design a markup language, used to allow for the easy interchange of documents on the World Wide Web.

JavaScript
(Formerly "LiveScript") Netscape's simple, cross-platform, World-Wide Web scripting language, only very vaguely related to Java (which is a Sun trademark). JavaScript is intimately tied to the World-Wide Web, and currently runs in only three environments - as a server-side scripting language, as an embedded language in server-parsed HTML, and as an embedded language run in web browsers where it is the most important part of DHTML.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/JavaScript

IP Address
Internet Protocol
The numerical sequence that serves as an identifier for an Internet server. An IP address appears as a series of four groups of numbers separated by dots. The first group is a number between 1 and 255 and the other groups are a number between 0 and 255, such as 192.135.174.1. Every server has its own unique address.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/IP%20Address

URL’s
an address identifying the location of a file on the Internet, consisting of the protocol, the computer on which the file is located, and the file’s location on that computer. Full form Uniform Resource Locator

Domain name
the sequence of words, phrases, abbreviations, or characters that identifies a specific computer or network on the Internet and serves as its address

HTTP
Hypertext transfer protocol
a protocol for transferring hypertext documents, the standard protocol for the World Wide Web.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/http

FTP
a set of rules or standard procedure that allows a user on one computer to transfer files to and from another computer over a network, for example, the Internet. Full form file-transfer protocol


ISP
Internet service provider
A company or organization that provides access to the Internet through its servers, usually for a fee.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/internet%20service%20provider

IPP
The Internet Printing Protocol or IPP, defines a standard protocol for printing as well as managing print jobs, media size, resolution, and so forth.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Printing_Protocol

Modem
an electronic device that connects computers via a telephone line, allowing the exchange of information.

Cable modem
a modem that connects a computer with the cable television network for high-speed data communications

Ethernet
a trademark for a system for exchanging messages between computers on a local area network using coaxial, fiber optic, or twisted-pair cables

Wireless
Lacking wires

CSS
Cascading Style Sheets World-Wide Web
(CSS) An extension to HTML to allow styles, e.g. colour, font, size to be specified for certain elements of a hypertext document. Style information can be included in-line in the HTML file or in a separate CSS file (which can then be easily shared by multiple HTML files). Multiple levels of CSS can be used to allow selective overriding of styles.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Cascading%20Style%20Sheets

Blog
Web Log: a shared on-line journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences and hobbies; "postings on a blog are usually in chronological order"
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/blog

MP3
A file containing a song or other audio data that is encoded using this standard
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mp3

JPEG
The standard algorithm for the compression of digital images.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/jpeg

GIF
Graphic interchange format
A service mark used for a raster-based format for storing files of color graphics.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gif

GUI
Graphical user interface
a software interface designed to standardize and simplify the use of computer programs, as by using a mouse to manipulate text and images on a display screen featuring icons, windows, and menus.
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=graphical%20user%20interface

PHP
Hypertext Preprocessor) is a reflective programming language originally designed for producing dynamic Web pages.[1] PHP is used mainly in server-side application software, but can be used from a command line interface or in standalone graphical applications.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Php

January 16, 2007

Interactive Questions

What is Interactive Design?
Interactive design is the design of interfaces and navigation of electronic devices. For example, websites, kiosk tutorials, cell phones, gps systems, ipods, software programs, video games, computer games, and electronic keyboards. Some things to consider while designing an interactive piece is navigation, transitions and aesthetic.

What do you want to learn in the course?
I want to learn how to use a few different kinds of software programs and programming languages.

What applications/programming languages do you know or want to learn?
I have worked with html on Dreamweaver and also with Flash. I would like to learn more about other applications because I don't know of any others. I would like to learn more about CSS and JavaScript.