Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Purpose of Websites

Amazon

Why Visit it? To order, buy, and sell things online have have them shipped home.

Why was It Made? It was made to be an online bookstore so people could order and buy books to be shipped home.

Reddit

Why Visit It? To socialize with other people/communities by discussing varying topics/user created areas of interest which are known as “subreddits” with other users.

Why Was It Made? It was made for users to have discussions and submit content of different areas of interest, known as "subreddits".

Netflix

Why Visit It? To watch an unlimited variety of shows and movies for a monthly fee

Why Was It Made? To provide streaming by paid subscription for media and videos online, especially TV shows.

Purpose for Julia:

To improve at cooking by documenting her recipes and gaining feedback and advice from her readers.

Purpose for Users:

To give helpful advice and constructive criticism to Julia, while also sharing recipes and learning new things from her posts. Various users of different levels of experience are able to discussing their knowledge of cooking .

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Submarine Questions and Answers

What are some dangers that must be out of a cable's path?
a.) fault zones
b.) fishing zones
c.) anchoring areas
d.) all of the above

How many cables does South Africa have extending from its east coast?
a.) five
b.) one
c.) three
d.) two

Which of these content providers does the article list as major investors in new cables?
a.) Verizon, AT&T, Comcast
b.) Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker
c.) Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft
d.) none of the above

Binary State Question
Which of the following can be represented in a binary state? Choose two answers. 
a.) a power supply
b.) voting on a house bill
c.) a byte of data
d.) a trend

A byte of data can also be represented in a binary state. A byte is made of ones (on) and zeroes (off); it can only take one of those two states (on/off).

A power supply can also be represented in a binary state. It can either be on or off.

The same can not be said for a trend. A binary state can really only be one or the other. While it can be argued that a trend can be upward/positive or downward/negative, those are not the only two states a trend can be described as.

 Voting on a house bill can't be represented in a binary state. It can either be voted for, voted against, or you can choose to abstain from voting. Therefore it is not a binary state.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Definitions

Annual Fee: Any fee that is charged on a yearly basis.

Annual Percentage rate (APR): An annual rate, expressed as a percentage, that is charged for borrowing, or earned through an investment. It represents actual yearly costs over a term's loan.

Credit Line: The amount of money that can be charged to a credit card account.

Cash Back/Rewards: An incentive offered to buyers in which they receive a cash refund following purchase.

Balance: The amount of money in a financial repository, like a bank account.

Minimum Payment: A fee that is the lowest amount of money you are required to pay to your credit card statement every month.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Data Article

The first article, What Did You Think They Do With Your Data, details the controversy surrounding AccuWeather, a smartphone application/publisher that gives free weather information to its users. The controversy is that they were selling users' anonymous data to third parties without their explicit permission for extra revenue.

The second article, For $1000, Anyone Can Purchase Online Ads To Track Your Location and App Use describes how, theoretcally, it is possily for someone to exploit internet advertising in order to track down other people. The ads a person clicks on and the apps a person downloads have the potential to reveal a lot of sensitive people about people. Additionally, if a person is in a certain location for a long enough amount of time and an ad is sent their way, their location can be easily detected if the tracker has a map of loction based ads.

The final article, When You Should (and Shouldn't) Shae Your Location Using a Smartphone talks about he differen location sharing tools of different social media sites and internet applications such as Facebook, Snapchat, Google, etc. It touches upon the pitfalls of location sharing, such as los of privacy and the access third parties has on your data and whereabouts, along with the beneifts, such as friends and family being able to know where you are. It discusses wise ways to occasioanllly use location sharing for the conveniences it can sometimes bring, and the times it is smartr to not bother with it.

Personally, some of the information in these articles was really eye opening for me. It made me want to go search through all my apps to turn off the location sharing options. I think it is a bit freaky and concerning that complete strangers can keep track of me, and that applications and publishers can just sell the data colleced from me. It actually makes me paranoid. It is very interesting how almost every app I end up downloading, or website I visit, asks me if I want to allow location services, and there has always been a deeper meaning to that pop up that I wasn't quite aware of In fact, I don't think most people know about it. I've always disliked those people finder websites, and the fact that apps can sell my information to them just makes me more averse to them than before.

Innovation presentation

Click me!