We all use the web; in fact, you are using it right now to read this blog post. I believe it’s important to know how it came into existence because it didn’t pop up from anywhere. The internet was actually made to be a weapon used by the US government. In 1962, the US was in the middle of the cold war with Soviet Russia. It was during this time that the US started focusing on space technology and improving communication over long distances. Scientists were looking for alternate ways of communicating and not rely on telephone lines.
As an old proverb so aptly states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Just as individuals require their own sense of vision for their lives; it is also important for businesses to have clear vision so that they are driven to achieve the proper goals. Every business or organization must have a vision, mission statement, and core values that they adhere closely to in order to be successful. Vision is all about the “company’s future strategic course—‘the direction we are headed and the shape of our business in the future.’ It is aspirational” (Thompson 2016). Though it has evolved since its inception, today, Apple’s vision is as stated by CEO Tim Cook:
I am fascinated with names and logos. I enjoy knowing the background of how companies came up with their names and logos. You probably use Google several times a day, but have you ever wondered how Google got its name?
Technology has always been in our lives. As young people spend their time on their tablets, cellphones and computers, most of us still remember our Nokias, Blackberry and our flip-phones. Technology has changed our lives, at a point when it is impossible not to find a job or our way back home from our cell phones. Regardless of times changing technology has become part of our culture, business and influence on young people.
This week's reading for my 'Introduction to Illustration & Data Visualizations' class is an article by Alan Smith titled "How alternative facts rewrite history," specializing in the importance of a graphic's scaling used to encode significant periods for the reader's understanding. According to Smith the definition of scale is 'the mechanism by which numbers of any size are converted into readable proportions on the page or screen,' meaning the barriers that will emphasize how and where numerically/historically the graphic will be measured. One crucial notion Smith highlights in terms of using scale correctly is making sure that all graphics use the same units, concerning what timespan will be measured to keep from misleading information. Alan's article shows an emphasis on a particular style of scale called the log scale, which is used to balance higher and lower values of the same data on an axis.
I am sure there will be many reading this that wont believe a few things I remember from my earlies tv watching days. In the uk it was 3 channels, everything was on and then went till it was repeated. If you missed it there was no recording, no catch up and no plus one channels. It meant that if you needed a comfort break or drink you had to wait between programmes or rush during adverts, a famous cry would come up of "its back on" and you would need to rush back as there was no pause.
Undeniably, the exhilarating and intricate discipline of computer science has produced incredible technological systems over recent decades that have had a transformational effect on society worldwide. Indeed, the profound economic and societal implications of computer science have been astonishing and unparalleled. Over forty years ago, Gotlieb and Borodin published a seminal work Social Issues in Computing which anticipated the far-reaching and revolutionary implications of computer technology on the modern era.
Among many histories, I have always been fascinated by Victorian London and the developments leading up to it, so the opportunity to write about London Lives has come to me at the right time. This is a digital humanities project that provides access to published and unpublished documents, each illuminating some aspect of the lives of lower-class citizens living in what had become one of Europe’s largest cities in the 18th century (LL).
“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.” — Mark Twain
With 3.8 billion people on the Internet at the beginning of what is known as the dawn of web 3.0 in 2017, we find ourselves surrounded by a vast number of blogging platforms and social media networks. There is an endless supply of content, with over a billion websites to choose from. Let’s take a look at web 3.0 and how the changes in technology will affect content creators in the near future.
In our story about Web 1.0, we explored the read-only era before 2005. The days when blogging and social media began, and the number of internet users went from under 50 million to over 1 billion. Now, we're going to explore the most recent part of our internet history, which some refer to as the read-write age of the web.