Posts Tagged ‘ web ’

From iBoobs to augmented reality


Got sent the Charlie Brooker (guardian) article on the augmented reality of our future and followed another link to the Mercedes Bunz’s  ‘seven things you need to know about augmented reality’. Some of the 7 look interesting, particularly No.6.

That said, some of the apps available now or soon sound about as appealing as the other apps available on iPhones— like glorified ClipArt. In fairness,  I haven’t owned a Smart phone since 2007 and don’t own an iPhone now. Perhaps if I did I would have a different opinion on the whole thing.

Here is a video posted in March 2007 predicting the release of augmented reality products to the mass market in 2008…

Although AR hasn’t quite hit the general market yet, there are certainly some appealing applications— and not just for lazy parents and educational purposes. The ‘tour guide’ feature is definitely of interest for anyone travelling for pleasure or business. The AR can tell you what ratings different restaurants and hotel have had, which route to take to get there —or anywhere— and where to park. Pretty useful, but until the omnipotent ‘they’ figure out a way to hardwire our optic nerves to overlay such a display, we’ll probably have to wear ungainly goggles to experience it. Until the advent of such tech, have a read of the following superb books that offer a taste of what could be to come technologically (and socially, but that’s another blog).

Neuromancer – William Gibson

Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson

The Revelation Space series – Alastair Reynolds

Accelerando – Charles Stross

Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson

Pattern Recognition – William Gibson

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Password strength diagram – not for rookies


Forevergeek has showcased an amusing diagram for choosing password strength.

Visit their article for an explanation of that gert big unbreakable one.

This diagram begs a couple of questions though:

i) do people really still use passwords like ‘password’, ‘access’, ‘secret’ and ‘12345’?

and

ii) who decided on the computer-using-persons range:

teens> douche> geek> nature lover> professional> ‘normal’ ?

No silver surfers? No brats? No rookies? No chavs?

Admittedly a world devoid of chavs would be an improvement, but you can’t have everything in life including, it seems, a representational educational diagram.Rookies, however, would likely be the most in line to benefit from such a diagram and their exclusion must have left the feeling adrift. Where to place oneself? Am I a geek? Am I… Normal?

Q&A: Hayley Martin on social media


A seven question ‘witter’ with Hayley Martin on how she’s finding the increased use of social media on the second year of the Communications and Media (BA Hons) course at Bournemouth University‘s prestigious Media School.

Q: How are you finding the experience of blogging?

A: I like the concept of it and I’ve found some really interesting blogs to read, but I’m just getting into what to write.

Q: What do you prefer about blogging to Twitter?

A: You can go into more detail about what you’re interested in, but I don’t think you can have a blog without Twitter to blog about.

Q: What do you find most useful about Twitter?

A: All the PR and social media people I’ve made friends contact with on there and getting random news in my feed.

Q: How do you feel if, for whatever reason, you cannot access your social media for a length  of time.

A: I’d like to say it wouldn’t bother me, but I think I’d feel a bit cut off from the world. It’s just so easy to get hold of people on SNS and social media.

Q: Where do you see computer technology going next?

A: Apparently Google will be able to anticipate what you’re searching for and not send you useless or irrelevant sites.

Q: Why do you think social media is so important?

A: Because everyone wants to belong somewhere and with social media there’s so many opportunities for people to join that no one needs to feel left out.

Q: If you were a fruit, what would you be and why?

A: A star fruit, because I’m an odd shape, but when you cut me open you see how much of a star I am.

Hayley can be found on WordPress here and Twitter here.

SNS timeline


This week the ubiquitous Google has reeled out another extension to its empire, the social networking site, Google Buzz.

Social networking sites (SNSs) are web services allowing people to create semi-public profiles within a bounded system; create a list of users with whom they share a connection and can interact; view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. Here’s a look at the potted history of the humble beginnings and not-so-humble global takeover of the SNS.

1997: SixDegress.com launched by A. Weinrich, allowing users to create profiles.

1998: SixDegrees allowed surfing other users’ Friend lists, the first community site (the SNS’s previous incarnation) to do this.

1999: LiveJournal, AisanAvenue and BlackPlanet launched

2000: despite millions of users, SixDegrees closed due to insustainability. LunarStorm relaunched as SNS.

2001: Ryze launched.

2002: Fotolog, Friendster and Skyblog launched.

2003: Couchsurfing, LinkedIn, Tribe.net, Last.FM, Hi5, Open BC/Xing all launched, but notably so did MySpace, whose Santa Monica launch at the time was barely noticed. MySpace was designed to compete with Friendster, Xanga and AisanAvenue.

2004: Flickr, Mixi, Piczo, Orkut, Dogster, Catster, Hyves, Multiply, aSmallWorld, Dodgeball, Care2 (SNS relaunch) and Facebook (Harvard only) launched.

2005: Yahoo!360, Cyworld (China), Ning, YouTube, Xanga (SNS relaunch), Bebo, Facebook (high school networks) launched, AisanAvenue and BlackPlanet relaunched. Bebo became the most popular SNS in the UK, NZ and Australia and many community and dating sites had by now incorporated SNS features.

2006: Windows Live Spaces, Twitter, Cyworld (US), MyChurch launched and Facebook expanded to corporate networks and then to everyone.

2009: Yahoo!360 closed.

2010: Cyworld withdrew US service. Google Buzz launched by….

Information gleaned from: D. M. Boyd & N. B. Ellison (2006) here and the all-knowing Google here.

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