Monthly Archives: September 2013

Module 3 – Final Assignment Proposal

By Niko McGlashan

Technological advancements in our culture have provided us with a multitude of concerns. Some of these issues, sinister in nature, have infiltrated their roles into our lives while going unnoticed.  Service providers have invoked their secret weapon; the end user agreement. Abusing our human tendencies, companies have formulated a technical weapon to take advantage of us. With an arsenal of borderline strategies, service providers have burrowed your rights in a series of text, and prompted you to agree in selling yourself. My partner and I find this to be an increasingly important topic. We believe that the end-user contract is developing into an even larger atrocity, at an alarming rate. This leads to our proposal to create a video that equips viewers with the right information to protect themselves from outrageous contracts.

Video: http://youtu.be/slNT7GrGLns

Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1TBQzTCyZdGfg-98q7C3BuyYSmUVTfPkRKw6py_uyMfo/edit?usp=sharing

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Google: Googling For Dummies

 

 

 

By Niko McGlashan

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Before modern search engines, the internet had a significantly smaller impact on our lives. In fact, to connect to any page, you had to already know the full address of the website! The main method for someone to find a new page would be from a very limited list of sites from their homepage, which could lead to only very generic sites. With the innovation of search engines, the internet has become one of the leading innovations of our time. Google has some key features that allows you to navigate throughout 700 000 000 websites, which continuously allow the user to stray from the first results. These particular “syntaxes” can benefit any user who is interested in discovering something that may not be within the first page. The following ten examples are tools that will drastically help your online experience.

How would you search for an exact word or phrase?

To search for an exact word or phrase, put quotations around the text, such as: “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. This can be useful when attempting to filter out search results and narrowing down the content to exactly what you need. In general:

“text”

How would you search for something on a specific site?

When attempting to look deeper within a specific site, this syntax will help you shorten the amount of steps required to do so. This is useful for many reasons, such as trying to find the same recipe that was used for dinner last week that was such a hit! The format of this syntax is:

[search] site:[site name][.com,.ca,etc]

How would you correctly search for a definition?

To quickly increase your comprehension of any text, Google is one of the fastest resources. To hastily learn the definition of a sentence or phrase, use the syntax:

define:[word]

How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?

Shopping on the web can leave a lot of variety to choose from. To specify a price range in a search, structure the query with this syntax:

[product] [lowest price ($)]..[highest price ($)]

How would you search for a specific filetype?

Perhaps you were reading a very interesting article the other day, but unfortunately your computer crashed and you could only remember the name and file type! When you go to search just the name, you are given far too many results to choose from. Fortunately, you remember that it was a .pdf document which can narrow down your search results extraordinarily. If you ever stumble across a similar situation, the following structure can be a lifesaver:

“topic” [filetype:pdf]

How would you include or ignore words in your search?

Depending on the structure of your search, your results could vary tremendously. If you want to ensure that a part of your search is included, you would encase it with apostrophes, such as “&” or +&. To emit specific results in your search, you would denote that term by using the syntax:

[search] -[exception]

How would you find related pages?

This tool is extremely useful when attempting to gain knowledge on a particular subject. Whether gathering information for an assignment or for your leisure, the related pages syntax can be found extremely useful.

related:[site URL]

How would you find a topic, searching all available synonyms of a word?

With a lack of better words, you could use this syntax to deliver you similar results by insinuating that your search is not completely accurate.

[topic] ~[synonym]

How would you find the time in another country?

Google’s time function can help anyone curious about another location’s time zone, whether it is for travel purposes or pure curiosity.

time:[location]

How would you find out how many Egyptian pounds you get for $20 Canadian dollars?

Google’s currency converter poses as the most instantaneous currency comparison of any two currencies worldwide. To use this feature, structure your search as followed:

[amount] [currency 1] in [currency 2]

For example: 20 CAD in EGP (Twenty Canadian Dollars in Egyptian Pounds)

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The internet has evolved far beyond its initial intentions, with the capability of assisting people in multiple aspects of their lives. There are a multitude of search tools that exceed far beyond this list in purpose and functionality. As digital natives become more common, the tricks of the web become more resourceful in nature.

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The Digital Empire – Modern Web Etiquette

By Niko McGlashan

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Everyday, the internet has an increasingly larger role in almost every aspect of our lives. As the internet has evolved, it has engendered many new purposes, ranging from paying bills to social media. With these relatively new features, there has surfaced many practices that are nuanced as appropriate by society. It is sometimes hard to perceive what is appropriate with the progress of something as vast as the World Wide Web, but the best way to work within society’s guidelines when on the internet is to behave as you would in person.

Many acronyms are used for terms or words such as “LOL” or even “U,” which is acceptable when attempting to convey a quick message to a friend, but is inappropriate for professional use. When posting to a large audience, it is best to steer clear of improper grammar. Overusing acronyms may convey sloppiness and even be deemed impolite.

There are many different methods of leaving your mark on the internet, all of which have different audiences. Before posting, contemplate, “Who is going to see this?” Although it is acceptable to comment on daily activities, you had better think before making a public post about your excitement for a friend’s upcoming surprise party! Acting on anger or swearing in print is never advisable, as it can instigate unforeseeable consequences.

These principles exist predominantly on social sites, but can apply to many elements of the web. Remember, much like a tattoo, it is much easier to post something onto the internet than it is to remove it. When you’re on the internet, you face a vast audience that may or may not know you. As the internet is an extension of your social identity, it would only make sense to behave as you would in person.

Works Cited

Searchblog. 2013. ON FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, AND OUR EVOLVING SOCIAL MORES ONLINE. [image online] Available at: http://battellemedia.com/archives/2010/07/on_facebook_google_and_our_evolving_social_mores_online.php [Accessed: 10 Sep 2013].

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