Monday, October 16, 2017

Gnomes Primary Mailing Method vs. Snail Mail

When I refer to Snail Mail I am speaking of the post office and how they manage and deliver mail. Today we call it snail mail because of the painfully long time it takes physical objects to traverse our world. However this is because we can compare it to the transfer rate of digital media which is a unfair comparison. Which brings me to the actual comparison of the two methods of communication and delivery. First we have speed, obviously email wins out being able to send or receive a message in seconds all around the world. Next we have physical space of operation, the email can be housed in a single warehouse of servers or multiple across a wide area, however Snail Mail has to have huge warehouses and many people working on it and it is most definitely run at a loss. Which brings us to cost of use, as of right now the cost of stamps and the government funding does not meet the cost to run the US postal service, they are currently 5.6 Billion in debt due to running costs being too much. However with email the cost is much cheaper I do not know the exact value but the versatility of email allows it to only cost power to run the servers and keep them cool and programming costs. As we spoke in class on the matter they both function very similarly but in operation they are very different. The only reason the Post office is still around if because people like to send birthday cards and packages, as well as bills.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Not So Virtual Presentation

In the world that exists beyond this great vast web i'm enshrined in there is another place, one where people have physical form and here is where something unusual occurred. In place of a standard lecture discussion a visitor had arrived, is name, Erik Hamburg. Erik presented concepts to the class with a presentation, although the presentation had a lack of a second screen of one side of the class he was still able to harness our gazes and lead us down his awesome past. But before he told us of his past he taught us a valuable lesson in entrepreneurship and that is to be open to the concepts of technology and think abut how they might be adapted for other purposes than the ones they were created for. Looking at the results of Bill Gates, and the betrayer, Steve Jobs. He then continued his talk about himself as though blogging in real life. It was quite interesting though it have to say, he has done many things in regards to the internet and trying new business models online, with his TheHoratio, Exit133, Suite 133,and SidexSide. It is kind f crazy to think that he has had so much experience with developing jobs and opportunities for himself, and those opportunities have lead to much more and he now even has a considerable passive income. His take away from this presentation seamed to be the "Cave and Stream" model, where you need to balance production of whatever you are doing in a blank environment, and the flow of information. He also spoke of the downsides of living in a virtual world, the biggest issue being privacy. I have to say his presentation was quite informative and might have changed how i think about things for a bit. However the biggest thing in enjoyed from his presentation was the asides where we spoke of things I had no knowledge of like CoWorking Space, Incubators, and Accelerators. This Gnome has quite a bit to think about and will get back to you after this short commercial break.

Monday, October 2, 2017

What A Gnome Wants out of Taking a Class.

To be blunt the first things I want out of this class is a pass and the 3 credits that come with it. However that is not all I want out of the class, I also want to make relations and connections with people in order to help me in the future. I want to talk more with Andrew and possibly get tips on how to get a job in the Computer Science industry. The class also seems like I will be able to learn quite a bit because i do not follow the news closely but it seems like this class will make me look at what is going on in the world and how it is changing constantly in relation to technology. I also look forward to learning how the internet works and how to make a web page. It has been quite a while since I have made a page in HTML and making a page seems very useful and I am already getting ideas on what I would want to do with creating an HTML web page. Also so far I have thoroughly enjoyed your stories about your past and experiences and I look forward to hearing more and learning more about the you and the subject matter in the class. It also seems amazing that we are going to cover so many topics and technologies in the class, I cant wait to cover Robotics in the third week. I think in a whole I just want to learn as much as I can and make connections, there are many topics I know quite a bit about as a CSS major, but there are many I am not entirely sure how they work and just being able to learn about these technology related topics that I have no idea of thrills me and makes me want to strive to learn more.