•September 18, 2006 • 2 Comments



mobile phone scavenger hunt

•September 17, 2006 • 3 Comments

to go along with last weeks topic i saw this on the msn home page  http://obey.msn.com/

Communication and Community

•September 13, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Communication methods have had a huge impact in the sense of society and community. In most places across the world people have adapted to using these new non face-to-face methods as communication. Kids now can hold conversations wherever and whenever they want without distributing anyone or anyone knowing. This new fad of text messaging via mobile devices has really caught on much sooner in Finland and Japan then it has in the United States. Since the time of this article was written I think that the United States is caught up in this whole idea of text messaging as another form of communication.

Teens in Japan have taken such a liking to text messaging as a way of private conversations in the home that cannot be over heard by their parents. “Getting a mobile phone grants teenagers a degree of privacy and right of assembly previously unavailable, which they are used to construct a networked alternative space that is available from anywhere they are”( Rheingold 5). Well this has to be true everywhere, especially if you in quiet area or now a no cell phone allowed area, you can easily type away a text mange and wait till you get one back.

Text messaging in Finland is more then teens texting their friends “thinking of you, good night, good morning, or I’m bored”(Rheingold 5). Text messaging has made its way to the business world as employers are now keeping their kanny on all the time. The reason they give is that customers like answers quick and the only way is to leave your phone on. Also a game known as botfighting via SMS, where you try to destroy anthers virtual bot with your kanny and then trash talk the opponent via SMS messaging.
The game is played via location sensing equipment. You will receive a text message from the gaming server in relation to your target, if your weapons are better then you opponents shield then you will win. If they are not you a created a loss.

Text messaging in the United States is just as widely used as a voice call in teens and twenty somethings. I use text messaging all the time, it comes in real handy when your out at night and you couldn’t possibly make a phone call because the music is to loud, but you also do not want to go outside. Typing a text message is perfect. I also will periodicly get text messages from my buddy who is a bartender and he sends out mass SMS messages to everyone in his phonebook. You can handle more then one conversation at once, either that be a SMS message and face-to-face conversation or multiple SMS messages. Text messaging has made its way to interact with TV shows such as American Idol. You can text in your vote and help decide a winner. I have also come across on the late night TV advertisements that you can now hold text message conversations with women, like the ones that you could call “for a good time”.

Mobile phones now make it possible for anyone to be anywhere at anytime, whether they chose to be or not. “Their use shifts community ties from linking people-in-places to linking people wherever they are”(Wellman 55).

Wellman, B. (2005). Community: From neighborhood to network. Communications of the ACM, 48(10), 53-55.

Rheingold, H. (2002). Shibuya epiphany (pp. 1-28). Smart mobs. New York: Perseus.

Open Facebook

•September 12, 2006 • Leave a Comment

looks like it going to be true.. http://www.forbes.com/business/2006/09/11/facebook-opens-up-cx_rr_0911facebook.html

.::.Digi Comm.::.

•September 7, 2006 • Leave a Comment

The way we thought about technology and its evolution years ago is the same way we think about technology today. Not much thought has changed since these articles were written but rather the advancement in equipment. Everything discussed in these articles are still used in some way, shape or form today, but with more accuracy. Technology is constantly changing and so are we in are ability to adapt these new ways of living.

“In a few years men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine that face to face (Licklider, 21)”. I think this statement is true now. You have AIM taking over the kid’s realm. Rather then one kid calling another asking if he can play, well that’s what I did. Now all you do is log onto AIM or any instant messaging program and have what your phone conversations used to be on the computer. Now email in the business world is taking over more so then phone calls. Take blackberry for example, its primary reason is for quick email retrieval and response. The blackberry is phone also, so why send an email? If the person has time to read and type an email out on such a small pad I think they will have time to talk. I still don’t view both of these technologies as being the primary ways of living for these two different ages, but more of an addition to help them with every day individual interaction. “When people communicate face to face, they externalize their models so they can be sure they are talking about the same thing (Licklider , 22).” The lack of face-to-face communication makes it realy hard to understand the point the other is trying to make. It’s very difficult to read someone’s tone through type. Even though my thoughts seem to be against these two ways of communication I still feel they are positive and will effect society in a positive way, I mean sometimes talking on a phone is just not an option and another way of communication is necessary and something’s would be easier to comprehend if viewed and needed to be saved for later reference.

Lickliders discussion about “face to face through a computer (25)” was very interesting. This very early concept of meetings are what many meetings today involve, the use of a computer, with a screen to display lecturers notes from his individual device. “A future version of this system will make it possible for each participant, on his own TV screen, to thumb through the speaker’s files as the speaker talks – and thus check out incidental questions without interrupting the presentation for substantiation” (Licklider , 25). This in fact is true today with almost everyone in the field that would attend such a meeting would have there own laptop. But why give everyone attending the presentation the ability to surf through the presenter’s material and create questions? This would cause people not to pay attention in the meeting and miss material that was spoken and not in the presentation material and could also cause someone to create questions that would have been answered if they were just paying attention to the presentation and taking notes.

“These systems are so complex and so poorly comprehended that their managers are unable to weed out obsolete components (Hughes, 79)”. I can speak from experience on this. My last job consisted of data network installations and repairs of old ones. Some of these jobs we had were almost nearly impossible to figure out, we had to start from scratch. When these systems we installed there seemed to be no set of instructions or a standard way to follow, and this made troubleshooting almost nearly impossible. The way of networking changes all the time and as we all know as soon as you buy some technology gadget it is obsolete the day you leave the store, or now, purchase it offline. Even with networking changing there are now industry standards which make life easier for everyone, whether the end user needs to know or not.

“The importance of improving decision making process – not only in government, but thought the business and the professions – is so great as to warrant every effort” (Licklider, 27). We cant just stop developing and taking technology to the next level now. Technology is what runs the world. Jobs that would take people hors or weeks to do 10 years ago can take a computer minutes to complete and could be 99% accurate. Who knows what’s next, I can’t wait.


Licklidder, J.C.R. (1968). The computer as a communications device. Science and Technology.

Hughes, T.P. (2004). Technology as systems, controls, and information (pp. 77-109). Human-built world: How to think about technology and culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

This is me, kind of

•September 1, 2006 • 4 Comments

This is my first ever post on a blog. I usually stick to website forums (my.is, howardforums), nothing of this nature. So if I do not blog correctly, if that is possible, leave me a comment. Well my name is Brian I am in my third semester of the ICM program. I work full time at Yale University in the ITS Department. I Graduated in 2005 from Quinnipiac University with a major in Computer Information Systems. I enjoy long walks on the beach, candle lit dinners, (now that I work full time) just relaxing either just surfing the web, watching TV, you know the basic stuff that doesnt require much. Well I am keeping this short since I am “blogging” here at work and should call this client back.