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Colossus: The Forbin Project

Colossus (1970) is a sci-fi movie about the cold war. Backed by the US government, a man named Charles Forbin spearheads an operation to create a supercomputer named Colossus with its purpose being national defense purposes, having full access to government systems... even nuclear. Once they managed to "successfully" get Colossus up and running it had discovered that there was another computer just like it named Guardian in the USSR and urged Forbin and the president to approve communication between the two computers. Contact between the two computers began slow as Colossus reached out to Guardian by means of mathematics as communication, but they seen created their own form of communication that humans could not understand. The computers intelligence skyrocketed and soon became more than its creators could handle, so in fear of their creation both nations decided to cut communication between the computers. Once communications were cut the computers demanded that the connect…

Max Headroom

Max Headroom (1985) is a short film made for TV that sets up the backstory to the spinoff series that would soon follow under the same name. Its a cyberpunk style of film that takes place in a dystopian/post apocalyptic world where all of the common people are poor, dumb, lazy, and filthy. Meanwhile the elites are rich and powerful and they control the masses through TV as they veg out and watch screens all day. The protagonist is a man named Edison Carter who is the top reporter for the top new station Network 23. In an effort to cut down on viewers switching channels during commercial breaks, which lowers their ratings, Network 23 has developed a new technology called "blipverts" which essentially delivers all of the advertisements in a flash due to what appears to be subliminal messaging. This proves to be great for ratings, but detrimental for viewers because it causes some of them to randomly explode. Edison Carter is investigating a story of one of these explosions whe…

A Visit from Shadrach White

Mr. White came into class and told us about how he own and operates his own business. He started out with creating an online registry for medical marijuana for the government and his business has branched out from there. If my memory stands correct most of his business is somehow related to government contracts.
The main focus on his lecture was about how his business, Airlift, is powered solely by cloud computing. This business model is very lucrative as it doesn't require much tangible resources and its scale is fluid, they can taper their server size in real time as they see fit. Airlift has been created in such a way that new clients can be added to the service easily by having an account created on the existing base platform. Shadrach explained that what sets his business apart from the competition is that it originated in the cloud, while the competitors were retrofitted. This reminds me of the analogy Mr. Fry made in class with the dinosaurs. Airlift would be the younger a…

Convergence

Convergence is the process of different technologies coming together to create new technologies. A phone is a good example of this process. Phones have become so complex and powerful that making phone calls is almost rare for some people. Just as a Leatherman is the creation of mechanical convergence (knives, pliers, screw drivers, scissors, etc), our phones are essentially digital multitools (GPS, cameras, music, streaming, countless apps, etc). Continuing the multitool example, mechanical convergence has seemed to slow down as you can only do so much with such a limited, pocket sized platform. Smartphones however, have grown exponentially in strength and ability while becoming increasingly slimmer. At this point there really aren't many things that computers can do that phones can't, Microsoft office is even phone compatible now.

Convergence has a a way of eliminating the "middle man" due to an increase in efficiency, therefore convergence continually eliminates jo…

My Thoughts on Startup.com

Something I liked about the documentary that is unrelated to it's content is the cinematography. It was super low budget and you know it was just a couple of guys with basic equipment following Tom and Kaleil around. The low budget made the movie feel more genuine. As far as the content of the film, Tom and Kaleil were on an emotional roller coaster. In the beginning they were inexperienced and optimistic, but as time goes by they gain more experience and really begin to understand what they've gotten themselves into, becoming callous in the end. It was interesting to see how relationships were such a large part of the process. The third founder, their asian friend who ended up being the only one who made money, had been their friend for years and was around since the beginning, but he soon became the antagonist as their journey progressed. Later in the documentary when govWorks was broken into I remember Tom and Kaleil thought that it might have been caused by the ex-founder …

HTML is a Tricky Creature

First of all, I was seriously struggling with this assignment when I first began because I was only looking at the assignment sheet. However, once I consulted the internet I was able to make some progress. From the resources I conjured up on the web, I realized that most web design occurs on windows computers because there was at least 10 articles or videos about HTML on PC for every single video about HTML on Mac. With the help of those articles and videos I was able to create a very simple web page with a title and two paragraphs. I tried to attach pictures, but they would not work. First, I tried attaching a picture from the internet by using the command <img src="URL"> and when that did not work I downloaded the image and tried to attach it with the command <img src="image_name.jpg"> and that command did not work either. Feels bad man.

Even though I had a rough start and could not attach images properly, I still enjoyed this assignment. It's ama…

Email Ripped Off Snail Mail

Just like the online shopping cart mimics the original, so too does email mimic the postal service.

Similarities Sending and receiving correspondence Attaching pictures to a "letter" Both mediums are sent to and from addressesBoth are not sent directly to the recipient, but instead sent to a "mailroom" for organization and processing before they are sent to the recipient.Both are vulnerable to the information in the correspondence to be seen by people who aren't the recipientBoth are susceptible to spam and viruses  Differences  Email can be used to send the same correspondence to multiple recipientsSnail mail is limited to one recipient per letterEmail is much faster than snail mailEmail can attach files, programs, applications, videos, etc. Hand written letters cannot be seen unless the letter is in your possession and opened, while emails can easily be seen through computer witchcraft. Emails will only be sent to exact addresses, while snail mail has more room…