The advantages of using social networking

February 17, 2010 at 9:42 am (Networking) (, , , , , , )

Twitter is a great way to, flat out, get your ideas, music, material, etc. out there. by simply tweeting a short blog about what your band is doing or what kinds of art you may be trying to sell. It is also a wonderful way to “follow” your favorite artist or band and see what they may be up to at any given time. It’s also very helpful because you can include a hyperlink to any site that you want your followers to check out.

Flickr on the other hand is pretty limited in the fact that you can only upload photos. This wouldn’t be very helpful to me since I mostly deal with music and videos. I most likely won’t use this site at all.

I already created a YouTube account prior to this assignment but only have uploaded one video. You may have checked this video out if you have been following my blogs. It’s the one where we’re tracking drums for POI. This is a very helpful tool although my views have been stuck at 304 for about 2 weeks now and I’m not very happy with that. I’ve heard of this happening before and you would think that they could find a way to fix the problem.

Vimeo seems like a pretty cool idea with the 720p resolution and 500mb of storage per week although I think I would rather just use YouTube for the small amount of video I post.

Either way all of the available online media networks are just another way to spread the news about what you are trying to do so they could all potentially be beneficial. By posting on each individual site you are also multiplying the chance that someone out there is going to stumble across your stuff and hopefully dig it.

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Project Xanadu

January 20, 2010 at 11:25 am (Networking) (, , , )

Ted Nelson proposed a giant electronic library in satellites that would be available to any terminal on earth connected by radio and telephone lines. He named it Xanadu after the mythical country. It would serve as a global database. Hypertext eventually made this idea reality.

Ted Nelson

Some of the premises of the Xanadu model are:

Documents are often connected side by side in parallel and need to be viewed that way

Links should be to content, independently of where that content moves to among versions and documents

Many simultaneous links may be on the same content

Identities should be kept track of automatically (transclusion)

The Structure of the Xanadu model is as follows:

Actual data content is in permascrolls

All data has permanently assigned addresses

All use of this data is referential or simulates referential usage

Manipulation of data is only by pointers

When the data moves among machines, the apparatus of referential use moves with it

Links are to the permaddresses of the content

A document is all the versions with the same name and owner, or some subset of versions designated by the owner

Documents have arbitrary structure which is not necessarily hierarchical, may have overlapping contents

For more information check out the original site by clicking Design Overview below

Design Overview

Above is an overview of the basic concept of Project Xanadu

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