Archive | November 2011

Session 7 : Info Architecture

Agenda:

  • Geek Speak
  • Info Architecture/Wireframes Discussion
  • Project Work : Lab Time
  • Next Week’s Assignment
  • Next Week’s speaker (security)

Firebug Is The Easy Way To View and Test Code

Firebug is an open source Firefox plugin that lets you easily view and edit code on the fly.  Once you download the free application, you can view the HTML and CSS of any website in an easy to read format.   Firebug allows you to click on individual website elements to see the code, which Firebug highlights.  This means that if you want to borrow an element from a website you don’t have to scroll through seemingly endless code to find it. There’s also a search field that allows you to find elements by code titles. Read More…

GeekSpeak: Cloud Computing

Businesses of all sizes benefit greatly from Cloud Computing. The biggest advantage is you don’t need the knowledge necessary to develop or maintain the infrastructure, development environment or apps.

Why?

Because being able to outsource all of the housing and maintenance expenses provides real cost benefits to small businesses. (A handful of downsides will be presented and discussed this evening.)

Cloud Computing Presentation

Cloud computing is using web applications or server services that you pay to access rather than software or hardware you buy and install, as cloud computing encompasses more than web apps and data storage.

There are three categories of cloud computing: Read More…

Semantic Web Geek Speak

Semantic Web by Marina Ferrer, Nov 30th 2011

Semantic Web is an extension of the traditional web that links objects or concepts through semantic relationships.
Search engines retrieve  their request scanning the information and looking for keywords. However, it doesn´t take in consideration the context or the meaning of the words in each particular situation. That is the goal of the semantic web.
For that, the semantic web use a common format or language (RDF), a specific way to get access to that data and find those relationships (SPARQL), and a set of vocabularies or ontologies that define concepts and relationships used to describe specific objects (OWL). With all those elements the system look at the possible relationships between terms and meanings and suggest a final result (inference).

Web host? We don’t need no stinkin’ web host!

So, you’ve secured your domain, registered with a hosting service and installed WordPress on your site. You’ve begun experimenting with themes and thinking about the look and feel your site is going to have and what content it’s going to display. But wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to experiment with all that stuff and design your site to look the way you want it to before publishing it to the web? Believe it or not, there is, and it’s simpler than you may think.

Web hosting services provide space on servers that, for a lack of a better term, hosts the files that make up your site. These files include the pages that everyone sees, such as the “Home” page and the “About Us” page, as well as the files they don’t, like the database files that make a WordPress site so powerful. It’s the files that you don’t see that make it necessary to obtain a web host before you start building your site. PHP5 and MySQL are part of the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) environment in which WordPress lives and operates in. A web host provides this environment that your computer cannot, therefore making it necessary to work on the remote server. Unless… Read More…

Mapping and tracking your shopping moves…

Yes, in a story published by EETimes.com it was announced that  Nokia will be linking to Bluetooth 4.0 to create indoor navigation maps. The project aims to start by getting retailers, malls and other busy public places on board. The idea is to equip this spaces with antennas that will track Wi-Fi devices and “tagged” carts which will turn out to be useful to also record consumer behavior analytics.

Even though it sounds like an expensive deal, the Bluetooth arrays can be integrated using the building’s Wi-Fi net, bringing costs down. So we may hear a lot about this new project in the near future.

My only concern is, how privacy issues will be addressed? If I don’t want to be tracked, should I leave my phone at home or turning it off will suffice?

Think about it!

User Scenarios for a Mobile Content Strategy

It is not enough to ask WHO is coming to your web site. The “what, where, why and how” are questions that help make up the use case, or “user scenario.”

A scenario is a representative example of a situation in which your primary user would be visiting your site on a mobile device.

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