Interactive Web Development Archive

What’s In a Website?

by Calvin M
A website represents who you are or what your company is all
about. It is used as a way to attract new customers and to give information
when they can’t visit your store. Having a website allows a business to run an
online store, where customers that can’t normally be reached can be purchased
from. E-commerce websites are becoming more relevant as time goes on. Though
there are service providers that let you “build” your own website yourself,
there are other professional services that build your website to your exact
specifications. These professionals know the correct word usages, color
schemes, and template designs to make your website efficient and user friendly. read more...

Internet Capacity, Network Traffic and Net Neutrality

by Marco M
“Internet Capacity, Network Traffic
And Net Neutrality”

Some of the challenges facing the Internet, users and providers, are the ability to improve and expand the current infrastructure. Studies have shown that the Internet is reaching a critical point where demand is out pacing supply; consequently, the service providers need to work harder and quicker to keep-up with Internet growth by implementing faster and more efficient equipment, such as routers and fiber optics just to mention a few, so Internet traffic can continue to flow adequately. Another very important issue, right now, is Net Neutrality; this concerns Internet usage for individuals and organizations of all types, “In 2007, Comcast tried to control traffic over their network”; however, “The Federal Communications commission (FCC), by a 3-2 vote, determined that the move by Comcast was illegal”. Large service providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Google, amongst others, are trying to unilaterally decide who they want to give preferential content treatment, just as Comcast did in 2007, therefore, that those companies would give traffic priority to those companies who pay more to the Service Providers and as a result of that practice, consumers would be force to limited choices and false advertisement. read more...

“I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me”

by Jonathan F

Facebook Corp

Have you ever noticed the Facebook, and Twitter buttons on many of the web pages that you visit? The buttons allow you to share content that you like, with your friends on these social- networking websites. But the companies that run these social-networking websites also collect information about the sites that you have visited that contain these buttons called widgets. Both of the companies collect information about the sites that you visit even if you don’t hit the button. The companies have stated that they collect the information for the purpose of advertising and that they only keep the information for a small amount of time. The Wall Street Journal states that these widgets have been added to millions of websites within the past year and that they appear on a third of the 1,000 world’s most-visited websites. Facebook says that the widgets work by using cookies that are placed on your computer when you log onto Facebook or when you register for it. The cookies allow Facebook to see what users are looking at on any of these sites that contain these widgets.  The scary thing about these widgets is that, they are contained on websites that can be about personal subject like depression and bankruptcy. Members of Congress have introduced new bills this year that would eliminate some of these privacy concerns, but until they become law we will continue to be watched. read more...

Supersize era

by Penny C
Would  you like super-size cookies?  I am not talking about that moist and tasty chocolate cookies.  I am talking cookies that are installed on users’ computers.  Usually cookies can be deleted by the user from the cache but there are supercookies that are not easily detectable by the users (because they are not stored in the usual place where regular cookies are installed) : therefore, hard to delete.  The article I read on Wall Street Journal said that researchers at Stanford and UC Berkeley universities found supercookies installed on computers by Microsoft affiliated websites and advertising networks, HULU and other companies that make money on web advertising.  These supercookies can not only track your web browsing history, but can re-create your browsing history  even after you have deleted your regular cookies from cache.  One Microsoft executive claimed Microsoft is “alarmed” by the supercookies and didn’t know why the codes were created (Microsoft created the codes to begin with).  HULU, a popular site that offers streaming video of popular TV shows, movies and assortment of other footage, said they immediately “acted” after researchers had contacted them about the supercookies.  History tracking is not a breaking story, but companies are finding new ways to track web users’ daily activities to get around the new privacy bills and laws being introduced on Capitol Hill.  Industry supposedly self regulates by providing users a way to opt out of the ads being displayed on the monitor.  There should be a button to click on the ad to opt out but according to the researcher, only 9% of the ads they examined had the opt out option.  The article noted that opting out takes away the ad but does not stop the tracking activity. read more...

WEB 2.0 May Help Enhance Learning Experience in Classrooms

by Penny C
I read an article on how Web 2.0 tools may help enhance learning experience for what the article called ‘net generation’, born between 1982 and 1991.  The authors cited that ‘net generation’ students are net savvy individuals who grew up using the Internet, email, cell phones and playing computer games and thus traditional learning environment is a poor match.  In order to engage these net savvy students in the classrooms, the authors felt that class curriculum should be developed using Web 2.0 tools to provide interactive learning environment to stimulate students.  The authors ran an experiment in a public university and developed three course section with 105 students – split to team of five’s.  The students were assigned to promote attendance of a season opening of a baseball game using Web 2.0 tools.  Students used Facebook, YouTube (load games highlight), Message boards, Twitter, and other social networking sites to promote the game.  The students were excited by the instant feedback of their efforts, such as number of Twitter followers, number of ‘likes’ on Facebook, and how many people bookmarked their page, etc.. In addition, instant feedback also allows students to analyze their strategy and discuss the cause and effect of their decisions which increase interest in the subject being taught.  Although this is a positive side of the coin, the negative side is that this type of curriculum takes knowledgeable faculty members and willingness to put in the time to plan the curriculum. The article mentioned that although faculty members and surveys all agree that Web 2.0 was beneficial, there aren’t that many professors willing to use it in classrooms. read more...

Wikipedia introduces QRpedia as a way to increase usage of QR technology

by Boshi W
QR codes have recently been popular among smartphones to be used in many areas such as shopping centers to museums and even DMV. Although this technology has been around for nearly a decades, it was never really proven to be useful enough to adopt and switch. However, that much change soon as Wikipedia rolled out a language detector using QR codes to translate automatically to the language of choice by scanning QR codes anywhere in the world. read more...