final project

What did you think of this project?   I think this project is really strange because all the three project doesn’t seem to connect in any way.

What did you learn? I learned that podcast could be a fun thing to do with friends, if I ever wanted to do it.


The Fiverr Gig



What did you think of the site and what it tries to accomplish?  This fiverr site is really great and I think it tries to give people a opportunity to use the talents they have.

• How did you decide what to do for your gig? we decided to do this gig because of the fact that we are both graphic design majors and use photoshop alot.

Do you intend to keep this going? we do not intend to keep the gig up.




Why did you select this topic? we selected this topic because it really interested us.

What were some of the challenges in creating it?The challenges in creating this podcast were finding the right videos to get the audio from and putting it all together.


Screencasting: Screenr


• What did you think of this software?

 It is a great software. Because it is so easy to use even when someone who never been used it try to use the screencast.

• What are the pros/cons of screencasting?

 The great pros is the yellow circle of mouse icon. It makes people can concentrate the content.

 When you want to make the video to use this software, you should do all things in a take. I think it is little bit uncomfortable.

• Will you use Screenr again?

 I will use again because I am a graphic designer but my major is not the video, so I can make some videos easily to use this software.  



What did David mean by “content is king”?

Bill gates wrote an essay entitled “Content is King” and he began by saying “Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting.”. In other words Bill gates is saying that popular is everything, only the applications with the most popular content online are being used and those are the ones the make a money. The popular applications such as social networks, video websites and blog host is the content that businesses look at first but some company look for a small applications so they can made it up.

In today’s world, a website without meaningful content has no chance of successes and nothing can change that. This is because the main reason for a website is to send out content and if it is not good content then that website is a failure. A website should be able to distribute the content so the viewer can easily view it and share it elsewhere. The way the content is displayed is also a big part of it, the website should has simple design but too much graphics can be distracting from the content.

What about David’s story from growing up in a basement apartment in Queens to becoming a company that embarks on innovation could you relate to and why?
Analyze and explain. Your answer should be several paragraphs. Give specific examples he spoke about.

After hearing David’s life story I can relate a lot of it to my life, because just like him I started from nothing but made a choice for a better life. When David said when he was growing up he didn’t have any of the cool clothes his friends had, he got a job and did work to buy those things, I really connected to that and made me think of my past. When I was growing up I was living with my mother and we were living in a one bed room apartment the bathroom was outside and we barely kept up with the rent. I saw the problems my mother was facing, so I would do any jobs that were around, most of which was construction and as a kid the person would only give me a small amount of money but it whatever the case was I would always give my mother the money.

David talked about his mentor, who committed to investing in Digital Surgeons but died before he could follow through. He said the greatest advice he’d ever gotten was from this man—“Fast nickels are better than slow dimes.” What did this mean? How might you relate this to your own life?

The quote “Fast nickels are better than slow dimes.” means that a smaller profit can be better for business than a potentially larger profit. Choosing slow dimes over fast nickles is being greedy and that’s doing that can cause problems in the future. If a person is selling a merchandise at market price but that merchandise is selling slow, or not being sell at all, then that person should sell that the item at a lower price.  I cannot find a way that this can relate to my life, but I have sold things online before. When I was selling those things I looked up the average price that the item is sold for and when I find the price, I make sure I sell the item for a price lower than that to make my item sell faster but I still make a good amount of money.

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Micheal s. hart

Michael s. hart was born on March 8, 1947 in Tacoma. He die in his home of Urbana Illinois on September 6, 2011 at the age of 64. Michael Hart was best known for his invention of electronic books also known as EBook, but he was also an American author. His father was an accountant and his mother, a former cryptanalyst during World War II. In 1958 his family relocated to Urbana, Illinois, and his father and mother became college professors in Shakespearean studies and mathematics education. Michael Hart graduating from the University of Illinois in just two years with a degree in Human-Machine Interfaces. He also enrolled in graduate school, but did not complete for unknown reasons and he was for a brief time a street musician. Hart was a man that did not need a lot of money, he got by with the money he earned as an adjunct and with grants and donations to Project Gutenberg. He financed himself with odd jobs and used an unpaid appointment at Illinois Benedictine College to solicit donations for the project. Although he did not have an stable job, he did fine without it because his obsession of building computers, stereos, and using home remedies. He once said “It’s hard for me to spend $10 on dinner; the average is well under $5. I have no cable [TV] or cell phone. I ride a bicycle most of the time. I also wear garage sale clothes; in fact I live just about totally on garage sales.” “I know that sounds odd to most people, but I just never bought into the money system all that much. I never spent it when I got it. It’s all a matter of perspective; most people spend the vast majority of their money on things I just don’t care about.”

The Gutenberg project began in 1971 by Michael Hart, The Project Gutenberg is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms of vast majority of computers, programs that people can easily read, use, quote, and search. Hart thinks Project Gutenberg was anything that can be entered into a computer and can be reproduced indefinitely.  Michael termed “Replicator Technology” The concept of Replicator Technology is simple; once a book or any other item (including pictures, sounds, and even 3-D items can be stored in a computer), then any number of copies can and will be available. Project Gutenberg has been a part of celebrations of the 100th Anniversary of Public Libraries, starting in 1995. Project Gutenberg hopes to found “The Public Domain Register,” after the 100th Anniversary of The U.S. Copyright Register in 1997. There are three portions of the Project Gutenberg Library, they are; Light Literature; such as Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, Peter Pan, Aesop’s Fables, etc.  Heavy Literature; such as the Bible or other religious documents, Shakespeare, Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, etc. References; such as Roget’s Thesaurus, almanacs, and a set of encyclopedia, dictionaries, etc. Everyone in the world, or even not in this world can have a copy of a book that has been entered into a computer. This philosophical premise has created several offshoots: Electronic Texts E-texts created by Project Gutenberg are to be made available in the simplest, easiest to use forms available. The major point is that years from now Project Gutenberg E-texts are still going to be viable, and  decade from now we probably won’t have the same operating systems, or the same programs and therefore all the various kinds of e-texts that are not Plain Vanilla ASCII will be obsolete. The project was a major success and it made it easier for people to get access to their favorite books and resources.

One can say that eBooks has done great things for the world but some can also say that EBooks aren’t all that good. An study performed by Heather Schugar, an associate education professor of education at West Chester University, and her husband, Jordan Schugar suggests ebooks could negatively affect how we comprehend what we read. They did their study to an class of middle school students, which they came to find that the students that were given ebooks retained less information from the reading than the students with the information in print. “(The students with ebooks) were much more motivated to read,” she says, “but they were also able to re-tell less. Their ability to answer questions wasn’t quite as strong when they were reading interactive ebooks.” The main problem that was found with the Ebooks are all the flashy gimmicks, interactive designs and ability to wander from the text that distract readers from the task of actually, well… reading. The Ebook was compared to a PowerPoint, with all the slides to fly in and dissolve and all of those effects it just becomes a distraction from the message. According to a Scientific American article the key difference between reading page and electronic material is in memory and learning. In digital format, readers tend to skim, looking for keywords. As a result the full content of the material is often lost. When using electronic material it takes more mental energy which leaves less for actual content retention. Reading from computer screens were even worse in comprehension to reading actual textbooks.

“Michael is remembered as a dear friend, who sacrificed personal luxury to fight for literacy, and for preservation of public domain rights and resources, towards the greater good,” said Newby. “The invention of ebooks was not simply a technological innovation or precursor to the modern information environment. A more correct understanding is that ebooks are an efficient and effective way of unlimited free distribution of literature. Access to ebooks can thus provide opportunity for increased literacy. Literacy, and the ideas contained in literature, creates opportunity.” Michael hart was truly touched the world and his invention will keep improving with the help of the new inventers and innovators. Ebooks made life easier for most people and solved problems that were once major but now a thing of the past . Michael hart will truly be missed but his legacy will live on every time an electronic material is read.

Question two #2

“Browse some of the Zaps via the menu and get them to work by finding the picture on the web so you can zap it. Which ones worked out for you and what does it do when interacted with successfully? In cases where you can record a photo or video, do so and include with your post.”

For the Zapper app I use the “Lenovo – Kobe Bryant” Zapper I when to the website and they gave an photo after I unlocked it, it took me to an basketball game where I was shooting an basketball. It was an simple game  but it was cool.  It was slow but I still managed to play it a couple times. The app had the backboard moving around, it was confusing and kind of annoy. I also use the happy feet two Zapper, it worked fine for me, it was the movie trailer. It had an penguin dancing and it also gave you the choose of moving the penguin.

Question one #1

“Tell us about your experience using Zappar.

Detail creating the Zapcode and Zap!-tache”

Zappar is a very unique app, that I can see changing to the world. This app was fun setting up and even more fun using.  Zapcode make something that seem so complicated really easy. It makes you thing about the future and where things are going, the arrival of the next app to build mobile-first experiences that are ready to be explored and bring a fun and hand size entertainment. Zapper can make life easier in a lot of ways, like shopping for food, clothes and other needs.  Can also help extend brand reach, and present products to shoppers who might not usually buy from a particular retailer. This delivered product information and exclusive special offers to shoppers in real-time, driving engagement, footfall and sales across stores. The app also provide the ability to play games which is great for kids, fundamentally change children’s free time, play patterns and pocket money spend. Over all I think the app is great, but I do not see it around or on social media, that’s why I think it should be exposed more.