Monday, December 1, 2008

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Assignment

File transfer protocol (FTP) is a protocol for exchanging files over a network (i.e. internet). A FTP site is a storage facility to exchange files. FTP is a very useful tool for sharing and storing files. FTP servers are a useful way to store files in a central location, where users can access and share information without keeping the information on each individuals hard drive. This way of “collaborative computing” (if done properly) can save time, and space.

There are many applications available to access FTP. Fetch is an FTP client for Apple computers. WinSCP is a FTP client for Windows based computers. Both applications are FTP clients, which allow the user to connect to an FTP server. These are just an example of applications available, but there are many more.

Depending on how the FTP server is set up, the information will vary. First you will need to know the host name or i.p. address. Also, most administrators require a username and password so that the information is secure. Others may let anonymous users in. This is the information required, but depending on the administrator, some information may vary.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Mozilla Open Source Assignment

The article discusses open source organizations, and uses the company Mozilla as an example. The article is an interview with current chairman and former CEO of Mozilla, Mitchell Baker. Mozilla is an organization that depends on the open source platform, as many of their best ideas come from members of their “community.” Their “community” is made up of members not affiliated with their company, but help develop and improve their software/products. These “community” members are everyday people, whom believe in the open source platform.

I was fascinated by Mitchell Baker’s management strategy. It is not often CEOs believe in letting the public help improve a business strategy. Mitchell relies on members of the Mozilla “community” to solve many of Mozilla’s business problems. In my opinion, this is something very intriguing. Essential, this “community” is free labor for Mozilla, and the members receive no compensation for helping improve, and develop the Mozilla product.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hardware Assignment - iPod

iPod is the most popular portable media player on the market today. The iPod was first released on October 23, 2001. Apple CEO Steve Jobs had noticed a problem with the available portable media players on the market at the time, and ordered a team of engineers to develop a simplear solution.
The engineering team was lead by hardware engineering chief Jon Rubenstein. It took the engineering team less than one year to develop the initial iPod, which was composed of a 5 GB hard drive, and could hold up to one thousand songs.

The original iPod connected to the computer through a firewire cable, but as computer technology developed, the firewire cable was replaced by a USB docking station. The iPod connects to the computer through the USB cable, and is able to import a number of different file types to the iPod. The number of files that can be imported depend on the version of iPod is being used. Some examples include several audio file formats including MP3, AAC/M4A, Protected AAC, AIFF, WAV, Audible audio book, and Apple Lossless. If the iPod being used is able to view photos, it supports JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, and PNG image file formats. Some advanced iPods may be able to play MPEG-4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) and QuickTime video formats, with restrictions on video dimensions, encoding techniques and data-rates

Apple took the portable media player market by storm, and the iPod became the highest selling portable media player of all time. According to analysts, over 170 million iPods have been sold since 2001. Many credit the simple design, and engineering created by Jon Rubenstein and the Apple team. The iPod is one of the most successful products, and sales are continuing to grow strong. The development of the iPod shows the power the device may have in the future. Current iPods are able to play not only music, but television and movies too. The iPod is one of the most influential pieces of hardware in the world of technology in a long time.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Technology Person Assignment - Larry Page, Google

Larry Page is the co-founder of the worlds most dominate search engine, Google. Page is a fascinating person, first being he founded one of the worlds most dominant tech companies while a student at Stanford University. Larry is the son of a computer science professor, which some say is the reason he became attracted to computers.

While Larry was a P.H.D student at Stanford, Larry and another student decided to write a thesis paper titled "The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine." This paper discussed the development of how the web search engine interprets sites, and deliver results. This paper became one of the most accessed papers in computer science, and at Stanford University. This paper was the birth of what is Google today.

Larry Page, along with his partner Sergey Brin, would turn this paper into a multi billion-dollar business. Google is now the most popular search engine in the world, and has developed into other business areas, such as news, e-mail, finance, video, word programming, and most recently cell phones, along with other business technologies. Google, and its co-founders are on the Forbes 500 list, and Forbes wealthiest individuals in the United States. These two individuals turned a small graduate thesis into one of the largest Internet companies in the world. This is an amazing feat, and the two co-founders are admired as one of the top innovators in the technology industry.

Monday, October 6, 2008

RealDVD (Google News Assignment)

RealDVD, a new technology from Realnetworks, has been banned from selling its product by a federal court. RealDVD is an application which allows the user to save DVDs to the hard drive of their PC.

Realnetworks released RealDVD in early September '08, which caused a stir among many Hollywood executives even before it was released. This caused the Motion Picture Associate (MPA) to quickly file a lawsuit hoping to stop the sales of RealDVD. The MPA is worried about copyright infringement, even though Realnetworks technology keeps the existing encryption and adds another level of copy protection to the content of the DVD. This makes it more difficult for people to share the DVD with others over the internet, and burning copies to disc. Even though RealDVD has this added protection, the MPA doesn't buy it. They believe this application will make it easier for consumers to access pirated movies.

The MPA won the first part of what is sure to be a long legal battle. Many industry insiders believe it is only a matter of time before DVDs are obsolete, and movies will be stored on a hard drive on your home computer, or a similar device.

Realnetworks is prepared to fight this legal battle, and bring this application to the consumer.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Homework 1 HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray

As a consumer, I find this data interesting, because I have no real intention of upgrading to either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray, unless I am forced to. By forced to, I mean the production companies, and stores stop selling DVDs, and they are replaced by HD-DVD or Blu-Ray. I am surprised at the fact they have combined sales of over 3.5 million units. It seams as though none of these companies can decide which format will ultimately take over, and more importantly for how long it will last. As of right now, it appears Sony’s Blu-Ray has won the battle, but it is up to consumers to purchase the units or not.

It is becoming more apparent that upgrades in high speed internet service i.e. Comcast, which are making it possible to download a movie in 4 minutes (previously this would take hours), which will result in not needing any type of DVD player at all. The Blu-Ray player will no longer be needed. This is similar to how the MP3 replaced the CD. Comcast is making it possible to download a certain number of movies directly to your television or computer, which will result in storing your movies directly. On Apple iTunes, they are currently offering certain movies to purchase directly from your computer. With the help of Apple TV, you can watch directly to your television. By doing this, theses companies are showing consumers they do not need to purchase the Blu-Ray (or DVD) discs to watch movies. Movies can already be downloaded from Apple iTunes, cable companies offer videos on demand, and consumers can record shows and movies digital video recorders. It is only a matter of time before there is no need for a separate home movie player, because all home entertainment (i.e. games, music, movies, photos, etc.) will all be part of one single home entertainment system.