This blog is now for my cit 499 class. Pay no attention to the old stuff.

I choose Web Site Designer as the job I would like to do a litte research on. When the World Wide Web first started up I knew a lot about html. However it didn’t take long for the technology to take off and next thing you knew there were all sorts of things you could do with web pages that i hadn’t kept up with. I did have a few jobs I did on contract when I was still in high school and always thought it would be fun to learn all the stuff that I didn’t bother to learn when it was getting big. Still though, even knowing the HTML tags I know does a lot to help you when you’re working with the web. Even if I can’t do flash animations and all that jazz.

Some of the things a web developer might be rresponsible for is:

  • E-commerce features (forums, mailing lists, credit card processing ability, etc.)
  • Visual design
  • Search engine optimized copy
  • Strategic layout
  • An appropriate platform
  • Advertising
  • Most employers require a bachelor’s degree in computer science, graphic design or digital media. However, a marketing or advertising degree combined with advanced computer training will also prepare future web designers for the workplace.

    Web designers must be effective communicators with an ability to explain technical issues in everyday language. Web designers must also be able to effectively translate ideas into reality and excel at detail organization. Strong computer skills and a willingness to stay updated on emerging technologies is a must. Success depends on a solid blend of expertise and creativity.

    I found this information athttp://www.unixl.com/dir/information_technology/web_design/ and thought they did a good job of explaining it.

    I was able to find some job listings too.
    http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/jobseeker/jobsearch/job_detail.html?job_id=JUDT1QJSP

    http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/jobseeker/jobsearch/job_detail.html?job_id=J975532BX

    Careerbuilder Linkage

    There were a bunch of listing at career builder so it appears like their is strong demand for this job. I think this would definently be an option for me but I still have a few years of schooling to go. I’ll see where that takes me.

    I’m tasked with coming up with some Pros and Cons of offshoring. I found several websites that discuss this issue including one from About.com and Internetnes.com. They make some good points but ultimately I do not like the idea simply because I have always viewed it as a way for corporations to get richer by cutting their cost of paying their employees. So basically at the expense of the employees the heads of the coorporations are getting richer. Maybe we should start outsourcing management to CEO’s that don’t require 6 or more figures a year. Here is a list of some pros and cons from the about.com website.

    Pros:

  • When a product or service can be produced more cheaply overseas, it makes more sense to import it than to produce it domestically.
  • Much of the revenue earned abroad returns to this country in wages for other employees, investment in R&D, profits for shareholders, and taxes for the government.
  • It doesn’t where the work is done as long as the US companies earn the profit to return to their shareholders.
  • Companies must do what’s best for themselves.
  • Lower priced goods and services are good for all consumers.
  • New, more sophisticated jobs will be created in America to fill the void now that the less important jobs have been sent overseas.
  • It will help improve the economies of poorer countries so they won’t need so much financial aid from the US.
  • Cons:

  • Since prices drop only marginally due to offshoring, while wages decrease substantially, the consumer will be unable to purchase the product or service.
  • America was able to turn on a mighty economic engine that ultimately won World War II. Offshoring destroys the ability to do that again.
  • The considerable profits to be made from offshoring are retained by the rich, while the middle class pays higher taxes and loses purchasing power.
  • Foreign workers do not contribute to US Social Security or other taxes. The increased tax revenue from corporate profits does not equal the amount lost on US workers income taxes.
  • Companies could save more costs by offshoring the CEO job. The average US computer engineer earns six to seven times his Indian counterpart, but the US CEO gets paid 400 times as much as his average worker.
  • The “more sophisticated jobs” that US workers are supposed to move on to now that their jobs have been outsourced do not exist. They are never firmly defined. And it is an affront to the US worker who trained for the “jobs of the future” only to see those computer programming jobs outsourced.
  • The goods and services that have been outsourced overseas are often sent to countries who laws are not as protective of workers and the environment as in the US. We ultimately pay for those oversights in further damage to the planet.
  • Using a photo editor…

    I used http://www.imageauthor.com/ to edit these two photo’s:
    Me!
    Simpsons

    Into this:

    Simpsons + Me

    And I played with it some more and did this:

    I’m Bart
    Now that’s pretty silly!

    http://mypage.iu.edu/~cochran2/resume.html
    I wish I knew how to make the thing that should be above the e in resume. I created this for an assignment in my CIT 112 class. I had to do it all by hand otherwise I would have liked it to be a little neater. Originally I wanted it to be in a table but I think that is beyond my skills. I’m sure I could figure it out if I spent many hours on it and I may still choose to however that is beyond what I’m going to be able to do before the assignment deadline. I also realized I don’t have any proffesional pictures of myself therefore a cheesy picture has been added to the top to fulfil the requirement to have an image on the page. The last thing I realized is that I don’t really know how to write a resume. At least I got the important information on there.

    I’ve been tasked to share my views of censorship on the internet.  I personally feel that the government should in no way censor the Internet.  Now, mind you, there are things you can do on the Internet that are illegal.  Take for instance child pornography.  Now these sites or people sharing their files should be confiscated.  In the case of it being a web site the government would have to shut down the website.  That’s not censoring but instead they are just confiscating the site so that they can investigate.  Parents should pay attention to what their kids are doing on the Internet.  Owners of “for public use” computers should pay attention as well as be held responsible for what people are doing on their computers.  This isn’t to say if someone comes in and emails some child pornography from a library computer that the librarian should get hauled off to jail.  However, if it is happening in a branch over and over again and the person in charge of the computers and network don’t have a way of knowing who is using the computers or what traffic is moving to and from his network than he should be held responsible.  Like I stated at the beginning however, in no way should the government do any type of censoring on the Internet.  I don’t want to live in the United Socialist States of America.

    My first online experience perhaps was not even with the Internet. I remember using dial up BBS to chat with other people. Maybe even before that I remember using Prodigy. I was pretty young but I remember it being just like AOL. I remember also being on the Internet before web pages had come along. I participated in a few nesgroups. If I recall it was mostly TV related groups I was interested in. The Internet has come a long way. I still use newsgroups on a regular basis, but I mostly use a web browser and “surf the web”.

    I decided to choose computer specialist as the career I’m interested in. I pretty much pulled these to qulifications out of the air.


    QualificationsHave it?URLS
    Bachelors Degree http://iupui.edu
    A+ Certification http://www.e-learningcenter.com/aplus.htm
    Novell Certification http://www.novell.com/training/certinfo/
    Microsoft Certification http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/default.mspx
    People Person
    Phone etiquite
    Management Experience
    Funds Management
    Parts Management
    Love for all things tech√√9

    I found an interesting article about a substitute school teacher who got into trouble when some hardcore porn pop-ups came up on the computer in the class room. The interesting thing here is the confusion on how the forensics actually worked. Also how the evidence was presented in court. It was said that the software used to get the history from the computer would only see links that were clicked on then later that was changed to address that were typed in. She now faces up to 40 years in prison. I just don’t see how she can be held comletely responsible. They keep refrencing a law in which she hurts the morals of children under 16. What about the creators of those pop-ups. they owners of those domains should be held responsible as well imho. Also the teacher that logged in for her and left the computer open. This also seems like another example of the punishment not fitting the crime. I see it a lot with just about every computer related crime. Killers have gotten off easier than 40 years in prison. This lady is going to be found guilty and face up to 40 years and she probably wasn’t the one visiting the sites and she tried to stop it and even seeked the help of others to fix the problem. This article was great because it talked about a lot of the problems with the computer forensics.

    http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/434

    Building a computer. There are some basic parts you need:

    Case
    Motherboard
    CPU
    Memory
    Keyboard & Mouse
    Audio
    Video
    Storage (HDD)
    Optical Drive
    Monitor

    I decided to use Newegg based on past experience.
    Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 Power Supply $99.99
    Case

    ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard $149.99
    Motherboard

    AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 Toledo 2.6GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor $608.99
    CPU

    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $184.99
    RAM

    SAPPHIRE 100186L Radeon X1950XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 VIVO HDCP Video Card $244.99
    Video Card

    We’ll just use the built on audio to save ourselves a few dollars 😉

    Acer AL1917ABMD Black 19″ 8ms DVI LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 Built in Speakers $189.99
    Built in speakers? WOW! Better go ahead and buy three of these.
    Monitor

    Seagate Barracuda ES ST3750640NS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $399.99
    They are SATA so might as well pick up 4 of these.
    HDD

    Pioneer Black DVD Burner DVR-111D $28.99
    Pioneer has always been good in the past with me on DVD burners and I’m sticking with them
    DVD Burner

    Last but not least we have to be able to interface with this beast…
    Microsoft CA9-00001 Black Standard Basic Keyboard and Mouse $16.99
    KB and Mouse

    The address and link for the file I posted to the steel webserver:
    http://mypage.iu.edu/~cochran2/chapter3.txt

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