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Long time

December 11, 2007

It has been a year since I took this class and 4 months since I graduated from SJSU, and the more I entered the pros’ world, the more I find out how much this class transformed my career.

 I wished I could have taken the class as a pro, but as a “Virgin Amateur,” the class gave me the tools, now time has showed me how to apply them in the so-called “real world,” which is not that real.

 Thanks Steve, prof. McCune for your help. I will always remember how you guys really introduced me to the computers’ world.

 – Carlos

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Improving English Pronunciation

December 12, 2006

Let’s see how good you are with your native language,

Thong-twisters:

Three witches watch three Swatch watches.  Which witch watch which Swatch watch?  

Three switched witches watch three Swatch  watch switches. Which switched witch watch which Swatch watch  switch?  

Three Swedisch switched witches watch three  Swiss Swatch watch switches. Which Swedisch switched witch watch which Swiss  Swatch watch switch?

SFSU vs SJSU

December 7, 2006

At the beginning of the semester, I was totally behind! As the class moved on, I started moving forward little by little. Thanks to Prof. Sloan and McCune, today, I have strong confidence in what I have learned.I graduated from SF State and during this time at SJ State, I have seen huge differences in both schools.Unfortunately, for SJ State students, despite we lived in the middle of the
Silicon Valley, technology does not seem to be in our side. For many weeks we did not have power in our side of our classrooms, it took a lot of time to set the computers, etc. I paid more than $2 K cash for school, $350 more than I used to pay at SFSU; however, at SFSU, I never experienced any inconvenience like this. By the way, the only time I heard someone taking a strong position about something that matters to us was when it was “cleverly” decided to get rid of Skype.

Also, SF State not only helps students with computer problems, but provides “free” lectures to teach certain programs. At SFSU, I got an antivirus installation provided by school, I have my computer diagnosed and cleaned up, and I had a chance to attend 2 hour lectures to learn dream weaver, flash, PowerPoint, etc. For FREE!  

I think SJSU must work much harder to provide students with what they need; otherwise, we may not succeed!

On the positive side, SJSU has Prof. Sloan and McCune who are willing to help students even during their lunch time! However, their work would be much easier is SJSU would cooperate more.

Things that I learned about this class

November 28, 2006

Podcast & basics of Webpage design is what I am taking for the rest of my life. Thanks so much for your patience!

 For future classes, I would recommend to take 2/3 of the class for lab and 1/3 for lecture. The day I leaned more: October 31 in open lab.

ONE MORE!

November 7, 2006

This is a podcast about The Listening Hour Series. This is a music series that features every Tuesday and Thursday on campus.

I did this package for Update News.

You can find it at:

 http://www.edupodder.com/students/blanco/listeninghour.xml

Zaijian

Thanks so much!

November 2, 2006

Thanks so much Steve and Prof. McCune for teaching me how to post my podcast. Thanks for your patience!

My Podcast

October 31, 2006

Finally, I got it!

Here you can listen to my podcast:

http://www.edupodder.com/students/blanco/over20units.xml

This is about a student who is taking 21 units and working at 3 different jobs. In addition to that, I have 2 school advisors who comment on that!

Have a happy life!

My Midterm

October 17, 2006

The Cluetrain Manifesto

October 5, 2006

The Cluetrain Manifesto is an interesting book that deals with the effects of business practices have when using the World Wide Web. I found this book as a great tool for those who want to use the Web to free their creativity from any form of pre-established business form. This book brings new concepts and ideas like how some executives ignore the effect of new technologies and how some companies’ security drowns in the HTML world. The writing of the book is somehow casual and playful, but very effective and unsteady. Among the main points in the book, hierarchal organization stands out. Certainly, email has, somehow, gotten rid of meetings and despotic management, but; at the same time, solutions to practical problems to human related issues have not changed. The Manifesto is like a version of an upside down world and how new technology can help anyone a success without showing up.

Blogging and Citizen Journalism

October 5, 2006

UC Berkeley’s recent panel on blogging and citizenship journalism exposed the effects of the bloggers’ new generation on mainstream press.

            The panel moderated by Internet Pioneer Dan Gillmor analyzed current journalism and the impact blogging is having on the political agenda, and how certain bloggers’ influence gained more attention than mainstream media. Debaters Lisa Stone, Dan Weintraub, Kevin Bankston and J.D. Lasica also discussed the so-called experiment “citizen journalism.” 

“Internet allows more open conversation,” Blogger, Author and Co-founder of BlogHer.org Lisa Stone said. “Women are absolutely addicted to it.” Stone’s blog presently employees 16 editors who constantly search what women are writing about. Stone is concerned about how the first amendment protects journalists, but she also sees the importance of citizenship journalism. Stone mentioned a blogger who was the only one who reported about the situation undocumented workers, mostly Africans, had in Beirut during
Israel’s recent bombing. “There is a mass chilling effect on blogs,” she concluded.

Weintraub, public affairs columnist for the editorial pages at the Sacramento Bee and a blogger at www.sacbee.com/insider thinks that blogging has given him “great addition to [his] tools as a journalist.” He also believes that now anybody can be a journalist, and that anyone can know more. “Blogging allows people who are experts to contribute more,” Weintraub said. Now, there is “an open source with diverse discussion…that creates more exchange of ideas.” Weintraub is aware of the responsibility and the privileges of gathering information as a journalist. He is worried about the Federal Government’s pushing to eliminate the shield laws.

According to the First Amendment Project in California, the Shield Law protects a “publisher, editor, reporter, or other person connected with or employed upon a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication, or by a press association or wire service” and a “radio or television news reporter or other person connected with or employed by a radio or television station.” This Law also applies to “stringers, freelancers, and perhaps authors.”

“Is the importance of protecting confidentiality,” Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and CFAC Board Member Kevin Bankston said. Bankston represented online journalists in confidential sources litigation against Apple Computer. On November 2004 Apple’s confidential information was published by an unidentified blogger. At the time, Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, aggressively decided sued bloggers. According to Bankston, a regular updated website counts as a publication and it is protected by the Shield Law. “Citizen Journalism has the same protection under First Amendment of the Constitution,” Bankston added. Bankston is also aware of how the mainstream media is very protective and how anonymous information could be dangerous information.

Lasica, former editor at the Sacramento Bee, author of Darknet:
Hollywood’s War against the Digital Generation and a bloogger (
www.jdlasica.com), does not think that blogging is going to take out of business mainstream journalism. “It’s a difficult period of time for newspaper…but people are going to go back and embrace traditional feature,” Lasica said. He thinks that through advertisement and other strategies newspapers are going to be able to survive. “I think we have our own filters, we like bloggers and publications…we believe in press…and I don’t think that newspapers are more credible than bloggers or vice versa.” “People have created their own circles of trust,” Lasica added. Lasica does not think that it won’t be great differences between blogging and journalism in 10 years. “More and more newspapers and publications are incorporating blogging in a more direct way to spread a conversation.”  Regarding to citizen journalism, Lasica thinks that the government is going to keep pursuing people, especially if they don’t have a big publication legally behind.