week 2 HW – PHP calculator

This is my “How was your day” page that is now only generating one response.

This week, I feel that I learned some php lessons while moving from one host to another.
I didn’t realise a backup was so crucial and my blog was down for a few days. I then learned how to create a database and connect to it, and also that there is a file called .htacces that the mac hides while copying the files and I then had to re-create.

My goal for next week is to set up the database and to display people’s answers at the bottom of the first screen.
Also, I want to make a menu on this url that would organise all my comm lab web homework.



Sketching for mid term

For this class we had to read “Sketching user experience: the workbook”
I recently participated in Sketch Camp NYC that took place at ITP recently and I suddenly realised how detached my mind and hand have become when it comes to sketching. I used to sketch constantly from high school through undergrad but it seems this skill is somewhat rusty now, ever since I started working with the computer full time.

So, I opted for a digital sketch of the project and made a note to myself to befriend the pen and pencil once again. I think sketching with your hands on paper can really help not only gettin gyour idea across but also figuring out very quickly what is it that you are going to make, which sometimes only becomes clear to you while visualising. And maybe an idea has many problems to it that are only seen by rapidly sketching. The computer sometimes adds boundaries that make it difficult to convey our initial, raw ideas.

This sketch doesn’t show the the product itself. It shows the situation in which it would be used and the sensor options. The idea is to create a self defines device. I want to create something something wearable that would detect stress and sense when your’e in trouble. It would then set an alarm and send a signal with your location. The first option I thought of was the pressure sensor, but my thought was: ” what if you are in such a position that you cant even press it? Looking for something more discrete that would take no effort to operate, I found the heart rate an interesting data to use.

When showing the sketch in class and getting feedback, an interesting point made by Kate was: maybe there should be another step of approval in order for the alarm to be triggered.
A button pressed to say “This is not false, I am really in some deep shit”.

Quahog Main Street-2

The web I didn’t realize I lost

Reading Anil Dash’s “The Web We Lost” and the sequel “Rebuilding the web we lost”, I learned about parts of web history that I was not aware of, even though I have been living the web since MIRC times. For example, Technorati is a platform that I had no idea of.

During our recent applications class, Nancy mentioned the “Boiling a Frog” analogy. I think this analogy applies to Some of the changes in the way things are in the internet world. Some things, like the monetization of links, were gradual and grew on us.

I agree with Dash’s perspective. While the article seemed as a regular “Things were better in the past” rant at first glance, it does make some good points to consider when we continue to build the future of the web.

One of the things I like most about the web, is how rapidly things can change and how much power one individual can have in their hands. There could be a new product tomorrow that will change the rules of play completely. Until Google or Facebook buys it.

The web I knew

The web I knew