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TV on demand the revolutionary idea making programmes on the TV easily accessible any time anywhere on demand. TV online on demand were ever you are so long as you have the internet, you no longer have to worry about your TV listings watch what you please. Many of our UK channels have on demand services with BBC iplayer on the market as well as channel 4 on demand and ITV and channel 5 jumping on the ban wagon. Many global channels also are providing the same services with companies such as fox NBC comedy central and HBO. This is good for the programme industry Allowing many of the UK’s small programmes go global. As well as many discreet programmes from the other side of the planet have a growing fan base in the UK. But begs the question does this make the TV a futile object. No because families still sit down and watch TV together and watch movies, a computer and a laptop can not replace your TV, it can allow programme accessing to become easier.

What’s the problem?

Due to the legal reasons some of the UK’s favourite TV shows from the USA can not be shown online to the UK fans.

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So what to do?

People go on illegal hosting sites just to view their favourite programmes, the difference is they can also download the programmes of the sites as well as view it.

Solution?

Stop all the bureaucracy and allow online TV to become a free global medium and allow people to view it all over the planet.

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Using flash for the first time was really fun. The first thing I created was a simply animation making the images change shapes and sizes and move around the screen, as well as making the key frame and transitions. After playing with flash to get used to the program I had to create a slide show for my images. I found the process simply till I had to make the buttons work. I finally achieved this but can honestly say it was one of the most stress full things I have ever had to do. Whilst trying to embed the flash on my slide I struggled severely because I kept on panicking that it wasn’t going to work. When I went home I discovered it worked perfectly it was simply a problem with browser compatibility so whilst it worked on Fire fox it never worked on Internet Explorer.

The opportunity to be your alter ego, be all you want to be.

The creators of second life say “you’ll discover a fast growing digital world filled with people , entertainment, experiences and opportunity, ready to create a new you?” The opportunity to live your fantasy really is that how life is really meant to be. The digital world is like nothing in the real world. No one is disabled overweight old or ugly. Children do not exist in this world and yet some how it is meant to reflect reality. The ultimate utopia in the virtual world. some People consider what happens on the internet to be more real then in reality, with many people have more friends on line then in reality the lines between reality and fiction are becoming blurred. Making the stories in the ‘matrix’ and ‘serial experiments lain’ seem almost science fact rather then science fiction. It becomes easy to bend the truth making facts online no longer reliable. With all this change it is easy for some one to escape in to their aviator world making their aviator the perfect human rewriting their genes changing fiction in to reality. How ever there are some people in second life who do not take it seriously causing havoc and reminding people it is only a virtual world. For example one of the most famous characters on second life called Anshe Chung was in an interview in second life. A group called something awful hijacked the interview making parts of the male anatomy fly across the screen whilst the interview was going on. Was this for shear laughter or to remind people its not a real world.

A parody of second life was created by ‘this lazy maof’ and i thought it was quite funny so i decided to link it.

There are thousands of web browsers online all of them use the W3C document standard a little differently.

What is W3C?

W3C is an abbreviation of word wide web consortium. This is an international consortium of companies. Founded in 1994 the purpose of W3C was to develop a standard so the web would develop in one direction. source

So……. Back to Browser compatibility

The most commonly used browser are I Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Fire fox and Opera. All these web browsers use HTML JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets differently. Some differences are cosmetic whilst others prevent certain websites from working. All web browsers are free to create enhancements on W3C that added with the fact that many web browsers have many variations making the situation worse for web designers.

The solution?

All web browsers conform to W3C standards so when creating a web page ensure your codes are accurate to conform to W3C that way you can more or less get your desired results on the most commonly used web browsers.

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Using the program wasn’t that difficult for me this time. I found a good link on you tube to help me with designing a website with the use if div tags. I watched the video repetitively and finally understand how to use div tags, allowed it to become second nature for me to start a new page and inserting the container as well as all the other necessary div tags.

I noticed that Dreamweaver has page layouts already designed for people to use but I’m glad I know now how to do it with out using the templates. My final artefact has reflections on the last page and contains 6 images out of the 60 I took. I feel confident that all my pages are linked appropriately and are layed out in an appropriate manner. The only thing I never truly understood was why the div tags would look like its situated perfectly on the Explorer browser but not on the Firefox browser. For this reason I shall research browser compatibility.

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This wasn’t the first time I used dream weaver. The first time I used dream weaver was when I was 15 doing my media GCSE and I had to design a website for Eastenders as a part of my course work then. The task was time consuming and mundane I felt the program had prevented me from being artistic compared to using Photoshop. I never enjoyed using the program but used it for the simple fact that it was apart of the course then and it is apart of the course again. The first website I created for this module is on my USB stick that has been handed in and is completely different from my final artefact. The main difference is that the first website uses CSS styles but doesn’t have any div tags and the layout isn’t as professional as my final artefact. The complications I stumbled across at first was the fact that I never realised that I never managed my sites properly so when I tried to link the page  and show the images it never worked. That plus I never saved all the pages on the same USB stick, I just saved one page. I learnt from my mistakes and hopefully it shows.

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I am familiar with the program. I haven’t used it for 2 years because it wasn’t required of me to use it in my a levels or during my gap year, but my old secondary school used teach all the students how to use the program since the age of 11, when we started the school. I am not the best person on Photoshop but feel I am quite confident in using it and am in my own realm, because it allows me to develop images to a professional standard. I never touched up my images too much because I felt they portrayed my message perfectly with out the need to be enhanced. I particularly like using Photoshop to crate adverts and posters because it allows you to create an image on a canvas, via cropping and pasting images in and creating a little master piece in many ways different from the original.

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There’s always been a fear of a big brother state were the higher officials are keeping an eye and tabs on the ordinary man. This paranoia has gotten worse with the influx of CCTV cameras in the country. The UK has the most cameras on the streets then any other country with the “the average Brit being caught on camera at least 300 time in a day”. With all ours fears and Paranoia why are we so quick to join a social network sight to allow people to know more about us then the cameras do. This new fad has made people almost online celebrities. A penniless celebrity allowing there reputations to be damaged by allowing the world to see an inner deep side of them.
Social network sights have boomed with people displaying images and stories bout their intimate lives. Employers check up on their staff to keep tabs on them should there not be a law against this kind of surveillance, yet at the same time shouldn’t people be more private about their most intimate business is there no such thing as a secret any more. ????
Psychologist say it is a natural part of the human psyche   to be a voyeuristic that’s why shows such as big brother are so popular. Allowing you to watch other people as they live their life’s, is it to keep up with the Jones’s or is it a primeval need to watch what you aren’t meant to see.
This is a link to the stats  on wikipeidia showing the popularity of social network sites.

This a classic exmple of the old names fearing the new companies sucess and prepared to destroy it. The truth is Itunes has become a brand, and iconic desktop item with the imfamouse Ipod many people feel they cant live with out. Will total music succeed or fail? that is the question. Well peoples choice in music is very varied these days especially with the internet certain genres (eg heavy metal) have been able to travel to places you wouldnt expect ( eg Indonesia, Afganistan or Iraq) the companies in total music appeal to a big demographc, but that is only due to the way they market their musicians. With so much merchandise and PR events. Their music can no longer really be classed as music, since non of the albums are as rememberable like albums such as thriller (micheal jackson) or nevermind (nirvarna). People no longer download music becuase they cant afford it, but because they cant find it or cant be botherd to go to the shops. Itunes should not be their competitors but lime wire instead. The idea of free music legitamately seems to good to be true especially in times of credit crunch so i would just be prepared to look for the $300 hidden charge, after all the celebrieteis need to pay for their billion dollar apartments.

At first I found it difficult to create images to show statistics that ment somthing to me. The idea of data visualisation is not something I entertain on a daily basis. My initial idea was to show the amount of life lost in the Darfur conflict and compare it to the geniside to Rwanda, showing the seriousness of the issue as well as the magnitude of the life lost. I hade to change my idea since many of the images were found and not created since I can not fly to africa at the drop of a hat to take pictures. I found it was in my best interests to do something that I could actually take photos of. The idea of making my secound slide show on alcohol was inspired by the boys who live down stairs to me. Often their flat is full of boxes containing empty bottels (the result of the night before) covering their hall way. When I approched the boys downstairs with my idea for my iages they were more then happy to help with modeling and offering me some imahes to use and edit. Taking the photos was one of the best experiences because the boys were fully engaged, and full of ideas on how to pose for me. Over all I took over 60 photos so it was hard to choose between them but finallyIi reduced it to use 6 images in my final peice. Still I am happy with what was achieved that day.