Best in the Student Blog

5 Aug

By: Hassan Alassaly

Date: August 5, 2012

Best in the Student Blog

 

Reading one book, two, or three is the tools that give people some information they need to increase their ability in a subject they trying to improve their skills. Some people take note from book to keep it as an extra knowledge and others they use what the materials in a practical way and used it to a real life. Each one of in the class us read the three books assigned to this class. I am sure each one of the classmate enjoyed different part of the reading material than others but after all, we all came up in the same result of what the main idea of what the books are aiming to. By reviewing the other student blogs and I only have limited access to some and not to all, I see students share many ideas similar in different ways of writing but the result it you allow me to call it ingredients are the same. Reading Nebo Uyanwah blogs and quoting some of his written assignment gave me the impression that he wrote what is in my mind to say. This is what I mean buy all student have the same ingredients as the result of reading the books. The following paragraphs from Nebo blogs got my attention:

In “Linked” Nebo said

“It was very refreshing to me to see how Web life mirrors our life in so many ways and that made me extremely excited to continue with the different stories

Chapter 5 dealt with hubs and connections and how each connection will use each other and so on. Chapter 6 was something I like to read dealing with the 80/20 rule in that 80% of Italy’s wealth was owned by 20% of Italy’s population. Crazy numbers but if we look at where we are today its very similar but the numbers are much higher on the wealth owned and lower on the population who owns the majority of the wealth in America.”

Nebo example “Web life mirror our life” I see it as a strong phrase of discretion to our real life.

 

Nebo blog about “Aim for the heart” said

I felt the information I was gaining from this book was extremely powerful and I will talk and express why I feel that way.

It was mainly giving advice on how to shape my journalism and television reporting to the perfect T. makes me think of how I can approach the writing material, and then how I can deliver the writing material. It’s a great book that I feel anyone that is getting into journalism must read it’s very important to learn his tools it has definitely changed the way I will now write my material. Instead of me thinking let me write something powerful and exciting that I enjoy. I will now think let me write something powerful that my audience will love and enjoy, seems hard but with the steps and examples the book shows I feel I will be able to get a hold of it and get it down.”

When Nebo said, “I felt the information I was gaining from this book was extremely powerful and I will talk and express why I feel that way” I can’t argue with Nebo with the way Nebo felt about the book, because he is absolutely right. When I read the book, I felt the same excessively

 

“Don’t make me thing” no doubt that every one reads the book will like it and gain valuable information this book easy, short, not complicated to read. The simple information Nebo mentioned in his blog. He wrote:   

“It also made me realize on how I research a website. I never read an entire site I look over the important things and just for the important things and the BIG letters and different colored letters from the rest. 

making things clear as possible from not making people have to scramble to find information, to telling people what they wanted to know and making information easy to find, while as the don’ts mainly dealt with not hiding information, or making it hard to find.”

When Nebo talked about researching the website and what he scan that takes me back to our first chat session when we talked about what Steve Krug discussed in his book  “Visitors don’t pore over the page, they glance at them”. That is right.

I have to say some times reading a book it could be frustrating when it is a deadline to meet but the information we get out the reading it is always helpful and it will come handy in the real life.  

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Best What Was Written In “Linked” By Albert Barabasi

4 Aug

By: Hassan Alassaly

Date: August 4th, 2012

 

Best What Was Written In “Linked” By Albert Barabasi  

 

Dugas and Aids in 1983 the flight attendance. Mike Collins’s cartoon and the presidential ballot both draw a lot of trafficking to their webpage, more than 17,000 people. Geatan Dugas and Mike Collins they both has something in common according to Albert Barabasi one spread a cruel disease the other was from small town amateur who hit it big with a clear idea. The two had the power to reach the world thru the internet and linked to people across the world they both the example of differences in a complex network. According to the author, “Innovation spread from innovators to hubs”. As he speaks about hubs where he describe it as a “hubs often referred to power user or influencers, both are individuals communicate with more people”. The author used part of the chapter to speak about love bug that causing over 10 billion in damage in computer viruses. This is where Albert connect the computer viruses to hubs when he explains “each hub is linked to a very large numbers of other computers it has a high chance of being infected by one at them, once infected, a hub can pass the virus to all the other computers it is linked to”. He share in common between innovations and biological or computers viruses it can spread across in homogeneous networks where hubs run the show. Albert talked also about the internet awakening when he focuses on Baran’s the main motivation was to design a system that it cannot be taken out by the Soviet nuclear arsenal. Military nowadays are depending on the internet in many things to explain how to understand topology.  A not about  the internet from Albert saying “the world internet is often used to describe everything related to our online universe, including computers, routers, optical cables and even the World Wide Web. The internet evolves based on local distributed decisions on as needed basis. Everyone from corporations to educational institutions, add nodes and links without needing permission from any control authority. Some important information got my attention in the reading document with one incoming link will have less chances to be noticed by search engine.  Talking about human diseases  and cells, focusing on cancer toward the end of chapter 13, Albert gives an example in the year 2020 he said, “when kids are no longer have to go to doctors. The mother will have a handheld device with replaceable chip”, and then the book explain in details how it works, but as a conclusion mom will link the device to the computer to the doctor clinic and the kids in the next morning and I quote” when he/she goes to school will have the medication ready for them”. That advance technology scares me, if we have to depend 100% on the technology what will happen when disaster occurs. Albert describes the 21st century as the biological networks. Web has gotten to the point that we can produce anything that we can dream about it. Albert spoke in his book about the network economy explaining some dollars number how much will cost for researches and development to market a new drugs the figures in 9 to 10 figures. It enforces my thoughts about the pharmaceutical and drugs administrations that they act like the “Mafia”, they control our life and suck our money and make themselves are doing us a favor. Good example of this is a documentary movie on Netflix by the name of Burzynski a true story follows a biochemist who challenged the Food and Drug Administration for his right to begin clinical trials on a new cancer treatment. Albert’s best description line in chapter 14th “where we go from here? The answer is simple. We must remove the wrapping. The goal before us is to understand complexity. To achieve on the dynamics that take place along the links. Networks are only making our world hum. To describe society, we must dress the links of the social network with actual dynamical interactions between people. To understand life we must start looking at the reaction dynamics along the links of metabolic network. To understand the internet, we must add traffic to its entangled links. To understand the disappearance of some species in an ecosystem, we have to acknowledge that some preys are easier to catch than others are. To protect the things that become necessity for our daily life and we survive on it. Protecting the necessity”, the author talked about that brings me to a question what would happen if a disaster hits our world. According to scientific studies in December 2012 or 2013, disaster might happen.

“While the likelihood of a super storm like the Carrington Event occurring during each solar cycle is very low, it could happen. “Each solar maximum takes us by surprise in some way, usually because we’ve developed some new technology in the 11 years since that last one without realizing how it’s vulnerable,” says Hughes. “I’m sure we’re in for another surprise in 2013. It will certainly be important for the electric power grid to be fully prepared.”

Jeremy Schwab can be reached at jschwab@bu.edu.

 

 

 

Solar storms: how they are formed and how vulnerable we are

Solar storms could stop Earth’s electric pulse, snuff its lights out and shut down the internet. In 2013, the Sun would spew more fire at us

 

 

 

 

What is a solar storm?

Our Sun is a furious mass of gases that emits radiation of all kinds, from the stuff that plants can convert to sugar through photosynthesis to high-energy particles and rays that would tear apart anything they came across on Earth.

On occasion, magnetic storms on the surface of the star can end up causing flares, an explosion on the Sun‘s surface that can release as much, in one go, as a sixth of the entire Sun’s output per second. If the storms are particularly strong, they will erupt into coronal mass ejections (CMEs), huge clouds of plasma that travel at millions of miles per hour, consisting of energetic electrons and protons with smaller amounts of helium, oxygen and iron.

To read more go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/mar/08/solar-storms-sun-earth

Are we doing enough to protect our environment and our technology, I do not think so! First step is the government should change all the electrical wires with a fiber optics and it placed underground to make sure no blackout will occur. Imagine if this happen, it will be a real catastrophe, especially when we are not preparing enough for such disaster like this.

“Links” book was interested he included many subjects and examples like:

Hubs

Virus

Nudes and the connect of the nudes

Networks

World Wide Web

Web engine, (indentifying such web-based communities has a tremendous potential for applicants).

All the above subjects have larger discussion in the book “Linked”.    

Linked

30 Jul

By: Hassan Alassaly

Date: July 29, 2012

 

How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means For Business, Science, and Everyday Life

Albert Barabasi first pages of his book “Linked” he talks about the networking and how is it works, and to tell us it has been used since the beginning of the Christianity describing Paul that he understood his message is not enough to be reached for, except by networking.  He has to walk 10,000 miles in 12 years of his life to contact as many people as he can to connect his idea about Christianity and Jesus of Nazareth.  He also talked about Reductionism ‘saying the assumption is that once we understand the parts, it will be easy to grasp the whole. Nevertheless, we have been studying the Universe for millions of years by many theories and religions and it has been hard because of the complexity of it. We have come to grasp the importance of Networks.” He added the book has a “simple aim to get you to think Networks. Networks present everywhere. All we need is an eye for them.” Leonhard Euler left blind yet to die before he discover the born of the new planet Neptune. His graph theory is the basis for our thinking about solving the city problems by building seven bridges to connect the city Konigsberg to Kneiphof Island and other cities. It is the example the author bring to show the connectivity is one idea to solve problems with connection to Networks.  Euler’s message is very simple Graphs or Networks have properties hidden in their constriction that limit our ability to do things with them. Euler theory is the constructing and the structure of Graphs or Networks is the key to understand the complexity of the world around us. AS the Author of “Linked” spoke about other mathematical scientist like Erdos and Renyi  he ended up the chapter by saying “Let us follow Erdos’s example and ask a question he left untouched: why do real Networks look like?.” “Linked” Six Degrees of separation was to explain in numbers figures. The chapter used a complicated way to explain how things work. Six-Degree Separation is the product of a modern society –a result of our insistence on keeping in touch with some people in the other side of the planet, are often close along the social Network than people living next door. It is true from personal experience for example I recall in many occasions that I have not talked to next door neighbor while in the meantime I met my wife online 16,000 mile away from where I live across the world and I ended up marrying her when I have handful of reachable women that I could merry them locally. Albert explain in the next chapter “Small World” how is the world become small by connecting thru the internet he said to find a friend in Australia I will not go door to door or travel across the pacific ocean all what I have to do is to find link to the Australian target.  In the “Hubs and Connectors” chapter, he said in order to be read you have to be visible on the web; the measure of visibility is the number of the links.  In another words he meant when you design a webpage make sure to connect it to many links you could to be visible.  Throughout the reading, I found the Hub and Connection and the example for Kevin Bacon game is little to be complicated to understand. The best that I came up from this chapter is the structure of all network in which they are present making them look like small world. The internet is as big as the universe, each node moves on its own, until it makes contact. This is the link. My website can function in its own galaxy, as networks tend to form a cluster. “Therefore, Hubs forces us to reconsider our knowledge of networks and to ask three fundamental questions: How do hubs appears. ? How many of them are expect in a given Network? Why did all previous models fail to account for them?”

20/80 the theory of Phase Transitions told us loud and clear that the road from disorder to order is maintained by the powerful force self-organization and is paved by power law.

There is another kind of distribution in social networks. In the early 1900s, Pareto, an Italian economist, discovered the 80/20 Rule:

  • 20% of landowners own 80% of the land.
  • 20% of workers do 80% of the work.
  • 20% of salespeople make 80% of sales.
  • 20% of criminals carry out 80% of crime.
  • 20% of websites get 80% of the traffic.
  • 20% of the customers create 80% of the calls to tech support.

http://andreas.com/faq-barabasi.html

    As the title Rich get Richer Author talked about Hollywood connection and the big $ dollar numbers on the Supper Ball commercials when reached 3.2 billion on 1999, half of this amount spent online marketing and the other half was spent on TV and cable advertising. The Hollywood producer whose job is to make ultimate dollars in the movie it depends on the casting in the movie. The actor who has more links has higher chance getting new roles. Worldwide web and Hollywood force us to abandon the second important assumption inherent in random networks their democratic character. The chapter goes on to talk about why Hubs and Power laws emerge, and about the important of the senior nodes making them the richest in links. To bring up an important point about the power law is a special kind of mathematical relationship between two quantities by definition. In this chapter we see some of the answers from the previous chapter like; “where networks are not en route from random to an ordered state. Neither are they at the edge of the randomness and chaos.” In Einstein’s Legacy Albert talked about big internet companies like Yahoo how the company hires another company to do their search.

Yahoo hires Inktomi f to do their search and then in 2000 was replaced with Google. The author continuo to say “a webpage’s ability to bring us back on daily basis relative to the billions of other pages competing for our attention, it is a quantize to stay in front of the competition. Then he talks about Einstein and the letter and manuscript from unknown Indian physicist, how much Einstein gives it attention.

Then Albert goes on to talk how group from National Institute of standards to prove what Einstein’s theory, the cooled rubidium atoms to low enough temperature to form a base-Einstein condensate. Albert continuo to add that every Network has its own fitness distribution, which tells us how similar or different the node in the Network are, where most of the nodes have comparable fitness. Then he talks about MAC and Microsoft and he ended up the chapter by saying; “Although there is much left to learn about the structure and behavior of Networks. We have started to put our recent intellectual breakthrough to work in some truly fascinating and creative way. In the reading chapter “Achilles’ Heel” is the example of September 11, 2011 “the terrorist attacks simultaneously illustrate the power of the hubs and the resilience of Networks. The target was clearly not chosen at random: they were the most visible symbols of the United State economic power and security.”  

The idea of real networks applies not only to websites, but also to humanity in large. I believe people are different in nature some are leaders and some are followers and if leaders create a webpage and make it, visible the webpage will be a mind controller and very effective on many people who are connoted.

10 Rules from Al Tompkins to Write Better Story

23 Jul

By: Hassan Alassaly

Date: July 22, 2012

10 Rules from Al Tompkins to Write Better Story

Al Tompkins is a well-known online journalist story idea. He is the author of “Aim for the Heart” book. Tompkins has trained a thousand of people in the broadcast professions. He taught in many universities national and international reaching the Middle- East like Egypt in his ideas and knowledge about Storytelling. He has many awards in his profession. Tompkins helped and educated journalist how to deal and overcome dealing with difficult people. He explained how to make a tough ethics call and deal with it by making the right appropriate decision when it comes to deadline. Tompkins advice is “Go live with the story cover, cover the difficult stories thoughtfully and aggressively.”

Al Tompkins takes about people feelings, saying, “If you aim for the heart with the copy you write and the sound and video capture, you will never fail to grab your viewer and compel them to keep watching.”

The best what in the chapter reading to get my attention the most is “Rules for Online Storytelling.”

1-      Make it interactive: he said we should ask ourselves when we write a story what data information we need and how can we make it interactive. We should give the choice to see what people want to explore. Add graphics, pictures, videos and sounds. Give them what they want always. Make it sound true when you speak about any kind of story and have it complete.

 

2-      Make front-page promise: headline is the most important it has to capture the viewer, few words should give you the meaning of what the viewers want to read. Front page has to be promise Tompkins talk about five important main motivations and they are Money, family, Health, Safety and Community. 

 

3-      Make it raw: The public may accept lower quality video but we should not take advantage of it. Tompkins advices journalists to maintain good quality video and photography he added, “Row video allows viewers to experience the story on their own terms, not just “know” what happened.” 

 

4-      Leverage your digital assets: Tompkins giving an example, if you covering a trial story in court you should get a picture of the juries and put them online. He talks about the weather news and how you can make it leverage to higher use by relate it to readers who are surfers and golfers who gives more attention to the weather news.   

 

5-      Involve the public and/but make it meaningful: the author talks about the online user it is easy for them to provide media video and images he believes avoid opening comments for every story because stories will lend themselves to comments.

 

6-      Tap into local passion groups: Tompkins gives examples about the people interest as a community. In another world, he wants the journalist to give groups of people something to talk about when they gather what they are passionate about, and share it. 

 

7-      Map it: another of the author advice is introducing a map for the viewer because map is a good way for the public to interact. By giving some examples shows how important maps in the story, beside it is easy to create one.

 

8-      Feed your needs too: Tompkins wants the reports to open more explaining why businesses should advertise. He talks about the importance of the online advertising opportunities.  He gives an example of the USAtoday.com now offers link to stories that every staffer has contributed to.

 

9-      You must shine online during elections, big breaking news and special events coverage: in rule number, nine author’s Tompkins talking about the importance of keeping update of your image and video you have on your story so you want disappoint people who are sampling you for the first time.  

 

10-  Save elaborate online presentations for projects that have long legs: finally yet importantly Tompkins last rule is take enough time to built your coverage story specially in a high profile crime. Try to make a homepage to last for years, as the case is update. The journalist should put a big effort on the multimedia presented on the site, it should last long time. Example like mother earth crises and stories could happen repeatedly in your community.

 

Aim to the heart is a valuable book has many benefits to tell a good story I recommend the book to anyone who want to have more experience in journalist profession.

An advice From Steve Krug to Improve Your Website design

16 Jul

By: Hassan Alassaly

Date: July 15, 2012

 

Word of the Author “When I wrote Don’t Make Me Think, my intent was to help people learn to think like a usability expert: to ask the same questions that were in my head when I did a usability review.

I believed that much of what I do is just common sense, so with a little instruction people could do a lot of it themselves.”

http://www.sensible.com/dmmt.html

 

Webrefrance.com quoted “People sometimes ask me, “What about accessibility? Isn’t that part of usability?” And they’re right, of course. Unless you’re going to make a blanket decision that people with disabilities aren’t part of your audience, you really can’t say your site is usable unless it’s accessible.”

 

It is essential to make your website able to be use by an average person. When you create a webpage, it should be self-explanatory easy to use and easy to navigate. Users often likely do not read, they pause at what catches their attentions. Steve Krug the author of “Don’t Make Me Think” did an admirable job by making you enjoy reading his book. The book is an excellent source of information for people who want to create a websites. It is short and easy, you can read it in few hours. Even though the book has written few years ago but still has valuable information now days. After reading, the book you will ended up having dozen of note pages that you never thought about it the time you designed your webpage. When you read the book you start asking you self why I did not think of some advices in the book when I designed my page. The author used comic images in hummer’s way to make it easy and funny to explain. In the book Krug, explains; the user of the webpage takes the opportunity of the easiest solution when he first see it. Author opinion, the web designers should take advantage of that. He gives a brilliant example of a well-design web site “Amazon.com” because it is a significant web site making the user gets to their tasks as easy as possible. He indicates that an entire web site has to have a clear sit of link or tab on the homepage, because homepage is the first you see when you navigate any site. If the reader did not see the links and tabs clear, they will be confused and switch to another, most of the time user blame themselves for not be able to find what to look for on the webpage. Krug: what he calls omit needless, he believes many word will drive away the users are in hurry, his advices to keep instruction brief, short and undemanding, another valuable advice of his is to focus on tabs and navigation menu when you do a design. The user of the site should always be aware how to move to another page or how to get back to the home page. The navigation part should be clear, understandable, and visible. It also should indicate what you are looking for when you open homepage.

 

 

Author discussed in his book the most crucial parts of designing a web is testing the usability of the site. Make sure the site has a human touch, knowing the main things that the users are looking for and making them obvious, putting effort into solving their problems.

 

When you read the book, it explains the author idea to say to web designer, as a first rule do not make me thing. Designer should make the user of web page be able to interact between homepage and what the main purpose of searching, and make sure the page has the common use as the user familiar with it.

 

Finally, yet importantly, I recommend this book to every web designer, it has a lot of convincing advice how to make your site easy to attract more traffics and easy to use for solving users problems