Yesterday I was elected president of our computer science club. We currently have a lot of money saved from previous years and from winning programming competitions that we are trying to come up with ideas on what to use it on. Someone else is also taking care of making the computer science club’s website up to date. With these improvements I am hoping that we can get more students interested in the club.
In doing some more research since my previous post, I found that people also can create private blogs as well. An article by Elegant Themes explains a few of these reasons. If people blog privately as a method to be more open to themselves then I find that the audiences they are trying to connect to are themselves. Other than trying to create a controlled environment for testing, it makes no sense to have a spambot blog privately with only itself, but is this bot a blogger at that point? A program can’t form a bond, and there are no readers that may connect with each other since the blog is private. If connecting is not part of what bloggers do then what is? Do bots follow that criteria, and do they still follow it when blogging privately?
After reading an excerpt of Blogging by Jill Rettberg, I found that blogs are in some ways like a personal website, but it is also not like a personal website since it gets updated often and may try to build a connection with the readers. Bots have also been made to create spam blogs so this connection is not always necessary either if we are to consider these bots to be bloggers. If these bots are not bloggers then I find that it becomes an easy answer that blogging is forming connections with readers, publishing opinions on an open platform, and attempting to receive some level of feedback. If this is true then an additional question raises of if whoever created the spambot is considered the blogger. Another layer can be applied to this question since Rettberg mentioned that blogging is what social media we use today is based on. Is every post on social media considered a blog post? What if these posts are created by spambots?
An article from Rebecca’s Pocket appears to take the side that these bots are not bloggers in stating, “As advertisements creep onto banana peels, attach themselves to paper cup sleeves, and interrupt our ATM transactions, we urgently need to cultivate forms of self-expression in order to counteract our self-defensive numbness and remember what it is to be human.” However, an article from The Balance defines a blog as a something that is updated frequently and allows for the readers to interact with the information. Perhaps this human connection does not have to be made by who or what created a post, but rather the reader to the content produced.
About a week ago a friend of mine noticed a bug in Google search. The bug is an integer overflow vulnerability when looking up how many calories are in a large amount of food. For example, asking how many calories are in 100 million sticks of butter yeilds a negative number. I say “is” since I reported this bug, but I received a message back saying that they would not fix this issue. So I must now find the answer to this important question with my own software or by hand.
Currently I work at a library as tech support. I usually work early in the morning or late in the evening so there are fewer students that need my help. Recently there has been some problems with our computers connecting to the printers which has helped me to stay busy when I do not have much homework to work on. If an issue like this appears to be happening often we can report it in a discussion to let others know and get assistance if needed.
I have received a portable phone charger as a gift last year as a Christmas present. I use to not think they were worth the money since it would just be an additional device I would need to remember to charge, but I found this gift to be very useful when going to class since with it I am able to do more work with my phone. Just using my phone during the day between classes would drain its battery in a hurry. This semester I am also using my phone more often during my job since my new job involves a lot of waiting. I have not used my bluetooth keyboard too often since my phone would often die before I got much work done, but with my new portable charger I no longer have to worry about that issue. This also means that I do not have to carry around my laptop as often. Therefore, I went from thinking these chargers were a waste of money to something I could not live without.
For the first week it was difficult to get started. I was not able to get into the habit of writing a blog everyday, but recently I have started getting used to it by setting reminders on my phone. Getting my blog started has being the biggest step for me since it involves commitment. Through this process I also learned how to use RSS and blogging software as well as some information about intellectual property. Of the topics covered these first couple of weeks, I have become more skilled in using social media, learned more about how it works at a technical level, and I have learned of a few of the ways people can interact through social media.
I enjoyed setting up an account the most since it involved making some big decisions about where my blog may go, but at the same time this presented a challenge. If I could start over then I would be more consistent in making blogs from the beginning. My biggest fear was the possibility of changing the focus of my blog too much, but as I am making it more general I am no longer worried about that possibility.
I found WIPO to be very informative of the methods used to protect different forms of IP. It even explained that many of these methods may be combined in some countries. The Creative Commons website explained various licenses that allow people to share work under certain conditions. Unlike WIPO, CC seemed more focused on improving and sharing ideas to inspire creativity rather than creating restrictions that force people to come up with new ideas.
I am choosing to license my work for this course under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International. This is for the reason that I found it to be similar to the GNU General Public License. Both these licenses give others the freedom to redistribute, change, and use a work for commercial use as long as those using that work also respect the same freedoms of those using their copy of the work.
I have heard of RSS before, but I’ve never used it until yesterday. I am finding it useful to follow blogs that may not send our notifications. The app I’m using for RSS is freedly. At first I was not sure how to find some blogs since they did not appear in the search feature of this app when I entered the name of a blog, but I have found that entering the URL of a blog brings up the blog I am looking for.
Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program. -Linus Torvalds