WordPress: Inserting Videos, Images, Audio or Polls

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

To insert a Video, image, audio or poll into your blog you first need to the upload/insert tool bar. The first icon being for images, second icon videos, third audio and last for polls. After clicking your choice a window will pop asking you to insert your image, video or other. Lastly after uploading everything, click insert images. It will appear in your visual and html and when publish will show up on your blog. 

Some advantages you are provided is that it makes your blog more visual and provides audio. It provides your reader more choice as they may choose to listen to the audio or video instead of reading, allowing you to have more choice of showing your information. It also makes your blog more interesting and detailed.

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How to add a theme on WordPress

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

WordPress has a good amount of blogs they provide to their bloggers, which allow the bloggers to peronalize their theme/setting. Each themes design are diferent, some may have two columns, colours and headers. Also the themes allow bloggers to add widgets, which allow the bloggers to add calenders, link, tags, catergories and others.

Basically what you do to add or change a theme is first go to the settings. When clicked there should be  a page which allows you to add post on the left, there is a sidebar. Find appearance, then theme, which will send you to a page with numerous choices of themes. Choose which theme you choose to use, you may preview it and to change theme press activate.

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Pros and Cons of WordPress

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment
 

 

 WordPress is an open source blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySqlwhich can also be used for basic content management. It has many features including a user-friendly workflow, a rich plugin architecture, and an advanced templating system.

Pros: 

  • Variety of  themes
  • Easy to adjust settings
  • Easy to make and edit posts
  • Easy to insert pictures and videos
  • Provides information on your blog on dashboard

Cons: 

  • Easy to insert pictures, but had difficulty placing it on specific areas
  • Some themes have tight typing spaces, making it hard to put large images
  • The style and format is mainly based on the theme you choose, you can’t really customize what you want
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My Opinion: Power Socket Switch

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/10/26/no-need-to-unplug/

The “Power Socket Switch” designed by Yong-jin Kim, allows easy power control by easily twisting it, instead of pulling it. The power socket is closed when the plug is not inserted in the socket and can’t be turned on unless the plug is fully inserted. Stand by power takes up 11% of our electrical bill and since the switch is easier and less time consuming, people will actually turn it off.

I think that they could add more to this design and develop alittle more because this design is a bit too simple and is too restricting. Outside of the US and Canada, many countries’s power sockets have light switch on it. Those are more cheap and easier to be used. Also the power socket switch could have had a timer and it’s not universal, so some people who don’t know about it, won’t know how to use it.

My Opinion: Disposable Paper Laptop

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

http://www.techviva.com/disposable-paper-laptops/11619

Computer are items that we uses everyday and it is becoming more advanced. Many people buy the new laptops for it’s functions and new softwares and when older laptops aren’t needed anymore, they are simply thrown out. Which is an major problem to our environment, but if it’s the laptop’s functions the user wants, they no longer need the metal/ plastic cases anymore, as Je Sung Park has design “Disposable Paper Laptops.”

Like disposable cameras, these disposable paper laptops are cheap and can be easily thrown out. The disposable laptops are made of recyable paper or pulp paper, which means it’s eco- friendly as it could be re-used. Another advantage is if the external case is damaged, it is made in multiple layers, which make it easy to replace. I  could see myself buy one of these if I was immediate need of a laptop as I don’t need to actually buy a new laptop. The only concerns I may have is the durability and people may not like the case, as they may want more different types of designs/ styles.

My Opinion: Globus Workstation

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

http://myitthings.com/jky7grl/Post/house/It-Furniture/Globus-workstation-by-Michiel-van-der-Kley/42672008185526679.htm

The Globus workstation is a portable work area designed by Michiel van der Kley, which can be used mainly in offices, public and residental areas. The workstation has an urban/ modern look and the table and chair can be folded into a sphere. It can be easily moved on rollers and is said to be able to efficently save space. It’s design is to create a more flexible environment for the employees.

Pros:

  • Urban/ Modern Look
  • Can be easily adjusted or moved
  • Saves space

Cons:

  • Expensive ($5000)
  • Can’t be stacked, making it harder to store away
  • Not alot of desk space
  • For normal office table and desk, either one can easily be replaced if broken, but for the Globus design, specific parts are needed.

In my opinion i think that this design has more downside then upside. First of all, the desk are small and can only hold items the size of a laptop, which means it can’t be used in offices as they will need space to working environment. Since these workstations fold into spheres, they can’t be stored by being stacked up, which actually takes more space then ordinary office furniture. The upside is it’s looks and is good for temporary use only, therefore good in public areas. Other than that it isn’t practical due to the lack of working surface and cost, but would of been more effective if it had an actual work surface instead of just a chair and tray.

My Opinion: Optalert Glasses

January 9, 2010 Leave a comment

 http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/07/0720_IDEA/index_01.htm 

The Optalert Glasses look just like and feel like ordinary glasses, but has technology in it, which can detect drowsiness by using invisible pulses of light to detect eye and eyelid movement, 500 times per second. These tiny light detectors and receivers are built into the frames of Optalert glasses worn by the operator. The glasses are connected to the Optalert vehicle system, installed within the vehicle, which processes all of the information transmitted from the glasses. The design of these glasses I think is smart because it keeps the driver safe and alert because 20-30% of road accidens are caused by drowsiness, fatigue or inattention. It is also used in buisnesses as they help reduce the risk of operator fatigue. Which I think is a huge benifit because they spend lesser money on health cost and workers can work in a more safer and risk free environment. 

Optalert  helps the users: 

  • Protect themselves and others on the road
  • Reduces Injuries and accidents
  • More alert and attentive

Optalert glasses have a large market because almost everyone in North America have vehicles, plus there is a market for buisness and industries. I think that Optalert glasses will have alot more opportunity to be expand and be improved.