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The Internet is for Everyone Blog Post

Internet​ ​is​ ​for​ ​everyone​ ​-​ ​but​ ​it​ ​won't​ ​be​ ​if​ ​legislation around the world creates a thicket of incompatible laws that hinder the growth of electronic commerce, stymie the protection of intellectual property, and stifle freedom of expression and the development of market economies.

This section is quire relevant, in the light of YouTube trying to restrict the content being made on its site to "family friendly" when it was successful largely in part to crude humor and outrageous videos.  They are unwilling to allow users to freely create and make money from their videos if they do not meet specific guidelines, and dominate as a platform for people to publish videos. Internet​ ​is​ ​for​ ​everyone​ ​-​ ​but​ ​it​ ​won't​ ​be​ ​if​ parents and teachers cannot voluntarily create protected spaces for our young people for whom the full range of Internet content still may be inappropriate. To tie into the previous section's importance, platforms should…

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

I found the field trip to be very interesting.  The Enigma machine simulators were the parts I found most outstanding, as well as the drone simulator.  Both of these exhibits were entirely hands-on with little required instruction, so they were easily accessible.  I didn't find the video room to be engaging, because it consisted of watching videos in silence while sitting in a small, dark room.  The rest of the trip was highly memorable and a fun learning experience, and I would recommend that this trip is kept for future classes.  There were equal parts fun and information, but not presented as two separate sections.  Very little of the trip was spent being listed facts, and the information was instead presented through activities, exhibitions, and presentations that required the visitors to interact and think.  Due to this approach, the visitors are left no time to become bored or tired of a section.

Lab Report: Fahrenheit

The purpose of the assignment was to create a calculator which converts Celsius temperatures to Fahrenheit temperatures.  It requests a value and performs several operations in order to correctly convert the temperature.  I ran into technical problems when I ran it through check50, but it was format-related.  To fix it, I just had to clean up the printing.

Blog Post 1- Hello!

The purpose of the Hello lesson was to teach how to print text and navigate folders, as well as compile code to run.  It introduced a tool to assist with coding called "help50", which proofreads for problems and makes suggestions.  I learned all of these things, but I accidentally got rid of the terminal.  When I reloaded the workspace, it didn't let me do anything at all.  So, I created a new one and redid the work.  Other than this, I ran into no problems.

Impacting Innovation Interview

For my interview, I chose my grandfather.  When I asked him, he took a good while to decide which innovation to chose from.  Being the dedicated music fan he is, he eventually landed on the cassette tape. "When the cassette tapes came out in the stores, I was a young man." he said.  "They weren't so great, but it was a whole lot neater than the records we were using." He went on to explain that they eventually improved, and although CDs eventually came out they weren't quite as "physical".  It wasn't what I expected him to choose, but he was able to listen to music much more easily and it was what helped him to decompress in times of stress.  At the time, he was in and out of work frequently as a plumber and this was a weight on his shoulders considering he was supporting a very full house.

Innovation that has impacted me

The computing innovation that has had the most impact on my life is the screen.  From a young age, I and most other kids I knew were heavily exposed to many forms of media on the TV or computer.  Screens are everywhere!  They have become overstimulating to most people, who have become used to the constant flow of visuals and information.  Not having a screen available (TV, phones, etc.) tends to give people living around technology some level of separation anxiety.  Although information is readily available through many forms of technology that use screens, it has made people needy for stimulation.  I myself feel the need to have some level of constant information coming at me, and I believe that it was due to the introduction and growth of the level screens are common.  I watch music videos/podcasts on the side while I work, and with my downtime I gravitate towards shows or games because I am so used to the over-stimulation brought by screens.