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ICT & Myself

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ICT & Myself Introduction My name is Peter Sutton; I am a student at King Williams College, Isle of Man. I use ICT all the time; I am woken by a digital alarm clock, my food is cooked in a digital controlled oven and I am driven to school in a computer assisted car. I also use ICT in less mundane tasks, for example recording, mixing and mastering my own music and then make it available to the globe community on my own website (www.theprosthetics.net). On the coming pages we will see how I use ICT for social, personal and work purposes at home and school. Personal at Home - The Internet The Internet is a global collection of interconnected computers, both personal and servers, using the TCP/IP protocol (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol). The Internet started in 1969 as four host computers. Increasing rapidly over the past 35 years the Internet has grown to tens of millions of systems worldwide. The Internet is a collection of networks, some larger and more important than others, thus we get the Internet hierarchy; this is best shown in a graphical form (see right/above). At the bottom of the hierarchy, the personal computer uses a phone line (Digital or Analogue) to "dial-up" and connect to a POP. A POP is a Point of Presence, owned by large communication/Internet Services Provider companies (For example BT or Wanadoo, ISP for short); they create backbone connections around a country. Users "dial-up" or connect via a dedicated line to their ISPs' local POP server. Once connected, the computer system becomes part of the ISPs' network and users can view or download data on any public page or file resident on computers or systems in this network. POP servers are connected to NAP (Network Access Points) dotted around the world, these NAPs are connected together to form the massive world wide network we call the Internet. Below is an "Internet Map" that shows the interconnection of NAPs between different countries. ...read more.


This phone has polyphonic ring tones which are quieter than monophonic ones, due to the more complex amplifiers needs to make the polyphonic sound; this phone failing my needs for a loud ring tone. Due to of more advanced features, like polyphonic ring tones, it is not plausible to include a vibration system for two reasons, there is no room and the device is not robust enough to withstand the vibrations; this phone has failed my need for vibration alert. The casing is thin, the electric equipment is dense and complex; it is obvious that this phone is no where near as durable as some of the cheaper phones. This phone is not durable enough for me. Evaluation In conclusion I would like to say that mobile phones reach a point where they were stable, durable and functional since then manufactures have added more and more features at the expenses of the my needs in a device designed for socializing. My preferred alternative to this mobile is the Nokia 1100 (Right). Here are the key features in Nokia's own words: * Compact communications tool designed for reliability * Long-lasting battery * Built-in flashlight * Durable cover with anti-slip sides * Sleek silicon key mat with large keys * Reminders and alarm clock * Changeable Xpress-on(tm) covers This phone fulfils my needs much better than my current phone and it only cost �35. Work at School - Data Capture Whilst at school I need to use ICT to help me complete my work to the high standard the teachers expect. This may involve many forms of ICT; this section explains how I use the use the Kodak EasyShare CX7530. How does it work? This is a high resolution CCD (Charge Coupled Device) 5.36 million pixel digital camera, with a 5 million pixel image resolution in a 2560x1920 configuration. It has a maximum 15 times zoom; 3 times optical zoom and 5 times digital. ...read more.


The Copyright, Designs and Patent Act (1988) How the Act affects me The Copyright, Designs and Patent Act (1988) is designed to protect the creators of any product. This law affects the way I use music CD and software. To keep within the law I must not create copies of software or music. I find this law restrains me; I would like to create copies of some software and music for myself and others to use. Although I would benefit from copying, the companies that created and produced the software would loose sales as a consequence. This legislation is designed to protect companies from ICT users, like me, from taking advantage of CD re-writers and other such hardware. One area in which this legislation particularly restrains me is the reproduction of music. How the Act protects me I compose and record my own music. The music is my intellectual property and I would do not want others to clam they created but I do want others to hear it. The copyright laws automatically give me full rights over my intellectual property; this means I can place my music on the internet and know that, should it be stolen, I can launch legal action against the person. Staying Within the Law As a "session bassist" I perform many songs by many different artists. Since it would impractical to buying many albums, sourcing a track off each, it would make sense to use file sharing programs like Kazaa; getting the songs fast and free of charge. However this is illegal and carries a hefty penalty. To stay within the law I use the new, legal, form of Napster where artistes are paid royalties. I agree that this legislation should be used to restrain people like me, otherwise software and music companies would find themselves losing profit and unable to fund software and music in the future. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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