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Friday, September 28, 2012

Week 3 - Google Drive

Google Drive - Another Cloud Storage

Greetings fellow friends. For this week Computer In Education class, I have been exposed to another cloud storage in the net society which goes by the name Google Drive. Even though we are not entirely poking around with its button and browsing around with its features yet (as we are only focusing on writing our assignment with Google Doc), but in time we will have the opportunity to do so and discussed it in this blog.
A little about Google Drive. As said earlier it is one of the many cloud storage offered on the net for us the user to store data (file, music, video etc.) in the worldwide web and of course the same benefits like its other competitors. This Google Drive application has make it self a little bit unique from its competitors by providing few document oriented application that can be use on the go.

Such applications that can be found in this Google Drive are Document, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Form, Drawing etc. These provided applications are intended to reduce the time and increase the productivity of its user by only using their Google Account to complete their work task (No need to open another software to do separate tasks is just what come in their Google mind I would say).

Any job can be completed by using this application provided by Google Drive such as writing your assignment on Google Doc, key in your data with Google Spreadsheets and many more. However there is a little glitch about these applications though for those users who have been familiarized with Microsoft Office. Why? If you could look closely these apps have the similarities with those of Microsoft Office but the only lacking parts is the apps features. Not all features from Microsoft being adapted into this newly found apps as it may result in more probs such as taking more loading time just to execute an app.

Above all, this apps provided by Google Drive seems has indeed prove it worthiness to be with other stand tall cloud storage out there such as those of Droxbox, Amazon S3, Microsoft Windows Azure Blob Storage, Box, & Minus. Compliment should be given to Google as they tries to make their users' experiences in using familiarized software such as Microsoft Office into their engines, Mini Office don't you think.

That is all for this week writing. Until next time and have a good day.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week 2 - Links In Yahoo! Group

Creating Links in Yahoo! Group

This is going to be my second post for this week mainly regarding on Creating Links in Yahoo! Group. This is due to our First Self Learning Assignment where all pupils that take Computer In Education class should by any means get their hands on the task starting last week. So hopefully this writing of mine would be able to help those pupils (including me) in completing the task.

Well as you browse into GE1155 2012-2013, you should be able to see a tab on the left side of the screen which consists of several items. However what we are going to focus on today is on the button Links.

Step I
So as the first step, click the Links button and a new screen shall appear (above pictures for guidance). There you shall acknowledge two button, Add Links and Add Folder on the very top of the new screen (above picture - no.2 arrow).

Right now we are in need of a folder as we are going to add our Links into that folder. So clicking Add Folder button will be our next step.

As a result you shall be asked to fill in Title (just write down your Class Set followed by Group Number and your Matrix Number) & Description (your full name + Links would be sufficed) before you could proceed to our next step.

 And Boom! your folder is ready to be use. Don't worry if you've write it wrongly though as you can always do corrections by clicking at the Edit button at the right side of your respective folder.

 Step II

Now that we have done creating our folder, it is time to add our Links in it. And here we go (please click your newly created folder to proceed though).

Still remember this interface and those two buttons (Add Link & Add Folder)? What we are going to do now is that we are going to add our designated Links (Blog Link, Facebook Link, Facebook Group Link & Yahoo! Group Link) into this folder. Simply clicking the Add Link button and off we go.

Here you will be asked to fill in some blanks which consists of Title, Description and URL.

For the Title :
- Write down your Links name. 
eg. Blog, Facebook, Facebook Group or Yahoo! Group.

For the Description :
- Write down your name + Blog/Facebook/Facebook Group/Yahoo! Group at the back of your name.
eg. Ahmad Zaki Osman's Blog.

For the URL :
- Just paste your designated Blog / Facebook / Facebook Group / Yahoo! Group URL here.
As you have finished with that just click the Add Link button.

And here it is the result. You now have successfully created a Link in your folder. If let say you wanted to add more links in your folder just repeat the above Step II.

If you have done it correctly you should have something like the above picture. Great isn't. Do you notice that they are three buttons at the right side of each links (the Edit, Delete and Cut button)? Well each of them have a very special task to be done. Do say that you wanted to delete you links, just simply click the Delete button would do the trick. Or you wanted to edit or cut your links (that is you wanted to share or paste them somewhere else), clicking the Edit or Cut button respectively would be suffice.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Week 2 - Dropbox Data Sharing

Dropbox Data Sharing

This writing shall be regarding this week Computer In Education class which was on data sharing using Dropbox. For you guys that are still new in web surfing (we are in the same boat actually), Dropbox is one of those application that enables its user to store their data (in the form of files, pictures, music, video etc.) in a cloud storage in the web. 

This data can be viewed or collected by the user afterwards by using any possible internet connected computer. Indeed it sounds awesome, to be able to be connected with our data with any computer anytime anywhere.

To start off one need to download the Dropbox software (click here to download) and install it in those computers that one wish to be connected with the web. As the installation have finished, there will be a new folder that shall be created by default in the computer. 

If you have any data that you wish to share with friends on the net or rather simply wanted to store it in the cloud, just drag or copy the data into this default folder as it will act as a connecter to the net.

There is also an alternative way of sharing data by using Dropbox. As you have registered as a member, you shall be able to surf and enjoy its features ( Here you will see a vertical tab on the left side of the web that consist of :
  • Dropbox 
  • Sharing 
  • Links 
  • Events 
  • Get Started
To start sharing your data, simply click the Sharing button on the left side on the tab and you shall be guided throughout the whole process (there are no such things as to be lost here though). 

If you feel that you wanted your uploaded data to be private such that you are the only person that can viewed the data, you can just simply move your cursor to the Option button at the side of your respective folder. There you are able to set your settings regarding your targeted folder base on your current needs. 

Let us just say that you need more information or rather wanted to explore Dropbox features but does not know where to start from, just click the Get Started button on the left tab and choose first option, Take the Dropbox Tour. For me the tour itself seem to be enjoyable and simple enough for new user to understand.

To conclude, Dropbox really is one of many data storage applications on the net that really helps us user in term of getting in touch with our data regardless of our whereabouts, which suit its tagline “Your life’s work, wherever you are”. That’s mark the end of my report for this week. Hope to see you guys again. Bye.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Week 1 - The First Class

The Differences of Sending Messages by Using Group (Post)  and Email.

From what I've learned from recently Computer In Education class, I've acknowledge some differences between the above methods of mailing. One of the differences would be the way of sending the messages.

For Group (Post), one only need to open up the group web page, search for the Post button and write down any messages directly in the web page itself. The User should be able to read his/her messages being discussed later on without having to open up another window (base on Yahoo group web page).

Whereas the Email is a little bit different from Group (Post). Even though the discussion are made within the presence of an email account window, but still it gives the user the ability to attached files, pictures, music etc. on the same thread or message unlike the Group (Post) method (again base on the yahoo group web page) which separate these things.

Overall these two methods indeed have their own pros and cons and it is basically up to us the user to choose the best way that we see more comfortable with us. For me, practicing both methods wouldn't hurt us anyway. Hope this will do in answering the question above. Thanks for reading.