Thursday, May 27, 2010

What i have learnt

I have been in MPI104 for eleven working weeks now. I have learned many things from this course and no doubt will continue to use these skills as well as build upon them in the future.

RSS feeds were a very interesting and valuable thing to learn about, I now can subscribe to feeds that I wish to continue to be up to date with, this is very useful.
Learning CSS and HTML were very difficult for me but of what I have learned I found useful. The upside is that it is easy to search for preexisting codes or templates and use these.
iWeb is a very useful program that comes with Macintosh computers. I taught myself the basics of using this program and made an internet website. I used RSS feeds and Pipes to keep it connected with this blog and my classes MPI104 blog. RSS feeds are often embedded into websites by converting the HTML of the RSS feed into JavaScript. I put a Webpage Hit Counter onto my iWeb website to keep track of how many times my page had been visited, not unlike this page. I can also keep track of how many individual IP Addresses have visited these pages.
FTP or File Transfer Protocol is used to transfer files over a server and to another computer. Fetch is another Macintosh standard program which aids in doing this, it is also the program that I used to upload my iWeb to the internet on my Athene account.
In being in this course I have also learned more about my Yahoo! account, particularly in using Delicious and Flickr. Also I have grown accustomed using Google and Google Mail, in particular, Google Documents. Google can also be used to track RSS feeds, something I've already mentioned as being quite useful to be able to do.

I have learned quite a number of things in this course. These skills will surely prove useful in the future. I am glad that I have studied for this course and hope to improve my skills in this field.


We have our final assessment for MPI104 coming up next week. I am working on fulfilling the criteria requirements right now. Having already updated my Flickr, Delicious and Blogger blog profiles, I must see if there are any other ways of updating these.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Counters and RSS

Hit Counters are used to determine how many people have visited a website, they can be set up to count each time an individual IP address visits the site, or every time the site is visited. Counters are useful to determine how many people visit your site, and how frequently it is visited.

RSS or 'Really Simple Syndication' documents are known as Feeds or Channels. They are used to keep updated as the original feed is updated, often used for distributing information from blogs or news sites. Google Reader is a simple way of subscribing to RSS feeds, in Google Reader you can add feeds and then they will keep up to date in your Google account.


Technorati is an internet search engine which is used to search peoples blogs. It is used to keep people up to speed regarding their interests. Technorati searches for Tags and generates a list of blogs with tags matching the search. Technorati is used in a similar fashion to RSS, however in order for it to follow a webpage an RSS feed is not required.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010




Thursday, May 13, 2010


FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is used for sending files from a computer onto a server or another computer. Files can then be downloaded from the server onto another computer. This can be a handy way of transferring data, especially for large files.
FTP is often used to display information on websites.

FTP does however have negatives/risks. Passwords are an area of risk.

Extracted from Wikipedia :

"FTP has no encryption tools meaning all transmissions are in clear text; user names, passwords, FTP commands and transferred files can be read by anyone sniffing on the network. The common solution to this problem is to use either SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol), or FTPS (FTP over SSL), which adds SSL or TLS encryption to FTP as specified in RFC 421"

Templates and CSS

Advantages I see in using CSS - CSS is easy to use, it is fast and reliable. It has a high browser compatability and is easy to learn and use.

Templates can be used to easily and quickly change the layout of a website. They can be used to change a website quickly. It is a very easy way to significantly lively up a webpage.

In making a webpage accessibility must be considered. Layouts should be simple to understand and accessible from different browsers and by peoples of differing ability levels. Access for disabled persons such as the vision impaired should be available.