Week 12 Journal: Using Lo-Fi Prototypes to Execute Project Designs

This week’s readings were about how to go about developing programs and how it’s important to make sure that functionality follows design. “Prototyping for Tiny Fingers” discussed the benefits of using lo-fi paper prototypes to demonstrate the interface of a program over using a hi-fi prototype. Essentially, lo-fi prototypes are more practical because they take …

Week 8 Journal: The Internet as a Catalyst for Revolution

Just a few years ago, social networking sites began springing up and became ways to stay in touch with friends. Since then, the sites have evolved from simple online gossip forums and hangouts to tools for organizing people and instigating revolutions. According to Stefan Wray’s 1998 article On Electronic Civil Disobedience, “As hackers become politicized …

Week 7 Journal

Richard Stallman’s article, “The Right to Read,” expresses the idea of illegal file sharing and the fear that the government or Software Protection Authority is an omniscient watchdog over our personal computer use. Could the government really track each and every one of us and monitor an individual’s file sharing habits? People like the fictional …

Arduino Workshop

I went into the workshop without the slightest clue as to what an Aduino was. I had, however, heard a few people whispering excitedly about the workshop, and so I thought it might be a good idea to check it out for myself. An Arduino, as it turns out, is an “open-source single-board microcontroller”—according to …

The Yes Men

I attended The Yes Men documentary viewing for no particular reason, other than that I thought the topic sounded interesting. Basically, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are two guys who seek to tell the truth and expose lies about organizations or people they don't like and to bring attention to social issues. They began by …