Web 2.0 for Designers

Posted by Vipul Mistry Wednesday, March 28, 2007 0 comments
In Web 1.0, a small number of writers created Web pages for a large number of readers. As a result, people could get information by going directly to the source: Adobe.com for graphic design issues, Microsoft.com for Windows issues, and CNN.com for news. Over time, however, more and more people started writing content in addition to reading it. This had an interesting effect—suddenly there was too much information to keep up with! We did not have enough time for everyone who wanted our attention and visiting all sites with relevant content simply wasn’t possible. As personal publishing caught on and went mainstream, it became apparent that the Web 1.0 paradigm had to change.
The Web of documents has morphed into a Web of data. We are no longer just looking to the same old sources for information. Now we’re looking to a new set of tools to aggregate and remix microcontent in new and useful ways.
Enter Web 2.0, a vision of the Web in which information is broken up into “microcontent” units that can be distributed over dozens of domains. The Web of documents has morphed into a Web of data. We are no longer just looking to the same old sources for information. Now we’re looking to a new set of tools to aggregate and remix microcontent in new and useful ways.
These tools, the interfaces of Web 2.0, will become the frontier of design innovation.
The evidence is already here with RSS aggregators, search engines, portals, APIs (application programming interfaces, which provide hooks to data) and Web services (where data can be accessed via XML-RPC, SOAP and other technologies). Google Maps (in beta) provides the same functionality as similar competing services but features a far superior interface. Flickr’s interface is one of the most intuitive and beloved around. Del.icio.us offers personal and social functionality, and reaches far beyond its own site. Interfaces like these are changing the way we store, access, and share information. It matters very little what domain content comes from.
Web 2.0 has often been described as “the Web as platform,” and if we think about the Web as a platform for interacting with content, we begin to see how it impacts design. Imagine a bunch of stores of content provided by different parties—companies, individuals, governments—upon which we could build interfaces that combine the information in ways no single domain ever could. For example, Amazon.com makes its database of content accessible to the outside world. Anyone can design an interface to replace Amazon’s that better suits specific needs (see Amazon Light). The power of this is that content can be personalized or remixed with other data to create much more useful tools.
There are six trends that characterize Web 2.0 for designers. In this introductory article we’ll summarize each of those trends and give brief examples. In upcoming articles we’ll explore each trend in more detail.

source : www.digitalwebmagazine.com

Good Health With Feng Shui

Posted by Vipul Mistry Sunday, March 11, 2007 0 comments
Health Sector
Product:- Metal Turtle With Water Plate
Purpose:- Good health & career
Location/Direction:- North side of the living room. Turtle Tail should be towards the North

Product:- Chinese Calabash Fruit
Purpose:- Good health & longevity
Location/Direction:- Hang anywhere in the living room or bed room, cut top of the fruit

Product:- Bunch of Five Crystals
Purpose:- Attracts good health
Location/Direction:- Hang at the center of the living room or bedroom

Product:- Three Legged Frog with Blue Ribbon in the Mouth
Purpose:- Attracts good health & longevity
Location/Direction:- Keep in the living room at the center facing inside the home

Product:- Feng Shui Agarbatti{Incense}
Purpose:- Attracts good health
Location/Direction:- Should be light up at the East corner or commonly any corner in the morning & evening

Disastrous Nishabd

Posted by Vipul Mistry Friday, March 9, 2007 0 comments
The disastrous opening of much hyped Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘ Nishabd’, starring Amitabh Bachchan and the sexy siren Jiah Khan, at the box office on Friday has made the whole film industry truly Nishabd (speechless). The exhibitors are in a state of shock as the collections on the first day was around seven percent at New Empire and going maximum to twenty eight percent at Cinemax, Sion. At most of other theaters the collection was well below twenty percent on the first day itself.
Trade analysts are attributing this dismal performance at the box office to several factors associated with the film industry. As one analyst puts it, ‘the pre- Holi period is always considered as thanda, in terms of collections. Secondly, this kind of love story does not appeal to Indian viewers. The audiences in India are very orthodox and can not accept it. Lastly, Ram Gopal Varma’s credibility has taken a backseat in recent times. It is a reality that in India, such stories cannot be accepted. There are certain things that can not be shown publicly.’
In fact, the audiences, who did see the movie, were of the opinion that they could not relate to the theme of the film which was quite unrealistic. The director has dealt with a complex subject in a childish fashion. Others felt that it was a poor adaptation of ‘ Lolita’ which was a bold movie. In ‘ Nishabd’, Ram Gopal Varma has avoided the sexual angle completely and has tried to give a philosophical touch to relationship between Amitabh Bachcan and Jiah Khan.
In fact, the film has Amitabh playing the part of a photographer, while Jiah Khan is his daughter’s friend and comes over to stay with them. In the meantime, she is attracted to Big B and slowly Amitabh too feels himself attracted towards her. But in the whole process sexual element is completely missing and that is what audiences could not fathom. Some sexual overtures on the part of Big B could have changed the outcome at the box office. After all sex sells!


SOURCE : STARDUST

Asteroid could hit Earth in 2036, UN urged to act fast

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, March 3, 2007 0 comments
SAN FRANCISCO: An asteroid may come uncomfortably close to Earth in 2036 and the United Nations should assume responsibility for a space mission to deflect it, a group of astronauts, engineers and scientists said. The 20-million-tonne asteroid could be heading the way towards Kamchatkans and Venezuelans. Californians have even more reason to worry the asteroid is more likely to hit the Pacific Ocean, triggering a tsunami that could devastate the west coast of North America. Calculations show it would strike somewhere along a narrow track that stretches eastward from Siberia to the west coast of Africa. Astronomers are monitoring the asteroid named Apophis, which has a 1 in 45,000 chance of striking Earth on April 13, 2036. Although the odds of an impact by this particular asteroid are low, a recent congressional mandate for Nasa to upgrade its tracking of near-Earth asteroids is expected to uncover hundreds, if not thousands of threatening space rocks in the near future, former astronaut Rusty Schweickart said. "It's not just Apophis we're looking at. Every country is at risk. We need a set of general principles to deal with this issue," Schweickart, a member of the Apollo 9 crew that orbited the Earth in March 1969, told an American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in San Francisco. Schweickart plans to present an update next week to the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space on plans to develop a blueprint for a global response to an asteroid threat. The Association of Space Explorers, a group of former astronauts and cosmonauts, intends to host a series of high-level workshops this year to flesh out the plan and will make a formal proposal to the UN in 2009, he said. The favoured approach to dealing with a potentially deadly space rock is to dispatch a spacecraft that would use gravity to alter the asteroid's course so it no longer threatens Earth, said astronaut Ed Lu, a veteran of the International Space Station. The so-called Gravity Tractor could maintain a position near the threatening asteroid, exerting a gentle tug that, over time, would deflect the asteroid. An asteroid the size of Apophis, which is about 460 feet long, would take about 12 days of gravity-tugging, Lu added.

SOURCE : TIO SCIENCE