Hayley's Hollers

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Week 3 - Mailing Lists


Need To Know http://www.ntk.net/

A high-tech sarcastic for the UK, written by members of the UK internet cognoscenti. This site is a springboard for everything to technological. The group members organise catch ups via the site with guest speakers in attendance. The latest group meeting in London has a guest speaker called Tom Armitege who is speaking on the topic, “Is Controller Design Killing Creativity in Videogames?"

Digital Web Magazine http://www.digital-web.com/

“The web professional's online magazine of choice.” (http://www.digital-web.com/)

This is an online magazine that has articles and on everything to do with the internet. Whether it be new technological advances, new programs or reviews.

Week 3 - Email


There is not a day goes by that I do not open my email only to be harassed by spam email. It usually takes up most of the emails I have received that day. I get asked to become a mystery shopper or to win this or that. When really I just don’t want to know about it. I have tried un-subscribing to these lists (Most of which I didn’t even subscribe to in the first place) but they still send me junk emails. I mark them as junk emails but they still manage to somehow get through. It really shits me! It is a waste of my time and patience having to continually having to delete the damn things.


Spam Act Review
In September 2005, the Minister directed the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts to initiate a review of the Spam Act, as required by legislation. Comments were sought from the public on their views of the operation of the Act. The consultation period closed 1 February 2006.

Internet Industry Spam Code of Practice
The Australian Communications and Media Authority registered a Code of Practice for internet service providers and email service providers on countering spam. The code was developed by the Internet Industry Association (IIA) in conjunction with the Internet Associations from Western Australia and South Australia. The code applies to all internet service providers in Australia, as well as global email service providers providing services in Australia. The code obligations come into force on 16 July 2006.

The new code sets out how internet service providers and email service providers will address the sources of spam within their own networks, including actual spammers, misconfigured customer email servers and the virus-infected computers used to spread spam (known as ‘zombies’). It also requires internet service providers and email service providers to give end-users information about how to deal with spam, and informed choice about their filtering options. (http://www.acma.gov.au/ACMAINTER.2097430:STANDARD:pc=PC_2008)


Law and Regulation
Ø Some AsiaPac countries have, or are introducing antispam laws - Australia, New Zealand, Korea etc
Ø Australia has successfully prosecuted a notorious spammer, Wayne Mansfield, under their antispam law
International cooperation - governments and regulators
Ø Seoul Melbourne Pact on Antispam – signed by several Asia Pacific regulators. Focuses on information sharing, technical, educational and policy solutions to the spam problem
Ø London Action Plan – Brings together regulators from the USA, Canada, EU, AsiaPac, as well as international organizations such as the ITU and OECD, civil society antispam organizations, and industry (ISPs and vendors of antispam technology). (www.apnic.net/meetings/20/docs/other/ tut-pres-ramasubramanian-spam-international-cooperation.ppt)

Notes and Ideas From Week 2 Readings

*Authoritarian Model = Where Govt assert control & authority over mass media.
-This can be because some govts in poor and divided society feel if they can't control media their fragile or unable to assert authority. See media as a threat or a tool.
*Developmental Model = In developing nations Eg. Latin America "...leaders see mass media as a strong social force that should help these nations develop faster or in a more planned, efficient way" (Straubhaar, Joseph, LaRose, Robert, Communications Media in the Information Society, Wadsworth Publishing, p. 27)
*Free Press/Libertarian Model = Believes press should be free, uncensored and uncontrolled if it is to provide accurate info. To make citizens well informed there needs to be freedom of speach and expression.
*Social responsibility Model = Not controlled by govts or advertisers. This model is all about meeting public service responsibilities. Run by the people for the people.
*Gate Keepers decide what info people should get.
* Mass media set agenda for ppl who watch, read, listen to them as well as for public and govt discussion.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Notes And Ideas From Week 1 Readings

*Younger generation aren't finding tv news of much interest. Their turning more towards Internet, Glass House, Panel etc type programs for news. Format needs to be upgraded to keep youth.
*Amateur video sited becoming a big interest and big business. They mean you can put your videos on the net.
*William Gibson - Sci-Fi Writer. Writes books involving ideas on technolog. A lot of computer realted things he envisioned in his books have become reality. EG. How computers would connect to each other instead of a profusion of keyboards and screens. Networks have since become the norm.
*Many ppl blogging under fake names as it gives them the option to express ideas/converse with other like minded ppl minus the repercussions.
*Spam on the net has increased. New viruses created to attack system so the compromise the security of a computer for personal gain.Once security is compromised hackers can get in and send spam everyone on the network.

Week 2 - Alphaville Info

As the French New Wave was reaching its maturity and filmgoing had evolved as a favorite pastime of intellectuals and urban sophisticates, along came Jean-Luc Godard to shake up every convention and send highfalutin critics scrambling to their typewriters. 1965's Alphaville is a perfect example of Godard's willingness to disrupt expectation, combine genres, and comment on movies while making sociopolitical statements that inspired doctoral theses and left a majority of viewers mystified. Part science fiction and part hard-boiled detective yarn, Alphaville presents a futuristic scenario using the most modern and impersonal architecture that Godard could find in mid-'60s Paris. A haggard private eye (Eddie Constantine) is sent to an ultramodern city run by a master computer, where his mission is to locate and rescue a scientist who is trapped there. As the story unfolds on Godard's strictly low-budget terms, the movie tackles a variety of topics such as the dehumanizing effect of technology, willful suppression of personality, saturation of commercial products, and, of course, the constant recollection of previous films through Godard's carefully chosen images. For most people Alphaville, like many of the director's films, will prove utterly baffling. For those inclined to dig deeper into Godard's artistic intentions, the words of critic Andrew Sarris (quoted from an essay that accompanies the Criterion Collection DVD) will ring true: "To understand and appreciate Alphaville is to understand Godard, and vice versa." --Jeff Shannon


Week 2 - Critical Review Of Alphaville

This movie is indeed utterly baffling. I am finding it hard to follow in many was - I'm not sure if its because of the subtitles and the french maybe! But i am also finding it quite intruiging. The often sharp and dramatic music creates a great atmosphere throughout the movie. It keeps ou in suspense, always waiting for something to happen. I know the main charactere who is a private eye is looking for a scientist but i'm not sure why? Or what the scientist has to do with anything. The woman in the film - the detectives guide is stunningly beautiful and seductive. What are her motives, what is she in the movie for? Hopefully some of my questions begin to be answered and I can start to work things out.

As for the posting activity on the forum, the thing that i think attracts people initially to a post is obviously the title. If it is something of interest to you then of course you will look and comment.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Week 2 - Introduction

Hey My name is Hayley!

I am a 20y.o. from Esperanc in WA. I moved to Brissy in June last year to start uni here at Griffith. I live in East Brisbane and come down from there for uni here, as this is the only place one of my majors is offered. I work at a club in the city when i am not at uni so that keeps me very busy!
My interests include sports and outdoor activities, i also love photography and watching the occasional movie. I am really intrested in travelling as well, and take up and opportunity i can to travel where ever i can. I have been to Thailand twice and New Zealand once. I was in Thailand for a month in April last year and attended ANZAC Day there for the second time. I am also going back this year in mid semester break for ANZAC Day and to realx for a while. I've travelled around lots of Australia, and managed to be in 4 different states last month :) I go down to Byron every opportunity i get because i love to see live music and The Great Northern always has great gigs on. Noosa is also a favourite spot to go and lie on the beach!

Now...To the course...
I wasnt sure what to expect and was a bit shocked at first at how everything involvesx computers!!! But am glad that it does, as hopefully this will help me with my often limited computer skills :) The communication studied will definitely help me in everyday life and in the future. I will definitley be a bit more up with computer technology and that is definitely not a bad things in this time where everything is done with computers. Ive never blogged before but it sounds quite fun and is something different so i'll give it a go!!!