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{May 20, 2009}   Final Project

Programming your Digital Video Recorder using a mobile device.



{April 6, 2009}   Midterm Project Pt 2

The Graphic Tablet.

Graphic Tablet


Photo by ReaLMusti

location of photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/63329873@N00/309348791/

What is a graphics tablet?

Image from Adorama.com

Image from Adorama.com

Known also as graphics pad, or drawing tablet, a graphic tablet is a gadget that can be used in place of, or with, a mouse. The tablet has two parts, a drawing surface, and a stylus (pen).

Here are a few features that should be considered before you purchase a graphic tablet.


Size is one of the first factors you will need to consider in choosing a tablet. Bigger is not necessarily better. For hobbyists, the most common sizes are 4″ by 5″ and 6″ by 8″. Artists, and technical illustrators may desire a larger surface area, but the price increases as the size increases.


Most graphic tablets have a USB interface, which is what most computers support. If you have a very old computer that does not support USB, you will need to choose a tablet with a serial interface. Bluetooth is another option for connecting a graphics tablet to your computer. This connection is without the use of wires, of course.


Your tablet should come with a stylus/pen. The stylus should feel as natural in your hand as a regular pen or pencil. Some stylus may need batteries. If this is the case, the batteries will make the stylus feel much heavier. Many styluses will also have a switch or buttons built onto to them, and some pens have an eraser, too. This is a good feature because the buttons can be programmed for specific functions like a right-click or double-click, and the erasing tip can delete a function in just one swipe.


Pressure level refers to the sensitivity to pressure on the surface of the tablet. The pressure sensitivity can control line transparency, thickness and color. The higher the pressure-sensitivity, the more responsive and natural your tablet will feel and the more control you will have when you use it.


Most graphic tablets come with a painting program. Adobe Photoshop Elements and Corel Painter Essentials are the programs that commonly come with graphics tablets. Some tablets come with handwriting recognition software for converting hand written notes into text. Some tablets have a transparent overlay on the surface that can be lifted up to slide a photo or piece of artwork underneath for tracing.This is helpful when you are trying to reproduce existing art works.


The price of Graphics tablets price can ranges from just under $100 to over $3000. The lower price tablets I recommend to the amateur/home users and the higher price tablets towards professionals. Remember the more professional features the tablet has the more expensive it will be.

Here are just a few simple steps for first time users of the Graphic Tablet:

Step 1

Connect the graphics tablet to your computer. If you do not have a USB port you will need to turn you computer off before connecting the tablet.


Image from Googleimage.com

Step 2

Install the tablet software.

image from Out Sourced Software Testing

image from Out Sourced Software Testing

Step 3

Adjust the pressure sensitivity of the graphics pen to a level you feel comfortable with.

screenshot2Image by Graphic Soft.com


Step 4

Start your graphics-editing program.

Step 5

Move the pen across the tablet surface and draw a few lines. Touch the pen lightly to make thin lines and heavily to make heavier ones. You also can use the pressure sensitivity to control how intensely your graphics software applies its artistic effects, like brush strokes, chalk and pen lines.

image from Car Body Design

image from Car Body Design.com

Step 6

Tap the pen against the tablet surface to simulate a mouse click. Most tablets define a tap as the equivalent to clicking the left mouse button once, but allow also you to also replicate the double-clicking of the left mouse button and clicking the right mouse button.

Here are just a few examples of the extensive works that can be preformed using a graphic tablet.

image from Out of the Gray Portraits.com

image from Out of the Gray Portraits.com

phot by Brother Soft.com

image from Brother Soft.com

Here is a demonstration from You tube on the use of the graphic tablet.


{March 30, 2009}   How to use a Graphic Tablet

Midterm Project – Pt 1

The Graphic Tablet


Photo by mudassar_w2002’s photostream on flickr.com


In the world of Advertising and Graphic arts the use of computers has become essential in producing crisp, clean and professional works. The Graphic Tablet offers a wide range of control and flexibility for the graphic artist. From a ruff drafts to initial presentations to the final production, the use of a Graphic Table could take you through these simply and efficiently every step of the way.

The Graphic Tablet, also known as a drawing tablet, is an alternate type of input device that can be used in place of a mouse. The Graphic Tablet has two parts, a flat surface to draw onto, and a pen or stylus that is programmed to work with the tablet. Most Graphic Tablets come with a cordless mouse that works on the tablet surface. And even the non-artists may use a Graphic tablet because it offers a more efficient method of input.
Size is the first factors you should consider when choosing a Graphic Tablet and bigger is not necessarily better. For the non-artist the most common sizes are 4″ by 5″ and 6″ by 8″. CAD users, artists, and technical illustrators may need a larger surface area, but as the size increases so does the cost. Also, the larger your tablet surface is, the more you will need to move your arms. Using a larger surfaced graphic tablet is like using a larger sketch pad. The larger the surface the more you will have to move your arm when using it. Many people, or non-artists prefer a smaller tablet to minimize arm movements.

I have chosen three websites which all provide useful information regarding the Graphic Tablet.


image by about.com

My first website: about.com

The design of the webpage for about.com was a bit crowned at the top of the page. The top portion of the page contained information about the product, along with some advertisement. Toward the middle of the page the document began to open out and run into a single column along the left side of the page. This portion of the doc was much easier to read. There were many links on the page that lead to information regarding widescreen monitors, and ration aspects, but no links to additional features of the Graphic Tablet itself. Outside of the one photo of the product, this site did not contain additional photos of the Graphic Tablet. The overall feeling of the page was cluttered and tight. This doc assumes that the readers have a working knowledge of not only computers but widescreen monitors, as well.



My second site wikipedia.org  has countless links about the product. There are just a few photos of the Graphic Table on the main page. All photos were justified to the right of the page. These photos are linked to detailed information regarding the product. The overall lay out of the page was easy on the eyes. The paragraphs were well spaces and had a nice flow. The setup of the page follows a particular type of order which starts with the background and history of the product and goes through the operations, and then general usage and external links. Because the page contained so much information the overall feel of the page was just a little tight. The design was much cleaner the about.com web page but still a little tight. The document assumed that the reader had no knowledge of the Graphic Tablet and gave very detailed information regarding the product’s history and background. This webpage also gave countless links of references of the product as well.




My third website anwerbag.com had the best overall layout. There was a larger amount of space that flowed throughout the web page. There was no advertising on this web page and the colours used in the page header were cool and calming effect. The instructions for using the product used a step by step format to guide the reader through the process. The drawback to this webpage was that there were not pictures of the product. The problem with this web site was that even though there were a number of related tags and links on the page, there were no photos that actually showed the Graphic Tablet. Photos existed of other things but not the graphic tablet.

I would like to start by saying that all the [groups] presenters (with the exception of Group 6) did a good job with their presentations, all things considered.

With that being said, my company has decided to go with Group Three.

Group Three, in my opinion, demonstrated the most effective presentation. The visual layout of their presentation was crisp, clear and clean. The screen shots (thumbnails) were sized perfectly. They were clear and could be read from a distance. The overall layout was simple and easy to follow. The writing along with their grammar and punctuation was also good.

Each of the presenters faced the entire audience and gave everyone their complete attention. The explanations they gave regarding the aspects of sharing, cooperation and collective efforts where on point. Their oral skills were also clear and easy to understand. Both presenters were informative and has a clear understanding of their presentation, which was evident while presenting.

Eye contact is a must when doing a presentation and Group Three nailed it. I got the feeling that everyone in the room felt that they were being talked to individually. I know I did. Their responses during the Q&A session was also on point. The Professor came at them with a few questions, from a professional point of view, and Group Three come back with very clear answers and explanations. This group worked very well together and should be commended for the effort they put in and presented to the class.

{February 25, 2009}   Group Presentations

Self Evaluation – Group one

Visual layout – okay.
Not as strong as it could have been.
More time should have been put in, by me, on setting up the web links and screen shots. Additional proofing should have been done on the overall layout, by me, to insure a crisp and clean visual layout for the audiences’ viewing.

Clarity – okay.
I should have taking more time to practice my speech and review the material prior to the presentation.

Focus – okay.
Reviewing the material, several times before presenting would have help tremendously.

Group Two-

Visual layout – a little fuzzy. Screen shots not clear enough.

Oral – good

Eye contact w/ audience – good.

Good answers and explanation for the Professor’s questions.

Group Three-

Layout/Visual – Tight, crisp and clean. Thumbnails were sized well and could be read from a distance.

Clarity – very informative.

Writing – very good.

Oral – very focus and on point. Group worked well together!

Eye Contact with audience – Excellent!

Q&A – Response to Professor and audience – Great!

Group Four –

Layout/Visual – Clean and easy to read. Web shots crystal clear.

Clarity and writing – very good.

Oral /Focus – very good.

Eye Contact with audience – very good.

Q&A with Professor and audience – very good.

Group 5 –

Visual Layout – Good

Eye Contact with audience – needs a little work.

Q&A with Professor and audience – very good

Group 6 –

Visual Layout – screen shots where clean and clear. An easy read from a distance. The interact links on the phone was brilliant. This gave the presenters the greatest edge over everyone else.

Clarity/Writing – Very good. Grammar and punctuation was on point and clear.

Eye Contact – Not good. The presenters totally ignored the left side of the room.

Q&A – The Professor managed to pull out some very important points from the presenters which should have been included automatically.

Overall – Good job!

{February 23, 2009}   What ties these quotes together

Chapter 1/Page 11 “The whole episode demonstrates how connected we’ve become to one another.”

Chapter 2/ Page 54 “Our recent communications networks-the internet and mobile phones – are a platform for groups-forming, and many of the tools built for those networks, from mailing lists to camera phones, take that fact for granted and extend it in various ways.”

Chapter 3/Page 77 “Once a user connects to the internet, he has access to a platform that is at once global and free.”

Chapter 4/Page 99 “The activities of the amateur creators are self –reinforcing. If people can share their work in an environment where they can also converse with one another, they will begin taking about the things they shared.”

Chapter 5/Page 107 “New tools allow large groups to collaborate, by taking advantage of non financial motivations and by allowing for wildly different levels of contribution.”

Chapter 6/Page 148 “The impulse to share important information is a basic one, but its manifestations have been clunky.”

Chapter 7/Page 186 “The power to coordinate otherwise dispersed groups will continue to improve: new social tools are still being invented, and however minor they may seem, any tool that improves shared awareness or group coordination can be pressed into services for political means, because the freedom to act in a group in inherently political.”

Chapter 8/Page 210 It use to be hard to get people to assemble and easy for existing groups to fall apart. Now assembling latent groups is simple, and the groups, once assembled, can be quite robust in the face of indifference or even direct opposition form the larger society.”

What ties these quotes together is the continuous evidence of evolution in the area of technology and communication, particularly in the way we communicate. The ability of people to form groups, share information and communicate, without the need for standard organizational structures to exist, is the very foundation platforms like the world wide web, mobile phones and cameras currently stand on.

{February 9, 2009}   Instruction Manual for a Vehicle

Instruction manuals for automobiles, accessible via mobile phone would be a great thing to have. The convenience of being able to click on your desired car topic and/or issues would be a dream and a breeze. The current paper manual is horrible. It is too big and bulky (taking up way too much room in my glove box) and over a period of time and with much handling, it is falling apart.

It also takes too much time to thumb through the  index to find the topic-then flip through to find the chapter- then the page number-then go to the actual page. Finding something as simple as what is the number for the over-head bulb in your car can take up to 15 minutes when using the paper book manual. If the auto manual was accessible on mobile, with a few click you could locate any topic and information in no time. Using a mobile device would also allow you to navigate directly to the exact topic needed. It could also offer addition links to the topic I am interested in as well.

There is only one thing that could be problematic about having an instruction manual for a vehicle accessible via mobile and that is availability.  In the event that you cannot get a signal on your mobile, you will not be able to access this information. The whole idea of having this information accessible via mobile is to get to it anytime and anywhere. And, from what we all know about mobiles, anywhere anytime can sometimes, not all the time, leave you stranded.

An alternative to the mobile manual might be to have the manuals setup as podcast for downloading onto your iPods and Zunes. This way no matter what your location is or how far out of range, you are, for your mobile signal, you can pull up your auto manual via podcast and get to busy checking.

{February 9, 2009}   How Stuff Works . com

One of the best sites on the internet, in my opinion, is howstuffworks.com. This site covers countless topics like adventure, animals, auto, communication, computer, electronics, entertainment, food, geography, health, history, home & Garden, money, people and science. How stuff works includes auto and product reviews too. But the biggest reason why I love this site is that it has saved me thousands of dollars!

This site has been invaluable to me when it comes to my automobile. When you own an automobile and you are a woman, it is always best to have as much information about your vehicle as possible. In addition, it is critical to know how a car work and what goes on under the hood. Nothing against auto mechanics, but it has been my experience that sometimes you can be taken to the cleaners if you are not careful.

The knowledge I gained from How Stuff Works .com saved me over $1,100 last year when my starter blew. When my car first started showing signs of a problem, (it would take multiple attempts for the car to turnover and start) I went to How Stuff Works. Com and was able to get a diagnostic on my car based on the symptoms it was exhibiting. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do not recommend everyone to simple rely on the words from a website to diagnose your car. You must have good maintenance practice with your vehicle. Oil changes, flushing, fluid checks, etc., are all a part of keeping good maintenance with your automobile. If you stay on top of your maintenance, major problems will only happen sporadically. The information that I got from How Stuff Works .com, compounded with the fact the my vehicle at the time was 9 years old, with it’s original parts let me know that it had to be time for the starter to go.

After gathering my knowledge from How Things Work .com, I went to three different auto mechanics. I gave them each my opinion on what I though to be the problem. Two of them told me that I did not know what I was talking about and gave me a laundry list of things that needed to be done, which included oil change, tire rotations, alignments, radiator flushing, etc.,. Mind you, my vehicle had just been fully serviced less then months prior to their diagnostics. I did not mention that the car had been fully serviced already, told them “thanks but no thanks” and was on my way. The third mechanic was the charm. He asked what the symptoms were, ran a diagnostic and then confirmed my theory. Boy was I proud. Proud for the fact that I actually had a clue as to what was going on with my car. In addition, the cost to replace the starter was a fraction of the cost being charged by those other guys.

From that moment on, I was hooked. You see, for me it is extremely important for me to know the reason “why”. Understanding the why on a topic helps me to a gain complete understanding on how things work. Once I have the why down, I am able to retain the how must easier.

{February 4, 2009}   Course Link

{February 4, 2009}   course websites

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