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Chapter 1: We Are All Web Workers Now

Thousands of people surf the web everyday, browsing from web page to web page, facebooking and e-mailing. And yes… “facebooking” is a real word, especially in this context. My question is…

.…how many of us know how the internet really works? How many of us can explain the basic concepts that we perform daily on our laptops and computers, let alone our cell phones?

Just like everything else in our society, there are always those building blocks that make up the final piece. And that final piece could never exists without those blocks. I suppose you know where this is going.

Technology didn’t just appear. It evolved overtime – like most to all technologies along with ideas, concepts and ideologies in our society. The more information we gather as writers for the media, the better we can communicate better and create better journalism. Here’s how it looks, according to Briggs:

Web browsers work through certain codes and formats of digital information. First thing about digital information is that it’s weighed by bits and bytes. For example: K for kilobyte, M for megabyte and G for gigabyte.

There are more bits and bytes that get bigger and bigger. They are used to determine the size of a file or set of space on a device like your laptop or hard drive.

The Web is a way to connect networks of information. It’s all about access. This is used through hypertext protocol (HTTP) and Web browsers. Web browsers like Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozzila Firefox and Google Chrome, are constantly updated and improved. Personally, I favor Chrome but it’s the connection is faster for me. But I also enjoy Mozilla because they have so many options to personalize your web browser. Mozilla allows applications and add-ons, also known as plug-ins, that gives web users control over their browsing, which has many advantages.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds are really great. You can get news and information without even going to the website, without wasting time browsing and searching. Now, the information comes to you.

You can access RSS feeds through any reader such as Google or Yahoo. Nine times out of ten you will need to set up an account – like an e-mail account. Or you can download RSS feeding software to your computer.  This way you can consume massive amounts of information about whatever in a structured and organized way.

FTP ( File Transfer Protocol) simply moves big files and documents that e-mail processors can’t handle. Depending on what kind of computer you own, FTP programs and software will vary:

HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) is a tool for web design basics through codes, your computer and web browser.

  1. Web browser finds web Page on web server
  2. Web browser retrieves web Page from web server, and makes copy from local computer.
  3. Web browser displays web Page on local computer.

HTML web pages have hard time with looks and appeal.  CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) makes a web page look nice, and make life easier for web designers. Anything else you want to add to your page just look at XML (Extension Markup Language) which is specifically for RSS feeds: if you want people to sign up to your feeds.


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