Thursday, September 14, 2006

Post 4: Technology at Home

In this posting, list all the communication technologies you own. Then discuss (1) the purpose of each technology—i.e., what you use it for; (2) how much time you spend using each technology; (3) what are some of the intended and unintended consequences for you and your lifestyle.

12 comments:

Helen said...

A) telephone with answering machine.
1.the "land line" is still necessary as a number to give out when I don't know how the number will be used -- i.e., I don't want telemarketing calls on my cell, when I have to pay for the minutes. It also serves as a backup for important calls in case the battery dies on my cell and a family member is trying to get a hold of me, or to call from the cell when I need to talk to any one of my roommates that happens to be at home
2.I probably don't spend much time using it – perhaps 20 minutes a week total, including time spent listening to messages.
3.The intended consequences include receiving undesirable calls and/or listening to them on the machine. While unrequested calls were originally an unintended consequence of the telephone as a technology, it's been a known problem for so long that when my husband and I got our own place, it was completely anticipated.
B) Cell phone.
1.This is my primary means of voice communication with friends and family that I don't see on a daily basis. It's the only phone I make calls out on. It is able to go with me when I travel, when I'm at work (there's only one landline for 8 grad students, and it can't be used to make long distance calls) or between classes.
2.My husband and I use around 800 minutes a month. That's about 100 minutes, or a little over an hour and a half per person per week. This includes short calls (“I'll be home late”) as well as long conversations with family on the weekends. My cell phone doesn't have any games on it, and I don't use the camera functionality, so other than entering new phone numbers into the contact list, I don't use it beyond that.
3.Intended consequences are that I am reachable at all times. For example, this past spring break my husband and I were going to Florida when we received a call that his grandfather had passed on. If we had not had the cell phone, we might not have received the message until we got to our destination, and would have been unable to attend the funeral. Unintended consequences include interruptions when I forget to turn off or silence the phone when I'm in a situation where it isn't appropriate to receive a phone call, such as in class or a meeting.

C) Laptop computer – this encompasses a number of different hardware communications technologies (Wireless access, ethernet, and a never-used modem) as well as numerous software applications for communications (e-mail, WWW access, IM). Each could be addressed separately.
* Wireless access
1.this is my primary means of accessing the internet, both at home and on campus, as well as in coffee shops, at my parents', in airports, and many other places that I go. Access points have become so ubiquitous that I first suspect my laptop of having a problem if I turn it on and it is unable to “see” anything.
2.Whenever my laptop is on, it's probably connected to a wireless access point, even if I am not actively using any of the software applications that I'll go into detail on below. This easily adds up to 10 hours a day.
3.Intended consequences are that I generally can access the internet any time I turn on my laptop. Unintended consequences are that I often spend time at new locations (where I may never use the connection again) trying to set up the new connection with a weak signal or with odd security settings.
* Ethernet
1.this is only used when I need a higher-speed connection to files stored on other computers at my house. It could also serve as a backup when there are no wireless networks present, but it's unlikely that I would find an ethernet jack.
2.It's used rarely, perhaps once a month.
3.Ethernet generally serves exactly the purpose I outlined above.
* Modem
1.this is something I haven't ever used, but could come in handy in an extreme situation where critical, internet-based data was needed, and I was beyond the “last mile” of high-speed internet connectivity.
* E-mail
1.E-mail almost the only method of communication my professors use with me outside the classroom. It's also what my husband and I use to “chat” back and forth during the day on time-sensitive but noncritical information (“I'm going to the grocery store – want anything?”) while he is at work. It's how I receive work assignments as part of my assistantship. I am on numerous email lists, both one-way (newsletters from information sources such as campus organizations or political campaigns, educational information, etc.) and discussion groups (mostly associated with my sorority).
2.Email is generally on if my laptop is on and connected to the internet, so again, easily 10 hours a day I will be able to receive messages. I probably spend an hour or two a day composing and reading messages, depending on work-related communications.
3.Intended consequences are that I can send and receive text messages and attached files whenever it's needed. One unintended consequence of my @iastate.edu email address was my ability to register for a Facebook account. Another, universal to email, is spam, which my email client generally takes care of for me but I still may spend a small amount of time each day deleting.
* World Wide Web access
1.I use Firefox for my internet browser. I read several online comics, news sites, and Wikipedia on a daily basis. All of these provide mechanisms for me to contribute or discuss the content of the site. Additionally, I regularly use web-based search engines for scholarly research, and sometimes shop on Amazon or eBay. I have a facebook account which is something I don't take too seriously. All of my courses have websites that it is necessary for me to visit regularly, including this blog.
2.This may add up to 3 hours a day, but is not continuous usage – like email, it's often “on” but not something I am actively paying attention to. I don't include reading or composing material for courses in this since it is generally done “off-line”
3.Intended consequences are that I have access to and do gain knowledge and entertainment from the World Wide Web. Unintended consequences are generally wasted time learning things or reading through others' opinions that aren't actually that useful to me.
* Instant messaging
1.I have accounts on both the AIM and Y!M networks, and I use an open-source client that allows me to be logged into both simultaneously and have a single tabbed window from all my conversations.
2.I probably only spend an hour or so chatting per week. This has dramatically decreased over when I was an undergraduate, and it was the best way to communicate with friends in the dorm about when to go to dinner.
3.The intended consequence is that I can have real-time text-based conversations with friends. Occasionally I will log in and forget about it, and walk away from my computer, resulting in the text equivalent of phone tag.
* iTunes
1.I download numerous podcasts, mostly from National Public Radio, as well as streaming radio stations while I am at work.
2.Again, this is something that is often “on” but I am not spending time on it, although I will probably listen to several hours of internet-based music each day.
3.The intended consequence of iTunes was not as a communication device, but as something to play music that I already owned; being able to listen to music I've never heard before (something rare on commercial radio today, where a single monopoly tries to extract maximum dollars from a minimal set of artists that they place in “heavy rotation”) is a beneficial aspect.
D. Television
1.this is a mass communications device that I use primarily for entertainment; I have few shows that I watch regularly, and generally don't get my news on TV. When there is an away football game or any basketball game we may watch it. It's also a mechanism to watch prepackaged purchased media (i.e., DVDs and VHS tapes)
2.I might spend an hour per day watching TV, unless there is a game, which will be about 3 hours once a week at most.
3.The intended consequence for television was complete access to what's available, but we rarely take full advantage of the large number of channels that we have. We've been a Nielsen family for two different weeks, and so have a pretty good idea of what our viewing habits actually are – there are perhaps 3 or 4 channels that we watch regularly.
E. Radio
1.We pretty much just listen to NPR.
2.It's on from when we wake up until when we go to work, and from when we get home in the evening until dinner starts, and sometimes through dinner; we turn it off to watch some television, and then back on again to fall asleep to the BBC World Service. On weekends it's on all day for the entertainment programs such as Wait Wait, Car Talk, and A Prairie Home Companion.
3.An unintended consequence of this is that there have been numerous news events that I have no visual associations with – the Abu Garhib scandal in particular I avoided images of even on my internet news sites.
F. Mailbox
1.Desired mail is mostly bills, and occasionally formal invitations, greeting cards, etc. from friends and family. Less that 50% of our mail is desired. Our outgoing mail is essentially the same as our desired mail in reverse.
2.Collection takes 30 seconds a day. Throwing out junk is about the same. Paying and sending bills, sending greeting cards, etc. is something that takes longer but happens once or twice a month. A total of an hour or so a week on average.
3.Intentional consequences are that we receive desired mail. Unintended ones are the undesirable mail, in particular credit card offers, and various mailings from local businesses addressed to “resident”.

Chen, Ko-Jung said...

1. Television
(1) Although the main purpose of the television is to provide information for people with audio and video, the technology of television to me is for entertainment and relaxes purpose. Occasionally, I watch news or absorb new knowledge with the television, but the most of time I don’t want to think or learn when I watch the television. There are also some experiments indicate that people incline to think nothing when they exposure to the images and sound. However, I am a kind of heavy television viewer, even when I use computer or talk on phone, I used to turn on the television and watch the television at the same time.
(2) As a heavy television, mentioned before, I spend a lot of time watching the television when I in my country. I always turn on the television, which placed in my room, as long as I wake up and I would turn down the television only when I have to leave or sleep. Therefore, the time I spend at least 6 hours on the television.
(3) The television can create more topics when I hand out with my friend, because the television provides some kinds of uniform experiences between some specific groups. And the television channels can satisfy me many different needs, for searching information, watching news, imaging traveling, entertainment, relaxing and so on. On the contrary, the television also brings some negative or undesirable effects to me. First, the television can distract my attention and this result in failing to communication whether for television or other thing. If I’m watching the television and talking on phone or searching on internet, I can’t neither relax from the television nor understanding what people are talking about on phone nor searching the information I want on internet. Further, I think the television can divide people from different experiences on television, because the TV stations provide various interesting and subjective channels for different kinds of people who have different purpose watching television. Therefore, the gap and strange between different kinds of people will increase even in family or society.

2. Instant Messenger
(1) The new communication technology of Instant Messenger has been welcomed by a large number of people in the world. The main purpose of the Instant Messenger is to communication with people by words, images, and sound. Besides these main purposes, for me, I can send the documents pictures, music, and some digitalization files to the friend in the list of Instant Messenger. Moreover, the Instant Messenger can be used for cheating, discussion, business even for dating.
(2) As a user of the Instant Messenger, which installed in the computer, I’m also a heavy computer user. I open the Instant Messenger when I open the computer. Thus, if I use the computer for 12 hours, that means I also use the Instant Messenger for the same hours. However, there is one question about the word “use”, usually I open the Instant Messenger but it doesn’t mean that I use it. That is to say this software is standby when you open it, you use it when somebody talks to you or you talk to somebody.
(3) For me, the Instant Messenger have brought so many convince for me, not only it cost nothing but also I can communication with people with the way I want whether in words, sound, or images. Sometimes the Instant Messenger provides alternative way instead of talking people fact to face or on phone and sending or receiving mail. Although the Instant Messenger prepares another way for communication, it also makes me lose some abilities to communicate with people face to face when I depend on this software too much. Also, communication mediating by this software can makes me feel aloof, because I can feel the emotion by people when I communicate with them. Accordingly, I will feel anxious or apart when I didn’t connect the internet and open the Instant Messenger.

Avril Adrianne de Guzman said...

In the Philippines I had more communication technologies which I appreciate having to unload when I came here. I presently have four major communication products that I use – cellular phone, a telephone, a computer and the Internet.

Cellular Phone

I love my cellular phone in that it not only keeps me connected with family and friends, it also serves as my alarm clock, my datebook and my calculator at times. There’s even a function in it that lets you convert certain units of measurement and currencies (which helped me when I wanted to check how much textbooks were in my country’s curency). One other thing that I appreciated about my cellphone is that it has a World Clock program that lets me see the time in Ames, New York and the Philippines as well as a number of other cities.

I spend about 1 hour per week on the cellphone and send about 5-10 text messages a day to family back home. The function on my phone that I most often use is the planner, I look at it several times a day and type my meetings and to-do list into it as well.

I hate my cellphone in that it can be so much of an intrusion (and an embarassment) when I forget to turn the ringer off during class. People also think that just because they have my number they can call me anytime they like and that can be annoying. It also has the habit of dying on me (the croak that low battery tells you) just when I need to make an important call so the dependence on recharging can be a drawback. There is also a lot of unsolicited messages on the cellphone from the networks. These are ads, news, even jokes and other supposedly inspiring messages that just fail to inspre you on a given day.

Telephone

I had to have a telephone installed in my apartment to save up on the costs of long-distance phone calls to my country using my cellphone. With the telephone I could use pre-paid phone cards to call home and that saves me a lot. Also I found that it’s easier (on my peace of mind) to give my home phone than my mobile to people I am not yet very close to. The utility companies also prefer this method. What I don’t like about it is that strangers can call you and ask for a couple of minutes (which may turn into three or five, even ten!) to ask you some questions. I had to tell people a few times that I was in so much hurry I was in danger of missing a class if I don’t hang up. These people can be very insistent and bothersome at times.

Computer

I spent most of my life in the digital age and since my mom taught me how to type my grade school essay on her computer using the Word Star program, I have been hooked. I use it for almost anything to do with school and non-school: papers, computations, keeping track of finances (with the spreadsheet function), and to play games. It has helped me process data so much faster and I am able to turn in really clean and formal-looking papers. I don’t want to leave my papers to my less than perfect handwriting. What I didn’t bargain on the computer is the cost of the software, which increases every year and the fact that viruses are always out there which means one has to invest in quality (and updated) virus protection all the time. Sometimes, I also feel I have become so dependent on the computer that I find it very difficult to write something from scratch faced with a blank piece of paper than a blank screen. I can imagine what this dependence would do to my creativity if I have to write something and there’s no computer in sight.

Internet

I love the Internet for its wealth of functions, its vast array of services to choose from, the plethora of information to answer my myriad questions. I use it for research, for communication (email and chat) and for entertainment. I have a small notebook where I list words, concepts, things that professors, friends and classmates talk about and I have never heard about or know too little about. Googling has been a very helpful function of the Internet to me especially in finding what these ‘unknowns’ are. I also email, chat with friends and even call their computers via the many messaging software online. I also play arcade games and engage in online raids and wars via the Internet. I also use the Internet for banking needs such as paying bils and making sure I don’t issue overdraft checks.

I check my email at least 5 times a day, 3 times at night though I have to admit I answer emails less seldom than I receive them. I chat during evenings and on weekends when I also play MMORPG (massive multi-player online role playing games), which I’m not very good at. I do research almost everyday and I check my online bank account weekly.

I hate the Internet for almost the same reasons I love it. Maybe dislike is a better word. I find that I would sometimes be too dependent on what my online research yields that I would rather hunt virtually and wandering up and down the tiers of Parks Library can be overwhelming. This is not a very good habit which is compounded by the ease of online research. I also acknowledge the abundance of grey literature on the net that many mistakenly take for authoritative ones and that is a very undesirable consequece especially if we make the next mistake of submitting it to a meticulous professor.

The Internet can also be a harbinger of viruses, trojans and bugs that enter our computers via emails. This is another undesirable consequence which means we have to be on guard all the time and buy more virus protection, more cash down the drain. I also receive a lot of unwanted, unsolicited junk mail – anything from advertisements to announcements which I don’t really find the need for. This is also true with chatting, sometimes I have to keep myself in invisible mode just so I avoid having to chat with people I don’t like or I’m not in the mood to talk to. This makes me feel a little guilty knowing that they just want to talk because we’re friends or they miss me. The emotional effect of chosen invisibility. Haha.

Poong Oh said...

Different from the three persons above, I don’t use communication technologies so much. Also I don’t feel the advantages that they bring me. Maybe I am a laggard to adopt new technologies. Nonetheless now I use three communication technologies: cell phone, wireless LAN, and MSN instant messenger with Web Cam.

1. Cell phone

(1) It has been only 30 hours that I have a cell phone in US. J My main purpose of having cell phone is not to communicate with my family or friends. Without my own cell phone, I can make a call to them; I can use a public phone or borrow someone else’s. In other words, the main reason of having cell phone is to make it easier to communicate with my family or friends rather than to keep me connected with them.

(2) As I expected, it become much easier to make a call. Whenever I want to, even when I don’t have any coins, I can make a call (as long as the battery does not die). However, I expect that there should be several unintended undesirable consequences. For example, unexpected ringing would annoy not only me but also others who want to be in silence. Also it could take from me the time to spend being left alone. I mean, I always have to be ready to answer the phone, even after my office hour. It could make me work 24 hours per a day.

2. Wireless LAN
Before I mention about it, I should praise American’s patience. How can they stand this slow and unstable Internet access? It is better to say that US wireless LAN let us to access World “Waiting” Web rather than World Wide Web. US wireless LAN is unbelievably torpid.

(1) Despite of my dissatisfaction with its access speed and stability, I can’t help using it, because I don’t have any other options. My apartment does not provide wired LAN and ISU does not allocate wired IP addresses for each students. The terrible wireless LAN is the only option to access the Internet. Nonetheless, I have to register for classes, submit class assignments, and transfer my money via the Internet. My adopting wireless LAN is totally not voluntary. Although my major purpose of using wireless LAN is to access the Internet, I am not satisfied with that at all. It is plausible to say that the quality of US wireless LAN is not compatible with what I was accustomed to. It is a kind of downgrade for me to use US wireless LAN.

(2) At any rate, I can access the Internet by using wireless LAN at the very limited area and speed. (Thanks to the “World Waiting Web”, I may become more patient.) Because of the poor accessibility to the Internet, I do not always carry my laptop computer. So, I use papers and pencils more frequently than I used to. It’s very ironical.

3. MSN instant messenger & Web cam

(1) It is the cheapest way to communicate with my family and friends in Korea. I do not need to pay any extra charge for it. It is very easy to transfer photographs taken with a digital camera as well as electronic documents like PDF format files, especially at real time. Although it has some limitations caused by the poor accessibility, it makes video-conversation possible through Web cam.

(2) Already I could get a lot of electronic files through it and I send hundreds of pictures to my family and friends. Besides, MSN instant messenger make me it possible to use free-SMS as additional service. So, I can send text message with image to them even when they are not connected in. In addition, I can control everything: I can choose whom I can talk with; I can pretend that I am not connected in. So, I can minimize unintended or undesirable consequences.

Tom said...

1) Computer (email & text/voice/video chatting, games)

By far my most commonly used telecommunication device is my computer; as a programmer, student, and gamer, I spend a lot of my day in front of the computer. I use it for schoolwork, research, work-related communication, keeping in touch with friends/family, and for fun. Generally, even when I'm not explicitly using it for communication I'm signed in to my email and perhaps some instant messenger services (AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google, etc...) using a single nifty program that unifies the interfaces for these various systems. Time spent per week is hard to estimate since I do a lot of activities that could be done 'offline' using the computer while still connected to the internet, but I'd estimate 8-10 hours a day I'm using a computer.

Some of the intended consequences are that I'm more connected to my family and friends (easily sending messages, images, etc...), as well as being able to form new relationships with people while playing games. Unintended consequences include the nastier side of the WWW; being careful about what you click on to avoid viruses & their ilk, and using additional software to protect against it anyways. Similarly, spam email is a minor annoyance, but usually the filters I have set up for my email are probably 95% effective at blocking spam...

2) Cell phone

The other main telecommunication device I own is my cell phone - used primarily for contact with my friends and family. The purpose is to have a dedicated line to connect me to my social network whenever I need it - being a grad student I'm not at home a lot during the day, and so a landline isn't the best solution. I probably spend a 2-3 hours per week on my cell phone.

An intended consequence is that I always have my phone with me unless I forget it or forget to charge it (which is pretty rare). Unintended consequences are that I still occasionally forget to turn it off and it will ring at an embarrasing time (meeting, class, etc..) though this is also pretty rare.

3) Telephone (landline - VoIP)

I have a telephone landline for the business-side of communications; for contact with companies that we deal with for utilities, services, products, etc... it's nice to have a line that can be ignored if I'm busy knowing that it's not likely a personal call. Time per week is easily less than an hour.

Intended consequences - call filtering for 'official' phone business, as well as for telemarketers. Additionally, since it's VoIP, I get free long-distance calling 24-7 in the continental U.S. Not a lot of unintended consequences; I registered for the National Do-Not-Call list a few years ago and have had very few unsolicited callers.

4) Television

Lastly, I have cable television at home, but this is primarily for entertainment purposes and weather advisories from local & national news. I can't stand watching TV news programs in general, but if I need to know about some inclement weather (ala this past weekend) or check the forecast for the day it's nice to have. 4-5 hours per week I'd say I spend watching TV (or DVD movies), generally when I'm tired and need some passive relaxation.

Intended consequences - access to a variety of programming for entertainment. Unintended - I guess it's easy to sit down and get sucked in sitting on a comfortable couch to waste more time than intended.

Soonok said...

1) Internet
I used the internet for many purposes. However, one primary reason is that I can search any news, information, or data necessary for my works. That was the reason I paid the computer and the internet cable connection. The internet use really changed my lifestyle a lot. As everybody else does, I set up the internet banks and pays my bills using internet. I also search some product or sevice information on the internet. The useful websites related to some products or services made me make reasonable decisions on what to buy, where to go, and what to eat. Every information related to my life is available on the internet. Simply clciking the website, I can have some expertise of other professionals very quickly and easily. I say that the intended consequences are the huge information available at any time with cheap costs, less efforts, and less time. The unintended consequences are that I less interact with my friends or family since I am spending petty much time on the internet surfing even though I don't have to look for some information. I am still playing with the internet. It somtimes made me really physically inactive and less sociable. I used to be an outdoor person. However, I am more an indoor person right now.

2) Cell Phone
I bought a cell phone since I want to contact my family at any time. The cell phone itself gave me a little bit of convenience to connet any body I know at any time. Especially in the case of emergency, it gave me a really good tool for asking help. However, I am also stuck with chatting with my friends very oftern because of a cell phone. Chatting itself is not bad however, it distracts me even when I should concentrate the work. That is the one I don't like.

3) Television
Television's impact is really huge. I want to be entertained by the television. Televsion is a really good source of entertaining. Also, it gives a huge information on anything... such as politics, economy, sports, and cultures. It really gives people the views of other people. Without it, we never know what happens on the other side of the world. We are entertained and educated by watching the television. Howeve, I think the TV actually gave a lot of prejudice and bias on the things. We are easily absorbing the facts explained by program's producers without thinkings. The voice of some programs can be really narrow and biased. If we as an audience don't have the ability to criticize, then we are easily vulnerable to any manipulations planned by a government or a corporate. I don't like this one. Too many TV programs have bad contents such as violence, drugs, and sex. Their effects on children will be really negative in terms of forming personalities. These side effects are also the unintended results.

Soonok said...

1) Internet
I used the internet for many purposes. However, one primary reason is that I can search any news, information, or data necessary for my works. That was the reason I paid the computer and the internet cable connection. The internet use really changed my lifestyle a lot. As everybody else does, I set up the internet banks and pays my bills using internet. I also search some product or sevice information on the internet. The useful websites related to some products or services made me make reasonable decisions on what to buy, where to go, and what to eat. Every information related to my life is available on the internet. Simply clciking the website, I can have some expertise of other professionals very quickly and easily. I say that the intended consequences are the huge information available at any time with cheap costs, less efforts, and less time. The unintended consequences are that I less interact with my friends or family since I am spending petty much time on the internet surfing even though I don't have to look for some information. I am still playing with the internet. It somtimes made me really physically inactive and less sociable. I used to be an outdoor person. However, I am more an indoor person right now.

2) Cell Phone
I bought a cell phone since I want to contact my family at any time. The cell phone itself gave me a little bit of convenience to connet any body I know at any time. Especially in the case of emergency, it gave me a really good tool for asking help. However, I am also stuck with chatting with my friends very oftern because of a cell phone. Chatting itself is not bad however, it distracts me even when I should concentrate the work. That is the one I don't like.

3) Television
Television's impact is really huge. I want to be entertained by the television. Televsion is a really good source of entertaining. Also, it gives a huge information on anything... such as politics, economy, sports, and cultures. It really gives people the views of other people. Without it, we never know what happens on the other side of the world. We are entertained and educated by watching the television. Howeve, I think the TV actually gave a lot of prejudice and bias on the things. We are easily absorbing the facts explained by program's producers without thinkings. The voice of some programs can be really narrow and biased. If we as an audience don't have the ability to criticize, then we are easily vulnerable to any manipulations planned by a government or a corporate. I don't like this one. Too many TV programs have bad contents such as violence, drugs, and sex. Their effects on children will be really negative in terms of forming personalities. These side effects are also the unintended results.

Susu Qin said...

All the communication technologies I own:

1.Notebook computer with the wireless internet.

(1)The notebook computer is a portable and convenient personal computer. It is a necessary communication tool and also a multiple-functional electric machine for dealing with data, for saving documents or for entertainment.I also rely on it to send the messages and emails to other people for instant contacting. It is a important carrier for me to communicate with the friends all over the wold conveniently. With the note book, I can give my friend a email anywhere and anytime as long as they have the internet. For example, when I found it is not easy for me to send a picture to a friend when I was on the train during my vacation,I could do it with my notebook when I was still on the train.

(2)I am just afraid I have spent too much time in this technology. Especially after I study abroad,usually the first thing I'd like to do after I am back home from school is turning on the computer.Then I use it to complete my homework, to do the reading stuffs, to browse the online-news, to check the email box, to listen to the music or watch movies...So, each sigle day, I probably spend about 5 hours on it.

(3)The intended consequence is I can contact with my family and friends in time and conveniently, we can share the same documents ro exchange the different ones,like music, videos or images whatever we want to show to each other.To me,the mainly unintended consequence is sometimes the unnecessary advertisments could fully fill in my email box which really bothers me when I am checking my email box. And another serious one is sometimes I might lose all of my important documents because of the unexpected technology problems with the notebook.

2.On-line bank

(1) With the on-line bank, I can look at my monthly bill and bank activities very convenietly and effeciently. And I also can complete some business deals just on-line, such as paying the bills for the cellphone, using the credit card for the on-line shopping or paying the tuition to my university u-bill.It absolutely save my time, because I do not even need to walk out my apartment, then I can finish all the bank stuffs.

(2)I do not use this technology very often, since I do not wanna spend too much money:) and also I care a lot for the online security for my account. Sometimes, I still think the interpersonal communication would be safer in this case. Usually, I still go to the bank directly or go to the store for shopping personally as long as I have time. So, let's say, probably 2-3 hours every month on average I spend in this technology.

(3) The intended consequence is I can pay the bill efficiently, I do not have to go to the bank or anywhere, then I can complete the deal as long as I have a computer with internet for online-banking, anywhere,anytime. The unintended consequence is sometimes I forgot my username or password for the logging, or sometimes something could be wrong with my bill because of the internet tenology problem or even the breaking down of the computer system or the electricity. Then, I just could do nothing during the online-banking process.

3.Television

(1)Now, the main purpose I own this machine is I want to get the information and news within the country or all over the world,to learn the knowledges which field I am interested in beside my class, such as from the program" Discovery","History","Animal Plannet".Those really help broadern my view and enlarge my knowledge. In addition, I can practice my English listening and speaking when I follow the subtitles on TV.It is a great benefit for me to improve my language. And of course, the most important thing is that I need it to get some entertainment for fun to relax myself, such as comedy, dramady and all kinds of moives, or talk show or realistic live TV show, such as "American Idol", "Apprentice".

(2)Now, since I need to do my research work about the "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report", usually I spend about 10 hours per week, including the time I spend on Watching some other news show and TV programs.

(3)The intended consequence is I indeed can efficiently get the news all over the world and covering all kinds of interesting fields. It provides a lot of information. The information is very up-to-date and useful. With those, I can follow the pace of world's developing.The unintended purpose is I can naturally take the advantage of this communication carrier to improve a foreign language in terms of the subtitles on it. The most exciting thing for this is I can learn and improve something at the same time with enjoying the entertainment.

Sandy Wang said...

1. Laptop computer
As a communication technology, laptop computer is a combination of many different kinds of communication technologies. For me, it may include Email, Instant Messenger and World Wide Web.
1) Email
Purpose I keep several email address for different purposes.
My ISU email is mainly for school affairs. I keep in touch with the professors, and school offices. Some times I get the latest news about activities on campus, an interesting seminar for example.
With my hotmail address, I keep in touch with my friends and classmates, both in America and China.
And I have a special email address for cssfa (Chinese Students and Scholars Friendship Association), Chinese students send email if they have some things to sell, want to share travel fees with others, or want to share some special information that maybe important for Chinese students.
Time, I check my email box 2 or three times a day, and use about 20 minutes a day to reply emails.
Consequences It keeps me update with the environment around me. So I would miss any important thing in ISU. And it makes it for my friends in China who do not get on the internet very often (So we may not meet on instant messenger) to communicate with me. One of the unintended consequences is the junk mails. Sometimes I ’m not sure if they are useful or not. So it’s inevitable to waste time reading useless emails. It’ll be a litter strange for people who are not used to get important information from email just like me. I used to check email once a week for we don’t use email for formal or important things in China.

2) Instant Messenger
Purpose To meet my friends. And to meet my parents every weekend with a web camera and microphone.
Time I’m on-line whenever I my computer on. It’s about 9 or 10 hours a day. But most of the time I don’t talk with anyone. The time I spend on charting is about 1 hour a day. And I often do something else at the same time when I’m charting, such as looking through websites, checking email, listening music.
Consequences It’s significantly cheaper to meet friends and family on the Net than calling them. And we not only can hear each other but also can see each other. It lets me feel like at home. The unintended consequence is that sometimes I have to talk with someone who I don’t want to talk with because in order not to be impolite.

3) World Wide Web
Purpose Searching for news and useful information. Checking my U-bill.
Time 2 hours a week.
Consequences It keeps me updated with all kinds of new things. The unintended consequence is I’m easily lost on the internet in front of thousands of hyperlinks. Maybe I want to Google something about a conference in my field, but end up with reading recipes on deserts. It’s hard to concentrate on one topic. I can’t help clicking on other topics that I’m interested in.

4) Blog
Purpose I use it as my dairy, record my daily life. And it’s a good way to tell my life here to my friends in China. So I don’t have to tell the same story or send the same email again and again to different people. And I can make it more vivid by uploading photos.
Time I spend about 2 hours a week to write it and do some maintenance. But it depends. I’ll spend more time if I have too many exiting things to tell about.
Consequences The intended consequence has been mentioned above. The unintended consequence is I always keep on checking it to see if there are any new messages from my friends.

2. Telephone
Purpose My uncle and aunt who live in Johnston will call me sometimes. I call them if I want to go to their house for weekend, so they will come and pick me up. I also use it to call my family and friends in China. And my boy friend calls me every day. I don’t have a cell phone. With the answering machine, others can leave messages and I will call them back.
Time About 30 minutes a day
Unintended consequences They’ll worry about me a lot if they call me at night and I’m not at home.

3. Television
Purpose Maybe most people watch TV for fun. I used to watch TV for the same reason in China. But now, I watch TV to learn English. I think it’ll help if I have sterling American English spoken to me whenever I don’t have to concentrate on something.
Time When I’m cleaning my room, cooking, and before go to asleep.

These communication technologies are so common in our lives that we are using them without even realizing it. But now I really understand how important they are for us.
When I got to Ames about one month ago, I have none of the communication technologies mentioned above. And because I don’t have any friends here, I’m totally isolated with outside world, especially when I got back to my apartment from class. It’s really terrible! I know nothing about the world outside and no one knows what I’m doing, where I’m. I felt like that I disappeared from the world. So I really appreciate it when I chat with my friends with instant messenger, when I listen to the massage from my boy friend on the answering machine, when I get a recipe of delicious cake on the internet.

karenlee said...

I will talk about three communication technologies that I enjoy using the most: the mobile phone, podcast, and Cyworld mini-homepage.

Mobile Phone
1.The mobile phone is so embedded in my daily life that when I forget to bring it along, I feel uneasy and curious about phone calls that I’m not answering. Other than for phone conversations, I use the mobile as a text messenger, an alarm clock, a calculator, a phone book, and sometimes, even for light in the dark.
2. The amount of time I spend using the mobile varies greatly according to the day and time. However, I try not to use more than 450 minutes per month, the free minutes allowed to my bill plan. I think such ways of controlling the time spent using technology is necessary for some cases, because too much use of anything leads to undesirable consequences.
3. An undesirable and certainly unintended consequence of using the mobile for me was back in Korea, when I was in a serious financial trouble due to excessive use of the mobile. I was charged around 150 dollars monthly, and as a university student, I had to pour my allowance into paying my phone bills. Another unintended consequence was being promoted to a VIP customer, after which the phone company awarded me a free movie ticket every week and sent me gifts, including watches and radios. The intended consequence would include connection with friends on campus and family back home. The mobile is also a safety net to call friends when I’m lost, for example, on the campus during my first weeks here in ISU.

Podcast
I started using podcast to listen to different updated songs on a regular basis, because I would get bored of the mp3 song files that I listened to everyday. However, I found out about podcast programs for people wanting to learn foreign languages. Because I was interested in continuing Spanish, I started to listen to different podcasts with Spanish conversations. In addition, I started listening to songs from different countries, especially traditional Indian music mixed with contemporary sound and rhythm. Nowadays, I listen to about four different podcasts to and from school and whenever I’m on the road. Although it was originally solely for entertainment purposes, I can now enjoy learning a foreign language and exploring into different cultural music.

Cyworld Mini-homepage
I wrote about Cyworld’s mini-homepage in the previous blog posting. I use this service mainly because all of my friends back in Korea are using it, and it is the best way to keep in touch at all times. It is also fun to update my homepage during break time. I am logged on to Cyworld for about two hours every week, either visiting my friends’ pages or updating and answering visitor bulletins.
When I first opened my homepage about two years ago, Cyworld was a virtual forum of socialization. It was intended to be a very open space for all users to visit one another and encourage each other to become “neighbors,” meaning, adding a user to one’s friends list. However, after time, there were more and more spam advertisements taking up space on visitor bulletin, and as some users copied personal pictures of others and disseminated them to other homepages, the problem of privacy started to arise. Users started to open their pages to be viewed only by their “neighbors” and none others. In addition, visitor bulletins also became “secrets,” only for the writer and the homepage owner to be seen. Unlike the original intention, the mini-homepages have become increasingly privatized and secluded from one another. Today, my homepage is open only for my “neighbors” as well.

john thomas said...

OWN: laptop, cell phones, digial camera.

Purposes: I go to school in Ames, and live in both Newton Iowa and Iowa City, thus need to be able to connect to the internet at all three. The same is true of the cell phone, I do not live in one place.

I spend an incredable amount of time on the laptop. It is my primary resource for scheduling, writing, communicating. I do not use the cell phone more than basics. I make very few calls just to chat, -- doesn't happen.

My main unplanned consquence is the near addiction to the laptop. At the same time, without the laptop I could not operate at a distance as I now do. School would not be possible.

Susana Vidrio said...

Technologies that I own:

Laptop computer, which I use it both at my house and at the ISU, one of the benefits is that I can use it everywhere there is a LAN or a Wireless Network, it works with both cards. I think this is one of the technologies that I use more often, actually, I have a TV at home, but I hardly have time to sit and see it. I think I spent around 5 hours every day working with my computer. Since it helps me organize and storage information, it really simplifies the academic activities. But, by the other hand, some consequences are that obsolescence is really fast and owners have to actualize and to buy newer computers in order for them to be faster and more productive equipment and in order to be compatible.

Another technology that has really helped me find, organize and storage information is Internet. I really can’t imagine what it would be without having this information tool. At my house we have both wire and wireless connection. Wireless connection I think will provide more relative advantage if someone would think of a way to have more lasting batteries, since there is a point that the user needs to connect to electrical supply. And, on the other hand, I think the consequences of using lithium batteries is that they can severely harm the ecosystems and ecology, since there has not been developed a way to dispose them without such environmental damage.

Another very necessary and useful technology since I came to Ames, has been the heater. I come from a place that is very warm and that is close to the beach, in the Pacific coast, so I have found this machine quite beneficial since I really have struggled with the climate. I really think this is a better way to be warm than having wood or charcoal and have them burning inside an oven into your house, that can be really dangerous. The consequence again, is that it works with a non renewable energy source: gas. And, until scientist are able to find another source, that is going to be over in a few years, so it is not a sustainable technology.

Also, I have recently bought a cell phone. I really think this is a very revolutionary technology in the sense that you can reach the person even though the person is not at his or her house, or where the apparatus is. I really think this innovation has changed not only the way people communicate, but it has also changed interpersonal relationships, sometimes in not such a beneficial way. I think a consequence will be that people will tend to be more comfortable when relating to each other via cell phone than on a face to face via. I think that, especially young people tend to be shyer and more individualistic each day because of their use of mobile communication. They can relate with their group of friends and this group is very defined and narrow so that they don’t need to socialize within a different environment than the cell phone list of contacts.