There are more options available to everyone. The internet seems to be growing at an inflammatory rate, each day holds something new. It is hard to cope with the fast changing trends and moods of the online community. The best way to control a trend is to create one! That is what the internet has come to. I love it because it gives everyone a voice. What do you like about it? On the internet your opinion is important. On some websites, your opinions are worth money!
But the internet is a platform where people are able to connect and relate! That is why social networking, in particular Facebook, and some other 2.0 sites are the most visited sites today.
Internet marketing is getting simpler by the day. Companies are finding it much easier and more profitable to sell their products directly to the consumers. Social networks are some of the places with a human touch, communication and simplicity that we need to feel. Ironically though, we are more in touch when we are farther away from each other! What a wonderful world!
But what catches my attention are the LARGE NUMBERS the internet community generates. This place is so large that starting a business online is like adding water to a balloon full of water! Internet businessmen are the smarter digital salesmen who can get in touch with a global audience 24 hours a day!
‘Is there space for a small salesman on the net?’ Peter asks. “Perhaps these companies that make billions of dollars within a year aren’t hiring anymore.”
“Well,” said the man in a blue business suit and striped tie, “these companies are always hiring, there is an abundance of jobs and opportunities that you can get to choose what to do with this sophisticated technology called the internet!”
“You mean I can get a job?” he asks with his eyes sparkling with excitement.
The man laughs and lights a thick Cuban. The scent of the smoke is thick but has a tangy aroma that stained his nostrils.
“Well, it isn’t all that simple. But yes, you can get a job. You can get any sort of job you want, it all depends on what you want, its all about your drive, passion and desire.” He looks the young boy in his eyes, “You can simply create your own job if you like!”
Peter is shocked as he looks to the computer screen. His unblinking eyes are set on the screen displaying numbers that keep on growing. People seem to be buying whatever this man is selling on the internet and he can see it all before his very eyes. How can a man make $30 000 in an hour? This man is doing it and he is looking at the numbers grow on his screen biting a cigar.
It has to be some sort of trick Peter concludes. Where is the real money?
Learning to make cash online was horrible at first! At the time it felt like slave labor, some people can make up to about 40-50 dollars in a month, but that’s a drizzle compared to the hydrant of an internet!
You can work as hard as you want at anything that you choose to do, and you can make as much as your heart will allow! Isn’t that great? Some of the richest people today are internet entrepreneurs. I read that there is a person who wrote a single blog post and never had to work a day in his life again! That’s every Blogger’s wet dream! Or is it just me?
But the only thing that makes that true is the information that you present to the people you are marketing to. The internet is where information is shared! So if you have something useful to say, you can make a grand fortune too!
The rate at which information travels on the internet is rapid and widespread.
When you have an internet business the only thing that you need is to have traffic, that will increase sales!
But the only way to have your website or blog seen by many people is to be Lady Gaga, or to have a website about Lady Gaga!
It isn’t always the case though. If you can have a platform to communicate like a blog or a website, you can have traffic. But you cannot beat the instant traffic that a famous person has.
The internet has brought with it a cyber-social network where everyone has a voice and can be involved. You can be an ‘internet celebrity’ nowadays! The world keeps changing.
The internet gives people a new dimension in which to communicate and co-create.
The internet is the people on the net, they are what drives it, and that is what you need to focus on to make all the money on the internet.
Look at the people who are making the most money on Earth: Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, Yahoo and more…
Some companies are based on the silliest ideas that work! I know about a person who sends mail to children for Christmas as claims its fro Santa in the north pole! Does that sound like millions of dollars to you? He makes so-o much money from this simple job.
But don’t beat yourself up for not thinking of something as genius as Facebook, there is more room to grow and the sky is the limit if you choose to make money on the internet. There are more positives than there are fallbacks.
The best thing about internet based business is the low, low cost of getting it started in proportion to the potential outcome!
If you have some sort of idea that you want to make happen, make sure that it is understandable and fits into the internet society, if it transcends it the better! People love things that enable them to connect, socialize, make money or have sex! That is what I learnt from TV! Don’t blame me!
But it is very possible to get attention by going against the tide and not riding the wave down the waterfall. So many internet businesses fail as soon as they take off because the pressure of demand is so overwhelming, they are ill-planned and destined to free fall!
Some internet businesses last as long as a mood or season. But some businesses are based on seasons. That is when the niche market is at its most aggressive! Things like Christmas drives the demand high and don’t forget the last minute shoppers!
You have to be creative if you want to start and survive in this internet climate. There is competition everywhere, just make yourself reliable and unique and you shouldn’t have any problems!
The internet is a cash machine, but stay away from cons! How will you know a con? Hmm… good one.
“So aren’t they just going to stop the money?” Peter asks.
The man simply laughs.
It has been two weeks and he has his own system set up similar to the one the man showed him. He has so many questions. The man isn’t giving him any direct answers, he gives vague remarks as he puffs on his aromatic cigar. Peter is under instructions to do his own research for his own business. So far, so good.
He never knew that anything like this is possible. Making money from other people’s goods!
“My niche is great, I found that the people in my niche want numerous other products, its great that I have an e-mail list to send them all these products!” he says scrolling down the modest list of 250 emails.
“All those in two weeks?” the man asks.
“Yes, I gave some free gifts here and there, but get this, giving away the gifts also made me money AND got me contacts! This is so awesome!”
“Yes, it really is great. But let me tell you one thing dear boy, as fast as you get this money, is as fast as it can stop! The choice is yours. You are the only one in control of what you have. There is a new person on the net each day, if you cannot get them happily involved with what you have to sell then you only have you to blame!” The man tosses his half smoked cigar in the glass of Sherry and turns his back to leave.
“Wait! Where are you going?”
The internet mechanics are simple and anybody can learn them fairly easily. As with anything, what you put into it is what you get out in return. Returns will be larger!
But is the internet secure? Or is it a place where people go to get rich quickly? There is no definite answer to that. There are so many ways to make the money you need, and there are also so many ways that you can lose the cash you made! However, the fastest way to fail is to not try at all! You have to be smart, you have to keep your ears and eyes working at all times for different reasons. You cannot make money sitting around watching a screen and thinking about making money, you have to actually do it and it will… actualize!
We are all geniuses! You need to have the courage to stick with what you have, know or love to be successful. There is a lot of work involved in making money online. Are you willing to work harder that you ever have? If you are then do what you love doing and turn it into your income. You are the one!
“Wow! What a nice car.”
“Thanks. Hey Renee! I know a great way that you can make money with that purse collection that you want to get rid of. Have you ever heard of ebay? I could get you a great deal…”
Virtual Reality , VR in short is a very advanced technology, which is an integration of computer science, robotics, instrumentation, multimedia, sensors, optics, 3-D technology, etc. Each technology, which converges to form VR, in itself, is very sophisticated and hi-tech. VR is a powerful user interface technology. This current technology doesn’t even require physical presence of a person. Information is important and this promising technology provides the best way to visualize it, enabling directly interaction for the user.
VR has full-blown applications in industries like automobile and aviation. Its implementations are now being expanded to fields like education and medicine. In education, Mutual Telexistence (convergence of VR and robotics), Virtual Rooms and Distributed VR have emerged. In medicine, very advanced softwares have been developed to treat growing number of painful procedures. Some of the examples include:
- Wound care of burn patients
- Endoscopic therapy after Single Event Multilevel Surgery (SEMLS) for cerebral palsy
- Dental pain and anxiety
- Pain/anxiety during injections
- Overcome phobias like spider phobias
- Treat various anxiety disorders like Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- In artificial limb development
Virtual Environments (VE) for education have been discussed in various ways. While advanced multi-user educational VEs are still a speculation, simpler VEs based on standard technologies have been in existence for some time.
For distance education purposes, distributed VR is useful. Virtual Reality system can be networked to support multiple-user immersion environments joined over long distances. The sites implementing VR technology must be networked using low band modem-to-modem over telephone lines, the Internet, and high bandwidth telecommunications. The emergence of the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) as a standard method of modeling virtual reality objects and worlds coupled with the wide spread deployment of WWW browsers that support VRML allows the creation of such distributed virtual environments, which can be accessed through Internet. This paves the way for participation of more geographically dispersed users in multi-user virtual reality interface systems.
Applications of VR
The fields in which VR has been implemented are summarized below :
- Education and conferencing.
- Civilian and military training simulators.
- Business and scientific visualization.
- Architecture, design, prototyping (Research and Industry).
- Art and leisure.
- Surgery and rehabilitation.
- Telexistence, tele-immersion and Immersive 3D virtual environments (IVR).
- SnowWorld, SpiderWorld, ChocolateWorld, SuperSnowWorld.
VR in Education
Virtual Reality technology offers educators a truly new and innovative way to teach and engage students. It is a cutting-edge technology that allows students to step through the computer screen into a 3D interactive environment. Using a special headset and glove, it places students inside of a simulated virtual environment that looks and feels like the real world. Integrating virtual reality into everyday learning has revolutionized teaching and learning processes.
A helpful analogy to better understand the nature of the virtual environment is that of a student exploring a forest for the first time. A student will best learn about the forest not from reading about it or listening to someone talk about it, but by walking into it – becoming a part of it. The student is free to explore the forest any way he/she likes. The biology class where students are learning cell structure is supplemented by a trip to the Virtual Reality Lab where students enter and explore a human cell. Discovery and experience become the best teacher.
Virtual reality is created by an impressive, exciting technology that engages the student. It draws its power from three principles: visual, experiential, and self-directed learning, the most effective ways to teach students. Virtual reality allows students to be fully involved in their education, instead of merely passive observers, focusing first and foremost on the learning needs of students. The age-old problem educators face is how to better involve students in their studies. Traditional teaching methods have sometimes not been effective in the goal of seizing students attention, relegating students to a passive role in the classroom.
Understanding virtual reality-based learning means understanding the shift from text-based education to multi-sensory, experiential learning. Virtual reality copies the way people have always learned – by interacting with the world. It allows hands-on activities to facilitate active learning.
I hear and I forget. I see and I understand. I do and I remember , said Confucius, the wise Chinese Philosopher. Thus, Learning is most effective when it is an active discovery process and realistic learning is more effective as a learning device. VR is learning without boundaries.
Virtual Reality can bring simulation-based learning environments closer to real-life experience. Instead of watching the simulated world through a desktop window, students are immersed in a 3D computer simulation of their work environment, where they can improve their skills through practice on realistic tasks. VR simulation environments are essentially valuable in domains where real life training is expensive or hazardous such as surgery, air combat and control of complex equipment. In addition using networked virtual reality systems, multiple students (possible at different work sites) can learn to perform collaborative or competitive tasks together.
Immersive virtual environments also allow the computer tutor to inhabit the virtual world with the student. To explore the use of intelligent tutoring systems in virtual reality, a pedagogical agent , Steve (Soar Training Expert for Virtual Environments) has been developed which physically collaborates with students, enabling new types of interaction.
Steve s Capabilities
Each student s interface to the virtual world is provided by special-purpose hardware and Lockheed Martin s Vista Viewer software. Students get a 3D immersive view of the world through a head-mounted display (HMD). Vista uses data from a position and orientation sensor on the HMD to update the student s view as they move around. Students interact with the virtual world using a 3D mouse or data gloves. Sensors on the mouse and gloves keep track of the student s hands, and Vista software sends out messages when the student touches virtual objects. These messages are received and handled by the RIDES software which controls the behaviour of the virtual world.
Steve requires two capabilities Steve must be able to demonstrate and explain tasks, and he must be able to monitor students performing tasks, providing assistance when needed. When demonstrating, Steve performs and explains each step of the task. Steve is currently represented by a head and a hand that can manipulate and point at objects.
Steve inhabits the virtual world along with students. To provide a collaborative style of interaction with the student, Steve can gracefully shift between demonstrating a task and monitoring the student s performance of the task. During Steve s demonstrations, the student can interrupt and ask to finish the task, in which case Steve shifts to monitoring. When monitoring a student, the student can always ask Steve to demonstrate a recommended action. Thus, VR supports a natural and flexible collaboration between student and tutor.
Distributed VR and VRML
The idea behind distributed VR is very simple; a simulated world runs not on one computer system, but on several. The computers are connected over a network (possibly the global Internet) and people using those computers are able to interact in real time, sharing the same virtual world. In theory, people may be stationed anywhere in world at different locations, all interacting in a meaningful way in VR. There may be a number of obstacles in establishing such type of an environment, like limited-bandwidth links, latency in delivery of update information and heterogeneous platforms.
The environment in which a distributed VR user is immersed is three-dimensional to the eye and ear. Moving in the environment changes the user s visual and auditory perspective. Unlike a video conferencing system (where an attendee s screen shows other attendees in their own videoconferencing rooms), distributed VR users assemble in a virtual world – they are all seen, for example, seated together around a conference table in one room, or walking together in a virtual building. Every user of a distributed VR appears in the computer environment as an avatar – either a customized graphical representation, a video of the user, or some combination of both – which he or she controls. The user, besides interacting with one another, also deals with one or more computer simulations.
This idea of distributed VR can possibly be implemented using the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) that aims to aid Internet with 3D spaces. These 3D spaces in VRML are known as worlds. These worlds can be environments or single objects with the file suffix as.wrl. VRML defines a set of objects and functions for modeling simple 3D graphics. These are known as nodes, which are arranged in hierarchies called scene graphs. There is a top-down arrangement in which nodes that are described earlier in a scene affect later ones, but this can be limited by the use of separator nodes. A VRML file is an ASCII file which is interpreted by the browser and converted into a 3D display of the described world. VRML is designed to fit into the existing infrastructure of the Internet and the WWW. It uses existing standards wherever possible, even if those standards have some shortcomings when used with VRML.
In one of the versions of VRML, also known as Moving Worlds, either object in the world can act and react to each other under program control, or they can respond to the user s actions in some way. The features that Moving Worlds currently include are:
International character sets for text can be displayed using UTF-8 encoding
- A set of new nodes has been added to increase the realism in models that are intended to represent the outdoor world around
- Sound generating nodes will also enhance the sense of realism
- New sensor nodes will set off certain events when one enters specific areas, or click on certain objects. So, for example, as the viewer approaches an object it can be triggered to start some action or make a noise
- Collision detection ensures that objects can act as if solid. That is, the user, will not go through walls and floors
- Script nodes allow for the animation of objects in the world and the interaction of the world with other applications, for example databases
- Multi-user environments. There are many approaches to creating multi-user worlds, and the Moving Worlds aims to provide the functionality required for these, but without dictating which approach is to be used
Virtual Environment based on distributed VR
All the concepts of VR technology highlighted above can be combined in an effective manner to create a virtual environment, just like Steve s room on top of a network. Concept can be implemented on an intranet; and using VRML as the remedial technology along with the existing standards for Internet and World Wide Web it can be further extended to operate in a globalized environment like Internet. VRML produces a hyperspace (or a world), a 3-dimensional space that appears on the display screen. Users can figuratively move within this space by pressing keys to turn left, right, up or down, or go forwards or backwards. The images on the screen will change to create a feel of actual movement through a real space.
The user must access the remote VR server and select the service they require. The remote server then downloads the necessary executable code into the local server from where the student can interact with the virtual environment. It is envisaged that the future educational establishments will want to make their VR based educational programmes available to others. Anyone with appropriate hardware will be able to access these systems for a subscription fee. The main advantage of this approach is that organizations will be able to access appropriate VR based educational material without having to develop material themselves. It is highly likely that it will be possible to gain access to a very wide variety of educational material in this manner. However, there are a number of issues such as copyright and how much capability will be required in the local system.
Within the higher education community there has been an increase in the use of information technology such as multi-media with considerable success. Multi-media based systems provide the student with a very rich source of educational material in a form that makes learning exciting. VR has extremely wide application across a whole range of disciplines and the enabling technology has reached a sufficient level of maturity for it to be seriously applied to education, training and research in higher education. The costs associated with a VR system have been prohibitive for educational establishments (this is still true for fully immersive VR systems) but recent technological developments in computer hardware and software now make it feasible to look at VR as an important aid.
Though VR technology proves to be excellent in any field, yet it is not very popular. The reason being that fully immersive VR setup is still very expensive. The prohibitive costs and inaccessibility of VR technologies, coupled with issues of usability, educator training, operation and maintenance, present important drawbacks for the educational use of VR making it difficult to incorporate in dwindling educational budgets. In spite of these concerns and objections regarding the appropriateness and educational efficacy of virtual reality, there remain compelling reasons for believing that VR learning environments for students warrant serious investigation and can provide strong tools for learning.
We are faced today with the younger generation that uses gadgets are their means of entertainment and source of fun. No matter how we try to do away with it and let our children experience the childhood we had, it has become a fact that we really have to face.
With this, a lot of professionals in the field of education have come to realize that Technology could be a perfect tool for learning. Children as young as 3 or 4 years old are capable of handling these gadgets thus are expected to be knowledgeable in operating one.
However, teachers must be sure that their students would not be so soaked with stressful learning alone but must have time for fun – allowing them to explore their imaginations. Integrating Technology in the classroom would allow these young individuals to develop their technical skills. These skills are all valuable for them to survive their generation.
A specific example to this is the use of iPads. Here are a few of what can be done:
- Documentation needs for student research can be made so easy with the camera.
- On higher education and when it comes to art or architecture, 3D models can be created with a 3D creator app, linked to a 3D printer.
- Find quiz apps online such as those that allow teachers to create flash cards or other types of interesting types of quizzes.
- An iPad could be a game show, applications for this are available too.
- Get linked online and play a lot of songs in the classroom that would usher to a more fun while learning. This is essential for the younger ones, especially.
- Recording a discussion on audio or video would be a lot helpful for students who would love to review before their exams.
- Install game apps that are also tools for learning, especially for the younger ones
As the classroom would have digital learning tools, it does not only benefit the students but the teachers as well. As children would engage more in the classroom discussions, teachers will not have hard time getting their attention for each subject. While it’s normal that children do have different interests, certain applications when used can also make a not so interesting subject become interesting and even fun.
There may still be schools today that are not into the use of Technology. Thus, allow me to share a few points below about why you must make use of technology in the classroom:
- With the use of such tools and wireless technology, it would be easy for students to determine their future career as they get a fast discovery of their line of interests.
- Learning styles can be diverse. Teachers can combine both the traditional way of teaching while using new applications.
- Being tech-savvy allows students to be more aware about their environment, not only in their local area but about world events and social awareness.
- Students would love to engage in the classroom activities, naturally because they love technology.
- Using tools for the day to day discussions allows the students to be excited about what’s next and would be more apt to learn.
- Research won’t be an issue at all, as students may have full, yet disciplined access to the internet.
- Teachers and students both can have access to digital textbooks and get more updated versions online.
- Teachers and students get the chance to discover more learning apps.
There has to be no debating whether to use technology in the classroom or not. Truth of the fact is, we all need technology today and everyone must accept it.
Having a dedicated staff to analyze and maintain IT investments is becoming increasingly necessary among businesses of all sizes. Unfortunately, the cost of having dedicated IT staff on the payroll can be extremely prohibitive for small and medium-sized businesses. Often the tasks of trying to maintain, troubleshoot and correct IT or computer system problems falls to the owner or an employee with only rudimentary computer skills. This leads to distractions and major time drains that take them away from their core business responsibilities.
Fortunately, managed IT service providers are now available to help these same businesses in an affordable fashion. Finding a managed IT provider is a big task. With the wrong one, you will end up right back where you started. However with the right managed IT provider, productivity and workflow can flourish.
For the best possible results, ask these questions when choosing a managed IT provider:
Are you familiar with my industry?
This is a simple question that often gets overlooked in the name of convenience. Remember that a managed IT provider will make your life simpler, but the process of finding the right one takes careful planning. Be sure this potential provider is familiar with your workflow style.
How will my information, as well as my customers’ information, remain safe?
A managed IT provider will specialize in ensuring the security of information – your own confidential information as well as that of your clients. Be as inquisitive as possible when it comes to details like these.
What do you bring to the table?
Beyond the abilities of a managed IT provider are their connections. What are they authorized to distribute and use? Furthermore, establish whether their toolbox is sufficient for the specific needs of your company.
Where will you start?
Oftentimes, a managed IT provider must correctly assess your company’s current situation before moving onto optimization. For example, how will a managed IT provider incorporate your current physical systems?
How big is my up-front investment?
You’re running a business, which means that you must always consider the bottom line. The right managed IT provider will be sure to construct a plan that works for your needs and minimizes your in-house expenses.
Managed IT service providers have a range of IT services available to help clients optimize their computer systems. Many offer free, no-obligation assessments to help understand the current state of your computer systems and business requirements. They’ll then work with you develop a plan that minimizes threats, safeguards your system, avoids costly downtime and maximizes the productivity from your systems.