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Death In The 21st Century

Posted in Humanity, Life, Technology with tags , , , on May 9, 2009 by raingeg

When I was in high school I had the unfortunate experience of having some of my fellow students die. They were not my friends but I did have a couple of classes with them. It was strange going to class the next day and knowing that they were gone forever.

The death of a young person in the 21st century is different than has been in previous years. It used to be that when someone died they were gone and there was not much left of them. You might find a personal diary or something of that sort, but that didn’t make it out into the publics hands.

Today things are quite different. With the advent of social networking sites like Twitter and FaceBook, you have status updates in which people are constantly telling others what they’re doing. “I’m going to the store” or “I’m cooking dinner.” These are just a few examples of something that someone might update about.

Then you have the aspect of a user laying everything out on the table. Their favorite music, their favorite movies, things they like to do, people they really like, people they admire and a whole host of other things that indicate that these people really are human.

All of these aspects of the social networking arena are great! But here is the interesting area that I am exploring. What happens when one of your FaceBook friends or Twitter buddies dies? Everyone that knew this person is left with a full profile of a someone that no longer exists, a self written obituary and a perfect picture of who this person really was. A page filled with memories, hundreds of pictures and conversations all documented for the whole world or at least his or her friends to see.

No longer is the mom or dad of a dead young person left with a diary or two that they can privately skim through solely for the memories, now everyone has one.

Another aspect that interests me is the usage of social media in court. What if someone’s status indicates that they are going to the store to pick up some eggs, but they don’t make it back from the store. If no one knew where this person was headed in the first place and they are found miles away in a dumpster, maybe this could assist in putting a person in the right place at the right time and lead to prosecution of a perspective criminal.

Its just interesting to me that people have the desire to constantly tell other people what they are thinking. I do this just as much as the next person, but it perplexes me. Why?  Why do I have this desire? Does anyone really care? Why do I check my FaceBook first when I get online? Why do I want everyone to know that I like Bob Dylan? All of these questions interest me.

Its not because I want to meet people that I agree with, because I don’t agree with a lot of my online friends. I will admit that it can help in finding women, but in a not so creepy way. It does connect me with people that I don’t consider my best friends and it connects me with people all over the world. I can use it to tell people about my newest article or blog post, as I did when I posted this one. And it allows for you interact or engage others on their time rather than your time, while at the same time granting you the same privilege when someone interacts with or engages you.

This way of communicating is interesting. But of all the things, the idea that we are all constantly writing our own obituaries is quite interesting.

Tech Update 2

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , on November 20, 2008 by raingeg

Ping.fm

I have to credit blogger TucsonSammy for showing me Ping.fm. Ping.fm gives you the ability to post the same update messages on different sites simultaneously. I use it to update my facebook and my twitter page at the same time. But in the future I will start looking at way’s to use Ping.fm with WordPress, so I can take advantage of it on my blog. Go to the website and check it out, if your into social networking and you don’t want to have to update them all at different times this is great for you.

Ping.fm Homepage

ZaraRadio

Ok, so if you know anything about how radio automation works this is going to be great for you. I learned the basics of this program in about 2 minutes. If you don’t know anything about radio automation software this will be slightly more complicated, but a lot less complicated than the stuff that real radio stations use. Zararadio is perfect for a pod caster or web radio show host. If you are a good multi-tasker you might be able to pre-load an hour of breaks and do your show alone.

It has some good features. There is a clock, also instant info on the date, temperature and humidity, a very large cue window, and an easy way drag and drop files into the cue, so the interface is fairly easy to use. There are a lot of express buttons for quick and easy instant sound clips. It play’s wmv, mp3 and ogg files. The log feature takes note of everything you do if you’d like to go back and look at something that played. Something that I’ve not used is the DTMF tone detector, but it sounds like an interesting plus for a free program, it gathers tones that satellite programs emit to know when to get to go to a break. Another interesting feature is the “talk over” function which takes audio down in order for an announcer to talk over it, and would really aid anyone that is running a show or acting as a DJ on their own. Other features include password protect, event schedulers, track crossfade, end of song detector, and five players (1 main + 4 aux).

There are some things that I’d like to see. First is a way to trigger the cue via the keyboard, it would make for easier and a more effective error free way to start commercials or songs. Saving the title of your “jingles” page is slightly annoying and actually saving a setup in the cue did not work out for me the first time I tried it, but I might have to try it again once I have a different computer setup. I am not a fan of the list of files on the left side of the screen, I’d prefer a more friendly way to look at your files.

Overall, this is a great free program, I’ve tried many free automation programs and they all tend to be beta programs or “free to try” so they only give you half of the features. ZaraRadio gives you all of the features and makes for a good program.

The ZaraRadio Homepage

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