Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Jess has already talked about things she doesn't understand on the Internet. But here are a few things I don't get. Enlighten me, please:
1. Java: What is this? What is Java, why is it so important, and who named it "Java?" I think it may have to do with programming, which is one of those things I feel that everyone who uses the Internet should know but a lot of people--myself included--don't. I don't even have anything else to say about this, because I have absolutely no idea what it does or how it makes the Internet...happen.
2. Uber: So people have Uber pages. Why? What is so special about Uber? It just looks to be....a place to put pictures and text, just like the dozens of other blogging platforms out there. If anyone reading this has an Uber, please tell me why you do. And if I should get one, because I am vain.
2b (because apparently I can't count). Plug-ins: Okay, so I know that in order to use certain online media--games, for instance, or videos--you have to have plug-ins. But...why? Why can't videos just be streaming, and why do I need to add things to my Internet to play mini-golf? Can't all Web sites just use the same plug-in? Also: is this what Divx is?
3. Torrents: Everyone tells me that torrents are the best way to download stuff from the Internet, but whenever I try to use them the file extensions are all weird and it tells me I need to get a program to run it. DO I NEED A PLUG-IN? And why can't these just be normal files? And is there like a single torrent site where all torrents are found, or do you have to go to specialty sites (i.e. one for TV shows, one for music)? Do they cost money? Are they legal?
4. Web sites: I bought myself a domain name and got me a Wordpress. But I see other Wordpresses and they're all fancy and different and not like the templates Wordpress offers. Did these people use wordpress.org instead? And on a broader note...how do you make a Web site? Like, from scratch? Is it just a lot of code? There should be a program that lets you create Web sites that's similar to Microsoft Paint; like, if I wanted a box on the side for certain links, I'd draw the box and hit save, and then that box would be on my Web site, code and all. Is there an easy way to make a Web site that doesn't require you to stay locked in a basement for two weeks learning how to code?
5. LinkedIn: Is this just Facebook for the working world? If I were to get one, would it not be wise for me to post pictures of my friends drenched in vodka?