Tuesday, October 25, 2011

By small and simple things

Often when talking about technology in the church, people say that it helps us by making talks and articles available worldwide, allowing us to do family history work, and allowing the church to manage its members. These things are important, but honestly if those are the only reasons why computers are good, then almost all of the time I spend using a computer is wasted. Computers are a part of our everyday life and are necessary in order to really function as a member of our society. I mostly use my computer to learn. I use it to do my assignments, to check when my assignments are due, to remind myself when I have classes, to submit my assignments, to look up answers to homework questions, and even to know what time it is so that I can get to class. I look for jobs and housing using computers. The entertainment and media I find on computers helps me join my culture by allowing me to understand allusions to internet memes. In short the little things that don't seem to have a huge spiritual significance are what really make computers important to members of the church.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Black Suits or Tux, who makes better software?

It seems that every year, more and more people are switching from using proprietary software to open source alternatives. One would think that the reason would be due solely to the fact that copyrighted programs are often expensive and open source software is usually free. In fact it is actually because the open source materials are better. The benefits of a business structure are apparently outweighed by the freedom that open source licenses provide for collaborative developers. The open source web browser Firefox and Google's browser Chrome (which is just an adaptation of their open source browser Chromium) hold 47% of the web browser market share1. Most of the users of these two web browser already have Internet Explorer or Safari installed on their machine, so the only reason they would use an open source browser is because they feel that it better supports their needs.