Multimedia Presentation

Remember when presentations back then mainly consisted of a speech with flash cards and pictures that were passed around to the audience (if they even had some to show)? Well now in the 21st century we don’t have to be as basic anymore! With technology stronger and smarter than ever, we can make ideas and discussions more engaging and understandable. This is done with Multimedia Presentations, exhibitions that use cool graphics and forms of media to make your topic interesting and helpful. A popular software would be Microsoft PowerPoint, and there’s also Apple Keynote which are great at making multimedia presentations. Some examples of what is usually found in these presentations are:


Videos

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Videos can be found in multimedia presentations to add extra info or recap their topic from other sources. Sometimes hearing a different sound can grab the audience’s attention. And what better way to speak based off outside sources than to show the audience themselves. Whether they’re short clips or hours long, the type of video is determined by whatever the speaker wants to show. To give a few examples, people present music videos, clips of movie scenes, spoken word performances, or recorded experiments. The possibilities are endless. So put your presentation in motion!

Audio

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Something more amusing for the ears would be auditory media. This isn’t commonly used since it’s just auditory and little visuals. But if used the right way, it can be pretty cool. Things like sounds of daily life (nature, gatherings, etc) or certain music could be used. It could even be simple background music to cancel out the overbearing silence. To give an idea, let’s say a speaker presents an audio clip of birds singing and tweeting in the morning. Now imagine life without such sounds due to climate change. Really makes one wonder…

Animations

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And lastly there’s animations, a relatively newbie in multimedia presentations. A basic idea on animations could be the cool slide transitions that you see in Microsoft PowerPoint. That’s a form of animation that can be found in most presentations, but what about actual graphics and animations. This could be a GIF, a 2D or 3D animation, or a stop-motion. Although at first glance they seem weird to add to a presentation, it’s a very creative way to share info and entertain the audience.


After reading this, you may realize how common multimedia presentations are without even noticing it. It’s become the social norm, with little knowledge of what it is. To be a very complex form of presentation made simple enough for a primary school student to use, that’s pretty impressive. There’s much more to a multimedia presentation as the creative world expands each day (even each hours!), but these features are the foundations of a multimedia presentation. I hope you take the time to make a few of your own!

Show out to Presentation Magazine for their super simple explanation on Multimedia Presentations! Check them out here!

5 Most Common Software/ Hardware Mistakes

Technology has evolved continuously over time, and for the better most of the time. In this case, it’s safe to say that the computer has advance greatly from the room-filling box it used to be. But as it gets more complicated and intricate, certain computer components can get easily damaged or can malfunction if not used properly. Although it may seem like the computer can never come back after a mistake, there can be a way to safe it along with the data (although I can’t guarantee because I’m not a computer technician). So regain hope as I cover 5 common software or malware mistakes.

Full Memory

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As much as we like to believe, a computer in itself can’t store every data it receives. In every computer is a hard drive that stores info directly. If it gets too full, it slows down the CPU (Central Processing Unit) completely making the computer strenuous to use. That’s why external storage like USB drives and cloud storage are promoted, to store more data without damaging the computer’s hard ware. So if you have a slow computer, it’s suggested to delete data that you don’t need (photos, documents, etc.) and place the rest on a external drive.


Not Cleaning Programs

If certain software or the computer as a whole spasms out or is very slow and non responsive, it could be because of malware or a virus. Malware is a software that damages an OS or secretly gets access to a computer, including information. A virus is some code that can corrupt and destroy an OS once it’s executed in someone’s PC. Of course this is on the more extreme spectrum of reason, but better safe than sorry. All of this can be avoided if your computer is regularly scanned and checked for old, unused data and fix damaged programs. There are many programs that specialize for this and saves many computers from their doom each year.

Slow Internet

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Believe it or not, internet issues doesn’t only come from the router. Problems with the device’s hard ware or other softwares and result in slow internet. Some examples would be from having too much tabs and cookies while online. Or having a damaged hard drive that just needs to be replaced overall. It’s hard to focus on one thing when there’s a bunch of other unfinished tasks in the way. The same goes for a computer. A good suggestion would be to clean up computer softwares, delete unwanted cookies and internet history, and try to clear up space.

Computer Updates

Although a computer usually updates itself when given permission, there’s some people that haven’t done so. As a computer ages and other add-in software improve, a PC can lack the power and intelligence to process the new advances. This results in small bugs and very slow performance, which gets pretty annoying really quickly. The more sensible way to avoid it is to allow the PC to automatically search for new updates and update itself. With this quick fix, half of one’s common problems go away instantly! So please, for your life and the computer’s life, update it (unless you don’t want to, then fine).

Working with Missing Commands

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Have you ever shopped online and were about to check out and process the products, but changed your mind moments after? So now you’re trying to hit the cancel button while the page is still loading all this data. And nothing happens. So you have to find someone to contact and cancel the order. Annoying right? This is because certain commands on a website or software doesn’t exist; they’re missing. Understand that all commands are either placed in by programmer, or learnt by processor itself (a probability, not a certainty). When given two contradicting commands at once, such as proceed and cancel, it could cause the software to freeze. And if you’re super lucky, it can crash. As a common PC user, there isn’t a way to fix this issue with coding and ethical hacking. The best way to limit these functional errors would be to clear memory space, update and restart the PC, and don’t overwork the hard drive or software.


There’s much more problems when handling computers, but surely I got a general collection of the more common ones. As a person with a no in-depth knowledge of hard wares and softwares, I admit that these may not be the best solutions. That’s why I looked to these websites about computer issues and software issues for background knowledge. Hope this helped or at least brought awareness. Stay safe, my friends.

Adobe Softwares & Its Unique Capabilities

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The Adobe franchise is very popular because of their powerful and efficient softwares for design. Their softwares like Photoshop, InDesign, or Premiere Pro are very expensive (which sucks for most people), but it’s for a good reason. Adobe has created around 16 programs for designing and developing, however, there’s at least 8 that are more useful in the art/digital design spectrum. So let’s go down the list based on what each softwares are used for!


Printing Designs

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A good start for the various Adobe softwares would be programs used for printed products. Such printed products would include posters, flyers, book covers, or even logos. In these area, it’s important to incorporate visual attraction with informative skills. From this idea, three Adobe softwares came to mind: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. Overall, these programs are perfect for creating your own unique logos, format typography, and make certain prints to hand out. To better understand, I’ll give a very brief explanation of what they’re typically used for separately. Photoshop is one of the most popular design softwares used to edit photos, develop graphics, and create digital designs that can be printed or shared online. Illustrator is focused on creating graphics like Photoshop, but in a different way. Illustrators can make was is called vector art. Vector art is mainly for less detailed elements with curvatures and geometric designs. This is useful for making logos and original cliparts. Then there’s InDesign which brings all the amazing design elements and editing photos together in a printed product. It’s like the advanced version of a Microsoft Page layout. With these three software, one is already an equipped graphic designer!

Web Designs

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More on the digital side of design, web design is fairly easy now-a-days because of the websites and programs that allow a user to have their own website. (kind of like this!) After looking at all of the Adobe softwares, a few programs seemed perfect for the part. This would be Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Photoshop (again). I won’t go into Photoshop because I already gave it props, but it is very versatile so I added it. On the other hand, Dreamweaver is more based on programming and using codes. Because of the software’s functionality, most users rely on it for creating websites in a simpler way. Fireworks is like the other side of Dreamweaver because deals with vector designs for interactive websites, regular websites, and more. This software is the Illustrator for websites and mobile applications, to state it bluntly. And with the former two, websites and mobile apps wouldn’t be a bad idea to execute.

Animations & Videos

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Moving on to something that’s less still and more lively, Adobe also have softwares for videos and animations. In this era, films and animations have become more popular as technology made them more engaging and thrilling. So of course Adobe will create more amazing softwares to create this type of content. This is where Adobe Animate, Adobe Premiere Pro, and After Effects comes in. Animate, once known as Flash, is used for creating cartoons, interactive comics, and much more. It was very popular years back, whereas now technology has further advanced to something faster and better in quality. Despite that, many websites and media players still put it into use. Premiere Pro is more video-oriented with the ability to edit video tracks to create movies. It’s very basic on it’s capabilities because it focuses on the actual video tracks and clips than special effects. But that’s where After Effects takes the lead by adding special effects to both videos and animations. It makes seemingly hard effects like adding text to frames or using a green screen very easy to manipulate. It truly makes something come to life (as cheesy as it sounds).

Photo Editing & Design

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Last but definitely not least we have photo editing and design. This is definitely the classic form of art so of course there’s many software that can edit and add effects to photos. From Adobe, there’s Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom which can edit photos and add graphics. Again Photoshop is a very flexible software that can do a lot if you know how to use everything and take advantage of it. That’s why it’s great for editing photos. Then there’s Lightroom, which arranges and organizes photos. This is great for making collages or panoramas after editing it on Photoshop. It sounds simple in theory but is very powerful and efficient in its work.


That being said, there’s nothing more to say about Adobe softwares. Actions speak louder than words and their capabilities speak for themselves. Each software is very flexible and user-friendly so it can be used in a work environment or in the comfort of your home. There’s much more Adobe softwares that haven’t been mentioned, although the softwares already mentioned are more than enough. For more insight on Adobe’s other great software, check out this website that I used fro research!

Digital Storage Devices

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If there’s two things that I know are main concepts of a working computer, it would be processing, and storage. There are a bunch more components that make up a computer, but at the moment, I’ll only be focusing on storage which is important since it’s what the computer relies on to do previous tasks and pull up old information. There’s three types of storage devices for a computer: Internal, External, and Cloud. Extra information about each storage device can be found with the links in each category below!

Internal

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Internal storage devices are hard drives that stores a computer’s application and information. All data placed in the internal storage devices are directly in the computer’s memory. This means that the only way to retrieve that info again would be to use that specific device where it is stored. This makes internal storage devices pretty limiting and therefore not always depended on. An example of an internal storage would be a Flash Memory. It’s a very common internal storage device that stores info electronically.

External

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External storage devices are drives that aren’t originally found in a computer’s system. There’s many types of external storage devices that can be removable, or accessed through a wired connect. The main purpose of the storage device is to hold extra memory outside of a computer’s storage; and it doesn’t cost much to do it. This type of storage device is very common and be something small like a usb drive, to something as big as an external hard drive.

Cloud

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Instead of having a tangible storage device, Cloud storage devices uses the internet to send a user’s data to a remote memory database. Because the memory is held in a database network, one’s info can be retrieved anywhere they find Internet access. No need to use a physical storage drive, or one computer that is storing the data. Now it’s virtually everywhere and ready to be retrieved at any random time. This type of storage cam contribute to group projects, where their work and be accessed and transferred to any person easily.

Each type of storage device is very convenient in their own way and the decision on what storage device to use depends on they type of work done, and comfortably. One for quick storage in the computer, another to physically take and retrieve on any device. And of course one that can be digitally accessed wherever there is Internet. Each storage device comes with their own issues and risks, but they all have something to contribute. And that’s memory storage! The End!

PC and Mac Operating Systems: What’s the Difference?

Which do you prefer? PC or Mac?

Before comparing and contrasting, it’s good to know what an operating system is. A computer’s operating system or OS is what controls the computer’s memory and processing of all its software and hardware. There are two major operating systems which are PC (Personal Computer) OS and MacOS. The MacOS is specifically for all Macintosh computers which PC OS is more universal and found on various types of computer brands. So with two distinct operating systems, what sets them apart?

MacOS

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Starting off with Mac (only because I’m going in alphabetical order), the Mac has been known to be more “user-friendly”. It comes with many built-in software that’s very useful for most types of work. Such includes: GarageBand, Pages, iMovie, Keynote, and much much more. Additionally, if you are an Apple user, the Mac is very compatible with all Apple devices (almost like magic, really). However, the MacOS isn’t very open to other software which limits the amount of add-ins to the computer. Another complaint is the lack of touchscreen ability. Unlike HP or Dell PCs, no Mac devices include a touchscreen. It can be limiting to some extend, but not much of an issue. A bigger issue would be the higher pricing. For a OS that can’t be versatile with the many soft wares available, there shouldn’t be a reason for the high price. Overall, a Mac is better for basic work and user-productivity.

PC OS

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Then there’s the Personal Computer OS. This general OS is well-known for the ability to process multiple software from other origins. And while Mac is compatible with other Apple devices, PC works great with many accessories from different companies. It’s an operating system that can function well on computers and tablets while constantly updating and adding new features. It really keeps its name as a personal computer: able to work any way in favor of the user. Despite it’s capabilities, even it has it’s downfalls. Yes, this software does update itself often, but where MacOS has updates that fixes any issues or bugs, the PC focuses more on adding new features that can cause a bigger mess if the system just needs to be cleaned and fixed. Moreover, with openness to virtually everything on the internet, a computer can be at risk when downloading software that could have a virus or receiving pop-ups that could get access to any personal information. So basically, with great power comes great responsibility in terms of PC OS. At the end of the day, I have no actual bias on the best operating system. I work well with whatever work well with me. But to each their own, right?

Major shout-out to these websites for explaining what an operating system is, and giving good points to each side of the competitive MacOS and PC OS operating systems!

Ergonomics & Computer Safety

We are living in a time where billions of people are connected without ever seeing each other once. And it’s through technology, more specifically the internet. Despite technology being an amazing innovation, using technology can be just as harmful. Not just from external dangers, but internal dangers like procrastination or being distracted (which I’m a master at). Therefore, it’s important to be conscious about how you use a computer. A slogan I skillfully crafted with my IQ of 84 is to Protect and Prevent. Protection is applied to computer safety and Prevention is a double meaning for both computer safety and ergonomics.

Don’t end up like this guy. Be smart, Be safe.
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When it comes to the enemies of the internet, it’s usually spams and scams. Getting scammed of information isn’t fun, especially if you never saw it coming due to little understanding. As a person who got scammed and lost a laptop because of it, I know the value of protecting your device. A few ways to protect your computer would be to buy and download and Anti-virus software to protect your computer from viruses and malware. They’re like antibiotics for your computer, and it’s worth it. You can also regularly update your computer to avoid security issues. While it’s good to protect your computer, it’s even better to protect your information. The anti-virus software also prevents stolen personal information, but it’s recommended to have a backup storage to keep your info in case your computer gets stolen or destroyed. These are a few tips that I found to be very important, but if you’d like more tips or explanations, you can read off the website I found here. More importantly, when working on the computer, you don’t only need to protect the device, but your mind. Protect your mind and work progress by working in a peaceful in environment with little distraction. Get comfortable and make sure you have everything you need at arm’s reach to avoid constant stops. It’s surprising how easily one can lose motivation once they focus on something else. Focus on one task at a time and place a set schedule to make sure everything is done in an orderly fashion. Don’t overwork your computer nor your mind.

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After protecting your computer, you need to do a little more preparations to prevent any unwanted situations from ever happening. Some good preparations would be to use strong passwords for your personal accounts. It’s not always the best to make your passwords the same or have them based off of personal details in your life. Be unique and very unpredictable. If you have to make a security answer for “What’s your favorite color?”, don’t say “purple”. Instead, make the answer “President Gore Green8”. Another great asset to a safe computer would be ad-block. Ad block really helps in preventing scammers from disrupting your time using ads that could lead to viruses or stolen information. It’s always best to stop the problem before the problem stops you. In terms of ergonomics, the study of one’s efficiency when working, I found a really good website with tips on how to be productive when working. My favorites where to minimize interruptions to keep focus and motivated, make your own deadlines, and take regular break so you don’t overwork your brain. Being efficient isn’t only about doing all your work quickly, but correctly without going into overdrive. And when you prevent problems, you get progress. So be safe and be successful.

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Learning the Basics of Computers

When asking a random person about the parts of a computer, the first thing that comes to mind in the “computer screen”, the computer mouse, and the keyboard. I know this because I was one of those random people who knew nothing; yesterday to be exact. But the computer has developed over time to become one of the most innovative tech advance in the world. Such a development deserves proper acknowledgement and research. So I’ve taken the initiative to do the studying for you, thanks to an awesome book outline and website! The first element that should be identified is the Monitor, which uses a video card in the actual computer to display everything a user sees once they turn it on. This is mainly because this is the first thing a computer user sees.

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A basic user would say that the monitor (showing off in style) is what does all the work. However, the main focus is the Motherboard, holding all of the computer components found inside the computer case together. The Central Processing Unit or CPU, for starters, is what constantly processes every spec of data they gather and execute. Every search and action we make is accurately followed by the CPU. Working beside it is the Random Access Memory or RAM, which is stored information that can be retrieved at any moment. With RAM, a user and store info, take them back out, and use them whenever they need to. The amount of RAM in a computer depends on the purpose of the computer or its Operating System (OS). Another method of memory storage in a computer is the Hard Drive, which tangibly stores a user’s information rapidly even when the computer is shut off. There’s also the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives that reads media drives that can be removed. To put it in simpler terms, a computer can process CDs and DVDs.

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A basic computer is also capable to connect to extensions such as a mouse, a type of pointing device, and a keyboard, made to communicate and control the OS. Of course based on the type of computer, there’s much more accessories that are compatible. But a common PC – Personal Computer – usually needs just a keyboard and computer mouse to regularly function. With this much information on computer components, you should at least have a good enough understanding on its parts and overall purpose. Hope you enjoy this new knowledge! (Or don’t, I don’t dictate your life.)