Felton reports

I first looked at the 2005 Felton report. The information is gave was varied but odd and interesting, so that I had to look at the about section of the website to figure out what was going on. The data was interesting,  particuarly the the 2005 in Photos (Felton) section of the 2005 report. It appears to show how many photographs per country and what subjects (Felton). I was surprised to see that “other” (Felton) had the highest percentage of photographs. The data I think would be useful if one was looking up the yearly data that was mentioned in the report.

I also looked at the latest annual report, the one for 2010. It seemed to be alot different from the 2005 annual report,  with most of its information being from multiple years, unlike the 2005 report which appeared to be of just that indivdual year. A section that surprised me was  one on postcards. They seem to go from the mid 40’s to the mid 2000’s and also seem to be more from abroad in later years (Felton).  It was an interesting piece of information.

Works Cited:

Felton, Nicholas. The Felton 2005 Annual Report. http://feltron.com/ar05_04.html

Felton, Nicholas. The 2010Felton  Annual Report.http://feltron.com/ar10_05.html

Exploring PhilaPlace

The most interesting thing exploring the map on PhilaPlace. It was educational to read about the places’ history on the map and see what the places look like. I also think that if I ever went to Philadelphia, I would go back to this website as it has information that might be useful. Through exploring the website I learned about Philadelphia’s history a bit.This makes me want to visit the city.

The PDFs from the educator section give a more broader view via timeline concerning two of the neighborhoods.From the way the map looks,it seems as if the creators of the website used Google Maps for the map, therefore this shows an instance of how others have used Google Maps. The map is interactive and one can learn more about Philadephia through it.


Week 8 Reading

I was surprised to read about what could be done with Google Docs, Google Earth, and with KML. The most interesting topic was Google Earth. It was informative to look at the user guide. To familiarize myself with Google Earth I Iooked up George Mason University and at first it was difficult to orient myself but I did figure out what I was looking at (the Johnson Center).  It was not possible to switch to street view on campus and so the ground-level view was disorienting at times.

The most informative part of the reading was KML. There was alot of information that I did not know previously before reading about it. It was most interesting to read about the differences between Google Maps and Google Earth.

Password length

I think the most interesting part from Tuesday’s reading was the hitting the wall section from Why Passwords Have Never Weaker and—Crackers Have Never Been Stronger. I was unaware that the longer a password, the harder it is to break (Goodin). It is also mentioned that a 5-character password takes a few hours to break, but adding another character adds a day to the process, and 2 adds ten (Goodin). From this information, it makes sense why some organizations/companies ask you to do at least a 6-character password.

I also think that the chart helped to explain this. The chart helps one to visualize the length of a password and why it is important. A shorter password would be easier to break than a longer one. I agree with the advice given that nine characters should be the lowest number, although I wonder if I would follow through the next time I had to create a password (Goodin).

Works Cited:

Goodin, Dan. “Why Passwords Have Never Weaker and—Crackers Have Never Been Stronger: Thanks to Real-world Data, the Keys to Your Digital Kingdom are Under Assault.” arsTechnica, last modified August 20, 2012 9:00pm EDT.