Thursday, November 26, 2009

End of year

It is nearly the end of 2010 so I am writing my last blog.

I would like to thank Mr. Kerr for his wonderful lessons and all the new things he taught us. I had a fantastic time in control tech.

thank you for reading my blog and keep cool people ;D

BAbbybOomBoom yoh >=p

The Future

In 30 years time I believe things will be more compact and screens will more mostly touch sensitives.

This is a design I made that I think what a computer may look like in the future.

This is a full touch screen computer and its about the size of a A4 piece or paper.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Complete a variety of labelled screenshots which illustrate the differences between these user interfaces

Windows (WIMP – windows, icons, menus, pointers – as in MSOffice 2003)

Windows (ribbons, contextual tabs, galleries – as in MSOffice 2007)

Sugar (Frame replaces menubar, Journal
replaces file system hierarchy, Community –
didn’t work for us,)

Linux command line (similar to DOS)

Which user interface do you prefer. Rate them in order. Give reasons.

Firstly I would use Windows beacuse Its what Iv'e been using in my whole life, and i am also used to most of the features.

Secondly i would use Sugar beacuse I've been using it in class and i know some of the features.

Thirdly I would use Linux command beacuse I heard its quite good bu i havent used it before so im not confident using it.

Fourthy I would use WIMP. WIMP I have not heard much from and to me I think it might be complicated for me to use

Tuesday, November 24, 2009



Rate each of the following out of 5:
Guest speaker: Rosemary about Timor Leste 3/5
Guest speak: Joel about the xo 3.5/5
Physics 4.5/5
SVG icon and Linux command line 3/5
Turtle Art 2.5/5
Other activity evaluation 3/5
Etoys 2/5
Scratch 3.5/5

2) Three things I learnt in control tech are working with new programs. I learnt to use sugar how to hack the program, I learnt making shapes with Turtle Art and I leant to make animation using Etoys.

Three things I enjoyed was working with physics, having guest speakers coming to our class and I also enjoyed working with Turtle Ar.
Three things I didn’t like was working with Etoys because this is one of the activities I struggled in, I didn’t like hacking the Sugar interface because it was complex for me. I also didn’t like blogging all the activity we did.

3)Best- working with physics, I found working with physics was the best because this activity was easy to use and it was very fun.
worst, - the worst was working with Etoys because I found it very difficult and confusing to use .
most interesting, The most interesting was Turtle Art because I found it interesting making different shapes.
most difficult – the most difficult was hacking the sugar interface because I got confused with the code.

Is the xo or olpc a good idea for the children of the developing world? State your opinion and give reasons.

I think the olpc is a great idea because it is good to give kids the taste of simply technology. The xo is a small laptop that is easy to use and it could allow young kids to develop their minds and have fun at the same time.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Etoys or Scratch

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Captianawesome and I had to work on a project together. Our task was to make a project on two different programs. One was using Scratch on windows xp and the other was using Etoys on sugar. The project we had to do was animating a person and making it dance. The two programs we had to use were very different from each other. The codes and scripts were different but they could be programmed to do the same things.
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I worked on Etoys with my project. Making a person animate on Etoys was not a problem for me because I had experience working with the same scripts before. I had to duplicate five of my person and then change how they would move. I changed the mouth, arms and legs movement on my person to make it dance in different directions. I made five different slides of my person. On Etoys I had to make a box so I could put my entire different slides in it. Then I had to find codes so it would run my box and play my person dancing. It’s like an old photo projector where each slides play each scene.
I worked on scratch using windows xp and I found it quite easy. I first had to draw my person figure and then duplicate them but with different movement actions. The codes I used for my person were quite basic, all I used to make my person dance was three different script codes.

When both of us finished our little project we discussed to see which program was better to use. We agreed that both of the programs are alright and similar, but each program has its own unique way. On Etoys it takes very quickly to make a person dance because you didn’t need to have a lot of codes. The only thing that’s bad on Etoys is that its hard to make you person move side wards, you can but you would have to draw another copy of your person and it is hard to copy the exact features. On Scratch you can move your person in any direction like side wards and upwards. At the end we decided that scratch was a little better than Etoys.

This is a screen shot in Etoys.

These are screen shots in Scratch.

Friday, November 13, 2009


I have added one more screen shot to my great race.. please mark.
thank you

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Great Race

During these few days in control Tec we have been using the Etoy activity in sugar. Etoy is an activity that allows you to make objects and by putting codes in scripts you can control how they move. There are many different script codes that you can use so you can desire what kind of paths your object moves. You can also make timers and buttons for your objects and many more I assume that I haven’t explored.

I believe this activity is the most complex activity then all the others in sugar. In some parts it is quite easy but in some parts you could get very confused because you are not sure how the codes work. At first I found it very hard to use Etoys but gradually I got more of an understanding of it, but at the end there are some parts I still get confused over. In this activity I had to get a lot of help from my friends and some from the teacher, but I found it easier for them to show me first then trying myself after.

One of the tasks we did in Etoys is the great race. We had to make four cars and race them around the track. We had to make a timer for the cars so we would know the time for a car to finish a race. We had to make a reset button, start button and stop button. The buttons were made so we could start, stop and restart all the cars at the same time. We had to set the cars at a random speed so each car would have a chance of winning. We had to but a watcher so we could see how the cars are travelling at random speeds. We also had to made sure the cars will turn when it touches the colour of the track , we did this by using specific codes in the scripts.

The great race was a big challenge for me, I got confused with the scripts and I didn’t know what codes I was suppose to use for what. I also found it hard to get the cars to turn because you had to get the right angle to make it turn correctly. At the end of the project I thought it was worth doing because it looks great.

This is a screenshot of my great race. The top corner is a clock and watch for my cars.

These are the scripts for the stop,go and reset buttons

These are the codes i used in my scripts and the codes for my clock.

New Activates Evaluation (Typing Turtle)

Ranking 3.5/5
The Typing Turtle activity is a game which involves typing. You type the words that would appear in the bubble, you can do it with looking on the keyboard or without looking. This activity helps you to type better and faster, also you can learn to touch type. For every letter that you type it would disappear, if you don’t type the letter it will remain until you type it, but if you are to slow the word will fly away and you would miss it. The bubbles will appear faster each time as you type.
Some positive sides on this game is the lay out and design. It is very tidy and the back ground is white so only the bubbles stand out for the users to see the words. The words in the bubble is quite easy to identify because the letter is bold and in a readable font. Another good thought on this game is that the bubbles will gradually fly up faster so it would make it more challenging for the player.

Some negative thoughts on this game are that the words in the bubbles sometimes appear repeatedly . Some of the words are to short and some words are just made up words. Also the speed of the bubble rising up is quite fast, the speed should increase only if the player is getting the hang of the current speed then increase it slowly.

There are not many interesting points in this game. It is just a plain typing game that allows users to type better, but overall this game it very useful for people who want to type better. This game could be played by people of any age , you could learn to type if your young or you might want to become a better type for older people. The graphic of this game is also quite good just for a typing game.