How the Internet is Changing the Way We Communicate

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How the Internet is changing the English language and the ways we speak

As a linguist and an ex-English teacher, the evolution of language has always fascinated me. Since the 15th century, the English language has evolved under the influence of technology but I would argue that this has been more in terms of style than structural changes to the language. The first big change came in the 15th century with the use of printing presses which introduced new standardized grammar, spelling and punctuation styles. In the 19th century, telephonyrought in new patterns of dialogue as people could speak to each other at greater distances. Radio and TV broadcasting in the early 20th century introduced us to new styles and thought us sports commentators, chat shows and interviews. However, it is the internet that has had a massive change both in the way we speak and how we write English.

Who could have predicted that internet technology would have brought us so much diversity? For example, just think of the different technologies and the way we communicate in English using these technologies:

* the world wide web itself

* email

* chat rooms

* instant messaging

* the virtual worlds of games

* blogging

* twittering

* mobile phone texting

* social Networking

We do not speak or communicate in the same way when we are blogging as when we are texting and each technology has its own style of the English language. These different styles of communication have exploded and will continue to evolve and you can see it in all forms of online marketing or offline marketing materials

Whilst the internet has produced some new vocabulary or "internet slang", there are only a few hundred new English slang words in a language which has over one million words. So the 20th century slang of "groovy" and "funky" has given way to phrases like "lol" (laugh out loud), and "brb" (be right back) in the 21st century – but they are still relatively few.

So, although there are some new punctuation formats, eg emoticons, there have been no significant changes to grammar patterns or verb endings. The main change has been the style of language that we use when we communicate.

Lots of purists and people would like to preserve the correct way to speak English. However, no one can stop trends in style and slang from changing the way we communicate. Whether it is cave men's drawing on walls, writing in sand with a stick, or sending a "tweet" to the other side of the world, the English language is something that will never be permanent and will be constantly changed by technology. …

Proxy Websites

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I wanted to take a break form doing reviews and things like that today, this will be a semi-informative post regarding proxies. I'm sure many of you have heard to word used, and maybe and came across a website of two that is a proxy. Well what exactly is a proxy?

There are two different types of proxy. One involves editing something on your local machine. The other is just visiting the proxy website and putting in the address you wish to visit.

A proxy is a way for you to not only get privacy, it also is a way to view websites that are blocked on your network. Such as your school, work place, or even the library. When you use a proxy, or proxy website all of the information is transferred through that proxy instead of your local machine. This means not only a whole new level of privacy for you, but this also means any pesky restrictions on your computer or network do not apply.

If you are interested in a web proxy one I like to use is Adverted.com. It's fast, free, and it also has small shortcuts to very common websites that are blocked by most network administrators. If you are interested running a proxy on your local machine you can check out Proxy4free.com. If you are unsure oh how to set the proxy on your computer read around their site, there are a few guides that you can use. But I always found it way more simple to use a web based proxy such as Adverted.com …

Computer Monitors – Choosing the Right Computer Monitor

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Computer monitors are mainly used in displaying texts and images that a computer generates. They normally have carbon or plastic frames, and viewing screens made of glass. Able to display images in different formats, resolution ranges from 1024 x 768 pixels for SVGA standard to 1600 x 1200 for higher-end models.

Computer monitors also come in different types to suit specific purposes.

CRT Computer Monitor: CRT or Cathode Ray Tube monitors give you crisp and vibrant images best for office and home use. Some models even come with specialized screens that help in eliminating screen glare.

Flat-screen Computer Monitor: Flat-screen monitors have large screens for viewing with resolutions higher than CRT monitors. They provide sharper, brighter images with high contrast ratios and are viewable from both vertical or horizontal angles.

LCD Computer Monitor: LCD monitors make use of electronic liquid crystals in assigning brightness and color to every pixel in an image. With at least a 450: 1 contrast ratio, they give you a wider range of colors with high-contrast displays.

TFT Computer Monitor: Thin Film Transistor or TFT monitors are similar to LCD monitors but are capable of generating pixels at a faster rate. They have a 500: 1 contrast ratio at the very least with a response time of around 8ms.

When buying computer monitors, there are a number of things you have to consider. Choose a monitor with resolutions that fit the applications you use most often. For ease in viewing, choose 17-inch monitors for office or home use. The 19-inch to 20-inch monitors are best for multimedia use for better image and photo viewing. For at-home use, monitors with 4: 3 aspect ratios would suffice. For office use however, aspect ratios of 15: 9 or even 16:10 is best for showing presentations. …