Archive for August, 2012
The most classic form of WYSIWIC that rings a bell straight away, would be remote computer access using Virtual Network Computing (VNC) technology. RealVNC is the most common official software available and is most commonly used by anyone offering IT support off-site or gaining access to another smart device from a remote location.
This program is not the most suitable for Computer Supported Co-orperative Work, containing all the common problems of a ‘strict’ WYSIWIC such as multi-user doing different tasks in synchronisation. I do, however feel that it was extremely easy to use when combined with synchronous communication where users were able to communicate live, the work carried out on the accessed device in a demonstrative/file edit and feedback/problem solving way.
Personally owning 4 ‘smart’ devices including a desktop pc, a laptop, a smart phone and a tablet pc, I sincerely look forward to being able to utilize the program one day to the extent that eliminates the need to carry every single portable device most days when away from home. Requiring all devices to be switched on when accessed is a definitely a bit of a downer to the environment on a social scale, hurting the wallet on a personal level (but the prospects remain rather exciting).
The very instant that the word ‘awareness’ came up, ‘facebook close friends list’ appeared so vividly in my mind.
The facebook app is not new, I like how it gives you accessibility to your friends’ and pushes notifications you deem important directly to the smart phone status bars so you can be aware of the latest updates to events and posts. Lately, I’ve discovered that awareness is promoted further by facebook with a simple ‘close friends list’ which push notifies literally every update from friends on the list directly to the phone status bar, so you see your friends facebook posts as soon as they post.
Yes, it does become annoying at times when a bestie is a post re-blogging spammer, and it almost feels stalker-y by tracking a facebook friend’s every update, but it saves time and furthers awareness about the ones you want to hear about asap from the many.
It was only a month ago that I widened my eye at a friend speaking into an iPhone and listening to an voice reply moments later in the form of a instant message without dialling voice mail. ‘What’s this?’ I’d asked with much astonishment, only to discover that it was to be an app called ‘WEIXIN’ aka ‘WeChat’, distributed by China’s largest IM platform (‘QQ’) provider ‘Tencent’.
The app enables asynchronous distributed interaction between its users in the forms of instant messaging via text messaging, photo sharing, voice messaging, location-sharing, and group messaging with the recent addition of video messaging in version 4.2 beta. It even comes with a locational GPS service where users are able to chat with strangers using the same app within a set radius of each other.
WeChat’s hold-to-talk voice messages seems to use very little data usage and have
not yet being noticed to generate sends/receive connection errors as seen with ‘Facebook’ and ‘Line’ when using network data transmission instead of wi-fi connectivity.
I feel that instant messaging platforms such as WeChat that supports human interaction past simple text emoticons where true emotions are expressed asynchronously via voice/video.
This app also comes with an SNS interface affiliated with the user’s WeChat account, making it truly a mobile lifestyle bank if all our friends can be connected (perhaps when the day comes that Facebook ‘find’ is integrated 😛 )!