ICT and Society Working Adult Essay Sample

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The Person I have chosen for my working adult is Mark Ward (Retail manager) of Woolworths in Greenford on Marylebone road; it is also the place where I had the opportunity to do my work experience there and investigate how is ICT used in their everyday lifestyle for all sorts of reasons. Mark usually makes sure that every employee has a job to do and they are doing their job properly, if you require any assistance or if you have any queries about something then he is the individual you need to go to. Mark also works around the store just like any other employee and makes sure everything is going well and that everyone is undertaking the job they have been given to do.

Woolworth is a Retail shop; they have on which people can shop online at www.woolworths.co.uk and have can have their products delivered home to them within 5 working days. They have a huge team of employees who are properly and highly trained and they know how to handle difficult situations in difficult circumstances. They are very sensitive about health and safety and especially about the safety of their member of staff. They have a very good record of history of health and safety, to them health and safety of their employees and the customers is more important then anything else.

Woolworths is not a big organisation so it doesn’t have other organisations as their customers; they have other organisation such as: Pepsi as their suppliers who supply them with Pepsi drink in all sort of different types e.g. cans and bottles. Their customers are just any random people who come to shop for food and other equipments which include: garden, kitchen and other electrical equipments.

What are the needs of Mark?

Mark uses a IPOD to listen to music so when he is travelling form home to work on his journey he can let music relax him and keep you awake because he has to wake up early in the morning in order to start his shift. He also listens to his IPOD when it’s the end of his shift he listens to it on his way back home. He also uses a mobile phone to set the alarm so he doesn’t get late for work.

Mark uses the MSN so he can communicate with all his friends and relatives around the world and in the specific area he is living in. He is able to send and receive emails from any of his contacts. He is able to access his account 24/7 without any trouble and that is as long as he knows his own email address and password only then will he able to access his account.

Mark uses a Computer to be able to do his office work such as: typing letters, sending emails and using the internet even though you have to have a separate connection to the internet which you have to pay for but you still need a computer to which from you can use the internet and the benefits it provides.

Personal

Technology 1

Entertainment: I-Pod

Definition

IPod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple and launched in 2001. It is device that allows you to listen to music, save images and videos. It also has a huge amount of memory in which the user can save lots of files on to, as it portable so the user can listen to it while they are traveling so they can be entertained. You can also open any files such as images anywhere and anytime.

Main features of I-Pod

* Allows listening to music

* Allows you to store images and videos

* Has a memory of 60GB

* It is rechargeable

* Can listen to mp3 music

* Can watch mp4 files on it

* Up to 20 hours of battery life

* Menu: to traverse backwards through the menus, and toggle the backlight on older iPods

* Center: to select a menu item

* Play / Pause: this doubles as an off switch when held

* Skip Forward / Fast Forward

* Skip Backwards / Fast Reverse

How Mark uses the IPOD?

Mark uses the IPOD by pressing and holding the play/pause button, this button turns the IPOD on and this the same button used to turn the button off. He can fast forward the track or go to the next track by pressing the next button which located on the right of the play/pause button. He can fast backward or go back to the previous song by pressing the previous button which is located on the left side of the play/pause button. He can view the images or the videos he has taken by going on the menu and selecting his gallery to go on the specific thing he wants to see.

Why Mark uses the IPOD (What are his needs)

Mark uses the IPOD to keep himself entertained while he is travelling or when he bored at home, he also uses it store images and videos of himself and his family members so when he misses them he can look at the photos he may have taken or recorded not from his IPOD but he can copy the files onto his IPOD and they can be viewed. He can record songs and tunes. The IPOD has up to 20 hours of battery which is also rechargeable so Mark doesn’t have to keep on buying new batteries so it’s saving him money, this device allows Mark to listen to mp3 and watch mp4, it has USB ports so he can copy songs, tunes and videos from his computer and Internet onto his IPOD.

How does it meet his needs?

The IPOD is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it is portable so it allows him to listen to music while he is travelling or any other time he prefer as long as the battery he has is charged. The IPOD allows songs to be downloaded onto itself and for Mark to able to listen to them. It also allows Mark to be able to see images and videos he has taken or recorded not from the IPOD but from the device he used to record or take the images from. The IPOD also has features such as fast forward so e.g. if Mark doesn’t the start of a song but he likes it later on so then he can just hold the fast forward button and then stop holding it from the bit of the song he likes. The device has a huge memory of 60GB so Mark can download a high amount frequency of songs, tunes and sounds. It also has long lasting battery of 20hrs which is rechargeable so he doesn’t have spend money on buying new batteries which beneficial as it is saving him money he would have to spend on buying new batteries.

To what extent does it meet Mark’s needs?

The IPOD is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him download songs, tunes and videos. It has a huge memory of 60GB in which he can store more a thousand songs. The technology allows Mark to see images or videos which he had taken from another technology. The IPOD also has features such as fast forward so e.g. if Mark doesn’t the start of a song but he likes it later on so then he can just hold the fast forward button and then stop holding it from the bit of the song he likes. This technology allows Mark to listen to mp3 and watch mp4; it has USB ports so he can copy songs, tunes and sounds from his computer and Internet onto his IPOD. It also has long lasting battery of 20hrs which is rechargeable so he doesn’t have spend money on buying new batteries which beneficial as it is saving him money he would have to spend on buying new batteries. The IPOD doesn’t meet Mark needs to some extent as it is very expensive and the rechargeable batteries cost a lot also and plus he has to buy the charger separate and it’s LCD screen can easily be damaged so if he drops his IPOD accidentally then the IPOD screen will break which will obviously shut down the whole IPOD so it doesn’t meet the needs of Mark to the full extent.

Evaluate the technology – good and bad features? Advantages/Disadvantages

There are many Advantages to an IPOD such as: that it allows Mark to listen to songs tunes and videos. The IPOD allows songs to be downloaded onto itself and for Mark to able to listen to them. It also allows Mark to be able to see images and videos he has taken or recorded not from the IPOD but from the device he used to record or take the images from. Its battery lasts up to 20hrs and the batteries are rechargeable so he doesn’t have to keep on buying new batteries. This technology allows Mark to listen to mp3 and watch mp4; it has USB ports so he can copy songs, tunes and sounds from his computer and Internet onto his IPOD.

There are also many Disadvantages to An IPOD such as: that its LCD screen can easily be damaged so if he drops his IPOD accidentally then the IPOD screen will break and the IPOD will no longer work and the IPOD is very expensive to buy so Mark has to spend quite a bit of money to buy another one and also Mark has to buy the charger and the rechargeable batteries separate which are very expensive compare to normal battery prices.

Alternative

Alternative to an IPOD is Sony Walkman which is the latest digital media player available, it is much better than IPOD because the Sony Walkman has 2inch LCD screen and the IPOD has 1.5inch LDC screen. It is more beneficial to Mark as it has high quality graphics and videos. It also has a 30 hrs music playback and 8hrs of video playback, longer than the IPOD battery. The Sony Walkman comes with a WM-Port which allows you to connect it to many other ports including USB port.

Effect on their Working style

IPOD doesn’t change Mark’s working style in anyway, but Mark can use the IPOD at work he can listen to his IPOD during his leisure time. As he only uses the IPOD for Personal reasons.

Technology 2

Internet: Internet

Definition

The shared global computing network. A network based on standards which enables global communications between all connected computing devices. It provides the platform for web services and the Worldwide Web. It allows the user to research on anything it is used worldwide and is very good resource of finding out information easily, all the users around the world can research on it and they are no limits or boundaries of the information it provides the users with.

Main features of Internet

* Allows you to research on any specific thing

* Allows you go online and communicate

* Allows you go on MSN email

* It has wireless connections

* Allows downloading

* Keeps you entertained e.g. playing games or watching comedy programs and movies

* Allows you send work to yourself through email

How Mark uses the Internet?

Mark can use the internet by firstly getting internet or Broadband from a specific organisation and then once that has happened he can turn his computer on, install the old windows internet and then he can go on the internet icon using the mouse and research or do whatever he wants to do. He can download songs, tunes and videos onto his mobile or IPOD through the USB port connection so he can select a specific song he wants to copy onto his mobile or IPOD and then he can copy the song using the software’s such as: Window Media Player.

Why Mark uses the Internet (What are his needs)

Mark uses the internet so he can keep himself self entertained after his work or during the weekends when he sometimes is bored he can go on the internet and research on things that keep him entertained e.g. watching the trailers of the current movies that are in the cinema or are the future release. He can also play games or download new songs, videos and tunes onto his mobile, computer and his IPOD and he can also download new films onto his computer. If he wants to buy any product that has already been launched in the market such as: PS3 all he has to do is just go the specific organisations website that are selling the product and he can order online and have it delivered to his door step so this is saving him the trouble of physically going outside to the organisation and buying it and then carrying it home.

How does it meet his needs?

The Internet is very effective in meeting Mark’s needs as it allows him to research worldwide, so the information he is trying to find out won’t just be from the specific country he is using the internet from instead the internet will very quickly tell him all the research results from all over the world. The results are very accurate and reliable so data isn’t likely to be bias. The Internet allows Mark to shop online so if he wants to buy a new product which is launched in the market he can place his order by going on the specific organisations website and once he has done that he can have the product he has ordered delivered to his door step even though it will charge him, only a bit something like 4.00-5.00 pounds this is very beneficial as Mark won’t physically have to go to the specific organisation and buy it from there. He can also use the Internet to download songs, videos and tunes onto his mobile or IPOD through the USB port connection.

To what extent does it meet Mark’s needs?

The Internet is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him to research on all type of data through worldwide although it gives him the option of finding out information only from UK. The internet is very beneficial as it gives accurate and updated results which are very reliable and accurate and the internet gives very quick results so Mark doesn’t have spend a long time to know the results and as there are many websites with similar and dissimilar results so this helps Mark compare the results and choose the most accurate and updated results.

He can also use the Internet to keep himself self entertained after his work or during the weekends when he sometimes is bored he can go on the Internet and research on things that keep him entertained e.g. playing games or watching trailers of the current films in the cinema and the film trailers of the future releases. The Internet allows Mark to shop online so if he wants to buy a new product which is launched in the market he can place his order by going on the specific organisations website and once he has done that he can have the product he has ordered delivered to his door step. He can also use the Internet to download songs, videos and tunes onto his mobile or IPOD through the USB port connection. The Internet doesn’t meet Mark’s needs to some extent as the results from all over the world so sometimes it’s very difficult to decide which website has the correct and update results and some of the results are bias so sometimes not very accurate and reliable.

Evaluate the technology – good and bad features? Advantages/Disadvantages

There are many Advantages Internet such as: that it allows Mark to shop online so if he wants to buy a new product which is launched in the market he can place his order by going on the specific organisations website and once he has done that he can have the product he has ordered delivered to his door step. Internet allows Mark to research on all type of data through worldwide although it gives him the option of finding out information only from UK. The internet is very beneficial as it gives accurate and updated results which are very reliable and accurate.

There are also many Disadvantages Internet such as: that it gives a huge frequency of results so it’s very difficult for Mark to decide which website has the most accurate, reliable and updated results. The internet also sometimes has bias (unfair) data which is also sometimes not updated.

Alternative

The alternative to internet is Broadband internet is better as there is less probability of failure connection so if Mark was using Broadband internet then their would less chance of him loosing his results because of no network connection which more reliable and trustable and also it will keep Mark’s phone line free so when he is using the internet and someone is calling him his Internet won’t disconnected and he will be able to attend phone calls.

How Has Internet affected Mark’s working life style?

Internet has affected Mark’s working style a lot as he is very busy and he has to start his shift 6.00am in the morning he won’t have enough time to do his shopping, buying his supplies which will at least last him for a week or so. So this is where Internet helps Mark, he can use specific websites now days nearly every organisation has their own website so he order anything online and have the products delivered to him at his door step.

Technology 3

Communication: Mobile phone (D600)

Definition

A mobile phone that allows the user to communicate with others, it also allows video calling so the person you are communicating to can see you and you can see them. It has 10m Bluetooth reach so you can exchange data with person in reach of 10m and send and receive data for free (No charge). It allows you record and capture videos. It’s phone memory can be increased do if the user wanted to have more files on his file then they can buy a memory card with a certain memory e.g. 512mb or 1GB.

How Mark uses the D600?

Mark can physically use the D600 by firstly turning it ON and to do that he needs to press and hold the turn ON and off button, and as soon as he has done that he can use all the features it has such as: video calling, playing games in Java world, setting daily alarms and capturing images. He can also communicate with others such as: his friends or family members and do that he needs to dial or find their contact in his contact list and as soon as he has done that he can call them by pressing the calling button located on the opposite side of the switch ON and off button.

Why Mark uses the D600 (What are his needs)

Mark uses the D600 to keep himself entertained and busy as he works 6 days and also he starts his shift early (6.00am) in the morning and if he has no weekend plans he can watch previous images or videos which stand out for him, he can also play games in Java world such as: Freekicks, Forgotten Warrior and Arch Angel which are very exciting and joyful games from my own experience and according to Mark. He can even go on the internet to download latest songs, tunes, videos, wallpapers and screensavers. He can also check the latest football match scores and the latest news alert. He can even connect the phone to his computer and download songs, tunes, videos, wallpapers and screensavers onto his through the USB port and using the Samsung PC Studio3 software which converts all files into the type of files the D600 plays which is very beneficial because some phones don’t play all type of files.

How does it meet his needs?

The D600 is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him to play games in Java world such as: Freekicks, Forgotten Warrior and Arch Angel. It also has a file manager in which all his songs, tunes, videos, wallpapers and screensavers are saved so he can play them back whenever he wants. He also set alarms so if he has to wake up early on a specific day he can set the alarm at that day, he can also makes notes so if he had an appointment or it was someone’s birthday or any special occasion which he has to remember he can make a note of that and set it that so the alarm goes on that day at a specific time. He can even connect the phone to his computer and download songs, tunes, videos, wallpapers and screensavers onto his through the USB port and using the Samsung PC Studio3 software which converts all files into the type of files the D600 plays which is very beneficial because some phones don’t play all type of files.

To what extent does it meet Mark’s needs?

The D600 is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him listen to music, be able to see his songs, tunes, videos, wallpapers and screensavers and set the wallpapers and screensavers as his mobile backgrounds. He can keep himself entertained by playing one of three games in Java world which from my own experience I believe are very exciting and joyful to play. He can even connect the phone to his computer and download songs, tunes, videos, wallpapers and screensavers onto his through the USB port and using the Samsung PC Studio3 software which converts all files into the type of files the D600 plays which is very beneficial because some phones don’t play all type of files. All files are saved in the File Manager and inside it are many other folders in which e.g. one will contain all music and the other will contain all images so there is no difficulty to find any of his files as all of them are ordered by the type order. So it does completely meet the needs of Mark.

Evaluate the technology – good and bad features? Advantages/Disadvantages

There are many Advantages to D600 as it allows Mark to keep himself entertained by playing one of three games in Java world which from my own experience I believe are very exciting and joyful to play. It also allows him listen to music, be able to see his songs, tunes, videos, wallpapers and screensavers and set the wallpapers and screensavers as his mobile backgrounds. He can even set alarms so if he has to wake up early on a specific day he can set the alarm at that day, he can also makes notes so if he had an appointment or it was someone’s birthday or any special occasion which he has to remember he can make a note of that and set it that so the alarm goes on that day at a specific time.

There are many Disadvantages to D600 such as: that when your phone memory gets full you have to buy a memory card to increase it memory and the memory cards are quite expensive and they can be easily be damaged. The D600 has small LCD screen which can easily damaged so if Mark accidentally drops his phone on hard ground it will break and will no longer be of any use.

Alternative

The alternative to D600 is W880i which is a more advanced phone with 1GB memory, full Walkman kit; this also allows video recoding, capturing pictures and downloading latest files. The W880i’s Bluetooth range is up to 100 meters. It has USB connectivity and many more features but all of this comes for roughly �200.00.

Effect on their working style

The D600 doesn’t really affect Mark’s working style but he can use mobile phone for Personal reasons such as: to listen to the music, see his images or the videos he might have downloaded or recorded. He can see all his files when he has free time at work, he can keep himself busy.

Social

Technology 1

Internet: Email (MSN)

Definition

Software that allows then user to send emails all over the world, it is a source through which people can communicate to their friends and families. It allows users to attach any files e.g. pictures of themselves or family members. It allows the user to send files to themselves for e.g. if their was a document an employee didn’t finish at work they can use their email to send the documents to themselves at their home.

How Mark uses the Email?

Mark can use the email by turning his computer ON, going on the Internet icon, going on the email website and then typing in his email address and password and once he has done that he can see if he has received any emails and if he has any he can double click on the email icon and open and read his email or (s). he can also reply to his emails by selecting the option reply and then their will be a blank space for him in which he can write his reply and once he has finished writing what he wanted to he can select the option send.

Why Mark uses the Email (What are his needs)

Mark uses the Email so he can keep in touch with all his family members in this country and abroad, he send and receive as many mails as he wants and they don’t charge anything which is very beneficial. He can also send emails to his friends to ask them if they want to go out sometime or he can tell them if he’ll be go out with them on a specific day. He can also send pictures, videos, songs and tunes by attaching them with the email he is sending. Using the email Mark can communicate with his relative’s abroad but he has to have their email address otherwise on which address will he be sending the email on. Mark can check his email account 24hr it get’s updated automatically, he can use the email as an online chat software as the emails are sent and received very quickly he can communicate with his family and friends and ask them about whatever he wants.

How does it meet his needs?

The email is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him check his email account 24hr and see the new updates which are automatically done. The email options are very beneficial so if Mark forgets his password then he has to answer the secret question which only he knows the answer to unless he’s told someone because when you sign up for an account they ask you to choose and answer a question you want to and this question is only required to be answered if you forget your password. Mark can use the MSN software to send and receive emails 24/7, he can attach pictures, videos, songs and tunes to his email and send it to the person or (s) he wants o send it to. He uses the Email to keep in touch with all his family members, friends and other relatives in this country and abroad. He can use the email as an online chat software as the emails are sent and received very quickly he can communicate with his family and friends and ask them about whatsoever.

To what extent does it meet Mark’s needs?

The email (MSN) is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him check his email account 24/7 and see the new updates which are automatically done. The email options are very beneficial so if Mark forgets his password then he has to answer the secret question which only he knows the answer to unless he’s told someone because when you sign up for an account they ask you to choose and answer a question you want to and this question is only required to be answered if you forget your password so this is benefiting Mark to the extent as he can change his password.

He can also send emails to his friends to ask them if they want to go out sometime or he can tell them if he’ll be go out with them on a specific day. He can also send pictures, videos, songs and tunes by attaching them with the email he is sending. Mark can use the Email to keep in touch with all his family members in this country and abroad, he send and receive as many mails as he wants and they don’t charge anything which is very beneficial. So it does completely meet the needs of Mark to the extent

Evaluate the technology – good and bad features? Advantages/Disadvantages

There are many Advantages to Email such as: that if Mark forgets his password then he has to answer the secret question which only he knows the answer to unless he’s told someone because when you sign up for an account they ask you to choose and answer a question you want to and this question is only required to be answered if you forget your password so this is benefiting Mark to the extent as he can change his password. It allows him check his email account 24/7 and see the new updates which are automatically done. Mark can use the MSN software to send and receive emails 24/7, he can attach pictures, videos, songs and tunes to his email and send it to the person or (s) he wants o send it to. He can also use the Email to keep in touch with all his family members, friends and other relatives in this country and abroad.

There are many Disadvantages to email such as: that anyone can send you emails with viruses and when you open the email it creates errors and everything in your account gets misplaced, things get deleted and it also spreads into the computer you are using to check your email. Another disadvantage is that you can get hacked and all your personal details fall into the wrong hands and people with bad intentions can use it and you could be accused or blamed for something maybe you didn’t even know about.

Alternative

An alternative to Email is MSN Web Messenger which allows you to check your email account 24/7 and also allows you to communicate online with your friends and family in the area and abroad. It allows you to add contacts and alerts you if anyone is trying to add you. You can also send any type of files to yourself.

Effect on their working style

The MSN allows Mark to communicate with his friends and family around the world, he has access to his account 24/7 and all the information is automatically updated so if he has any recent emails someone has sent him, when he opens his email account the MSN will aware him of that. He can talk to his friends at work when he has his breaks. He can use the MSN for work but in this case he only uses it for Social reasons.

Technology 2

Entertainment: PS3 Live

Definition

Ps3 is the third video game console. It is the successor to the PlayStation 2. The PlayStation 3 competes with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. It is the latest, the most expensive and the most amazing console created so far. It allows you play online all over the world that is if you have an Internet connection through your console.

How Mark uses the Ps3?

Mark uses the Ps3 by turning the PS3 ON to do this he first needs to plug the main switch in and put the image wire at the back of his TV. The turn ON button is located at the front of the console and to turn the console OFF he has to press and hold the same button to, he can use the eject button located under the turn ON button to inset or take out a disk. It also has wireless controls so there is no way that your control will not work because of no control wires you don’t have to insert the control into the PS3 to play a game. It allows you to play up to 8 players. It has many other ports such as: the USB port.

Why Mark uses the PS3 (What are his needs)

Mark uses the Ps3 to keep himself entertained with his friends as the Ps3 allows you play online with the pupils who have internet connection through their PS3. The Ps3 is very beneficial as it allows Mark to play all the Ps3 games which are very exciting and enjoyable even from my own experience. The Ps3 also has a huge memory of 50GB so Mark doesn’t have to keep buying new memory sticks to save more data on as the memory is very high he can store and save many games. The PS3 also allows multiplayer up to 8 players so Mark can play with many of his friends and family members but at specific games that allow the frequency of players. Ps3 is so far the latest, the most expensive and the most exciting console created so far as it created with professional tactics and techniques by Japan so it is very reliable as Japan has other consoles already in the market doing great business and making huge amount of profits e.g. of consoles: PS2 and PS1.

How does it meet his needs?

The Ps3 is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him to connect to the internet and play all over the world with other people who have internet connection with Ps3 and his friends. it has a huge memory of 50GB so Mark can save enormous amount of game data into his Ps3 so Mark won’t have to keep on buying new memory sticks to save his game data onto. In addition if his memory runs out and he can no longer save game data, he can delete his old game data of the games he don’t want to play anymore or the game which he might have already finished. Ps3 is so far the latest, the most expensive and the most exciting console created so far as it created with professional tactics and techniques by Japan so it is very reliable as Japan has other consoles already in the market doing great business and making huge amount of profits e.g. of consoles: PS2 and PS1. The PS3 also allows multiplayer up to 8 players so Mark can play with many of his friends and family members but at specific games that allow the frequency of players.

To what extent does it meet Mark’s needs?

The PS3 is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him to keep himself entertained with his friends and other people around the world; it allows Mark to play online with the pupils who have internet connection through their PS3. It has a huge memory of 50GB so Mark can save enormous amount of game data into his Ps3 so Mark won’t have to keep on buying new memory sticks to save his game data onto. In addition if his memory runs out and he can no longer save game data, he can delete his old game data of the games he don’t want to play anymore or the game which he might have already finished. The PS3 also allows multiplayer up to 8 players so Mark can play with many of his friends and family members but at specific games that allow the frequency of players. Ps3 is so far the latest, the most expensive and the most exciting console created so far as it created with professional tactics and techniques by Japan so it is very reliable as Japan has other consoles already in the market doing great business and making huge amount of profits e.g. of consoles: PS2 and PS1. So it does meet the needs of Mark to the extent.

Evaluate the technology – good and bad features? Advantages/Disadvantages

There are many Advantages to PS3 such as: that it allows Mark to play online with the pupils who have internet connection through their PS3. It has a huge memory of 50GB so Mark can save enormous amount of game data into his Ps3 so Mark won’t have to keep on buying new memory sticks to save his game data onto. In addition if his memory runs out and he can no longer save game data, he can delete his old game data of the games he don’t want to play anymore or the game which he might have already finished. The PS3 also allows multiplayer up to 8 players so Mark can play with many of his friends and family members but at specific games that allow the frequency of players.

There are many Disadvantages to PS3 such as: that if the PS3 memory runs out he will have to delete or buy a new memory stick to save more game data on his PS3. Also that sometimes the buttons on the PS3 control don’t work as it is wireless and there is difficulty of connection. Another disadvantage of PS3 is that it is very expensive to buy, it the most expensive being sold in the market compare to other consoles such as: X-box, Nintendo Wii and Ps2.

Alternative

An alternative to Ps3 is X-Box 360 which isn’t more beneficial than PS3 but you can compare the similarities and dissimilarities between the two. It isn’t of a better quality than Ps3 but it allows you to play X-Box Live with Internet connection and allows you to se the person you are playing online with.

Effect on their working style

The Ps3 doesn’t really affect Mark’s working style as he can’t carry the Ps3 with him to work but he can play the PS3 during his weekends and holidays. So he only uses the PS3 for Personal and Social reasons.

Technology 3

Web Cam

Definition

Web Cam is a camera that is attached to someone’s computer, this camera takes pictures every few minutes and updates those pictures to a Web page where everyone can watch them.

Some Webcams are set up in people’s houses and allow you to watch them as they go about their day to day business. Others are set up outside and allow you to watch the scenery of a particular area.

Main features of web cam

* Easy to capture still images and send them to your friends

* See your friends and have them see you (live)

* Experience the latest technology in video communication, see how easy it can be to send your favorite pictures over the net

* Have your own live meetings, communicate anywhere in the world and send e-mails with images

How Mark uses the web cam?

Firstly Mark has to connect the web cam through the USB port in his computer and then he has to place the web cam onto the top of his monitor and have it ready to communicate to my friends. Then a message appears saying “found new hardware”. Then it’s ready to use. Then after this is done he needs to go onto the Internet and go to a chat room website and communicate with his friends while he can see them physically and visually.

Why Mark uses the Web Cam (What are his needs)

Mark uses the Web Cam because it allows him to communicate without having to type as there is a microphone which indicates the voice or any sort of sound made. Mark can also see the person he is communicating with so if someone had hacked one of his friends email account then when he is communicating with that specific friend, he will know that it’s not his friend as he will be able to see the person he is communicating with. He an also take pictures and record video’s of himself from the Web Cam and straight away it to the person he is communicating with or any of his other contacts such as: family members.

How does it meet his needs?

The Webcam is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him to communicate (live) his friends and family who live anywhere around the world as there is no connection problem as long as they also have a webcam only then the person Mark is communicating with will be able to see and hear Mark. Mark is able to see the person he is communicating with so that way he knows the person isn’t some stranger who might have hacked into his specific family members or friends email account. He can use the proper software of the Webcam which is free. It is also very easy to install into computer so he won’t have to spend a lot of time installing the webcam or its software. The Webcam has software through which Mark is able to copy images and videos to a device or copy from a device. The web cam allows him to communicate without having to type which is very beneficial because he is physically being able to communicate with the person without actually physically being at that place.

To what extent does it meet Mark’s needs?

The Webcam is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him to communicate live with his family and friends; the place they are in doesn’t matter as one Webcam can connect to another Webcam wirelessly free of charge. Mark is able to see the person he is communicating with so that way he knows the person isn’t some stranger who might have hacked into his specific family members or friends email account. He can use the proper software of the Webcam which is free. It is also very easy to install into computer so he won’t have to spend a lot of time installing the webcam or its software. The web cam allows him to communicate without having to type which is very beneficial because he is physically being able to communicate with the person without actually physically being there at that place; there is a microphone which picks up every little sound made whilst Mark is having a conversation. The Webcam has software through which Mark is able to copy images and videos to a device or copy from a device. It also doesn’t have a memory limit therefore Mark can save as many files as he wants. So it does completely meet the needs of Mark to the extent.

Evaluate the technology – good and bad features? Advantages/Disadvantages

There are many Advantages to a Webcam such as: that is very cheap for the benefits it provides the user e.g. being able to see the person you are communicating with live. The Webcam has software through which the user is able to copy images and videos to a device or copy from a device. The web cam allows the user to communicate without having to type which is very beneficial because you are physically being able to communicate with the person without actually physically being at that place. . It is also very easy to install into computer so he won’t have to spend a lot of time installing the webcam or its software.

There are many Disadvantages to a Webcam such as: that the Webcam is very likely and easy to get damaged e.g. if it dropped off the computer monitor onto the floor its camera screen could get damaged or corrupted. Also the computer sometimes isn’t able to locate the Webcam even though it is connected to the computer so if Mark wanted to communicate with his friends or family members through a Webcam, he won’t be able to.

Alternative

An alternative to a Web is a more efficient Webcam which will be more beneficial to Mark as the quality of the pictures and videos will be much better because this Webcam is built for better use of capturing images and recording videos, so if Mark sends the pictures to his contacts then they will be bale to clearly see the image or video.

Effect on their working style

The Webcam doesn’t affect really effect Mark’s working as he only uses the Webcam for social reasons e.g. communicating. So the Webcam isn’t effecting his working style or the amount of hours he works. Mark only uses the Webcam for Social reasons as of it in this case.

Work-Related

Technology 1

Control Monitoring: CCTV

Definition

CCTV is a (closed circuit television), a video magnification consisting of a video screen interfaced with a video camera. The camera has an imager to the larger display screen and the optical effect of the cameras zoom lens. The CCTV system provides high contrast, inverse video display, gray scale, false colors, natural colors, and/or control of contrast level and brightness. The camera can zoom in and out to a further distance; it usually operated to stop crime. The CCTV is to fulfill the Council’s commitment to provide for a safe and secure environment for the benefit of those who might visit, work, or live in the area.

How Mark uses the CCTV?

Mark uses the CCTV by firstly locating it at a specific e.g. at the main entrance door so in the Monitoring room where Mark usually sits and watches the customers from them some are shop lifters who might try to steal something Mark has a vision of every particular fraction of the store as he is able to observe through the CCTV cameras. He has TV monitors on where different sections of the organization are shown every 5-10 seconds.

Why Mark uses the CCTV (What are his needs)

Mark uses the CCTV because it is for his own and his colleagues Heath and Safety reasons e.g. if there is a robbery at the store then the CCTV will detect the robber who might be trying to rob a specific till and as there are CCTV cameras facing all the tills the Robber could easily be recognised and if he was physically violent with an employee then he will also be charged of that at the court. It also helps Mark know as a manager who of his employees are doing their job properly and if they are at the place they’re suppose to be. Mark will also be able to know if any of his employees have tried to theft any money from a till and if they have and they have denied it then Mark can show them CCTV recording of them committing the crime.

How does it meet his needs?

The CCTV is very effecting in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him to zoom in and out to a certain distance so the CCTV can spot things happening further away from it. The recording of the incident can be used as an evidence against the suspect in court and prove him/her guilty. The image remains in focus throughout the range of a zoom lens so as the camera zooms in you can set it to record at a person e.g. it could be someone who might have already stole from the organisation, and then Mark can set the camera so it doesn’t loose the image of the person it’s zooming into unless the person walks out the store. It is also used for Heath and Safety reasons e.g. if there is a robbery at the store then the CCTV will detect the robber who might be trying to rob a specific till and as there are CCTV cameras facing all the tills the Robber could easily be recognised and if he was physically violent with an employee then he will also be charged of that at the court.

To what extent does it meet Mark’s needs?

The CCTV is very effecting in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him to know if any of his employees have tried to theft any money from a till and if they have and they have denied it then Mark can show them CCTV recording of them committing the crime. It helps Mark know as a manager who of his employees are doing their job properly and if they are at the place they’re suppose to be. He can also zoom in and out to a certain distance from the Control room so the CCTV can spot things happening further away from it. The recording of the incident can be used as an evidence against the suspect in court and prove him/her guilty. The image remains in focus throughout the range of a zoom lens so as the camera zooms in you can set it to record at a person e.g. it could be someone who might have already stole from the organisation, and then Mark can set the camera so it doesn’t loose the image of the person it’s zooming into unless the person walks out the store so they can take action against the person and investigate about him. So it does completely meet the needs of Mark to the extent.

Evaluate the technology – good and bad features? Advantages/Disadvantages

There are many Advantages to a CCTV such as: that it they allow him Monitor everything just by sitting at his office instead if their weren’t any CCTV then he would physically have to keep an eye on every single person he or anyone of his employees suspect. He can use the CCTV to continuously keep an eye on a specific person as the cameras are able to rotate at 180 degree. The CCTV can also zoom in and out to a certain distance so the CCTV can spot things happening further away from it. The recording of the incident can be used as an evidence against the suspect in court and prove him/her guilty.

There are many Disadvantages to a CCTV such as: that CCTV doesn’t rotate at 360 degrees which means that crime can take place near a CCTV and if the CCTV can’t rotate then the person easily commit the crime which pleases him/her. The CCTV can easily be damaged so anyone can just throw anything strong and heavy to smash the screen and after that it’s easy for them to commit the crime and not many people are scared of the CCTV they don’t even care if there is someone watching them they’ll do what they want.

Alternative

An alternative to CCTV is another CCTV that is able to rotate at 360 degree and all of

Its monitors have a colour screen and also it’s quality of the videos and images are more

visible and more beneficial for Mark and the organisation.

Effect on their working style

The CCTV effects Mark’s working style a lot as he is able to monitor all around the store just by sitting at his office doing nothing. It affects the amount the hours he works because he can just sit and watch everyone do the work. He doesn’t even have to come to work to monitor, he can monitor even from his home through his laptop. This means he can spend time with his friends and family and also be able to work by being able to monitor. He can control all his staff from home and be able to see what they are doing. He can also save a recording of an employee or a customer trying to steal from the organisation.

Technology 2

PC Technology: Computer

Definition

A computer is a resource through which you are able to manipulate data and convert it into something else. It is a technology which allows the user to write documents, save files store music, videos and tunes. It allows storing a maximum amount of data; it does jobs faster than an individual can. It has a huge amount of memory where the user is able to store greatest amount of data. It is designed to be beneficial and make life easier for the Mankind.

How Mark uses the Computer?

Mark uses the computer by firstly turning it ON form the main plug and then the name of the company mate or a logo of that company will show on the computer. Then on the monitor it will show the type of edition it is e.g. Windows Home Edition, and then he will have to click on the log on icon using the mouse and once he has done that he will be able to use the facilities that the specific computer provides.

Why Mark uses the Computer (What are his needs)

Mark use the computer because it allows him to access the c Using the computer Mark can access the organisation website which allows him to see the different amount of stock people have ordered online and to make sure that the deliveries are being made on time to the right specific consumer. Mark can use the computer make changes to their organisations (Woolworths) website so if there were new special offers he had to put on but he has to have a user name and a password to access the website to make changes to the website. The computer enables Mark to be able to type and send emails as he does use email for social; he can send emails to the suppliers of the organisation if they haven’t delivered specific products.

How does it meet his needs?

The Computer is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it enables him to admission personal details of his employees which are stored and saved in a database so if an employee has committed a crime or is going against the organisations rules, Mark will have all the details he needs to track the employee down. The computer also contains the amount of stock delivered to them on a specific day, by a specific company who are their suppliers e.g. the suppliers of the Pepsi drinks. The computers furthermore control the tills consequently they monitor and keep calculating and adding the cash that is transferred to the organisation by the employees who obviously take that capital by selling a product. The computer enables Mark to be able to type and send emails as he does use email for social; he can send emails to the suppliers of the organisation if they haven’t delivered specific products.

To what extent does it meet Mark’s needs?

The Computer is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it permits him access the organisation website and the system which allow him to make changes to the website although he has to know and have his user name and password to actually make any changes. Mark also uses the computer to control and monitor the CCTV which is automatically controlled by the computer so if their was a thief who stole something but got away Mark can pass the recording of him shop lifting to the police so they can take further action and investigate about him. The computer also contains the amount of stock delivered to them on a specific day, by a specific company who are their suppliers e.g. the suppliers of the junk food and fizzy drinks. The computers furthermore control the tills consequently they monitor and keep calculating and adding the cash that is transferred to the organisation by the employees who obviously take that capital by selling a product. The computer enables Mark to be able to type and send emails as he does use email for social; he can send emails to the suppliers of the organisation if they haven’t delivered specific products. So it does completely meet the needs of Mark to the extent.

Evaluate the technology – good and bad features? Advantages/Disadvantages

There are many Advantages to a computer such as: that it allows the user to create different type of files and documents on different software’s. It enables the user to control an environment in which the user has systemised the computer used and whatever happens is done from your own authority and desire. It is a technology designed to make life easier e.g. from the computer database in which you can store and save lot’s of data about anyone or anything. It has a password which protects all your files so no-one from the outside can access Mark’s work files.

There are many Disadvantages to a computer such as: that not all computers have software’s such as: Microsoft Office. So to have them you either need to install them into your computer or buy a computer which already has the software’s installed in it. In addition the computers are very expensive to buy so not all people can afford to buy them or be able to use the benefits it provides the Mankind.

Alternative

An alternative to a computer is a laptop which is also a computer but it is portable so you can carry it anywhere around the world and it will work although you do need to charge it as the charging time runs out. It contains all the features that a normal computer has; it also allows printing wirelessly so cable connections required which is more beneficial as their will is no problem of the wires being damaged or not connected to the printer or the PC.

Effect on their working style

The computer affects the working style of Mark a lot as he is able to observe his entire employee’s from home using the computer. He can even work from home because as a manager he only has to make sure everyone has a job and that everyone of his employees are doing the properly and also that no shop lifters try to steal from the store but there is a security guard who does this job so he doesn’t really have to do that. There are CCTV’S all around the store which are monitored on the computers and he can do that home. This changes his working hours so he can spend more quality time with his friends and family at home but he can’t sit at home and observe if he does that he can get sacked from his occupation.

Technology 3

Communication: Mobile Phone

Definition

A mobile phone that allows the user to communicate with others, it also allows video calling so the person you are communicating to can see you and you can see them. It has 10m Bluetooth reach so you can exchange data with person in reach of 10m and send and receive data for free (No charge). It allows you record and capture videos. It’s phone memory can be increased do if the user wanted to have more files on his file then they can buy a memory card with a certain memory e.g. 512mb or 1GB.

How Mark uses the Mobile Phone?

Mark can physically use the mobile by firstly turning it ON and to do that he needs to press and hold the turn ON and off button, and as soon as he has done that he can use all the features it has such as: video calling, playing games in Java world, setting daily alarms and capturing images. He can also communicate with others such as: his friends or family members and do that he needs to dial or find their contact in his contact list and as soon as he has done that he can call them by pressing the calling button located on the opposite side of the switch ON and off button.

Why Mark uses the Mobile Phone (What are his needs)

Mark uses the mobile phone because it allows him take pictures, record videos and sound so if their was customer who was being violent physically or was being abusive, trying to create trouble for an employee than Mark can use the Mobile phone record the situation or capture a picture of the person and if the circumstances got very critical Mark can use the phone to call the Police; inform and tell them to come and arrest the person who is going against the law for which he can go in prison so when there is a hearing about the person Mark can show the videos or pictures he may have taken or recorded during those circumstances and use it as evidence in the court.

How does it meet his needs?

The Mobile phone is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him to take pictures, record videos and sound so if their was a shop lifter who was trying to steal something Mark can give him a warning and take a picture or a video of him so if he the thief does try to steal again he can take further severe action. He can use the phone as a memory disk so if catches another thief; he can check through his image gallery to see if he already has a photo of him and if he does this tells him that he tried to steal again and he now has to take action. Mark can use the Mobile phone to contact with other employee so if their was a fire in the building and they couldn’t find a specific employee, he can contact them to see where he/she is; It is the rule of the organisation that everyone carry a walkie-talkie or a mobile phone (supplied by the organisation) with them all the time and this is required for their own Health and Safety. Mark (Retail Manager) or the Assistance Manager can use the Mobile phone to call the Police, if there was a robbery or a critical situation in which they could do nothing but make a call.

To what extent does it meet Mark’s needs?

The Mobile phone is very effective in meeting the needs of Mark as it allows him to take pictures, record videos and sound so he can use any of these facilities in difficult and critical circumstances. if their was a shop lifter who was trying to steal something Mark can give him a warning and take a picture or a video of him so if he the thief does try to steal again he can take further severe action. He can use the phone as a memory disk so if catches another thief; he can check through his image gallery to see if he already has a photo of him and if he does this tells him that he tried to steal again and he now has to take action. Mark (Manager) or the Assistance Manager can use the Mobile phone to call the Police, if there was a robbery or a critical situation in which they could do nothing but make a call. Mark can use the Mobile phone to contact with other employee so if their was a fire in the building and they couldn’t find a specific employee, he can contact them to see where he/she is; It is the rule of the organisation that everyone carry a walkie-talkie or a mobile phone (supplied by the organisation) with them all the time and this is required for their own Health and Safety. So it does completely meet the needs of Mark to the extent.

Evaluate the technology – good and bad features? Advantages/Disadvantages

There are many Advantages to a Mobile phone such as: that it allows Mark to take pictures, record videos and sound so he can use any of these facilities in difficult and critical circumstances. It also enables the user to do video calling so when Mark contacts the police he can show the officers the behaviour and attitude of the person that is if there was bad customer or a thief so he can also use it as evidence against the person in the court.

There are many Disadvantages to a Mobile phone such as: that when your phone memory gets full you have to buy a memory card to increase it memory and the memory cards are quite expensive and they can be easily be damaged. The Mobile phone has small LCD screen which can easily damaged so if Mark accidentally drops his phone on hard ground it will break and will no longer be of any use.

Alternative

An alternative to a Mobile phone is a more efficient phone which has more beneficial features and is more beneficial to Mark, the organisation and the rest of the staff. An e.g. of more beneficial phone is N95; It isn’t even expensive for the benefits it provides the user with.

Effect on their working style

The mobile phone effects Mark’s working style a lot as it allows him to take pictures, record videos and sound so he can use any of these facilities in difficult and critical circumstances. He can use the Mobile phone to call the Police so if there was a robbery or a critical situation in which they could do nothing but make a call to the Police; In these situations they don’t (shouldn’t) have to put their own life in danger for the money or anything. The mobile phone doesn’t change the amount of hours he works unless he is able control his staff using a Mobile Phone. So its not affecting his working style to the extent.

Overall Conclusion

Overall the technologies Mark uses mainly most of them meet Mark’s needs to the extent as all the technologies Mark uses are very beneficial and advantageous to him. The technologies Mark uses are all for Personal, Social and Work-Related reasons, some of the technologies effect Mark’s working style and working hours e.g. CCTV, Computer and Internet all these technologies save Mark a lot of work and trouble. Mark is able spend more time with his friends and family so that way he is paying attention to work and is being able to spend time wit his relatives but a disadvantage of working from home is that what he plans to get done, he may not be able to get it done as he will be at home and he will have no pressure of anyone watching over him, watching and making sure that he is doing the work and getting it completed by a specific deadline. Overall the Technologies Mark uses fully accomplish his needs to the extent.

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