Sustainability of IT

IT is extremely sustainable – its life span is theoretically infinite as there are users creating a massive amount of new content for users to enjoy and use, such as programs, websites and games and security enhancements.

IT has a purpose for nearly everybody – business entrepreneurs can use it to keep track of their business and stocks and other advanced features while casual users can use it for music and video as well as social networks to communicate with their friends.

The eco features provided in many IT devices allow for conservation of electricity and resources that would otherwise be mass consumed by the electronic equipment. Some monitors include an economic mode where the brightness will automatically adjust to lower levels to save power when it is idle.

The future of IT is determined by those who use it, so, as aforementioned, it’s completely sustainable and has been advancing strongly for the past 20 years.

Sustainbility

Sustainbility

Social Aspects of IT

The social aspects of IT are extremely apparent as the impact it has caused upon the current generation’s ability to socialise is mind-blowing.

The growing use of mobile phones has made eye-contact more trivial than is naturally disciplined in human nature – People can suffer social anxiety due to their lack of social interaction since they are distracted by technology, too.

Accessibility and Colour schemes

Choice of colours

The choice of colours are standard and all-around the most neutral of colours. Readable by colourblind viewers (black on white makes for a great contrast) as well as clearly defined imagery.

Font Style/Font Size

The text size is the expected Arial 12px without serifs so it’s comfortable to read and does not have font decorations such as serifs to make it more difficult to read.

Contrast of Text Background

All of the colours abide to Le Courier’s guidelines of colours which expresses that contrast is important for text to be readable to visually impaired users. The chart used as a guideline for the colour scheme of this website can be found at this link: http://www.cdp.co.uk/images/table.gif.

Inclusion/Exclusion of images.

Images are added throughout the blog allow for easy information and relation to the text in the post; said images also have alternate captions as previously mentioned to allow visually impaired users to also extract information from the images. While images are not found throughout every blog post, they are used where they are relevant.

What makes E-Mail safe to use?

Email is made safe to use by a number of utilities that should be practiced on all machines.

Firewall

A firewall is a mandatory measure for your machine to be safe while using emails, particularly sketchy emails. One undiscovered or unpatched exploit is all it takes for a hacker to be able to abuse your computer in a variety of ways, most worryingly could be the theft of your personal information (identity, credit card number, social security number, etc.) or loss of data on the computer.

Data Protection Act

The data protection act enforces that the bearer of the data is obliged to keep the data in good hands. This means you data, by law, cannot be abused via e-mail, and anyone who attempts to do is in a breach of the act, therefore liable to be prosecuted.

Securing of personal data

When you send an email, most importantly one with personal or sensitive information, they are encrypted with your digital signature when they are sent to the recipient in order to protect against any unauthorised parties from being able to access and read your e-mail. Your digital signature is tied to your e-mail account and hard-coded to the recipient, so only the recipient should theoretically be able to decrypt the e-mail.

What does the WordPress do to help your security?

Passwords and Login Details

Setting up your account for WordPress is similar to how you’d do so in many other sites, specify your username, e-mail and password. The website strongly encourages you to use a strong password and even gives you a small blurb to describe what a secure password must look like, exclaiming that it should contain capital letters, numbers and punctuation.

There is a button labelled “Generate Strong Password” which chooses a long array of random letters, number and symbols for you to use as your password – a nice touch and example-setter for beginners.

Emails to register

As soon as you register to WordPress you are required to verify your e-mail address to associate it with the account and use the website fully (and gain privileges such as uploading images, among others).

If you entered the wrong e-mail during registration and fail to verify your account due to this, then you can change it after the account has been created, preserving your account.

CAPTCHA

If you create a concerning amount of blog posts or comments then you will be asked to enter a captcha to continue doing such actions as the website will begin to suspect that you are automating these actions. After you have passed the captcha you will be allowed to do the same action again as many times as you enter the captcha.

This is a standard, yet effective way of repelling bots.

What the blog doesn’t do so well

The blog does not accomplish much of a unique layout. The customization features on WordPress are held back Premium subscribers so personalisation is fairly low. A lot of templates are available for you to set up your blog with, but a majority of them are not free and must be bought. Even if you do buy such a template, you will also need to pay another fee on top of that simply to customize the fonts and backgrounds.

Is it easy to make a blog entry?

It’s very easy to make a blog entry on WordPress. You go to “Reader->New->Post”, fill in the heading for the new post and then the summary and press Publish. It will immediately be added to the blog and readable by your viewers according to the privacy setting you specified when the post was published.

How easy is it to update an existing entry?

It’s very easy to update an existing blog entry and there is little obstruction to prevent you from doing so. Simply choose which entry you’d like to edit, press the edit button near the title of it and change the text and data within the blog post and press Publish and the changes will take place immediately.

Why is the blog good at conveying information to a wide audience?

Who can access the blog?

This blog uses simple language that should be understandable even to those who are inexperienced in IT. The blog has built-in WordPress accessibility features which allow the user to alter the colour scheme and font style on-demand, hopefully widening the audience which should be able to use this blog.

Accessibility

Additionally, the blog uses images in many posts to help further explain the scenario – The images have subtitles and captions so vision-impaired individuals with screen-reading software can also gather information from the images provided in the posts.

Editing and Publishing the blog

Editing and publishing the blog posts is extremely easy and painless. The amendments and created blog posts appear almost immediately and there are basically no obstructions to stop you from being able to edit the post as many times as you like. There are privacy settings for each post which lets you choose whether you’d like the post to be public, private or unlisted.