This assignment was pretty fun. I had done something similar before but this one is now connected to the spy theme. This one predicts what sort of spy you are, either a badass or a weird one. The badass being more like Jason Bourne and the weird one is equal to Johnny English. The quiz may be found here.
The more and more I do this stuff I’m surprised with how difficult it is to come up with some quality questions and answers. On the surface it seems very easy and straightforward. Just ask some questions right? Well since it is going on Buzzfeed the questions need to have some sort of fun factor, plus the answer choices can’t be boring either. But with enough head scratching I eventually figured something out.
The layout is pretty easy to follow and has directions each step of the way. The hardest part is being creative and to me that doesn’t really come naturally.
This assignment was pretty cool. As a CS major, I end up downloading a lot of neat things for classes, or someone in a class mentions something that is open source that I should get.
How many open source programs do I currently have?
Currently on my computer I have Firefox, R, Paintbrush, GIMP, Audacity, VLC, Pandas, and Numpy. There may be a few other I had used before such as Ubuntu, but that is a separate operating system.
How many commercial software programs could be replaced with free and open source alternatives?
I am a very cheap person, and am willing to always go out of my way to save a few dimes. This includes not having to pay for software such as Adobe Photoshop. I had originally used photoshop during a free 30 day trial, but that expired long ago. I currently use GIMP, one of the open source pieces of software that I currently listed. So I currently don’t have any programs that can be switched because they’re all already free.
What media are you using that compromises your personal data, count the programs and devices?
There is a simple flowchart to follow to see if your information is being followed. Was the program free? –> Yes —-> You’re info is being sold. Facebook is probably the worst offender. I use a facebook just to keep track of things going on with the rugby team and even then it’s invasive. Zuckerberg himself said that people are dumb for giving him all their information for free, which he just then turns around and sells. This is the same for apple and google. Just remember, if the product is free, you’re the product.
I had always wondered where those infamous buzzfeed quizzes would always come from. It always seems like there is a new one popping up that could tell anything from what’s your shoe size all the way to where you grew up. So I decided to make one.
Quiz found here
The quiz I made is titled “Can We Guess Which Type of Car You Drive?”. It is actually pretty hard to find a topic for a the quiz. Even harder is trying to simplify the types of car people can drive. The car market is so saturated there are quite a lot of choices to choose from. There are small hatchbacks, basic sedans, sports sedans, luxury sedans, coupes, convertibles and the list keeps going. For trucks its the same way as there are mini trucks, diesel trucks, full-size trucks, half tons, quarter tons, 4x4s, 4x2s, SUVs and on and on. There needs to be some simple way to bring this list down. I final outcomes for the quiz I have chosen are basic econobox, lifted brodozer, public transportation, and luxury sedan. I feel that those cover a large percentage of the population and even those that do not own cars.
The process was quite simple, mostly filling out text boxes and adding images. Finding images that were royalty free however were a pain. There are several basic layouts to choose from but what best fit my needs was the “Personality Quiz” layout. This layout is simple and easy to follow. The hardest part is trying to figure out questions and their correlating “personality”. There is no true science to this so everything is made up.
IRL I’m really into cars and this is just a way for me to express that interest. I don’t really have an interest in small econoboxes like Honda Civics or Ford Fiestas, but it helps me stay more engaged in the activity and makes it more interesting.