Feb 032010
Authors: Ryan Gibbons and Glen Pfeiffer

Today, we are happy to bring you … our 50th column!

We must say, we expected more party blowers on location for this event, but we’ll make do with what we’ve got, which is rum and Coke. The rum being for the one of us who is older than 21 and the Coke being for the one who is not.

Guess we know who the 1 is and who the 0 is in this relationship. 

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our readers for the enormous amount of positive feedback you’ve given us in the past year and a half. We probably would have stopped writing this a long time ago if we didn’t think anyone was reading it.

The idea for the column was born of might and magic (not really) during our freshman year when we decided to turn the aimless amounts of time talking to each other about new technology into something that we could aimlessly talk about with you. We noticed that the Collegian had a need for content of this sort, so we applied.

The editors had quite a time figuring out where it would be appropriate to print the column in the paper, if at all (it was almost online-only). It somehow ended at the Entertainment desk.

Cece Wildeman, our first editor, hired us despite the fact that on our application we listed nothing but made up acronyms and the name of the Airsoft club we started as our qualifications.

I guess nerds have a way of conveying their nerd cred without the help of a résumé.

It was Cece who named us the Binary Boys, and despite being lukewarm on that title at first, it grew on us. Special thanks to Visual Editor Brandon Iwamoto and Design Editor Heidi Reitmeier for working on the new and the old logos that adorn our corner of the world and hopefully draw our readers eyes to the words.

In 50 columns we’ve journeyed through Apple releases, DVD ripping, changes to Facebook, the digital TV switch, gift guides, Geocaching, Wikipedia, RSS feeds, Twitter, net neutrality, scams, netbooks and a lot more.

So to wrap up the tribute, we really hope our readership continues to be as supportive for the next 50 columns as the first.
To transition into column topics: We would like to invite all of you to send in ideas.

Occasionally friends tell us someone in their class said we should write about something in particular. We did a feasibility study on the possibility of installing microphones all over campus, but it turns out that’s not cost-effective. So if you have an idea, you should e-mail it to us.

Enough talk about the column. Today we’d love to quickly introduce you to our friend, Web 2.0. This term has been around since about 2004 and applies to most of the Internet as you know it. Any user interaction with a Web page is defined as Web 2.0.

For example, in-browser e-mail is Web 2.0, social networking like Facebook is Web 2.0, as well as is, you guessed it, YouTube.

Before Web 2.0, we could view text and pictures, but there was no interaction and wasn’t nearly as engaging as it is today, which has led to the concept of Internet addiction.

Having no addiction to Facebook and YouTube could lead to higher productivity, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Why should you care? We’re a few years into Web 2.0, and some people think Web 3.0 is on the horizon, lugging a basket full of goodies with it like a robot Little Red Riding Hood.

Most envision it as the Internet not just for you but for your computer. Rather than you needing to tell your computer to go search for something, if it feels the need it’ll go find it itself ­–– a sort of artificial intelligence.

Maybe in a few years, when you get a new computer, rather than you setting it up it will head over to your Facebook page and figure it out itself.

We won’t get ahead of ourselves, as there are still plenty of questions yet to be answered about how Web 2.0 is affecting Internet usage. But there you have some terms defined, if you didn’t know the concept.

Columnists Ryan Gibbons and Glen Pfeiffer are bringin’ back the pet rock. As in, you come pet our rocks, so we don’t have to. They can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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