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This is the Blackboard web interface. Blackboard is an online course management system used frequently in classes at UMCP. I dislike it because it is cluttered, and most of the content of the home page is not relevant to me or my classes. Also, there are two home buttons that are easy to mix up. The hierarchy is poor and it tries to have too much functionality at one time.
This is iCal, a calendar program I frequently use on OS X. I like it because it is simple, intuitive, easy to use, beautiful, elegant, and the use of color is very functional. The alarm messaging system is useful, and it is enjoyable to use.
I think that social networking sites have changed human behavior the most in the past 5 years. With the introduction of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and other massively popular sites the way people communicate and network has been significantly changed. People are able to communicate more frequently, and maintain a greater number of contacts at more casual level. In some ways it has expanded the range of contact we have with others. We are able to check up on distant acquaintances by following their "Tweets" on Twitter, when in the past the effort to see how someone was doing would have been much greater. At the same time, with social networking sites, people are able to move their social life to the digital realm now more than ever, which could allow them to avoid meaningful social contact, in person. So far, people have seen a greater number of advantages from social networking sites, ranging from career networking to regaining contact with friends and family from the past. Overall people use them as a tool to enhance their real lives, and stay current with what is going on in the real world.