April 3rd Talk


Good morning — Before I begin the talk — I’ll say a few words about myself so that you’ll know my background and the way I may be able to help you. I came to New Zealand from Canada about 45 years ago and have worked at the University, teaching microbiology with a specialist interest in viruses. In the latter years I became involved in the Internet for some 15 years or so.

For 10 years I was the Chairman of the Web Advisory Committee that had the responsibility for running the University’s corporate website and I have developed websites for various departments over the years. I was the Associate Dean, Website & Communications for the Med School for a number of years. After retiring 4 years ago I set up a small boutique web and eBook publishing company called Kalmak Consultancy Ltd. I have been involved with Apple computers since they first came out and own an Apple IIe and then a MacIntosh and numerous Apple devices either since — iPhone, iPad, laptops and desktops. There isn’t much difference between Mac’s and PC’s these days so it is not an issue here. Most things happen on the Internet and is independent of the device you are using.

Coming back to the talk this morning — Lorene forwarded some questions — I will not be able to answer all of them today and some of them are how-to-do questions which probably belong in a computer course, especially the ones specific about using graphics and photos but I shall deal with them as best as I can in this forum.

What I am going to do is give you some background which should help to frame your questions more specifically when you are asking for advice or help.

I am going to be telling you about things that you don’t know — and also about things that you don’t know that you don’t know. I am going to be showing a few short videos and answer questions as we go along. Please don’t hesitate at anytime to interrupt me and say I don’t understand what you are talking about. I use a host provider called Bluehost — which I think is an excellent company, so they are going to get some free advertising here.

That basically gives you the main idea — the browser on your computer or smartphone is the software that reads files that it receives thru the Internet — be it by dial-up, broadband or wireless — the browser is the key. That video left out a lot of detail, so I am going to show you an video from another company that gives more nuts and bolts and some of the terminology used for different parts of the Internet.

Okay, the next thing I want to introduce is Cloud Computing. This is a buzzword which makes things confusing since one thinks of servers floating around on clouds  — the connections are still the Internet — servers, hard-drives, and wires.

One more clip, this time more from a business point of view and why companies large and small are moving towards Cloud Computing. It is also the way the applications on your smartphones work and the apps on your Notebook, iPhone or iPod, etc work.

It is a more efficient and flexible way of using Internet technology


The key features of Cloud Computing

New-tech-cloud(click to enlarge)

Three kinds of Cloud Service

New-tech-clouds(click to enlarge)

There is plenty of challenges, risks and security issues — but remember it is not because it is in the ‘cloud’ but spread around the planet on huge data farms — they are connected by pieces of wire on the hard drive of servers (machines). It may seem that ‘clouds’ are not secure but that is not different than the previous internet, except it is better — copies are securely stored around the planet.

{For more information, contact Kalmak Consultancy — a boutique company for websites and eBook publishing. These days everyone should have their own website. If you can do WORD, you can run a website.}