Complete the sentences with the words from Activity 14.
1) I’m terrible on the Internet, but I really enjoy it. I start off ____________, looking for something specific. I might want some information on a particular subject, but I get carried away, I get diverted, I end up looking at something completely unrelated …
2) … there’s some really, really funky shopping ___________. You can pick up all sorts of different things…
3) … I’ve _______________ I think nearly all kinds of sound __________ that you need, so I end up watching film _________ on different products, and getting completely carried away.
Look at the words and phrases in the box. Would you associate them with e-mail, the Internet or both? Are there any words you don’t know? Find someone in the class who can explain them to you.
Choose the correct or more appropriate alternative.
Almost everyone with or without a computer is/are aware of the latest technological revolution destined/destining to change forever the way in which humans communicate/communicated, namely, the Information superhighway, best exemplifying/exemplified by the ubiquitous Internet. Already millions of people around the world are linking/linked by computer simply by having/had a modem or an address on the Net, in much the same way that owning a telephone links us to almost everyone who paying/pays a phone bill.
Fill in the gaps with the appropriate derivative word (formed from the word on the left).
Complete the text with the appropriate word from the box.
Anyone can (1) … a site; promoting your club, your institution, your company’s (2) … or simply yourself, that is what the Web and the (3) … is all about. And what is more, information on the Internet is not (4) … or controlled by any one organization. It is, perhaps, true to (5) … that no-one and therefore everyone owns the ‘Net’. Because of the relative freedom of (6) … to information, the Internet has often been (7) … by the media as potentially hazardous tool in hands of young computer (8) …. This perception has (9) … to be largely false however, and the vast (10) … of users both young and old get connected with the Internet for dual (11) … for which it was intended – (12)… and delight.
Reorder the words in the mystery questions below and ask your partner to give a detailed answer to every question.
Work in pairs and discuss the questions.
1) What role does computer play in your everyday life?
2) Do you think it will be the same in ten years’ time?
22. Put the items in the box into one of the following categories:
a) Gadgets that will never be invented in your lifetime
b) Gadget you’ve got
c) Gadgets you would like to have
d) Gadgets you will never need
Compare your answers with a partner and add another two items to each category.
Work in pairs. On a web page there are some FAQ (frequently asked questions) about the project called «One Laptop per Child». Can you answer them?
1) What is «one laptop for child»?
2) How can a laptop be produced for only $100?
3) How will the laptops be distributed?
4) Why laptops?
5) What are the specifications of the chosen design?
Now match these FAQ to the appropriate answers on the web page.
1.A project set up by Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab, in January 2005 with the aim of designing, producing and distributing $100 laptops to children in the poorest countries in the world.
2.They are portable and so can be taken from school to home. An essential feature of the project is that the children should own the computers, and be able to do whatever they want with them. The chosen design is very robust and can be powered in a number of ways, including wind-up, so can be used even in homes without electricity.
3.The major saving is in the dual-mode display. It uses cheaper technology than is usually used in laptops, and has an innovative black and white mode that can be used in bright sunshine. The software is cutting edge but slimmed down. Computers nowadays can typically do the same function in lots of different ways; this laptop will do everything well, but in one way only. It runs a modified version of Linux, and all the software is open source. Not only will this cut costs, but mean that the owners will be able to modify the software to their needs.
4.It has a 500MHz processor and 128MB of DRAM, with 500MB of Flash memory. It doesn’t have a hard disk, but it has four USB ports. It will be able to do everything that a more expensive laptop can do except store large amounts of data. Probably the most important feature is that the machines are capable of forming a wireless peer-to-peer mesh network. Children will be able to communicate with each other via an ad hoc local area network, sharing information and collaborating on projects.
5.They will be sold to governments, who will then give them out to schoolchildren, in the same way that they might give out textbooks. Governments in countries such as India, China, Brazil and Thailand are expected to order huge quantities of the laptops. When enough orders have been received and paid for in advance, manufacturing will begin.
Now read the other FAQ and choose the correct answer according to the information you’ve read.
1) Who will own the laptop?
a) Government , who will lend them to schoolchildren.
b) Schools, that will use them in class.
2) How have manufacturing costs been reduced?
a) By using older versions of software.
b) By using a cheap display panel.
c) By reducing the number of functions the machine can perform.
3) What advantage of using open source software is mentioned?
a) It is simpler and easier to use.
b) It uses less memory.
c) It can be modified by the uses.
4) What can the laptop not do?
a) Connect wirelessly with other computers.
b) Store a lot of information.
c) Connect to peripherals using USB.
5) When is the manufacturing of the laptops due to start?
a) When the first orders have been received.
b) As soon as the design has been finalized.
c) When sufficient orders have been paid for in advance.
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