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Log » Logging  
 
A log is a written record of happenings typically used in travel. It is a record of a vehicles performance (such as a flight recorder of an aircraft) containing data relating to the speed of vehicle, progress of the journey and any other events of importance. A book containing these details is also called a log. Traditionally they used to be written by hand. The modern day computers enable this to be done mechanically.

• Logging

The act of writing or entering information into a log is called logging.

• Logging on to a Computer

When we start using a computer by entering our user name and password (if any), we say we are logged on to the computer. This act is so called because the computer assumes the usage of the computer from that point on as a journey undertaken by the user who logged on. It maintains all the record of the various aspects of the usage of the computer on the users name in a file called a log file. It is just like recording the journey of a vehicle. Here the exploration of the computer by the user is the journey, the computer being the vehicle.

User Name » Password  
 

• User Name

People who use electronic devices like computers use one or more words as their identification for using the device. This identification is what is called a user name. A user name entered in the relevant boxes on the computer screen will be displayed and is visible to all those who can see the screen.

• Password

Generally, in computer usage, for the purpose of security, each user name is attached with a secret word called password. Those who intend to use the computer, should enter their user name and the related password on the computer screen. Unlike the user name, the password being entered by the user would not be displayed as it is on the computer screen. Instead of the characters that you enter in the password box, you would be seeing symbols like *, #, • etc. This is for securing the password from being read by anyone who may be near the computer while the user is entering the password.

We come across this concept of user name and password in many electronic devices.

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Blog » Blogging » Blogger  
 
A blog is an online diary/journal. It is a personal log of thoughts published on a Web page; also called Weblog or a Web log. Blogs can be regarded as personal Web sites, often reflecting the personality of the author.

• Blog = Diary + Log

We record personal opinions and feelings in a diary. We record all the happenings in a log. A blog has both these characteristics. That is the reason bloggers try to keep a blog up to date by writing into it in a systematic or regular manner. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in chronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominently.

• Blogging » Blogger

The activity of updating a blog is called blogging. The person doing this act is called a blogger.

• Posting

Blogger is a term used to mean all the activities in relation to a blog. The specific activity of writing or entering content into the blog is called posting. The content of the posts takes different forms like text, images, audio or video.

Structure of a Weblog/Blog  
 
A blog is a single web page. Every time you write something into it, you are said to be making a post or posting something into the blog. Each post forms a small part of the total web page. Generally, the latest postings take the top most position of the web page.

As you keep posting into the blog (i.e. the web page representing the blog), the number of postings making up the blog keep growing. Therefore, postings which are older are archived and are put aside in separate pages from the main blog page.

Web A large continuous roll of paper, such as newsprint, either in the process of manufacture or as it is fed into a web press.
Web_Page A page that is stored on a computer that is connected to the internet. We use a browser to view a web page. Unlike a page (made of paper say) that we visualise, the web page has no limit with regard to its length. It can be enormously long.

There are other reasons why a page on the internet is called a web page.

Browse To look through or over (something) casually.

Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog.

Blogs » Content_Usage  
 

• What Does/Can a Blog contain?

A blog may contain anything and everything that a user may put up (write) on a web page. It may contain anything that you can think about on a web page. The content and purposes of blogs vary greatly - the personal opinions of the bloggers, updated headlines and news articles of other sites that are of interest to the user, journal entries, commentaries and links, commentary and recommendations about other web sites compiled by the user, news about a company/person/idea, diaries, photos, poetry, mini-essays, project updates, even fiction.

• What Can we use a Blog for?

Blogs can be used for purposes that are varied. Many blogs are personal, "what's on my mind" type musings. Others are collaborative efforts based on a specific topic or area of mutual interest. Some blogs are for play. Some are for work. Some are both.

Blogs are also excellent team/department/company/family communication tools. They help small groups communicate in a way that is simpler and easier to follow than email or discussion forums.

You can use a private blog on an intranet to allow team members to post related links, files, quotes, or commentary. You can set up a family blog where relatives can share personal news. A blog can help keep everyone in the loop, promote cohesiveness and group culture, and provide an informal "voice" of a project or department to outsiders.

Intranet A computer network that works using the same technologies that are used in the internet, but is accessible only to the members of a closed group like the employees of an organisation. Say, the computer network within an organisation.

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Blogger.com » Blogspot.com  
 
We are going to learn blogging with the help of these two web sites "blogger.com" and "blogspot.com". In this process we carry on two activities. One, creating or making up the blog pages and two storing them on a computer that is always connected to the internet. The first task is accomplished by using the services available on the web site "blogger.com" and "blogspot.com" helps us in accomplishing the second task.

The web site "blogger.com" has a web based program that would enable one to create blog pages on it. This program is made available to the user through various web pages on the site. Blogger.com is thus a program hosting site and it enables you to make your blog pages.

The blog pages made with the help of the program pages on "blogger.com" are then hosted on "blogspot.com" for free. That is the reason we see that the names of the blogs that are hosted using the free hosting services provided by blogspot.com end with blogspot.com [Eg: learnbloggging.blogspot.com, usefulnews.blogspot.com]. BlogSpot is a weblog-hosting service and is very nicely integrated with Blogger. You dont even need to be conscious of this.

Web
Hosting
To ensure that Web Pages are accessible by every one at any time, they need to be stored on a computer that is connected to the internet always. Storing web pages on such computers is what is termed web hosting. Blogspot.com provides free web hosting services for blogs created using blogger.com

You may also host the blog pages on your own web site. Blogger.com program can also be used by any web site to create blog pages to be hosted on their servers. [We will learn more about it later on].

Therefore, when you think of where your blog pages are hosted you have to think of "blogspot.com" and not "blogger.com". When you think of making some changes to your blog or posting to your blog you have to think of blogger.com

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