Tuesday, September 11, 2007

World of Warcraft

This part of my blog comes much easier.
I’ve made it to a level 20 paladin in the WoW. I’ve only been here for a month and a half so other than my old friends from EverQuest haven’t met many new people. From before I have my good friends from Canada and New York, and speak to them often. If you’re looking for a fun game and a place to meet people that is still affordable I would recommend World of Warcraft.

If you want to try the free trial you can get more information here at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/index.xml

If you want to more about the game than the above site gives you try this site. It includes maps, quest details, and much much more. http://wow.allakhazam.com/

Another site I found useful, it is laid out in a very simple and easy to understand manner, is http://thottbot.com/.

If anyone would like some in game help let me know a time and place and I will try to meet you there.

This week's readings

Well it’s obvious I’m not much of a blogger. I did enjoy this week’s podcast and found I like listening to the podcast a lot better than reading a 25 page report. I think the Maine initiative is showing some great results.

I did have a few questions I thought of while listening to the podcast. The first was why they are blocking IM ports. It would seem if they want students to communicate and collaborate they would have these ports open.

The second is more a larger problem than a question. How can we get affordable DSL or broadband to everyone including rural areas? I have a friend now that lives between Waterloo and Denver IA. The only connection he can get is dialup or satellite. He has thought about getting satellite but is finding it hard to justify the $400 setup fee and the $80 a month service fee. He also has to sign a 2 year contract for this service. His main reason for looking into it is that he has one daughter in high school and one nearing that age. His daughter is complaining that their dial up is too slow when trying to download pictures, video, or any other large files.
I see a couple of solutions to this problem one would be for government to subsidize companies to install service to these areas the second would be for the government to mandate that if a company is going to service the large metropolitan areas they must also serve the rural areas.

The other part of the podcast I found interesting was the “Leadership training for principles.” This is the first time I have heard of this type of training in the area of technology and after listening it just seemed to make sense. They are the leaders of the schools they really need to know.