I finally took the plunge. After 5 years of dial-up I signed up with DSL. I got all my equipment in the mail, managed to hook everything up, and all the laptops in the house work great but I can’t get my PC Desktop to work with it. I think it may be the ethernet card which hasn’t been used since we bought the computer. I can use laptops running Linux, OSX, and Windows XP but no desktop. I’m typing on the Linux laptop right now which is hooked up directly to the ethernet cable and it’s chugging along fine. It’s nice to be able to stay on the internet and use the phone at the same time and it is definitely faster so it will be worth fixing the desktop to work with it. It’s also nice to be able to sit in the comfy recliner with wireless.
It will be nice to be able to email home while I’m at TCEA this year. Last year I didn’t have a laptop and I’m looking forward to blogging at the conference and staying in contact at home too. I have my list of presentations I want to attend and I already don’t know how I’m going to take time to eat! I especially want to attend some of the presentations on GarageBand, IMovie, and PodCasting and of course Blogging. I’m also looking forward to putting faces with bloggers I’ve been reading over the past year.
I’m in a last minute rush trying to get two classes of students comfortable with the procedures they need to complete lessons online. I feel like I’m abandoning them but I know I will return recharged and enthusiastic so the payoff will be worthwhile.
One group records online and saves their recordings as MP3s. The other group has to use cassette recorders and as I read the instructions I thought to myself “how old school”. I’m starting to sound like the kids.