Ed Bilodeau

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# Notice (Oct 19/05): So ends my stay here on Blogger. This morning Google implemented an anti-spam 'feature' that forces me to answer a challenge phrase when I want to post to my own blog. No notice of the change, nothing. Worse is that it doesn't even work! I type the phrase, submit, "An error occured", post deleted. Damn you, Google. Chances are I will revive my blog somewhere else, sometime soon. I'll post the new coordinates here as soon as they become available. (BTW, I'm unable to post anything to my RSS stream, so I'd appreciate it if readers could spread the word and ask people to take a look at this notice)

Update (Oct 19/05, ~noon): After a frustrating few hours (and not just trying out alternatives to Blogger), I've decided that this is a good time to take a break from all this. A day? A week? Who knows. But I need to step away from it before I pass a heavy magnet over the whole mess.

Update 2: According to this post, the reason I'm seeing the CAPTCHA (challenge phrase) is that Blogger has classified my blog as spam. Thanks. User for five years and now I'm spam. I searched the Blogger site, but there is no mention of how to get the spam flag turned off. There is also no way of contacting anyone at Blogger. Wow. Spam they say I am, so spam I must be. Maybe it is time to take a break.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Douglas Bowman has a good post titled Speaking and wifi at events that everyone should read. The topic having wifi access in presentations, and the problems it presents.
My point: audience interest, engagement, and participation leads to a more dynamic, enjoyable event for everyone. Duh.

The responsibility here doesn't lie solely with the audience. It's also up to the event organizers and each speaker to engage the audience with whatever means available. Obviously interest will wane if the speaker/panel stinks, or the topic misses the audience completely.

The first comment summed up the typical counterpoint quite well:
If I'm paying to see you speak, then I ought to be able to do whatever I like during that course (assuming, obviously, that it's non-disruptive).

Bowman's point is that not paying attention to the presentation, not fully engaging with the speaker and those around you is disruptive.

Personlly, I see little value of having wifi access in the classroom/presentation hall. I myself make use of it, but only when the lecture is dead-boring. (Obviously, I'm referring to the classes I take; my own lectures are, of course, highly engaging).