One interesting thing that happened to me this past week was that Twitter enabled the list function for my Twitter account (@AlfredTwo) Lists are a way to create lists or groups of the people you follow on Twitter. One can open up your lists ( or public lists created by others) and see the recent tweets by the people on the list. I’ve created a couple of lists of my own and I’ve been added to some lists created by others. Some of the list people are creating look pretty useful. For example, Doug Peterson (@dougpete) has created a list of educators from Ontario. I’m looking forward to more lists over time.

On the blog side of things, Scott McLeod (@mcleod) had a short but important post called Your technology coordinator works for you, not the other way around. In it he reports the sort of conversation he and I both seem to be having all too often. District or school technology people setting policy and overriding the educational needs as expressed by administrators who are supposed to be in charge. What’s it like in your school district?

Microsoft opened a couple of new web portals last week. First is the new Microsoft portal for computer/tech students. The other is the new Microsoft US Higher Education Faculty portal - www.microsoft.com/usfaculty. Both are well worth checking out if you are in the target demographic.

Clint Rutkas (@ClintRutkas) retweeted a link by @brandwe to a Cartoon history of Internet cryptography with an emphasis on how the AES standard came about.  (A Stick Figure Guide to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)) If you are doing a unit on cryptography this might be fun to include in the study/discussion.

Speaking of fun, Channel 9 ran a Halloween Special last week - Bug Killer –  In it a programmer goes crazy killing "bugs." There is some blood and gore.

BTW, my good friend Randy Guthrie (@randyguthrie) was in Arizona last week and visited the new Microsoft store there. His visit to the Scottsdale Microsoft Store with pictures is on his blog.

I know that professional developers read my blog from time to time. For you all, please check out http://givecamp.org/ In the Give Camp program developers donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. With the way the economy is these days donating time and talent can be easier than money. It can also be pretty valuable. Give it some thought if you are in one of the areas these “camps” are running. Thanks.