Apr 12, 2006

So quiet you can hear a pin drop...

19 DAYS... and counting...

I've emailed my various contacts (Lego, Education NXT blog, HiTechnic, etc.) with questions on news and/or updates... right now, it's a desert out there in terms of new information.

I'll keep checking my reference sites daily, but I think between today and May 1st, you shouldn't expect too much. So today, I'm going to actually "BLOG" - that is, voice some opinions on various things.

First...

I have received many emails asking if I have received any "secret information" that I won't release... the answer is no. I get my information from public websites (such as the Education NXT blog) or by emailing my contacts directly with questions (and a request in the email to allow me to post the response). If someone does reply with permission, I try to post the information as quickly as possible... in some instances (previous posts), I have broken up email responses and spread it out over a few days to keep my blog posts from being too long. But right now, I am not sitting on any un-released information (with the exception of my MDP participation which is a completely different subject).

Second...

One reader (who requested me to NOT post his/her identity) pointed out that LEGO needs to do a better job of updating its website. While I agree that the site doesn't seem to change that often, I do understand that LEGO is using the MDP to test and improve the product... this means information on the offical LEGO site may be extremely limited until the MDP program is over OR until LEGO decides to take the community page live...

(That said, the Lego Education NXT blog does update regularly... so I'll thank them for that here.)

Third...

After May 1st, I may begin to invite some of my readers to help contribute to the site. If you are interested, let me know... I've already suggested this to a few of my readers, but I'd like to open it up for discussion.

Finally...

(I don't think I'll get in trouble with the MDP for this)

I've now been playing with the NXT for a month, and this thing is awesome. Building and programming with it is enjoyable and I really think people are going to be very happy with the redesign. This really is an improvement over RIS/RCX and LEGO (in my opinion) has definitely taken its robotics kit to a higher level.

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