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June 14, 2012

Best Gift For Your Children Is A Good Education

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ray @ 11:13 pm

I was watching “56 Up” on TV the other week.  The documentary that started life as “7 Up”, in which the producers picked a handful of children and interviewed them every 7 years to see how they got on in life.  The participants are 56 years old this year (2012).

One of the participant made a comment that the best thing he could give to his children was a good education, because they will always have it with them that no one can take away. This struck a cord with both my wife and me.

So what is education? How is it measured? Is it just how well you did at school? How many degrees you have or how many professional exams you have passed?

I think the answer is no. Passing exams is only a measure of qualification, not education. Someone can be highly qualified with more letters after their name than the name itself, but if they live their life blind to the world then arguably they are uneducated on many things.

I once worked for someone who claims to have a PhD, get gets letters addressed to Dr blah blah blah. However, I believe I’d be accurate in saying that everyone else in the company thinks he’s an uneducated idiot, because he has no idea of how to behave in a professional setting; no idea how to treat our suppliers; no idea what being a manager means.

I think it was in the book Think And Grow Rich, it was mentioned that Henry Ford had little schooling, never finished high school, but he was nonetheless a highly educated person.  I think these days we call it educated at the University of Life.

If you search the internet for the best gift to give your children, you will stumble upon some articles about education being the best thing – just like this one.  Then there will be remarks from people saying education is no good if the person can’t learn to be civilised and humane with other people.  The commentators are making the classic mistake of thinking education equals qualification.

What I say Education is the best gift you can give to your children, I mean more than just qualification. Yes, I want to give my children the tools, the schooling, the qualifications. However, I also want to teach my children how to judge right and wrong for themselves; how to interact with other people and the importance of continual learning, to better themselves constantly not just at school, but in every day life.

What do you think?


April 16, 2011

Asus EEE Pad Transform delayed?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ray @ 12:17 am

With only a weekend to go before the original shipping date, Amazon has updated its listing for the Asus EEE Pad Transform with a new arrival date of 1st June, 2011.

April 11, 2011

France banning the concealment of the face in public

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ray @ 2:34 pm

FT.com Reuters report on France’s ban on full face concealment in public – which in practice means banning the wearing of full-face veils for muslim women, but how do they make full face motorcycle helmets excempt? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the idea of the ban, but wonder how can even begin to enforce it.


Update: FT.com doesn’t allow linking to their articles, so they’re missing out on valueable incoming links for them, I’ve updated the post to point to Reuters’s original post instead.

April 3, 2011

Asus EEE Pad Transformer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ray @ 12:52 pm

Asus EEE Pad Transformer – now that’s an interesting tablet.

What I like:

  • built in mini HDMI output (not via a £35 adaptor)
  • microSD slot as well as built in flash storage
  • toughened gorilla glass screen with decent resolution
  • will ship with Flash support
  • detachable keyboard for when you need it or when you just want to travel light
  • fantastic battery life, especially with the keyboard attached.

What I have reservations about

  • Android software can suffer from “force closes” (crashes) sometimes.
  • number of useful apps being created for Android tablets in the next 12 months

Available for pre-order at Amazon now.

February 16, 2011

Steve Jobs unveils 30% subs model for … everything • The Register

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ray @ 9:58 am

Steve Jobs unveils 30% subs model for … everything • The Register.  So Apple will be slapping a 30% VAT on all reading materials bought from within the iPad? Sorry, but VAT is the only way to describe it. It’s like a city council charging newspaper publishers 30% for the privilege of selling their newspaper in the city.  Sure people can buy the paper from outside and bring it in, but if you want to buy it within the city, then 30% of the price will go to the council – who doesn’t really own anything other than the infrastructure, eg the roads and traffic lights. The shop is privately owned, the content is privately own, the copyright is private.  This is disgraceful.

November 5, 2010

Desire Z here I come

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ray @ 1:05 am

Got an email from Amazon saying the Desire Z should arrive on Saturday… woohoo

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