Ironside

Ironside writes this seated. Sometimes awake too. A collection of cr4p really. Probably of no interest to the majority of the world. Any future shrink I get may find it of interest though. Feel free to browse, but I wouldn't buy anything if I were you...

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Exam reform rejected.

I said I was going to comment on everything I read tonight! This article is interesting - Guardian.co.uk - Teachers reject white paper proposals.

I had the TV on earlier tonight, and the very end of "The Weakest Link" was on. One of the two finalists (I don't know if she won or came second) said, "I can't believe I got the maths question wrong - I've got a Maths degree. Still, we didn't cover triangles".

Now she may have been joking, but it wouldn't surprise me. The standards required to pass exams are dropping, just when I compare what my children are doing at GCSE level to what I did at GCE level some years ago.

I've not a problem with that, although I think that there needs to be something done to separate out those who get A* results and so on.

It is time to rethink exams.

One thing I've strongly believed in for many years is that schools should be teaching the children more of what they'll need when they hit the reality of the world after their education is over.

Every child's different, but there's not enough choice.

If child 1 is destined for high levels of academic acheivement, studying physics to such a level that one day he'll make a world-breaking discovery, then yes, it's important that he covers complicate matters in his maths lessons at high school.

If child 2 is a bright child, but wants to get to work sooner rather than later, and certainly doesn't want to spend years in education, then again, that is fine. Teach him subjects that are of a more practical nature whilst he's at school. Put him on a path towards getting a job at 16 that sees him spend two days a week at college and 3 days in work, for a small payment. He should be studying maths at high school, but it should be maths of a nature that will suit him in his chosen path. Whatever Maths you do teach him, try and show him how he might use it when he leaves school.

To this day I am yet to come across many of the concepts I was taught at "O" Level in the "real" world - but then again, I didn't go on to study Physics at university.

It's time that children enjoyed school.

Government says Charles wedding IS legal

In the mood to comment on everything tonight! Can't sleep, overtired, so I'll write some stuff...

According to the ITN News site, "Government says Charles wedding IS legal", which is something that the press think warrants being one of the top stories.

Personally I would have thought that the devastating floods in the USA would have taken higher priority, but I only found out about those through MSN.

Although I'm not defending Charles and Camilla, nor am I about to attack them - do any of these outspoken people feel that they themselves are safe from scrutiny?

Live and let live - we've all made mistakes (well, all except Mrs Ironside) - so let them get married.

iTunes - that would help

Trying to convince myself that buying an iPod would be a good idea. One thing I'd forgotten about was iTunes - the Apple site for the download of music. I keep meaning to look at it - so here's my reminder to myself!

BBC NEWS : Apple iPod family expands market

Just been reading that Apple iPods are holding more and more data now - Apple just announced more storage for less money.

I think the worst bit would be the initial loading of all your albums, after that it's fairly easy to just add new stuff as you get it. Doubt I'd ever get chance to use it.

Link to BBC Article: BBC NEWS - Apple iPod family expands market

Monday, February 21, 2005

BBC SPORT - Benitez relies on Anfield factor

From BBC Sport

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez hopes home advantage can compensate for the absence of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Morientes against Bayer Leverkusen.

'Of course, it's a problem for us to be without Gerrard and Morientes for the game,' Benitez told the club's website before Tuesday's Champions League tie.

'But the game is at Anfield and that means we will have the fans with us.

'Maybe it will work to our advantage because we'll need to change the team and bring different players in.'

Liverpool face the first leg at Anfield without Gerrard through suspension, while Morientes, who has added bite to Liverpool's attack since joining last month, is ineligible after playing for Real Madrid earlier in the competition.

But Gerrard is hoping his team-mates at least keep a clean sheet.

'Hopefully the lads can pull a result out of the bag and keep me involved for the second leg,' he said.

'The Champions League is massive for us. It's important that we stay in for as long as possible, not only for financial reasons but also because our league form has been so up and down.'

Leverkusen, boosted by the recent return of Rudi Voeller as director of sport, are in peak form and notched up a 4-2 win over FC Nuremberg on Saturday.

All four of their goals against Nuremberg came from set-pieces, with Brazilian midfielder Robson Ponte supplying three of the assists.

'Luckily for us we practised set-pieces in training this week,' said Leverkusen coach Klaus Augenthaler, who was upset by the defensive errors that led to the two Nuremberg goals.

'We made Nuremberg look strong with our own mistakes - if we don't do better in Liverpool it'll turn out a lot worse.'

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)

New free (at least during the trial) piece of software from Microsoft. Spyware is probably the one thing causing most trouble for the majority of home and small-business users of Windows-based computers at the moment. In their worst forms they can actually store details of your keystrokes, and hence your passwords. Even when they're not doing this they can hog your system resources, slowing your PC down to a crawl. There are other free software resources out there to combat Spyware, but it may be worth trying this one.

Remember though - this is beta software - in other words your use of it is part of the testing process, so take care and if in any doubt don't use it until the final release is made available.

A link and some of the details from the Microsoft site follow.

Download details: Windows AntiSpyware (Beta): "Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Known spyware on your PC can be detected and removed. This helps reduce negative effects caused by spyware including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information. Continuous protection improves Internet browsing safety by guarding over 50 ways spyware can enter your PC. "

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

UK House Prices FREE

UK House Prices FREE

Interesting - nosey neighbours can have a field day!

Friday, February 04, 2005

Sony Ericsson, Nokia Download: Themes, Ringtones, Games, Wallpapers, screensavers

Sony Ericsson, Nokia Download: Themes, Ringtones, Games, Wallpapers, screensavers

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

How to Create and Submit Websites to Search Engines like Google | Free Site Submission | Search Engine List | Website Ranking

How to Create and Submit Websites to Search Engines like Google | Free Site Submission | Search Engine List | Website Ranking

Some very good advice in here. Must try to read it when I'm awake...

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Make Poverty History

White bands are popping up all over the place - to see why, go and look at the Make Poverty History website.