Monday, 18 August 2014

A levels:impact on your life

Last week, British students received their 'A' level results.

The grades the students get will determine where they go to university and could set the course for their career.

For some who are clear about what they want to do with their lives and get the results they need, they are set.

For others who are unsure what they want or don't get the results they need a rethink may be required.

The days when you could study a range of subjects at 'A' level, do a general degree and then decide on your career seems to have gone.

As technology changes the nature of work and the work we do, having to make long-term decisions at such a young age seems counter to the prevailing trend.

Another educational overhaul might not work but I suspect over time more flexibility will be built into how we educate young people.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday quote: William Shakespeare

"To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Liberalism and France

An interesting piece by Gaspard Koenig in City A.M. about the liberal tradition's origins in France.

As Koenig says most people don't associate France as the champion of markets but along with thinkers such as Frederic Bastiat, France had open markets in electricity and rail until the end of the 1930s. 

You can read it here.

Euro zone GDP figures

Are now out.

Whatever you think of the policies, if the UK economy continues to revive, this can only help the narrative George Osborne has set out: we put the right policies in place but we aren't home and dry.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

iPhone 6 - early photos

For those people who don't hate Apple, Tech Radar has some photos of what the iPhone 6 might look like.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Why do people hate Apple?

It seems some people hate Apple, its products and all it stands for.

During a recent conversation with someone about the advantages of an iPhone compared to an Android, it became clear the Android fan didn't just prefer Google's version of the smart phone. They willed the demise of Apple as a company.

Yet without Apple, Google may never have ventured into the smart phone market. Both companies have different business models and views on open source technology. What they have in common is a desire to succeed and make lots of money.

Apple offers its customers beautifully designed hardware and software. You can customise your desktop but with Apple you can't take the computer apart or as a non-Apple member of staff volunteer your time to write their software.

The reality is that Google and Apple are alike. They just do things slightly differently.

Why anyone would hate a company because they produce great products is strange but over the last couple of years I have met a few people like that.

It is hard to know why people feel like that. Perhaps it is simply they resent the success.

Declaration of interest: I am writing this post on a MacAir.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Friday quote: Groucho Marx

"I don't want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member."