When I was a boy my first computer was a Spectrum +2. You could code on it pretty easily using a language which I believe was called BASIC.

I wasn’t massively interested in coding on my Speccy as you couldn’t really make the machine do anything fun (in my opinion!) – so I used it mostly for playing games like Gauntlet.

A few years after that, my younger brother got into coding for a while on our first IBM clone PC and learned html. He was able to do some fun things with websites for a while.

These days I use my PC a lot and I use my smart phone too. But I have never really got into the stuff behind the web pages. So far I havent really needed too – various web site hosts make it possible not to make your own sites – this blog is a WordPress site and I believe somewhere in the user panel I can probably see the raw code, I don’t imagine I would ever do anything with it.

I have been following the progress of the Raspberry Pi device for a while and read an interesting article about it. This article notes the main success of the device has been in getting middle age men to be nostalgic about the coding they did in their youth. Which is nice, but the real aim of the device was to get the current generation of children to code.

I have children and my eldest is currently learning to read in his first year at school. There will be tests at some point and his literacy progress no doubt reported to the Government and then on to international comparisons. All fine and so very expected.

But will he and his sister be able to get away their whole life, as I have, without really being able to code?

Does the Government (or anyone) collect coding literacy rates (and do they break it down by which language people can code in)? Do other countries do this?

Perhaps they should start collecting this data, even if at this stage it is only to benchmark against future progress.

A couple of centuries ago literary rates were much, much lower than they are today. Will coding rates raise in the coming two centuries rise from what I expect are low levels in the general population today to almost every adult being able to do it by 2213?

Using Firefox approved

August 1, 2011

Only the other day someone commented it was good to see I used Firefox and having seen this study, I am now doubly pleased with the compliment.

PC in my pocket

June 28, 2011

A long,long time ago, in a galaxy that seems so far away, Bill Gates said there would be a PC in every home. That revolution was scoffed at back then in the 1970s. But it has come to pass.

What is happening now – which I think Microsoft is trailing behind on – is the PC in every pocket.

I have a HTC phone – which has more processing power than the first computer I ever owned (tho that Spectrum +2 will always have a special place in my heart). I would guess it is also more powerful than the first IBM clone (PC) I ever owned too. It runs an Android operating system and I use it to surf the net more than my desktop PC.

I would hazard a guess my HTC has more processing power than NASA used to send men to the moon, but that statemnet would have to come with a citation request (more on Wikipedia another time).

At some point the PC in my pocket will become as powerful as the desktop in my house. There is a good article about the future of “smartphones” here.

When my pocket PC (that also makes phone calls) is as powerful as a desktop is now, what I want is either a docking station (or an app that conects via wireless) to my 17 inch monitor, keyboard and mouse, so I can work from home in a comfortable way.

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