Welcome

This blog’s tagline is adapted from the Emacs Org-Mode motto. It seemed appropriate, as I seem to have spent most of my life writing novels and short stories (of which you can find out more at tonyballantyne.com) or teaching computer coding.

I’ve amassed a lot of material over the years, and I wanted to share it with people who may not have had the same access to education as people living in my country are lucky enough to have. If you want to change the world, become a teacher.

As the the teaching of coding seems to be coming back into fashion, I’ve also included my thoughts on the pedagogy of this subject.

All comments are gratefully received.

Why does the UK Government say I have to buy a Microsoft System?

In the UK, you need a DBS certificate for certain jobs or voluntary work, e.g. working with children or in healthcare.  Most people don’t think of it as another tax , but it is, and one that disproportionately affects the low paid.  It wasn’t until I tried to renew this certificate for a friend on my open source Linux system that I realised there was another tax.  Apparently you also need to buy a Microsoft License:DBS
I’m looking forward to the time when you have to use Apple Pay, that way I can subsidise two US corporations at the same time.

Welcome

This blog’s tagline is adapted from the Emacs Org-Mode motto. It seemed appropriate, as I seem to have spent most of my life writing novels and short stories (of which you can find out more at www.tonyballantyne.com) or teaching computer coding.

I’ve amassed a lot of material over the years, and I wanted to share it with people who may not have had the same access to education as people living in my country are lucky enough to have. If you want to change the world, become a teacher.

As the the teaching of coding seems to be coming back into fashion, I’ve also included my thoughts on the pedagogy of this subject.

All comments are gratefully received.