The English GCSE Exams

Tomorrow is results day for those GCSE students in the UK. I am one of them. These are my opinions on the GCSE system in England.

WARNING: This article is slightly colorful. Sorry.

There are some exams where I seriously wondered how they can be called a GCSE; the main one is the Computer Science exam. This was possibly the worst exam I have ever seen shoved in front of my face. Ignoring the fact it was easy for me, there were some serious concerns with the relevance of it. Part of our curriculum was to look at the IO of a motherboard and the various components, busses etc. to a computer. I would like to point out now that we are in the year 2016. In class, we were taught about IDE and AGP slots. Hello, this is 2016. The STANDARD now is SATA for disks and PCI-Express for high speed internal interconnects, not only for GPUs, but for other components too like SSDs. IDE and AGP are outdated, they were by 2005 or so, so why am I still being told that this stuff is relevant? And rear IO? Hahahahaha that was a joke. Printer\parallel ports were called “up to date” and serial was taught like it was an important connector. Hey. That died when USB came along an kicked its ass with faster speeds. Stupid.

The English exam also pisses me off. All about creative writing and emotions and shit. Hey hey hey, what about informative writing (there was a bit of this, but not much). I am abysmal at creative writing, yet I can write an entire article about the Dell Latitude E6410 (review anyone?). Seriously, it’s a bit shit. I write manuals  and EULAs, not stories about Megumi and  Tomoya going on a date (anime reference, Google it). Seriously, fuck off. I don’t write that stuff, fiction writers do.

However, I think that the History and Economics exams were perfect. They were interesting, challenging and covered what we needed to know and it was up to date (Econ had data from the previous year in it for gods sake!)

That’s a short thing on my views on the GCSE exams.

Thoughts on Armed Officers in London

In case it is not news to you, I live in London. Today, I took a trip into central London and my sister took a photo of me next to an armed police officer. It was interesting.

These officers are now on the London streets in increased numbers. However I am writing this just to say the following:

Everyone in London is being protected from men with big shouty guns by more men with big shouty guns.

Odd when you think of it that way. You would think we would have an alternative, but no. Shame really.

I redid my website.

I got bored of the old blue design and swapped over to a red design because I seem to be wearing a lot of red t-shirts at the moment. So the site is sort of red and I used bootstrap because I am a lazy sod.

DFTBA

Why I rolled back to Windows 8.1

Windows 10 was not working. Here were my issues:

  • Persistent crashing and bluescreens when using YouTube
  • Chrome crashed a lot
  • My array of editors, git clients and other development tools were crashing like crazy.

That’s the short list. Oh and did I mention, I like my privacy.