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Chris Jacob

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Tech Tip: It is hard to keep up with all the digital advances like CD to DVD and the upcoming new generation discs and also standard TVs to rear projection and now plasma and LCD and the new High Definition TVs. However we may be moving so fast that even tech companies like Sony and Microsoft can't keep up. Blu-Ray Discs and HD-DVDs were supposed to be fighting a big battle as the successor to DVDs. However with new TVs having hard disk drives like computers, then iPods with iTunes offering both audio and video, Foxtel IQ and ultra fast broadband not far away these type of discs may be unnecessary.

Computer Jargon: The Microbrowser is Also known as a mobile browser is the type of Internet browser you see on your mobile phone or PDA when on the Internet. As the screen size is generally too small to show websites fully like on a normal screen, these browsers are able to convert content to a manageable and readable form for the smaller screens. Spyware is not affecting these browsers yet!

Product: To go back to the future, did you know that in the main, film cameras produce better quality than digital cameras and especially mobile phones? Did you know that LCD screens are only now catching up to overall display quality of the older chunkier CRT monitors? You have probably realised that analogue mobile phones had much better call quality and drop out rates on average than our current digital equivalents. Basically when things are shinier and seem better at face value (i. e. a screen on a digital camera) we think it is automatically better. I guess its true that you can't judge a book by its cover!

Did you Know? The internet, broadband, emails and blackberry have allowed us to work from home but what are we actually doing. A recent US survey has shown that one in eight men don't bother getting dressed at all, just one third wash and shave and one in five take an afternoon nap! From the boss's perspective, women don't fair much better with one in 14 naked at their computer and only half taking a shower. 40% of people us the time to do regular housework but interestingly 75% believe working from home improved their productivity which begs the question what are they wearing and doing at work!!

Major Gripe: Bans on smoking, computer games, alcohol, *** access and mobile phones are in affect to varying degrees in schools around the country. Now in the case of smoking, alcohol and *** there are laws prohibiting minors from these materials but in all of these examples the usage by young people is on a massive increase which is detrimental to society in so many ways. There is now a proposal to ban soft drinks in schools which probably like all bans will not work especially since this is a legal item for minors. Instead of prohibition which has never worked, what about promoting PE, sport and cultural activities and then responsible use of technology like mobile phones which like it or not will be a part of their lives in the future.

Chris Jacob is committed to helping Parents, Teachers, Schools & Students and that is why he co-founded Compare Schools Australia , which provides the first every 5-Star Rating System for schools. Don't trust your child's future to just anybody.


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