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February 28, 2005

Generation Net

The Net Generation's "aptitudes, attitudes, expectations, and learning styles... reflect the environment in which they were raised" - the always-on, media-saturated world of chat, IM, email and the Web. Want to know more? EDUCAUSE ( has a whole new e-book, called Educating the Net Generation, that you can download about how Net Gen people think and learn. It's at and you can get the whole book (in PDF only) or chapter by chapter, in either HTML or PDF.
Posted by belinda at 11:31 AM | Comments (0)

February 11, 2005

Scrooges or saviours?

The wealthiest countries aren't always the most generous with aid and trade to poorer ones. Foreign Policy magazine ( and the Center for Global Development ( publish an annual ranking of the 21 wealthiest countries which shows how well they stack up as givers and how liberal they are on issues such as migration and technology policy. It's called Ranking the Rich and it's at Australia is 4th (up from 19 in 2003 and tying with the UK), ahead of the US at 7. Canada is 6th. Denmark and the Netherlands tie for first place.
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February 04, 2005

How on earth do they do it?

According to a new Briefing Paper from the Social Policy Research Centre: "Working parents are obliged to use non-parental childcare. However, parents who make use of non-parental childcare do not reduce their parental childcare time on an hour for hour basis." How do they pull this off? By shaving time off sleep, kissing goodbye to leisure, skimping on bathing, dressing, grooming, eating -- that's how mothers make time for their kids these days. The full paper is at
Posted by belinda at 11:45 AM | Comments (0)

Freebie phoning

I've always liked the idea of the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) which apparently guarantees free phone calls over the internet. Figuring out how it works is something else. And if it's so good, why aren't more people using it? Is it too complicated? If not, why isn't Telstra worried? The Parliamentary Library has just done a Research Note on it. It's at According to the note: "A subscriber to VoIP service receives a handset that resembles and works like a normal telephone, but the service uses Internet Protocol (IP) technology over the data cable so as to provide more flexible phone calls ... A cheaper alternative is the use of computer microphones and speakers with software." For a clear idea of the legal and technical issues, this is a good start.
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