iTWire – No highs, no lows: Linus Torvalds on 25 years of Linux

Linus has his moments. He’s well-known for having a short-temper, lashing out at a contributor, but he is also known for creating Linux which a significant number of devices these days use, in some form or another. I work with it on a daily basis both at work and at home. Without this guy, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Well, possibly I would still be here, but dealing with cough Windows cough servers instead….

On August 25, Linux creator Linus Torvalds will be in a plane somewhere between Canada and the United States as his handiwork, which has completely changed the world of computing, marks its 25th birthday.

Source: iTWire – No highs, no lows: Linus Torvalds on 25 years of Linux

Also, here’s a TED talk he did

 

What the best education systems are doing right

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In South Korea and Finland, it’s not about finding the “right” school.

Fifty years ago, both South Korea and Finland had terrible education systems. Finland was at risk of becoming the economic stepchild of Europe. South Korea was ravaged by civil war. Yet over the past half century, both South Korea and Finland have turned their schools around — and now both countries are hailed internationally for their extremely high educational outcomes. What can other countries learn from these two successful, but diametrically opposed, educational models? Here’s an overview of what South Korea and Finland are doing right.

The Korean model: Grit and hard, hard, hard work.

For millennia, in some parts of Asia, the only way to climb the socioeconomic ladder and find secure work was to take an examination — in which the proctor was a proxy for the emperor, says Marc Tucker, president and CEO of the National Center on…

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