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  • LEARNING

    Govt prepares for teacher shortage

    News, Sirikul Bunnag, Published on 04/01/2010

    » Age is taking its toll on the Education Ministry, with half of the teachers at state-run primary and secondary schools now approaching retirement.

  • LEARNING

    TO DONATE

    Learningpost, Published on 05/01/2010

    » For more information or to make a donation to Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation, in cash or in kind, use these contacts:

  • LEARNING

    Children on the margins

    Outlook, Vasana Chinvarakorn, Published on 07/01/2010

    » There is light in the eyes of these children as they laugh. It shines out of the darkness that surrounds them. Under the fluorescent glare, the youngsters are giggling or convulsing with laughter at the performances of their peers. One by one, they take turns staging one-of-a-kind shows - shadow and hand puppetry, a live theatre and singing skit, and even traditional ethnic Shan dances during which some appreciative audience members present the amateur performers with small cash gifts. The memorable night will no doubt be cherished by the youths for years to come. It's a rare opportunity for the 30 stateless children in Chiang Mai to spend three days learning the basics of art and producing this unique "festival" together.

  • LEARNING

    An ode to the service industry

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 10/01/2010

    » This is a column for my Thai readers only. That's because I want to teach them a lesson about their service staff. I want to make a complaint and I want Thais to sit up and take notice. Simply put ... what on earth has happened to good ol' service these days? I'm talking about restaurants.

  • TECH

    The 3G saga continues... for the worse

    Database, Don Sambandaraksa, Published on 20/01/2010

    » It has been more than a month now since Thailand joined the civilised world when the Turtlephone Organisation of Thailand launched its 3G network in Bangkok and the surrounding areas. I signed up one day after launch. So, how has the experience been? How is the network? How is the customer service and billing?

  • TECH

    Dysfunctional campaign

    Database, Published on 03/02/2010

    » Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced that he expects third generation phone service before New Year's Eve; he then announced why there probably won't be any; in a speech to mark the fifth anniversary of the Magnificent Seven National Telecommunications Commission, Mr Abhisit set out the conflicting criteria he expects to see in Asia's last, most dysfunctional 3G campaign: service before the end of the year after fair bandwidth auctions that favour small Thai telecom operators; on one hand, "3G services can no longer be postponed," he insisted, but on the other, the NTC must bias bidding to favour a more competitive structure; the English translation of this speech: DTac of Norway and AIS of Shingapore have way too much market power now and 3G contracts must show that.

  • TECH

    Free from legal woes, AMD heads for market leadership

    Database, Don Sambandaraksa, Published on 03/02/2010

    » AMD is headed for profit, headed for the number one spot in graphics, headed for greater variety in the thin and light segment and, soon, headed for extreme performance increases and new form factors as its Fusion-converged CPU-GPU architecture rolls out. It is also finally free from the shackles of its long-running lawsuit with Intel and relishing competing in a free and fair market.

  • TECH

    Stating the obvious: The GT200 is a fraud

    Database, Don Sambandaraksa, Published on 10/02/2010

    » It's the emperor's new clothes all over again. The GT200 is a fraud, but why are people so scared to say it?

  • TECH

    Getting creative

    Database, Published on 10/02/2010

    » No 1 yuppiephone network Advanced Info Service of Shingapore issued an "Oh yeah?" challenge to you No 1 state-owned G3 provider, TOT, to wit: If you don't let AIS use your 3G services, we won't let any of the TOT subscribers use AIS networks for calling outside the 3G area - meaning about 99.8 percent of Thailand; to rehash the story up to now: AIS has no 3G service but lusts after it, while TOT has installed some 3G carriers for a few thousand users in a couple of corners of Bangkok, and may have some service in Pattaya within a few months, or so.

  • LEARNING

    Intelligent bicycle

    Learningpost, Purich Trivitayakhun, Published on 09/03/2010

    » Following the success of last year's Thailand Intelligent Vehicle Challenge, in which university students competed in constructing and racing unmanned four-wheeled vehicles, this year Seagate Technology (Thailand) Ltd (Seagate), in collaboration with the Thai Robotics Society (TRS) and the Department of Mechatronics, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), is inviting students to compete in the inaugural BicyRobo Thailand Championship 2010 (BTC).

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