Simon Bisson

Born on the Channel Island of Jersey, Simon moved to the UK to attend the University of Bath where he studied electrical and electronic engineering. Since then a varied career has included being part of the team building the world's first solid state 30KW HF radio transmitter, writing electromagnetic modelling software for railguns, and testing the first ADSL equipment in the UK. He also built one the UK's first national ISPs, before spending several years developing architectures for large online services for many major brands. For the last decade he's been a freelance writer, specialising in enterprise technologies and development. He works with his wife and writing partner Mary Branscombe from a small house in south west London, or from anywhere there's a WiFi signal and a place for a laptop.

Mary Branscombe

Mary Branscombe is a freelance tech journalist. Mary has been a technology writer for nearly two decades, covering everything from early versions of Windows and Office to the first smartphones, the arrival of the web and most things inbetween.

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Why do we (love to) hate Microsoft?

Why do we (love to) hate Microsoft?

Tired of the endless 'but what have you done for us lately?' comments that follow Microsoft's every move, no matter how successful, communications head Frank Shaw rounded up some fun statistics to underline the fact that Microsoft is still the heart of the PC industry and the PC industry is still the heart of mainstream computing.

published June 27, 2010 by

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Microsoft didn't fail to deliver iPad, Intel did

Microsoft didn't fail to deliver iPad, Intel did

I'm going to disagree with one key point in Ina Fried's thoughtful piece on why Apple came out with the iPad instead of Microsoft, even though Bill Gates stood up on stage and showed off a thin, light slate PC code-named Haiku years before. It wasn't Microsoft who failed to deliver the form factor - it was Intel.

published June 23, 2010 by

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Outlook: Cloudy

Outlook: Cloudy

It's Wimbledon fortnight, and living in south west London I'm watching out for the inevitable clouds and rain, something that made me think about the other cloud...I'm not really one to use cloud services.

published June 23, 2010 by

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The hidden roots of the web: fifty years of PLATO

The hidden roots of the web: fifty years of PLATO

Imagine a computer network when you can connect with thousands of other users, can play multiplayer games, chat online and share information across the world, explore complex documents that link between pages and between different elements of content – all on terminals with local memory and high resolution touch displays.Sound familiar?

published June 18, 2010 by

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TechEd. It's all about the Ed, not the Tech.

TechEd. It's all about the Ed, not the Tech.

We’re currently in a hot and humid New Orleans with 11,000 IT pros and developers, at Microsoft’s TechEd North America event. It’s one of those events that helps you drill down into the deep and dark places that underpin Microsoft’s growing technology stack with the folk behind the tools and the services.

published June 9, 2010 by

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A week of Android: grade - B

A week of Android: grade - B

Exchange email sync is almost right on the HTC Evo I've been trying out since Google IO; almost is actually quite infuriating but still bad news for Windows Phone.I hadn't tried out Android 2.

published June 1, 2010 by

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What a flexible display looks like

What a flexible display looks like

To get screens to be as ubiquitous as paper, the price is going to have to drop as low as paper - and than means getting away from clean rooms and expensive glass-handling robots. HP, as a printer company, thinks that printing screens is the way to do it.

published May 28, 2010 by

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VP8; some things that I wonder about

VP8; some things that I wonder about

At Google IO, the Google team talked repeatedly about having done "a thorough legal analysis" into the VP8 video codec to make sure it doesn't infringe any patents . "We're very confident with the technology," product manager Mike Jazaeri told us; "that's why we're open sourcing it".

published May 21, 2010 by

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Reach out and press: Perceptive Pixel is coming

Reach out and press: Perceptive Pixel is coming

Tucked away in the corner of Google's after party last night was a large screen with lots of people touching, tapping and zooming pictures and maps in and out. Chatting away with the experimenters was Jeff Han, the man behind Perceptive Pixel and the massively multitouch system that most US TV channels used to analyse results on election night in 2008.

published May 20, 2010 by

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IE 9; why the 'same markup' mantra?

IE 9; why the 'same markup' mantra?

Better support for standards and ‘same markup’ are more significant than improved Acid 3 results or even the faster results on the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark in the IE 9 Platform Preview 2.It can seem ironic when Microsoft calls for developers to demand more from browsers and repeats its ‘same markup’ mantra with the fervour of a convert, but Microsoft rarely implements a standard it doesn’t want to give a thorough workout.

published May 7, 2010 by

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