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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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Platform as luxury

Platform as luxury

Why Adobe and Microsoft have such different plans for Flash and Silverlight and such similar views of HTML 5.If you look at the dozens of Web sites Microsoft has collected to show off what you can do in HTML 5 - or, obviously, what you can do in IE9, which has a pretty comprehensive implementation of a standard in progress - you'll see a lot of things you used to expect to need a plug-in like Flash or Silverlight to achieve.

November 6, 2010 by in Windows

Cloudbuilding

Cloudbuilding

Last week, at both Adobe’s MAX and Microsoft’s PDC I kept flashing on the last seconds of Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting video, when her character fires up Donald Sutherland’s cloud-busting machine in reverse and an unstoppable boiling mass of clouds starts to fill the sky…It was interesting to see the two companies’ views of the cloud transition that our industry is going through.

November 3, 2010 by in Windows

Adobe turns to designing code

Adobe turns to designing code

On the 20th anniversary of Photoshop, it's easy to think of Adobe as being all about images and media but with products like Dreamweaver and Flash Builder the company also has a lot of interest in making it easier to write lines of code.At the Sneak Peeks session at its MAX conference (hosted in style by William Shatner and full of obligatory Star Trek jokes), Adobe showed off several features that might make it into future products to make developers' lives easier.

October 27, 2010 by in Windows

Windows Phone 7; am I holding it right?

Windows Phone 7; am I holding it right?

I haven't noticed this so consistently with any other touch smartphone, but with both the models of Windows Phone 7 handsets I've had my hands on, I've had to be touching both the case and the screen for the screen to work as a touchscreen. Put it down on the chair, or the desk next to me and press the screen - nothing happens.

October 24, 2010 by in Windows

Windows Phone 7: The Uphill Struggle

Windows Phone 7: The Uphill Struggle

The champagne bottle has cracked over its bows, and the good ship Windows Phone 7 has finally set sail. It's been a hard slog to get here, with Microsoft throwing away its original mobile OS and starting from scratch and coming up with a unique approach to smartphones in just 18 months.

October 21, 2010 by in Windows

In search, Microsoft are the innovators - says Facebook

In search, Microsoft are the innovators - says Facebook

Social search context, interface, speed of development; Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg thinks Microsoft's Bing has the edge in all of these.You expect partners to pat each other on the back when they make an announcement; if they weren't happy with each other, they wouldn't be rolling anything out.

October 13, 2010 by in Windows

Tip: some things you may not know about Facebook groups

Tip: some things you may not know about Facebook groups

As the updated Facebook Groups options make their way to more and more accounts, you might see some things you don't expect. Yes, a Facebook friend can join you to a group they're a member of and you'll show up as a member and start getting messages from the group - and you might never see an invitation message.

October 8, 2010 by in Windows

Why IE9 is too simple for me

Why IE9 is too simple for me

The IE interface definitely needs improving, simplifying and de-crufting. The IE9 beta interface is an excellent start - but for some of us it's just too simple, because it makes things that were already confusing even more so.

September 25, 2010 by in Windows

Computing the Science of the Skies

Computing the Science of the Skies

Good technology conferences have interesting content, sessions that keep you learning new things. But the best thing about them isn’t the content, it’s the people you meet and the conversations you have.

September 23, 2010 by in Windows

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