Simon Bisson

Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

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.

Latest Posts

Oh Google…

Whimsy is all very well, when your obsession with irrational numbers gets you headlines about the Nortel patent auction by making your losing bid pi billion dollars. But perhaps there are more important things for Google to do than amuse the world?

July 5, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


A minor Bitcoin miner injury?

Bitcoin is looking increasingly naïve as a currency; with a very expensive computer churning away at an overclocked speed you can create 'money' you can spend in very few places for only the cost of the electricity - and the risk of brain damage.Bitcoin is a problematic economic proposition - and not just because US authorities are cracking down on the sites that allow you to buy drugs with bitcoins.

June 29, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Navigating with Windows Phone, turn by turn

Before Windows Phone 7 came out, we repeatedly asked Microsoft if app developers would be able to create turn-by-turn GPS navigation apps - not only are they useful (we drive everywhere in the US and UK using CoPilot, now on iPhone instead of Windows Mobile) but they're a good test of how much access to the platform a developer gets.

June 22, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Security wood, meet security trees

Information security is in the news a lot at the moment, what with the theft of key data from RSA and the resulting attacks on...

June 17, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Click, vroom

Your car is a computer.Well, actually it's something more like ten or twenty computers running more software than sent a man to the moon.

June 14, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


To the cloud! Or not...

The notion that iCloud wants to displace the centre of gravity computing from full-fat personal computers (AKA smart clients) to lightweight personal devices that are always connected and significantly locked down in various ways (once known as dumb terminals and thin clients, now in sexy cases and with physical advantages derived in part from the benefits of lock down) may well be right. That doesn't mean it will work.

June 8, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Staffing up for the cloud future

The last paragraph of my last blog post glossed over perhaps the most important part of the change in Microsoft's data centre strategy - the fact that it's hiring a new cadre of cloud data centre engineers with internet scale experience, bringing in staff who've been at companies that were built at cloud scale from the start; from Amazon, from Google, and from Facebook.

June 6, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Windows 8 will run Windows apps, even on ARM (kind of)

Windows has to be all things to all people, and that causes fights. The fights that the Windows 8 demos shown this week are about old versus new, thin versus rich, touch versus mouse, innovation versus legacy investment - and they're pretty much all missing the point.

June 2, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Ride ‘em hot and fast

The high deserts of Oregon and Washington may have inspired many a cowboy movie, but they’re finding a new role in the fast growing world of high capacity data centres.

May 31, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe