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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Microsoft's data-driven black hole

Microsoft's data-driven black hole

Microsoft has the telemetry religion; the development of IE 9, like Windows 7 and Office before it, is driven by data about what people actually do. In IE 9's case, it's things like a list of the 7,000 programming APIs that are in use on the most popular Web sites (the most popular JavaScript API, incidentally, used in 91% of them extracts a substring from a string).

August 11, 2010 by in Windows

Browse Tomorrow, Today.

Browse Tomorrow, Today.

You can't criticise Microsoft for not having a sense of humour. The latest set of demo web applications that have arrived with the release of Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 4 stress your browser while letting you de-stress with a good laugh.

August 4, 2010 by in Windows

Privacy: what Windows Live knows about your friends

Privacy: what Windows Live knows about your friends

The way that Windows Live lets you control your privacy online is a model other social networks and aggregators would do well to follow. You can easily make things private, shared with just close friends, open to friends of friends or public to the world and you don't feel like you'll have to write your own social network to do it.

August 2, 2010 by in Windows

How to open the OneNote cache file

How to open the OneNote cache file

EverNote is great for using on smartphones but for keeping track of anything and everything on my PC, I love OneNote. I can write on my tablet screen and have my handwriting recognised, I can record audio that's time-synced to my typed notes, I can clip in sections of Web pages or dialog boxes I want to use as screen grabs, I can print in documents to annotate...

July 30, 2010 by in Windows

Lasers in the (concrete) jungle somewhere

Lasers in the (concrete) jungle somewhere

Every time someone gets fed up with their rural DSL or the slow pace of fibre rollout, they wonder if wireless broadband isn't the solution. I often feel like Scottie on the Enterprise ('the laws o' physics willnae take it, Cap'n').

July 26, 2010 by in Windows

Nokia: all you need is (not) Steve

Nokia: all you need is (not) Steve

If the rumours are true and Nokia really is looking for someone to replace CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (usually referred to as OPK, for the obvious reason), then they're suffering from what I call Steveism (for the equally obvious reason); the belief that all you need is Steve.

July 20, 2010 by in Windows

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.

June 27, 2010 by in Windows

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.

June 23, 2010 by in Windows

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.

June 23, 2010 by in Windows

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