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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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IDF: Renee James explains Intel's software conundrum

IDF: Renee James explains Intel's software conundrum

Why did Intel risk alienating key software partners like Microsoft by buying McAfee? We've been puzzling since the announcement over what the appeal was, not so much of McAfee specifically but of any software developer that competes with companies whose only business is software.

September 17, 2010 by in Windows

IDF: Is there a new dual-core Atom coming soon?

IDF: Is there a new dual-core Atom coming soon?

The chip Intel wants to talk about this week is Sandy Bridge, but the keynote demo of Intel's WiDi wireless display running on an Atom tablet (showing a static image rather than video, but streaming from an Atom-based system for the first time) suggests a new dual-core Atom with added acceleration could be on the way soon - or some other key addition to the Atom platform.

September 14, 2010 by in Windows

Forcing Things Social

Forcing Things Social

I’m at Salesforce.com’s Cloudforce event in London, where the company is launching a new mobile version of its Chatter business social network.

September 8, 2010 by in Windows

Iconography

Iconography

We live in a graphical world, where people judge us by the fonts we use and the colour combinations on our web pages. Post-industrial culture demands that design is everything, with careful sculptured looks encasing the mass-produced gubbins that fill our homes and workplaces.

September 5, 2010 by in Windows

Smart, but not in a business suit.

Smart, but not in a business suit.

Earlier this week I suggested that the name "smartphone" seriously underestimated the capabilities of today's pocket computers. The latest ARM-based mobile processors (especially thise with GPU support, like Nvidia's Tegra and Qualcomm's Snapdragon) have plenty of horse power to handle what just a few years back were complex computational problems.

August 21, 2010 by in Windows

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

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