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.

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Greening the data centre (for fun and profit)

There’s a lot to be said for the modern data centre movement, and the trend away from power-hungry inefficient racks of under-utilised servers. Virtualisation lets you pack more and more functionality onto each CPU, saving space and power (at the expense of a little more cooling, or a slightly shorter server lifespan).

March 27, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Is one Windows Phone 7 just like another?

Microsoft set a very firm spec for Windows Phone 7 and the user interface is the same on all devices. There's only one handset so far with a keyboard (the Dell Venue Pro, soon to be followed by the HTC Arrive for Spring customers in the US).

March 24, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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IE9: Driven by the numbers

The last year has been an interesting one. We've had considerably more access into the development processes behind IE9 than we've had for many products, and it's been fascinating watching the inputs Microsoft's used to drive its design process.

March 15, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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What exactly does 'post PC' mean anyway?

And are Windows tablets' too fat to fly'?The Asus Eee Slate is never going to be the iPad; four hours of battery life, a Core i5 and real Windows apps are a different ballgame - not necessarily better or worse, but certainly different.

March 7, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Scaling Storage

Last week at the Parallels Summit, I sat down for a chat with Jerome Lecat, the CEO of Scality. It was an interesting conversation, as Scality seem to be close to solving one of the biggest IT problems – dealing with extremely large scale storage.

March 3, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Windows Phone apps: how do you know if you get support?

It's good to see quite a few developers agreeing that having support contact details in apps is a really good idea - good enough that it should still be mandatory for Windows Phone 7. Discussing with various people over the weekend something struck me; there's no way to tell in advance on the phone whether the app I'm looking at in Marketplace has a support contact.

February 27, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Parallels takes SMB to the cloud.

It’s sometimes hard to remember that companies often have more than one string to their bow. Take Parallels for example.

February 23, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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How to deal with Android fragmentation: closed source?

Could Google take a leaf from Microsoft's book and rein in the handset manufacturers by taking closer control over Android - and closing the source?The Android operating system itself is open source, but the Google apps on Android aren't - and Google already places other conditions on Android OEMs.

February 21, 2011 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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