The 'Bloom box' fuel system that Silicon Valley is fussing about isn't free energy or perpetual motion; it's a clever way of storing the energy from gas (natural or biogas) in solid oxide fuel cells more efficiently than a gas generator (although when they say it's far more efficient than the US electrical grid that's not saying much, as that emits considerably more CO2 than the UK national grid and loses more of it in transmission).
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Unapologetically opinionated views on technology, in the office and out
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 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.
Steve Ballmer was right when he told the Search Marketing Expo that Google's biggest advantage is having been good enough before anyone else. But I think there's something Microsoft doesn’t get about Google culture.
As we predicted, you won't be able to upgrade existing Windows Mobile 6.5 devices to run Windows Phone 7 - because they don't meet the list of criteria.
Why HP and Cisco broke up - or the future of network hardwareCisco calls it an 'evolving partner landscape'; so what do you do when a partner evolves into a competitor?It wasn't likely that Cisco and HP could stay BFFs when HP bought 3Com, who makes network hardware and when Cisco made moves into HP territory with unified communications and high-definition video conferencing.
Given that I've gone from a Windows Mobile fan to something of a Windows Mobile diehard in my phone use (I've been disappointed with the glacial development and short term solutions of the last two Windows Mobile releases even as I've enjoyed new features and the best mobile browser anywhere - Skyfire not Mobile IE, of course), I'm still undecided about how much I like Windows Phone 7.
H.P Lovecraft's dark, weird fantastic fiction has become the first open source literature, where other writers have taken his mythos and his nihilistic view of human life in a dark and hostile universe and run with it.
After the initial buzz of excitement over Buzz, there's been more of a buzz about privacy worries - so much so that Google has announced that it's making the option to keep those automatically-generated lists of followers and followings private rather easier to find, along with allowing you to block people from following you whether they have public profiles set up or not.
Dick Brass says so and he thinks he should know; he was the vice president of emerging technologies and launched the Tablet PC in 2002. What does he think went wrong?
Multi-touch isn’t just for tablets. It’s soon going to be everywhere, as the underlying technologies (whether resistive, capacitive or optical) solve many complex user interface problems.
The biggest problem with the Adobe/Apple Flash spat is that it’s being fought on the wrong ground.Flash isn’t just about video on web pages, or animated adverts, or even about plugins versus HTML 5.
I've been a fan of Windows Mobile since the first clunky SPV: I have a huge Outlook address book and being able to have all those numbers on my phone automatically, and read my email? That's been awesome for so many years that I can't imagine living without it.
If peer to peer traffic is clogging the Internet and slowing down Skype calls, why not mark it as lower priority and do the download overnight? The software updates and Word of Warcraft files that use P2P quite legally aren't hugely urgent and that kind of 'when you’re not busy' bandwidth usage is how Microsoft makes Windows Update polite (the Background Internet Transfer Service doesn't work quite like P2P but some of the principles are similar).
I'll admit it; I actually like the ribbon in Office. But I'm disappointed that my high score so far is only 66…For years we scolded Microsoft for the way features were arranged in Office.
So is it time to kill IE? France and Germany think so.
Are smartbooks going to fizzle like MIDs and UMPCs, take over the market like smartphones and netbooks or just confuse things for a while? Would an Apple tablet change any of that?
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- 2 Bandwidth vs signal strength: How to get the best internet connection for your device
- 3 SQL, NoSQL? What's the difference these days?
- 4 Windows 10, OneDrive sync and the art of difficult conversations
- 5 Just what is the difference between a smartphone and a featurephone now, anyway?