Most of the time, computers sit there waiting for you to ask them to do something. Phones tell you when they have something you care about.
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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.
What’s the future of the web?On one side there’s Flash and Silverlight and the rich internet applications world, which is working on ways of taking the web outside the browser and onto the desktop, where it “lights up” applications and plugs them into a connected world of APIs and services.
When I picked up the ultra-thin Sony VAIO X this summer, I actually did a double-take; it was so light I had a momentary impression that local gravity had failed. It was so light, when I went to pick it up I ended up jerking it into the air because I'd expected something twice the weight.
The Arizona supreme court has just decided that the metadata of a document is governed by the same rules as the document. If the metadata is attached to a public record, then the metadata too is a public record; so if, as a police officer disciplined after blowing the whistle on colleagues, you ask for your performance results then you should get metadata like who wrote them and when so you can prove whether they were written before or after you made yourself unpopular.
When VMware’s main competition was a little company called Connectix (100 people to VMware’s 200), the two virtualisation teams were best enemies; staring each other down, going head to head and planning to crush the opposition and own the market.
We've been at the SharePoint conference this week and I was thinking about Google in the session about using the FAST search engine in SharePoint, in terms of the tweaks administrators can do to refine results and wondering if the Google search appliance offers more controls than it used to (Google's answer used to be along the lines of 'you don't need controls because it works so well' and given that the search algorithm was the secret sauce, the source stayed secret).
We're currently at Microsoft's SharePoint 2009 conference in Las Vegas. With a new SharePoint release (and a new Office) in the offing, it's not surprising that there's a lot going on - after all SharePoint is now a $1.
The tarnished reputation of Windows Mobile needs more than a shiny new name, but calling the new 6.5 models Windows phones isn't just Microsoft taking advantage of the Windows 7 glow.
So we went to a Windows 7 House Party.And you know what?
There are two Adobes. One is the company that produces the design tools that give our image-saturated world its glossy look and feel.
To me, telepresence is high-enough definition video conferencing that it feels like the person you're seeing video of is actually in the room. Cisco's Telepresence does that, and so does HP's Halo.
Why does Microsoft call its cloud computing platform Azure? After all, a blue sky doesn't actually have any clouds in.
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