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.

Latest Posts

"Microsoft declined requests for comment"; that's your problem right there

Microsoft is fed up of being told it's dead, dying, uncool, undead or whatever other insult you have in mind. Communications chief Frank Shaw started a #notdeadyet Twitter hashtag back in October to rebut some of the more egregious brickbats in articles and with kneejerk articles like this interview, you can't blame him.

December 17, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Which passwords do I need to change?

Beyond the irony of Gawker releasing some of its own secrets for a change - or at least the emails and passwords of its users - are some sobering thoughts about how many of us are using weak and easily cracked passwords, or thinking up one strong password and using it everywhere because we can't manage to remember lots of strong passwords as well as where they're all for.

December 14, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


The other strings to Nokia's business bow

Adding System Centre support to Nokia business handsets as well as the Communicator client for Lync and SharePoint access makes Nokia a better business handset maker than just slapping QWERTY keyboards on their phones.

December 13, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Buzzing around the web APIary

There's a problem with single vendor events: it's easy for them to become echo chambers with their own reality distortion fields that quickly leave you feeling you're at a religious revival. Now that may be my innate British journalist cynicism showing, but I certainly found the Cloudstock pre-conference event at this year's Salesforce.

December 9, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Sony VAIO: P is for portable, not perfect

If you're looking for something that nails the idea of the netbook, Sony has pretty much the full range of approaches in the VAIO series (leaving out budget): basic (the W series), the lightest computer you can think of but with a decent-sized screen and keyboard (the X series) or small enough to slip into a handbag or the back pocket of your jeans (the P series).

December 6, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Redmond gives the cloud a solid foundation

I've recently been working with a couple of different cloud tools and services, and I'm starting to come to the conclusion that cloud platforms are now mature enough that small and medium businesses need to seriously consider using cloud services to replace some, or possibly all, of their core infrastructure.

December 2, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


What's the point of Windows Home Server?

Having a server at home is getting to be common - but you probably don't call it a server. You call it a PogoPlug or a Time Capsule or a NAS box or a network drive (or less likely 'that old PC I fixed up for sharing').

November 27, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Tip: all the different Office 2010 paste shortcuts

Since I started using the touch-screen HP 2740p tablet, I've found myself tapping buttons in the Office ribbon to run commands - but sometimes keyboard shortcuts are just faster. Ctrl-V is literally hardwired into my brain, I think; even though I nearly always choose the Paste Options button and change the way content has just pasted in - but not quite often enough to want to reset the default.

November 24, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


More from Mark Hurd: apps matter, apps are hard work and cloud isn't magic

Along with promising integrated hardware and software solutions and vertical apps from Oracle and downplaying the virtualisation and automation he was pushing at HP, Oracle president Mark Hurd shared his views on the cloud and Oracle itself. Plus he came up with one of the more compelling arguments about the consumerisation of IT and why enterprises (whether they pin their hopes on Oracle or note) can't keep running the same old internal apps if they're not flexible enough.

November 19, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe