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

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


Intersections In Real Life

We’re part of many, many networks, all defined by interactions, between people and between things. There’s the obvious wide social network that Facebook’s social graph tries to map (though Marc Smith of the Social Media Research Foundation is currently working with the Node XL graphing tool to find better and more informative ways of drawing social graphs than just pointing at a person and saying “friend”).

November 13, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Why does Azure need a VM role now Hyper-V cloud is here?

Cloud and virtualisation are related ideas, but they're not the same thing. To Microsoft the real benefit of its Azure cloud service is more than elasticity and scaling and economies of scale; it's that you can have Windows servers without having to do the work of running Windows Server yourself.

November 9, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Platform as luxury

Why Adobe and Microsoft have such different plans for Flash and Silverlight and such similar views of HTML 5.If you look at the dozens of Web sites Microsoft has collected to show off what you can do in HTML 5 - or, obviously, what you can do in IE9, which has a pretty comprehensive implementation of a standard in progress - you'll see a lot of things you used to expect to need a plug-in like Flash or Silverlight to achieve.

November 6, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe



Last week, at both Adobe’s MAX and Microsoft’s PDC I kept flashing on the last seconds of Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting video, when her character fires up Donald Sutherland’s cloud-busting machine in reverse and an unstoppable boiling mass of clouds starts to fill the sky…It was interesting to see the two companies’ views of the cloud transition that our industry is going through.

November 3, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe