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

Why IE9 is too simple for me

The IE interface definitely needs improving, simplifying and de-crufting. The IE9 beta interface is an excellent start - but for some of us it's just too simple, because it makes things that were already confusing even more so.

September 25, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Computing the Science of the Skies

Good technology conferences have interesting content, sessions that keep you learning new things. But the best thing about them isn’t the content, it’s the people you meet and the conversations you have.

September 23, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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IDF: Renee James explains Intel's software conundrum

Why did Intel risk alienating key software partners like Microsoft by buying McAfee? We've been puzzling since the announcement over what the appeal was, not so much of McAfee specifically but of any software developer that competes with companies whose only business is software.

September 17, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


IDF: Is there a new dual-core Atom coming soon?

The chip Intel wants to talk about this week is Sandy Bridge, but the keynote demo of Intel's WiDi wireless display running on an Atom tablet (showing a static image rather than video, but streaming from an Atom-based system for the first time) suggests a new dual-core Atom with added acceleration could be on the way soon - or some other key addition to the Atom platform.

September 14, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Forcing Things Social

I’m at’s Cloudforce event in London, where the company is launching a new mobile version of its Chatter business social network.

September 8, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe



We live in a graphical world, where people judge us by the fonts we use and the colour combinations on our web pages. Post-industrial culture demands that design is everything, with careful sculptured looks encasing the mass-produced gubbins that fill our homes and workplaces.

September 5, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


2010: The Year We Make (Email) Contact

It's been an interesting few days here in our office, as I took the opportunity of the end-of-August lull to do some major network reconfiguration and upgrades.

September 2, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Over-sharing on social networks; do we care more about it when it's Google?

Why do we give Facebook less hassle for proxy sharing in Place than we gave Google for Buzz?I was furious about Buzz on a personal level; it did the initial turn-itself-on thing on a Gmail account I don't want to have share anything with anyone and I had the emotional response to having the system interfere in my personal life.

August 23, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe