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

Lasers in the (concrete) jungle somewhere

Every time someone gets fed up with their rural DSL or the slow pace of fibre rollout, they wonder if wireless broadband isn't the solution. I often feel like Scottie on the Enterprise ('the laws o' physics willnae take it, Cap'n').

July 26, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Nokia: all you need is (not) Steve

If the rumours are true and Nokia really is looking for someone to replace CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo (usually referred to as OPK, for the obvious reason), then they're suffering from what I call Steveism (for the equally obvious reason); the belief that all you need is Steve.

July 20, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


A Little (Digital) Bit Of Me

There's a conversation I've been having with many different people over the years. It revolves around trying to understand how we use context to make IT easier to consume.

July 19, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Is there still a logical flaw in Apple's maths?

Apple's explanation of why the iPhone 4 shows a drop in reception when you grip it 'in a certain way' has me even more confused.To a phone, as Simon puts it, you are a large bag of salt water.

July 2, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Why do we (love to) hate Microsoft?

Tired of the endless 'but what have you done for us lately?' comments that follow Microsoft's every move, no matter how successful, communications head Frank Shaw rounded up some fun statistics to underline the fact that Microsoft is still the heart of the PC industry and the PC industry is still the heart of mainstream computing.

June 27, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Microsoft didn't fail to deliver iPad, Intel did

I'm going to disagree with one key point in Ina Fried's thoughtful piece on why Apple came out with the iPad instead of Microsoft, even though Bill Gates stood up on stage and showed off a thin, light slate PC code-named Haiku years before. It wasn't Microsoft who failed to deliver the form factor - it was Intel.

June 23, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Outlook: Cloudy

It's Wimbledon fortnight, and living in south west London I'm watching out for the inevitable clouds and rain, something that made me think about the other cloud...I'm not really one to use cloud services.

June 23, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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The hidden roots of the web: fifty years of PLATO

Imagine a computer network when you can connect with thousands of other users, can play multiplayer games, chat online and share information across the world, explore complex documents that link between pages and between different elements of content – all on terminals with local memory and high resolution touch displays.Sound familiar?

June 18, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe