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

HP and Cisco: an inevitable divorce?

Why HP and Cisco broke up - or the future of network hardwareCisco calls it an 'evolving partner landscape'; so what do you do when a partner evolves into a competitor?It wasn't likely that Cisco and HP could stay BFFs when HP bought 3Com, who makes network hardware and when Cisco made moves into HP territory with unified communications and high-definition video conferencing.

February 23, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Windows Phone: more smart, less phone?

Given that I've gone from a Windows Mobile fan to something of a Windows Mobile diehard in my phone use (I've been disappointed with the glacial development and short term solutions of the last two Windows Mobile releases even as I've enjoyed new features and the best mobile browser anywhere - Skyfire not Mobile IE, of course), I'm still undecided about how much I like Windows Phone 7.

February 18, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


When product naming clashes with H.P. Lovecraft

H.P Lovecraft's dark, weird fantastic fiction has become the first open source literature, where other writers have taken his mythos and his nihilistic view of human life in a dark and hostile universe and run with it.

February 15, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Does Buzz prove that Google has become Microsoft?

After the initial buzz of excitement over Buzz, there's been more of a buzz about privacy worries - so much so that Google has announced that it's making the option to keep those automatically-generated lists of followers and followings private rather easier to find, along with allowing you to block people from following you whether they have public profiles set up or not.

February 12, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Touch Me Somewhere Else For A Change

Multi-touch isn’t just for tablets. It’s soon going to be everywhere, as the underlying technologies (whether resistive, capacitive or optical) solve many complex user interface problems.

February 4, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Flash Fried?

The biggest problem with the Adobe/Apple Flash spat is that it’s being fought on the wrong ground.Flash isn’t just about video on web pages, or animated adverts, or even about plugins versus HTML 5.

February 1, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Net neutrality or protection racket?

If peer to peer traffic is clogging the Internet and slowing down Skype calls, why not mark it as lower priority and do the download overnight? The software updates and Word of Warcraft files that use P2P quite legally aren't hugely urgent and that kind of 'when you’re not busy' bandwidth usage is how Microsoft makes Windows Update polite (the Background Internet Transfer Service doesn't work quite like P2P but some of the principles are similar).

January 25, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Playing games with the Office user interface

I'll admit it; I actually like the ribbon in Office. But I'm disappointed that my high score so far is only 66…For years we scolded Microsoft for the way features were arranged in Office.

January 22, 2010 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe