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

That's how they did it: VAIO X Series uses Sandisk

When I picked up the ultra-thin Sony VAIO X this summer, I actually did a double-take; it was so light I had a momentary impression that local gravity had failed. It was so light, when I went to pick it up I ended up jerking it into the air because I'd expected something twice the weight.

November 3, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Watch out, your metadata is showing

The Arizona supreme court has just decided that the metadata of a document is governed by the same rules as the document. If the metadata is attached to a public record, then the metadata too is a public record; so if, as a police officer disciplined after blowing the whistle on colleagues, you ask for your performance results then you should get metadata like who wrote them and when so you can prove whether they were written before or after you made yourself unpopular.

October 30, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Can cloud savings just evaporate?

We've been at the SharePoint conference this week and I was thinking about Google in the session about using the FAST search engine in SharePoint, in terms of the tweaks administrators can do to refine results and wondering if the Google search appliance offers more controls than it used to (Google's answer used to be along the lines of 'you don't need controls because it works so well' and given that the search algorithm was the secret sauce, the source stayed secret).

October 25, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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Share(Point) The Developer Love

We're currently at Microsoft's SharePoint 2009 conference in Las Vegas. With a new SharePoint release (and a new Office) in the offing, it's not surprising that there's a lot going on - after all SharePoint is now a $1.

October 20, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Honey, I Shrunk The Flash Player

There are two Adobes. One is the company that produces the design tools that give our image-saturated world its glossy look and feel.

October 11, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe


Pipes, clouds and scarcity

Why does Microsoft call its cloud computing platform Azure? After all, a blue sky doesn't actually have any clouds in.

October 1, 2009 by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

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