When you automate a system designed around messy human beings, the resulting efficiency can make everyone unhappy
500 words into the future
Unapologetically opinionated views on technology, in the office and out
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 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.
A new generation of tablet keyboards shows that what we really want is a device that's the tech equivalent of a mullet: business in front, party at the back. And it's all down to the lowly hinge.
There are app stores everywhere but how do we know which are the best ones? It's time to rethink how we measure success.
As the pace of change in technology continues to accelerate, the most valuable information companies have are their roadmaps.
Smaller firms are already using cloud services – now it's time for the businesses that have supported their IT in the past to catch up.
SharePoint lives on as an on-premise product but for many it's time to move to Yammer.
With the announcement of new ranges of low cost devices at this year's MWC in Barcelona, it's time to ask: what is the difference between a smartphone and a featurephone in today's market?
Can you rescue a wet phone by making it wetter? We dunked an HTC Desire to find out.
Microsoft announced that Lync and Skype would soon be able to share video, as well as voice and IM. So how will it work?
First there was the PC, then there was ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things. What comes next?