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Born on the Channel Island of Jersey, Simon moved to the UK to attend the University of Bath where he studied electrical and electronic engineering. Since then a varied career has included being part of the team building the world's first solid state 30KW HF radio transmitter, writing electromagnetic modelling software for railguns, and testing the first ADSL equipment in the UK. He also built one the UK's first national ISPs, before spending several years developing architectures for large online services for many major brands. For the last decade he's been a freelance writer, specialising in enterprise technologies and development. He works with his wife and writing partner Mary Branscombe from a small house in south west London, or from anywhere there's a WiFi signal and a place for a laptop.
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.
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The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 I came to love Surface Pro so why does Windows 10 feel like duct taping my fingers together?
- 2 Bandwidth vs signal strength: How to get the best internet connection for your device
- 3 SQL, NoSQL? What's the difference these days?
- 4 Windows 10, OneDrive sync and the art of difficult conversations
- 5 Just what is the difference between a smartphone and a featurephone now, anyway?