There are two big trends in IT today: mobility and the cloud.Even if you discount the hype and coolly examine how the way you work is changing, these factors are huge.
Starting in 1996, before 'blog' was even a word, Rupert Goodwins has been writing dyspeptic, dramatic, disbelieving or delighted descriptions of daily life in IT journalism. Rupert's Diary is that collection, and will be updated until there are no more silly or splendid things happening in the world of digital technology - or the Rapture, whichever happens first. The smart money's on the Rapture.
Rupert started off as a nerdy lad expecting to be an electronics engineer, but having tried it for a while discovered that journalism was more fun. He ended up on PC Magazine in the early '90s, before that evolved into ZDNet UK - and Rupert evolved with them into an online journalist.
Just got an email from a reader saying "Are you guys aware of the disaster that Google's Chrome 10 is rapidly developing into? I haven't seen any publicity about it as yet.
There's nothing the world likes more than a good radiation scare. Mobile phone health panics are quiet at the moment — which could be permanent, like the microwave oven cancer flap that went into spontaneous remission and stayed there.
I was there, at the iPad 2 launch. I was there as Steve Jobs made his surprise appearance.
So, it's the weekend. I'm rattling up to Edinburgh from London on the train, as I often do, and I'm keeping in touch with the Twittersphere on my phone (*).
We know that Microsoft stares hungrily at Apple's success, if only because the CEO doth complain too much. And a practical result of envy is flattery of the highest form: not only does Microsoft now have a Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, a la App Store (well, who doesn't?
There is no conceivable end to the Microsoft Nokia deal other than a full merger of the companies.If this deal had happened ten years ago, then that statement would be unarguably right.
As the Android platform overhauls Symbian as the world's most popular smartphone operating system, it's also taken over from the PC as the focus of tech partisans and their illiberal debates. It's great fun to stand on the sidelines of the Apple vs Google wars and watch enthusiasts from both camps throw dignity and reason to the wind in co-dependent trollism.
Telephone companies have long had a reputation for corporate stupidity and rancid greed. Mobile phone network operators have earned that too, albeit version 2.
Now here's a smart idea. The US Navy R&D lab SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific is playing around with making radio antennas out of sea water.