Simon Bisson

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

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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Web 2.what?

Web 2.what?

This week it’s the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, where we’ve been listening to a wide selection of presentations and meeting a bunch of interesting people and companies old and new.

March 30, 2011 by in Windows

Greening the data centre (for fun and profit)

Greening the data centre (for fun and profit)

There’s a lot to be said for the modern data centre movement, and the trend away from power-hungry inefficient racks of under-utilised servers. Virtualisation lets you pack more and more functionality onto each CPU, saving space and power (at the expense of a little more cooling, or a slightly shorter server lifespan).

March 27, 2011 by in Windows

Is one Windows Phone 7 just like another?

Is one Windows Phone 7 just like another?

Microsoft set a very firm spec for Windows Phone 7 and the user interface is the same on all devices. There's only one handset so far with a keyboard (the Dell Venue Pro, soon to be followed by the HTC Arrive for Spring customers in the US).

March 24, 2011 by in Windows

IE9: Driven by the numbers

IE9: Driven by the numbers

The last year has been an interesting one. We've had considerably more access into the development processes behind IE9 than we've had for many products, and it's been fascinating watching the inputs Microsoft's used to drive its design process.

March 15, 2011 by in Windows

What exactly does 'post PC' mean anyway?

What exactly does 'post PC' mean anyway?

And are Windows tablets' too fat to fly'?The Asus Eee Slate is never going to be the iPad; four hours of battery life, a Core i5 and real Windows apps are a different ballgame - not necessarily better or worse, but certainly different.

March 7, 2011 by in Windows

Scaling Storage

Scaling Storage

Last week at the Parallels Summit, I sat down for a chat with Jerome Lecat, the CEO of Scality. It was an interesting conversation, as Scality seem to be close to solving one of the biggest IT problems – dealing with extremely large scale storage.

March 3, 2011 by in Windows

Windows Phone apps: how do you know if you get support?

Windows Phone apps: how do you know if you get support?

It's good to see quite a few developers agreeing that having support contact details in apps is a really good idea - good enough that it should still be mandatory for Windows Phone 7. Discussing with various people over the weekend something struck me; there's no way to tell in advance on the phone whether the app I'm looking at in Marketplace has a support contact.

February 27, 2011 by in Windows

How to deal with Android fragmentation: closed source?

How to deal with Android fragmentation: closed source?

Could Google take a leaf from Microsoft's book and rein in the handset manufacturers by taking closer control over Android - and closing the source?The Android operating system itself is open source, but the Google apps on Android aren't - and Google already places other conditions on Android OEMs.

February 21, 2011 by in Windows

The most important man at the table...

The most important man at the table...

The White House's Flickr stream has a picture of the now famous dinner where US President Obama met a sizable cross section of the Silicon Valley technology aristocracy. We've all heard of most of them, of Larry Ellison, of Carol Bartz, of Steve Jobs, of Mark Zuckerberg.

February 18, 2011 by in Windows

Brave New (Virtual Desktop) World

Brave New (Virtual Desktop) World

The desktop operating system as we know it isn't dead yet, but the writing's clearly on the wall. The rise of the tablet and of the cloud, both public and private, is changing the way IT departments think about desktop PCs and how they're managed and used.

February 14, 2011 by in Windows

Interleaving Nokia and Microsoft mapping services

Interleaving Nokia and Microsoft mapping services

There are plenty of ways the Microsoft Nokia tie up in phones could go wrong, from Nokia spoiling the frankly delightful Windows Phone metro interface with Symbian-style clunkiness (Nokia is allowed to customise the interface the way no OEM can), to a backlash by disappointed Symbian developers, to sheer delay (the NoDo update has allegedly been ready since late 2010 and carriers and operators may be the hold up - something Microsoft was specifically trying to avoid).

February 11, 2011 by in Windows

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