Simon Bisson

Freelance journalist

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.

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How to open the OneNote cache file

How to open the OneNote cache file

EverNote is great for using on smartphones but for keeping track of anything and everything on my PC, I love OneNote. I can write on my tablet screen and have my handwriting recognised, I can record audio that's time-synced to my typed notes, I can clip in sections of Web pages or dialog boxes I want to use as screen grabs, I can print in documents to annotate...

July 30, 2010 by in Windows

A minor Bitcoin miner injury?

A minor Bitcoin miner injury?

Bitcoin is looking increasingly naïve as a currency; with a very expensive computer churning away at an overclocked speed you can create 'money' you can spend in very few places for only the cost of the electricity - and the risk of brain damage.Bitcoin is a problematic economic proposition - and not just because US authorities are cracking down on the sites that allow you to buy drugs with bitcoins.

June 29, 2011 by in Windows

Ride ‘em hot and fast

Ride ‘em hot and fast

The high deserts of Oregon and Washington may have inspired many a cowboy movie, but they’re finding a new role in the fast growing world of high capacity data centres.

May 31, 2011 by in Windows

To the cloud! Or not...

To the cloud! Or not...

The notion that iCloud wants to displace the centre of gravity computing from full-fat personal computers (AKA smart clients) to lightweight personal devices that are always connected and significantly locked down in various ways (once known as dumb terminals and thin clients, now in sexy cases and with physical advantages derived in part from the benefits of lock down) may well be right. That doesn't mean it will work.

June 8, 2011 by in Windows

Staffing up for the cloud future

Staffing up for the cloud future

The last paragraph of my last blog post glossed over perhaps the most important part of the change in Microsoft's data centre strategy - the fact that it's hiring a new cadre of cloud data centre engineers with internet scale experience, bringing in staff who've been at companies that were built at cloud scale from the start; from Amazon, from Google, and from Facebook.

June 6, 2011 by in Windows

Worrying too much about privacy? (or not enough?)

Worrying too much about privacy? (or not enough?)

I'm privacy minded. Perhaps a little obsessively; after all, I have very distinctive hair and I regularly hand out business cards with my address, email address and phone number on and our office number is in lots of journalist contact databases available commercially - yet I use a JavaScript obfuscator to stop spambots scraping my email address from our Web site and never publish photos showing the inside of our office.

May 26, 2011 by in Windows

Navigating with Windows Phone, turn by turn

Navigating with Windows Phone, turn by turn

Before Windows Phone 7 came out, we repeatedly asked Microsoft if app developers would be able to create turn-by-turn GPS navigation apps - not only are they useful (we drive everywhere in the US and UK using CoPilot, now on iPhone instead of Windows Mobile) but they're a good test of how much access to the platform a developer gets.

June 22, 2011 by in Windows