Rants

It’s not about the bits

Mangling a title there from Lance Armstrong. Who, it may be remembered from his book “It’s not about the bike”, made the suggestion that it wasn’t the equipment he was pedalling that made him so successful. The title’s inference of course, being that it was Lance’s special qualities, rather than his ride’s. That book was published in the pre-Oprah …

All Your Data Are Belong to Us

Proper geeks, video-game fans and internet historians will immediately comprehend the title. For the rest of you, leading normal balanced lives, it is a reference to the internet meme originating from the Japanese video game Zero Wing. When released in Europe on the Sega Megadrive, the dramatic opening scene included this cutaway : Pretty clear, you’re in …

Cloudy with a Chance of Bubbles

Today’s subject is the Cloud. The capitalised one, not the dark fluffy thing that spoils picnics. The one that gets technology and business pundits falling over themselves with excitement. Gartner, for example, with their breathless prediction that “global cloud spending will exceed $200 billion by 2016“. Or Juniper research, who opine that “the cloud-based mobile market …

Pride and Prejudice – Hi Fi

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a throbbing audio-video entertainment system. It is entirely a bloke domain this. Audio and video equipment possessing the necessary attributes to endlessly fascinate blokes. Performance, specs, exclusivity, rivalry, one-upmanship, envy and desire. In other …

Billion Dollar Brain

So, we learn that the US is hoovering up phone and internet information on the world, the UK is trying harder to do the same whilst also bugging the G20, and France has it’s own system ( English ). Meanwhile, Mr Snowden hides out, Google gets into trouble, and people finally learn why their email is free …

Microsoft

Microsoft seem to have spent 10 years shooting themselves in the digital foot. After having “won” the browser wars, they set out to ruin Internet Explorer. After monopolisng the office software market, they ruin Office. They entirely miss the move to digital music, digital TV and digital movies. They buy Sybase’s old database code and …