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 …

The Trader’s Desk

Classic shot of the Trader’s Desk. Familiar to any Investment Banker. Let’s deconstruct. First, pride of place on the desktop is the Bloomberg Professional keyboard. The Bloomberg service, at $2000 per month per user, provides realtime news, stock, currency and commodity prices, with first class analytical tools. You’ll make the fee back in your first …

Pioneer Kuro Plasma TV

The Internet has facilitated the propagation of vast amounts of pseudo-knowledge. That is, half-recalled nuggets from traversing the web, endlessly recycled by others. Often, the recycler has no direct experience of the product they are keenly advising or commenting on. There are many examples. The big ones become urban legends, and snopes.com provides a valuable service …

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 …

Banks Contribution

The UK banking industry remains the biggest single annual contributor to the nations finances. The amount of revenue it provides to the government surpasses that of North Sea oil. But what about “the bail out” ? The actual amount spent ( loaned would be the better word ) on the UK “banking bailout” from 2009 to …