Foundations for evolving relationships between people and machines

IT Industry analysts Gartner announced its 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies on August 19, with an assessment of the tech landscape that visualises its market analysis, concentrating on the evolving relationship between humans and machines. In explaining that relationship focus, Gartner’s Jackie Fenn – originator of the hype cycle model – said in the […]

Getting to know the Olympus LS-14 and LS-12

As a podcaster, I’m interested in portable digital audio recorders as tools that I can use to record interviews, for example, when out and about. So when I hear about a new portable audio-recording device on the market, I’m curious to know how it might fare as a device for use such as mine. That’s […]

WebHostingBuzz: A hosting partner worth getting to know

For the past 18 months, WebHostingBuzz has hosted this blog and my other websites on a dedicated server physically located in one of its US datacentres. A dedicated server is a server that is exclusive to one user: it’s not shared with anyone else. So I enjoy the benefits of high performance, security, stability and […]

The arrival of the dystopian workplace

Maybe it’s because I’m currently reading 1984 by George Orwell on my Kindle – the first time I’ve read the book since the early 1980s – but this report in The Wall Street Journal that an IBM security tool can flag “disgruntled employees” struck me as a bit,  well, Orwellian. […] The new tool, called […]

The Kindle’s days are numbered

Whenever I’m on the tube in London, one thing I notice is the number of people quietly absorbed in reading a book or other text content on a Kindle as the crowded trains speed their way through the tunnels beneath the city. Amazon’s near-ubiquitous ebook reader has changed the reading habits of millions of people […]