Atari

It would not be an exaggeration to say that encountering the Atari ST began my career as a technology writer. Though I’d played with Sinclair Spectrums and Amstrad PCs in the 80s, I had never used a computer as a production tool. My undergraduate dissertation was written in longhand and … Continue reading

The Zero Theorem

The Zero Theorem My local newspaper website, www.examiner.co.uk, has switched from a subscription based commenting system where people were able to define their own user names to a Facebook based system. The result? Engagement has died overnight. From an average of between 15 or 20 comments on each story to … Continue reading

No Future

The problem with using the statistical present as proof of how the future will develop is that there is no control. There is no future to refer to. People prefer print. Now. People prefer money. Now. People understand linear narratives better. Now. We don’t know what they’ll prefer tomorrow.

The Future of Things

These media objects we mourn, LP covers, paperback books, will return as tangible avatars in the virtual worlds we eventually transition to. In other news, I just dropped my slice of malt loaf butter-side down. That won’t happen.

Fake Tech Support

Just got one of those fake tech support calls. My partner, Ruth picked up the phone and her approach was quite different to my usual take-no-prisoners tirade of rage: Fake TS Guy: Hello, this the Technology Department of Microsoft Windows. We are calling about a problem with your computer. Ruth: … Continue reading