Office of the Future

This was a piece I was asked to do for a BBC World Service segment on the office of the future. It was broadcast a couple of days ago. Here’s the full broadcast: here Needless to say the piece has nothing do with my present work environment, which is charming and healthy.   The office of 2050, …

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Watch Out For the Big Skim

By Jeremy Wagstaff For those of you nervous about doing your banking online, here are some comforting words: It may be just as dangerous to do it at an ATM machine. That’s because scammers have figured out how to steal your account details and PIN number straight from the machine. And they’ve been doing it …

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Beware of The Away Message

By Jeremy Wagstaff There are few things more exhilarating, I suspect, than being able to set your email account to respond with an automated message that says: “I’m on holiday. I won’t be answering your email for a while. I’m going on holiday to Barbados, and Bob Loser, my colleague, is covering for me, so …

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The Lucrative Loneliness of the Chinese

By Jeremy Wagstaff At what point do social networks on the Internet start to supplant ones in real life? Take China, for example. It’s a relatively big example, so it’s worth taking. According to a recent article in Web in Travel, an online travel publication, China now has two generations of one-child families, and, in …

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Curing the Inbox Twitch

By Jeremy Wagstaff Sorry, say that again? Research indicates we’re bad at recovering from interruption: In a study last year, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Thomas Jackson of Loughborough University, England, found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover your train of thought after interruption by email. As the Herald …

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The Secret of Being Well-Read

By Jeremy Wagstaff If you’ve been following this column closely, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Really Simple Syndication, or RSS. I reckon it’s the single greatest thing to come out of the last few years on the Web. Well, that and Facebook. And Skype. And blogging. And disposable socks. (For those of you …

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Scaling Business Card Mountain

By Jeremy Wagstaff One day everyone will be beaming/Bluetoothing their business cards to people, or sending them via email as soon as they get home from the Taiwanese Horticulture Convention. But for now we’re stuck with mountains of them on our desk, waiting for that moment that never comes when we might actually do something …

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When the Browser Grows Up

Google this week (eds: Tuesday 3/9/08) launched its own browser. Here Jeremy analyses its significance for the general user. By Jeremy Wagstaff Geeks have gotten very excited about the launch of Google’s own browser, called Chrome. But what does it mean for us ordinary mortals? Well, in the short term, not very much. But further …

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Loose Wire: Bookmarks Are Dead. Long Live Bookmarks

Bookmarking, the act of marking a favorite website, has become a much more complicated matter these days. Here’s how to master the art of keeping tabs on the web By Jeremy Wagstaff A thought occurred to me the other day, as these things do. Who uses bookmarks anymore? Not the kind you put in books–although …

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The Pitfalls of Facebook

Facebook just grew up and gave some of its users a shock they probably deserve. You might even have been one of them. You may have received a message from a friend already on Facebook; something that doesn’t sound like them, but hey, they might have been out partying when they wrote it: “have you …

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