This blog has been running, on and off, since 2001. It collects my writings for the Journal, Review, BBC and Reuters, and some I write for my own amusement.


I’m a technology journalist, writer and consultant, based in Singapore. The website of my company, Cleftstick, is here.

I consult for companies large and small trying to make sense of technologies and how best to position themselves. I largely do this by creating bespoke content that hits a high ethical bar.

I was chief technology correspondent in Asia for Thomson Reuters. Before that I was a technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review (the Loose Wire column). I was a correspondent for Reuters in the 1980s and 90s.

I have an irregular slot on the BBC’s World Service Business Daily show.

Always interested in hearing from clients, readers, sources, etc. Sources are always treated with discretion and, if requested, confidentiality. Some dos and don’ts for PR pitches here.