Tag Archives: Engineering

When Good Things Fail

By | January 14, 2008

(Update at bottom of post) I’m never quite sure what to do when something I’ve raved about in previous columns fails on me. Do I trumpet its failure to the world immediately? Do I go through the normal customer service channels to get it fixed, or do I raise hell with their PR to ensure it gets sorted… Read More »

Foleo, Foleo, Where Art Thou?

By | September 6, 2007

Caption competition: “Is this a dagger I see before me?” “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio” Now you see it, now you don’t Photo from BusinessWire It has the grim predictability of a company that doesn’t seem sure of what it’s doing, and what people want. Ever since Ed Colligan unveiled the Foleo — a Linux-based sub-sub-notebook… Read More »

An End to the Anonymity of Trash?

By | August 28, 2006

Britain is quietly introducing RFID (Radio Frequency Identity) tags to rubbish bins (trash cans) in a bid to measure the individual waste of each household and charge them accordingly. Some Britons are up in arms about this, saying that households have not been informed and calling it an abuse of privacy. Is it? The UK’s Daily Mail reports… Read More »

Portability Over Quality: The MP3 Scam

By | April 6, 2006

I happen to be a new fan of Alva Noto, whose minimalist bleeps and hisses may not be everyone’s cup of tea. (My wife thinks we have mice.) Anyway, I’m also testing headphones so I’m sitting outside by the communal pool taking in his second album with Ryuichi Sakamoto (my hero; I once interviewed him in such a… Read More »

Podcast: Myrtle

By | November 4, 2005

Here’s another podcast of a piece I did for the BBC’s World Service ‘World Business Report‘. This one’s on using GPS to drive a car, courtesy of an eccentric woman called Myrtle. Download Myrtle here. Related Posts:Podcast: Wikipediatrics December 3, 2009 Podcast: Findability April 12, 2010 Podcast: Truthiness December 9, 2010 Podcast: Over the Paywall January 6, 2011… Read More »