Tag Archives: things

Smartwatches: Coming Soon to a Cosmos Near You

By | September 5, 2013

This is a column I did for the BBC World Service, broadcast this week.  There’s been a lot of talk that the big boys — by which I mean Apple and Samsung — are about to launch so-called smart watches. But how smart does a watch have to be before we start strapping them to our wrists in… Read More »

Inside the Web of Things

By | December 22, 2011

This is a slightly longer version of a piece I’ve recorded for the BBC World Service I’ve long dreamed of an Internet of things, where all the stuff in my life speaks to each other instead of me having to the talking. The vision is relatively simple: each gadget is assigned an Internet address and so can communicate… Read More »

The Gecko in the Machine

By | July 22, 2007

 (This is the text of my weekly Loose Wire Service column, syndicated to newspapers like The Jakarta Post. If you’re an editor interested in subscribing to the service, drop me a line. Regular readers of the blog, meanwhile, will be familiar with some of the themes here) I found myself reading the words of one Timo Veikkola one… Read More »

The Productivity of Fewer Choices

By | June 5, 2006

I liked this piece switching by Bill Westerman on utilware about switching over to a Mac. What caught my eye were his points about the productivity of fewer choices: You’ll be amazed at how few things there are to modify I was the ultimate tweaker in Windows – registry entries, options menus, toolbar buttons – and was taken aback… Read More »