Cross-section of curiosity

There was a time when listening to radio from another country could be alluring, clandestine – it could even get you into a lot of trouble. But it certainly let you know that there was a much larger and diverse world out there. Does the internet have the same allure?

For decades we’ve read newspapers, knowing that the paper’s owner usually has some sort of political axe to grind. But when it comes to websites we don’t always express the same concerns.

Happy Birds

Articles about people losing their jobs after making jokes in poor taste have been circulating for a while now, driven by social media. But a recent trend in US court judgements shows that hitherto private social networks are becoming a rich seam of evidence in court, too.

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We’ve written before on this blog about online translation tools online translation tools and Google has recently joined Skype in making available a real-time interpretation tool. Neither have changed the […]

We’re all familiar with the explosive growth of tablet computers over the past five or so years, but what’s happened to the more humble e-reader, a device which was supposed to revolutionise our reading experience?

Anyone with a smartphone these days has the option of using voice recognition, but typically these only support a subset of languages. Why can’t they simply be given a dictionary […]

Code smell

Why is it that software developers leave their code lying out for a few days when it smells bad?


Why do I find it almost impossible to use colleagues’ keyboards? Aren’t the locations of those letters and symbols universal?