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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Five families own more than 20% of the UK do? Rubbish
Tim Worstall, 20 Mar 10:03

Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Online retailers might slurp your data but they still don't know jack
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Mar 11:27

Object Storage suppliers: Bikers? Dentists? Or Biker Dentists?

Blocks and Files These rebels need to find a cause, says the Sage of Storage
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Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 08:28

Will the blighters pay this time? Betting big on developers

Comment After lying in a deathlike slumber for years, the developer market is twitching
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Michael Coté, 07 Mar 14:46

How AGILE DIPLOMACY will spike PUTIN'S GUNS

¡Bong! While Crimea teeters on the edge, a plan is being hatched in Shoreditch...
Steve Bong, 07 Mar 12:57

Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Blow me a fuse, darlin’, I got 499 more where that came from
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Mar 10:59

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Alistair Dabbs

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Alistair Dabbs is a freelance technology tart, juggling IT journalism, editorial training and digital publishing.
Life of Brian

Innovation creates instability, you say? BLASPHEMY, you SCUM

“Mobbafer.” I’m sorry? “Mobbafer.” I didn’t quite catch that. “Mobbafer.” So, ah, you mean, hmm… mob-ba-fer? “Mobbafer! Mobbafer!” When dealing with people who have impenetrable accents – and by that I mean any accent different from my own – I don’t get angry, I get embarrassed. As the interlocutor tries harder to be understood …
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Apr 2014

Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

"Fans, players and parents unite against England's 'rip-off' £90 World Cup kit" screamed the Mirror this week. "They think it’s all over... priced." Even after several thousand years of civilisation and organised commerce, it seems humans still don’t understand basic economics. Demand, not cost of manufacture, determines the …
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Apr 2014

Raised £350bn in crowdsourced funding? Tell me about it (not)

His Girl Friday, All The President’s Men, Pravda, Broadcast News... As a journalist, I ought to be thrilled by reading books and watching dramatisations about other journalists being journalists and generally going about doing their journalisming. Yet there are few things in popular media as forlorn as a journalist talking about …
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Mar 2014
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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

I have just come out of a boardroom presentation in which a fibre network installer bored us all shitless speaking in initials and acronyms for an hour and a half. The one time we woke up was when he used the expression “SLA”, being the only abbreviation that everyone in the room was familiar with – including the accountant. …
Alistair Dabbs, 21 Mar 2014

Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

I am a very lucky man: Amazon is offering me a 20 per cent discount. The cynics among you might try to claim that everything at Amazon is offered at a 20 per cent discount because of its advantageous tax arrangements but that would be the result of confusion. My 20 per cent discount has nothing to do with VAT being 20 per cent …
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Mar 2014

Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Good news – after weeks of slaving over a seemingly interminable office refurb, occupying seven days a week and painstakingly documented in this column ad nauseam, I finally found some time to get some chores done. Time for me! Time that doesn’t involve paying bills or having to apologise for missing deadlines! Time not covered …
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Mar 2014