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Connectivity's value is almost erased by the costs it can impose

The internet made information flow on the cheap, but making it anti-fragile will cost plenty
Mark Pesce, 13 Jun 07:05

My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The sun really does shine out of my behind
Alistair Dabbs, 09 Jun 08:00

The nuclear launch button won't be pressed by a finger but by a bot

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Pay me $500 in Bitcoin or... oh look, everyone's dead
Alistair Dabbs, 02 Jun 08:41

Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Or I could press 'Play' via the evil internet
Alistair Dabbs, 26 May 08:17

Go ahead, stage a hackathon. But pray it doesn't work too well

OPINION Are you ready for an idea from the playground to challenge your organisation?
Mark Pesce, 23 May 06:01

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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.
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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What the world needs now is an intelligent dustbin. It would be the pinnacle of achievement for the Internet of Things sector. But wait – it already exists! And in common with its robotic, pseudo-not-actually-AI brethren, it has a suitably daft anthropomorphic moniker. Instead of labelling it with a gender-presumptive name …
Alistair Dabbs, 23 Jun 2017
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My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Nice t-shirt. Where did you get it? "Oh, it was just something they put in the box with the socks." You got a free t-shirt with some socks? "No, the socks and t-shirt came free with the bomber jacket." OK, so you bought a jacket and got a free t-shirt and socks... "The jacket was free as well. It all came with the laptop …
Alistair Dabbs, 09 Jun 2017

The nuclear launch button won't be pressed by a finger but by a bot

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Nothing could hurry Cool Dave. Tall and taciturn, he would make his way around school between classes at his own pace. When he talked, he not so much spoke as delivered a quiet soliloquy in a thoughtful and deliberate manner. Cool Dave looked you in the eye. He spent time considering before answering questions. He never …
Alistair Dabbs, 02 Jun 2017
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Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Mrs Dabbsy is getting cross. I know this because she has said "grrrr". People don't often say "grrrr" in everyday conversation so it's noticeable when they do. Either that or you are inadvertently chatting with Tony the Tiger over a bowl of over-sugared breakfast cereal. The target of The Glowing One's ire (this time) is the …
Alistair Dabbs, 26 May 2017
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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

Something for the Weekend, Sir? When I was younger, I had a chronic problem with fluff gathering in awkward-to-reach places. What can I say? My personal grooves acquired dirt very easily. It was a teenage thing, I suppose. Neither sterile wipes nor the careful application of a vacuum cleaner seemed to help so I ended up seeking professional advice. A man-in …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 May 2017
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What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Dabbs (Mrs) and I are in bed. She is shaking my shoulder to wake me up. “Not again,” I groan. “I’ve done it three times already.” Disappointed, she slips out from under the duvet, dons a dressing gown and heads off by herself to locate the source of “the noise downstairs”. Hearing bumps and creaks during the hours of …
Alistair Dabbs, 05 May 2017

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