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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

Worstall @ the Weekend That's the Waltons of Walmart, not John-Boy and family
Tim Worstall, 12 Apr 09:00

Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

Something for the Weekend, Sir? There are many cubicles – this one's mine
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Apr 08:00

To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

Worstall @ the Weekend Well, someone's got to do it
Tim Worstall, 05 Apr 11:00

Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Where's Kanye when you need him?
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Apr 09:00

Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Oh, you're one of them there racists, are you?
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Mar 08:00

When cash is King, mobile money means economic freedom

Kenya's M-PESA mobile payment service is beating bitcoin
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Mark Pesce, 26 Mar 06:30

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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.
Wolfenstein 3D

Let’s PULL Augmented Reality and CLIMAX with JISM

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Augmented Reality is a terrible expression,” says the AR demonstrator. “It’s a pity it doesn’t have a better name. So we call it XXooming. With two Xs.” Oh dear, I can tell this is about to be a presentation involving a string of brand-new made-up terms designed to mask the abject failure of the technology in question to have …
Alistair Dabbs, 18 Apr 2015
Crystal ball via http://www.manoftaste.de/

Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “For heaven’s sake, they’ve moved everything.” Sharp observation. Of course they moved everything, it’s an office move. If they hadn’t moved everything, some of your kit wouldn’t be there at all. It would still be 10 metres away where you used to sit. We are Glass – Gary Numan As office moves go, at one of my client’s premises …
Alistair Dabbs, 11 Apr 2015
Gromit as HMV dog Little Nipper

Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

Something for the Weekend, Sir? This was a contradictory week for the music industry. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. On Wednesday, I attended the unveiling of an IEEE Milestone plaque to commemorate the invention of stereo recording in 1931 by the prodigious scientist-engineer Alan Dower Blumlein. The event was hosted by Abbey Road …
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Apr 2015
Jeremy Clarkson

Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

Something for the Weekend, Sir? How can you condone racist violence, Alistair? Blimey! I’m not sure I know the answer to that one. In this round, there is no conferring. They sure come up with difficult questions in online forums. Perhaps my interrogator and I are at cross-purposes. I decide to find out. “Racist violence?” I type tentatively without …
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Mar 2015

Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Rumours reaching Dabbsy Towers that Microsoft might be finally letting Internet Explorer die gave me absolutely no joy or cause for celebration. Hahahahahahahaha. It has been said in places that, having been the world’s favourite web browser straddling the Millennium years, Internet Explorer defined the emerging Internet age. …
Alistair Dabbs, 21 Mar 2015

Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What do you do when your brain is missing? Let’s say you put it down somewhere the night before but you can’t remember where and now you can’t find it. Or perhaps you were harmlessly manning the comms link when the bugs tunnelled under your off-world fort, jumped up and sucked your brains out. I have the answer: get yourself a …
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Mar 2015