Category: Scitech

Science writing wasn’t really an early focus in my career for two reasons. First, it’s a small, specialised field and I frankly didn’t have the experience or knowledge. Second, I’d considered myself a computer, phone and application guy since first becoming a freelance writer.

I reviewed the latest mobiles and software. I was fully acquainted with the whole Mac versus PC thing at its height. I gave ratings out of five, knew all the products RRPs and my system was littered with product shots from PR agencies working for the IBMs, Lenovos and Samsungs of the world.

Today my interest is where tech fits into our lives. Sometimes it’s AI agents that appear all but human, sometimes it’s an emerging field like the new Internet of Things paradigm of short lived, disposable sensors.

But my knowledge of science evolved and grew and I’ve been thrilled to join the ranks I’d always admired and envied and write about scientific topics from the whimsical, like when Skylab returned to Earth in remote Western Australia, to the socially urgent, like the way the human brain reacts to sexual assault.

Mac OSX Tiger

Since the salad days of 1998, when Apple turned around an impending corporate implosion (thanks to the return of ousted chairman Steve Jobs and the advent of the iMac), they’ve been increasingly more vocal, and also more prolific. … Continue readingMac OSX Tiger

Beyond the Web

You couldn’t talk about Macromedia’s latest toolkit without mentioning the acquisition of the company by Adobe, a takeover that happened concurrently with Studio 8’s arrival, shareholders approving the acquisition only days after it was released. … Continue readingBeyond the Web

iPod 40Gb

Devotee websites like iPodlounge.com and tens of millions of discussion forum threads, a global industry in accessories that seem to get more outlandish, and several entire companies have sprung up around Apple’s simple but beautiful digital music player. … Continue readingiPod 40Gb