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.

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

Mac OSX Panther

The Macintosh has never had the biggest following, but it’s got the most loyal. There was widespread trepidation among Mac devotees when the UNIX based OSX appeared a few years ago, a world away from OS 8 or 9 that they’d spent five years getting used to. … Continue readingMac OSX Panther