Matthew Reynolds: Freelance_

I have a life-long passion for technology, and how technology can help to make a better world. I'm an exceptional strategic thinker, able to derive the best way forward for any software challenge. I am fascinated by ideas and innovation, I have a strong grounding in commercial realities, and I am considered by all my clients to be a safe pair of hands.

Hire me for your software project

I have spent 25 years helping businesses like yours close the gap between what they can do and what they want to do. If you need help on your software project, contact me today.

Project highlights

I have worked on countless projects over the past 25 years — here are some of the highlights:

  1. For a leading provider of high-end mobile and fixed-line telephony, I designed a new microservice architecture, and standard frameworks for application development. I also wrote and implemented their new Kanban-based development procedures, built and implemented tools to support the development process, and recruited the development team.
  2. For a building management and FM business, I coordinated the migration of a failed offshore software development program and bootstrapped a new replacement system. I also designed the cloud infrastructure on which the system runs.
  3. For a medium-sized technology business that has a requirement for a high degree of security, I designed and built software frameworks to ensure security was reliable implemented across projects, selected a vendor for and managed an external penetration testing exercise, and trained the team on building secure software.
  4. For a startup dealing with social housing, I build prototype systems which were used to get partners interested in the business, and from there built out the first live versions of the software, before hiring, training, and handing over to a new development team.
  5. For a startup looking to build a new social media marketing platform, I built the initial versions of the software that used machine learning to find customers on social networks that were exhibiting certain buying signals. This work also involved building out the cloud infrastructure, together with business continuity measures to ensure the business could scale.
  6. For a marketing leading facilities management software company, I oversaw the project of moving away from a legacy 4GL platform to a new .NET-based platform. This involved building proof-of-concepts, before putting into place procedures and tools to scale up the team for development, and supporting the operations and support sides of the business to run and support the new projects.

Strengths

The CliftonStrengths programme is a great system for quanitifying an individual's strengths, and I often use them with clients when helping them to build teams. These are my CliftonStrengths:

  1. Strategic
  2. Achiever
  3. Ideation
  4. Connectedness
  5. Belief
  6. Context
  7. Restorative
  8. Activator
  9. Adaptability
  10. Intellection

Benchmark

My Digital 247 Benchmark provides a way of scoring your current software development capability against your peers. You can download the whitepaper paper.

Books

My first book was published in 2000. I've authored and co-authored a dozen books, some of which are listed here.

Death of the PC: The authoritative guide to the decline of the PC and the rise of post-PC devices
A book ththat took the reader through the sociological changes that caused consumers to fall in love with their smartphones.
Social Selling: Techniques to Influence Buyers and Changemakers
This book, designed for non-technical people, looked to impart knowledge as to reaching sales decision makes through social networking.
Programming Windows Store Apps
A practical book that took the reader step-by-step through the process of developing apps for the Windows Store.
Multimobile Development: Building Applications for the iPhone and Android
The first in a pair of books that taught the reader how to build the same application for four platforms. This edition covered iPhone and Android.
Cracking Windows Phone and BlackBerry Native Development: Cross-Platform Mobile Apps Without the Kludge
The commpanion books to 'Multimobile Development', teaching the reader how to build the same application for Windows Phone and BlackBerry.
.NET Enterprise Development in C#: From Design to Deployment,
A practical book that taught the reader how to achieve common enterprise development tasks in .NET. There was a VB.NET version of this book too.
Beginning E-Commerce: with Visual Basic, ASP, SQL Server 7.0 and MTS
This book was written to teach the reader everything they needed to know about building their own online storefront.

Articles

  1. Challenged Backgrounds: Tech’s Diversity Problem No One Talks About (medium.com) -- We talk about diversity and inclusion, but as a well-funded and supposedly progindustry, we’re still underserving society’s most…Continue reading on Medium »
  2. Choose The Right Tools For Your Software Project Every Time, Guaranteed (medium.com) -- A recent article of mine — Will We Ever See Anything Like .NET Again?– got a decent amount of hits, one question it raises is that if we’re not choosing .NET for a project, what should we choose…
  3. Writing a Sales Proposal that Always Wins (medium.com) -- In my last article, I went over how all sales is about “pain” — that fundamentally people only buy things because they want their pain to go away. This can be an actual pain — e.g., buying…
  4. Boost Your Leadership Skills With These 5 Top Sales Tips (medium.com) -- Leadership is fundamentally about your ability to sell.Continue reading on The Startup »
  5. The Business of “Internet Business” Scams (medium.com) -- For the longest time, I’ve been fascinated by “internet business” scams. You you’ve seen the ads: “I EARN $10,000 A MONTH PASSIVE INCOME FROM MY INTERNET BUSINESS AND NOW LIVE IN A FLORIDA BEACH…
  6. .NET — Is It Really What’s Next? (medium.com) -- Software engineering can be thought of as the tension between what’s familiar, and what’s new. I’ve been working in computers for a long time, and it’s really only a game you get into if you’re…
  7. Oh $h1t — There’s an Awful Lot of Swearing on YouTube (medium.com) -- Some of you may know that I have recently been working on developing an internet filter doodad that lets parents selectively filter what their children watch on YouTube. One of the things the doodad…
  8. Geeks of a Certain Age Will Dig These YouTubers Bringing 1990s Computing Back to Life (medium.com) -- If, like me, you got into computers in the 1980s and 1990s, you’ll love these YouTube videos on old, old, old geeky goodness.
  9. Getting a Productivity Boost with Repeating Text-to-Speech Reminders (medium.com) -- It’s easy to trick ourselves into thinking that were being super-productive and getting a lot done, but are we being “effective”, or just being “active”?
  10. Journaling in Software Engineering — Part 1: Personal Journaling (medium.com) -- Managing our day-to-day lives can be tricky — who’s tracking our objectives, who’s making sure that we’re on target? A discipline of journalling is like having our own personal project manager.
  11. Will we ever see anything like .NET again? (medium.com) -- In February 2002, I was sitting in the audience of the Visual Studio .NET launch, watching Bill Gates talk about his company’s new product. It was the first (and probably) last time I’ll ever see…
  12. Will we ever see anything like .NET again? (medium.com) -- .NET was a huge engineering effort. But today, no vendor is attempting to build something anywhere near as ambitious in scope.Continue reading on The Startup »
  13. Software engineers, or software developers? (medium.com) -- I’ve been doing some more writing lately, and I’ve been trying to standardise the nomenclature: is it “software engineer”, or is it “software developer”. Or “software engineering”, or “software…
  14. Microsoft and the consumer space (medium.com) -- What’s now a scary number of years ago — fells like yesterday tbh — I used to write for the Guardian and then ZDNet about Microsoft’s effort to break into the consumer space. At the time, this was…
  15. What went wrong with Twitter? (medium.com) -- What went wrong with Twitter? I see this morning that we’re all getting 280 characters to tweet with rather than 140. Great. Bound to solve the problem(!) I used to love Twitter. I used to live on it…
  16. Autoupdate hell (medium.com) -- Autoupdate hell I should say as preamble to this piece that I hate being in the car. I do 30,000 miles a year, and half of that is on the most congested road in the UK. To be frank, it’s…
  17. Run in the cloud? You should develop there too (medium.com) -- A number of years ago — and I’m frankly taken aback to discover this was a shocking six years ago — I tried hosting my main development machine in the cloud. At the time, it didn’t work fantastically…
  18. Data protection/GDPR and blockchain — on a collision course (medium.com) -- This article predates introduction of GDPR-directed legislation within the UK, but there are some things that we know are very likely to happen upon its introduction. One of the more stimulating…
  19. Why should I use a publishing calendar for content marketing? (medium.com) -- Previously I discussed one of the reasons why small business owners find marketing difficult is that sitting down and “doing marketing” is difficult when there’s pressure on you to actually deliver…
  20. The pros and cons of syndicating your content on Medium and LinkedIn (medium.com) -- The core problem with content marketing as part of your social media marketing strategy is that, fundamentally, you have to get someone to read your content. Without readers coming into the funnel…
  21. Should my cloud business avoid Microsoft development tools? (zdnet.com) -- If I base my start-up business on Microsoft technologies, I've instantly put myself in hock for 300 Windows Server licenses.
  22. LG G Watch vs Pebble: The simple genius of a not-so-smartwatch (zdnet.com) -- I bought an LG G Watch to replace my year-old Pebble. Turns out, I'll be keeping the Pebble...
  23. How IT professionals can get the most out of Twitter (zdnet.com) -- Twitter is perhaps the most important learning resource that IT professionals have access to, yet not enough of us are using it.
  24. Apple's new Swift development language highlights the company's worst side (zdnet.com) -- Apple's iOS tooling badly needed a reboot, hence the introduction of Swift. It's just a shame they did such a bad job...
  25. Surface Pro 3: Microsoft's grand tablet vision lies in tatters (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft's tablet vision was bold, and beautiful. But with the introduction of Surface 3, it's dead.
  26. Everyone is 'going digital,' but just what does that mean? (zdnet.com) -- It seems that everywhere we go, CTOs and CIOs are talking about "digital," but exactly what does "digital" mean?
  27. Windows XP: The terrifying anarchy of technology 'have-nots' (zdnet.com) -- It's easy to dismiss organisations that have failed to move away from XP as ignorant or lazy, but it's not quite that simple.
  28. There is no 'mobile' anymore (zdnet.com) -- Seeking a mobile solution puts up an artificial technical barrier to what you're trying to do. It's time to stop thinking about "mobile" as something special.
  29. Android Wear -- wearable devices built around relevance (zdnet.com) -- Google is able to offer something with Android Wear that no other player, big like Apple or small like Pebble, can offer. And that's why it'll win...
  30. Apple's 'goto fail' tells us nothing good about Cupertino's software delivery process (zdnet.com) -- The fact that Apple's infamous SSL validation bug actually got out into the real world is pretty terrifying.
  31. Is Office 365 worth spending 3x more than on Google Apps? (zdnet.com) -- Office 365 is three times the cost of Google Apps. It's worth it -- but probably not for the reason you expect...
  32. Lifelogging cameras may be a technology that we need to ban (zdnet.com) -- Lifelogging cameras offer a way of having greater recall over your personal life experiences, but what they do to the privacy of others may be a step too far...
  33. The "app gap" isn't what you think it is (zdnet.com) -- It's easy to think of the app gap as "Platform X has more apps than Platform Y". It's much more subtle than that...
  34. Office is the only thing that can kill a Chromebook (zdnet.com) -- Google wants the enterprise. It's hungry for it. Microsoft has one important defensive weapon to keep it at bay...
  35. Android apps on Windows Phone sounds like a great idea (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft is possibly thinking of allowing Android apps to run on Windows Phone. Yes, please!
  36. You won't believe what happened when Microsoft made Bill Gates its "Technology Advisor" (zdnet.com) -- Bill Gates has been a hero of mine since I was a kid, but I can't get my head around the idea of him coming back to be more involved in Microsoft...
  37. The emerging trend of "Bring Your Own Services" (zdnet.com) -- We're all familiar with the idea of "bring your own device", what happens if users start to bring their own services?
  38. The Internet of Things might not be what you're hoping for (zdnet.com) -- The Internet of Things promises to be give us some really cool stuff, but there's a problem...
  39. Windows 8 developers are shunning WinJS (zdnet.com) -- With Windows 8, Microsoft made it possible for developers to build apps using HTML and JavaScript. Turns out, no one is really doing that...
  40. Just how much innovating do you want Apple to do? (zdnet.com) -- Apple doesn't innovate? Oh really? *rolls eyes*
  41. It's time to get rid of cash register receipts (zdnet.com) -- Cash register receipts are environmentally irresponsible things, yet we could get rid of most of at a stroke using cheap technology that already exists.
  42. Microsoft's developer problem isn't about trust, it's about relevance (zdnet.com) -- Yes, Microsoft has a trust problem when it comes to developers. But if they fix that, does the company remain relevant to modern developers?
  43. Microsoft has a killer advantage against Android on the desktop (zdnet.com) -- Might Android PCs simply be too much hassle to make work?
  44. The mobile web is dead, long live the app (zdnet.com) -- If the mobile web is a much more logical way of building software for mobile devices, why do native apps still reign supreme?
  45. Is this the era of free operating systems? (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft's "devices and services" mantra means that the company, eventually, has to make Windows free.
  46. 2014: The year we start developing for mobile first (zdnet.com) -- Things are changing in how customers want to interact with businesses.
  47. What does Microsoft's "devices and services" mantra actually mean? (zdnet.com) -- You've heard it a million times by now -- it's devices and services all the way in Redmond. But have you thought about what that means?
  48. Here's the one problem with wearables that we all need to fix (zdnet.com) -- Wearables are starting to win me over, but having "lost" my Fitbit One over the weekend, I realise there's a major problem with them...
  49. When Office dies, what will Microsoft replace it with? (zdnet.com) -- Nothing lasts forever. Office may be a huge money-spinner for Microsoft, but what's next?
  50. Does sentiment analysis tell us whether Chromebooks are a good idea? (zdnet.com) -- The debate surrounding Chromebooks rumbles on. Can we use machine learning to tell us once and for all whether to get on-board with the idea?
  51. Native Windows 8 apps remain unpopular with developers (zdnet.com) -- Back in January 2012, developers didn't seem to be in love with writing native apps for Windows 8. Are they any more keen today?
  52. Here's how your tablet might finally "get" you (zdnet.com) -- My ZDNet colleague James Kendrick wrote about a desire for a tablet that "gets" him. We might be building some of the systems to support that today...
  53. Project Ara and Phonebloks are destined for the modular trashcan (zdnet.com) -- Modular smartphones seem like a good ideas, but they have a number of significant problems.
  54. The so-called 'death of the PC' (zdnet.com) -- Is the PC dying? Not really. It's more to do with that users now have choice about which tools they use.
  55. Post-PC means it's time for enterprise IT to change (zdnet.com) -- The post-PC era changes everything, including how the enterprise IT department approaches its work...
  56. Is productivity in the workplace possible with Surface 2 or iPad? (zdnet.com) -- The question as to what people use tablets for in business is somewhat fuzzy whether you're in the Microsoft camp or the Apple camp.
  57. Email is the most broken technology that you use everyday (zdnet.com) -- Seriously, does anyone actually find email to be usable?
  58. I bought an iPhone 5s, but I returned it the next day (zdnet.com) -- It's a beautiful device, but it loses out against cheaper Android devices with better usability.
  59. Here's why we all need to be technology sociologists (zdnet.com) -- Perhaps we would do better at serving normal users by thinking less about the technology and more about the sociology.
  60. Will Windows Phone ever get any love from developers? (zdnet.com) -- The third-place player in the smartphone market may never get the love that those in the first two places do.
  61. The myth of the mobile PC (zdnet.com) -- There's a distinction between "portable" computers and "mobile" computers. The "portable PC" is definitely a thing. But the "mobile PC" is a myth...
  62. Surface 2 -- why didn't Microsoft change anything? (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft had the opportunity to reboot Surface yesterday, but for some reason didn't. Perhaps management missed the memo that Surface v1 didn't sell very well...
  63. We need to stop masking passwords (zdnet.com) -- Masking passwords doesn't defend against any likely threat, causes user frustration, and drives them to pick poor passwords.
  64. Office is coming under pressure from post-PC upstarts (zdnet.com) -- Ask yourself: Do you really need to use Office, or is some other post-PC-era service going to do a good enough job for you?
  65. Microsoft+Nokia -- Everyone wins in the user experience stakes (zdnet.com) -- The real advantage to everyone in the Microsoft/Nokia deal is that the user experience will be better. That benefits everyone...
  66. So you've lost your locked smartphone or tablet? Here's how to get it back... (zdnet.com) -- You're locking your smartphone now? Good. But how can people get it back safely into your hands if you lose it? Here's a guide for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users...
  67. Smartwatches do make sense -- if you take the right approach (zdnet.com) -- To understand smartwatches better, I bought a Pebble smartwatch on eBay. Now I know why the Samsung Galaxy Gear is going to be a disaster...
  68. Here's why Xbox's success in the consumer market doesn't matter (zdnet.com) -- Xbox is great, but just because Microsoft knows how to sell that doesn't mean they know how to sell smartphones to consumers... And can Nokia help?
  69. Sonos, a great example of a post-PC device (that's not a tablet) (zdnet.com) -- Post-PC doesn't have to be about smartphones and tablets. Sometimes a dedicated product can follow the philosophy of post-PC to a most beautiful effect...
  70. The cards you've been dealt -- being a productive developer without Windows 8.1 RTM (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft is dead set against giving Windows 8.1 to developers before the general public. But how can a developer make the best of a bad situation...?
  71. Now all Windows developers have been thrown under the bus (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft's latest boneheaded move is to prevent developers having early access to Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT...
  72. Is Ballmer right? Is consumer and enterprise one industry, indivisible? (zdnet.com) -- In an interview with ZDNet's very own Mary Jo Foley, Steve Ballmer told us everything we need to know about Microsoft's behavior in trying to compete with the iPad...
  73. Modern mobile man -- giving up a fat wallet for a slim wallet (zdnet.com) -- I carry around a smartphone, a Fitbit, keys, and a wallet. Yet my wallet looked like something out of the 1980s. I needed to catch up with fashion...
  74. Ubuntu Edge -- failure was inevitable (zdnet.com) -- The idea of raising $32 million through crowdfunding was always, how shall I put this, "quite a bold idea"...
  75. Bring on the gold iPhone! (zdnet.com) -- Really? You don't want a gold iPhone? Oh come on... it's gorgeous!
  76. There's nothing wrong with Google blocking Microsoft's YouTube app (zdnet.com) -- It's Google's toy -- they get to choose whether to stop playing with Microsoft and run home to mommy. That's business, people...!
  77. The "Rule of Three" explains the smartphone market perfectly (zdnet.com) -- The smartphone market may look like it's changing every day, but the Rule of Three tells us everything about the shape it has today, as well as the shape it'll have tomorrow...
  78. Developing for niche platforms is illogical (and dangerous) (zdnet.com) -- If you'd been pouring your heart and soul into a BlackBerry app, you now have a major problem. Same goes for Windows Phone developers. Targeting iOS and Android is a better bet...
  79. Microsoft, it's time to start talking about "Surface v2" (zdnet.com) -- Why isn't Microsoft saying anything about "Surface v2"? Probably because they don't want to say the one thing that they should say...
  80. Moto X's customizations are pure marketing genius (zdnet.com) -- When marketing a phone, you need an edge. Google and Motorola has one with Moto X's customizations...
  81. Positioning Surface as "the productivity tablet" won't help (zdnet.com) -- Marketing is hard, even when you're good at it. And when it comes to consumers, Microsoft is downright hopeless at it...
  82. Here's why PCs and post-PC devices are different things (and why they need to stay that way) (zdnet.com) -- It's an argument that goes round and round. "Tablets and PCs are the same!" They're really not...
  83. Google Chromecast follows Apple TV in doing the living room right (zdnet.com) -- Google Chromecast is a little stick that you put in your television to make it better. It might be a really good idea...
  84. Did we all just witness Windows start to die? (zdnet.com) -- Surface RT's failure calls the whole "Windows 8 Project" into question. As a result, the "death of the PC" may end up taking Windows with it...
  85. Surface RT sets the new gold standard in hubris (zdnet.com) -- Six million unsold Surface RT tablets? Something went wrong there. Perhaps Microsoft was a little, uh, over-confident...
  86. Is the Surface RT cheap, or is the iPad mini expensive? (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft has changed the landscape of consumer tablets by adjusting the price of Surface RT. But they may also have made a rod for their own back...
  87. Will removing the organizational silos fix Microsoft? (zdnet.com) -- Ballmer and Co's restructuring is all about removing the silos that stifled innovation and cross-product working groups. But will removing them let them build better products?
  88. What are app stores and content ecosystems actually for? (zdnet.com) -- All of the platform owners have stores for selling apps and content. But why do they do it? The answer may surprise you...
  89. Personal digital archiving -- we need to fix the scale problem (zdnet.com) -- We're living more of our lives in the digital realm. Makes sense to keep an archive of all that text, videographic, and photographic data. But there are some problem around scale...
  90. Digital healthcare: The comfort factor of a paper trail (zdnet.com) -- As a developer, Matt Baxter-Reynolds has designed systems to digitize healthcare data. But now, as a hospital patient, he misses the reassuring feel of paper in hand.
  91. Where are all the Android laptops? (zdnet.com) -- PC OEMs seem obsessed with making complicated, high-cost, Windows 8-baed devices. Why are none of them trying to make cheap Android laptops?
  92. Apple does not care about your living room (zdnet.com) -- Where is the Apple TV? Spoiler: It's not coming.
  93. Microsoft -- damned if they do, damned if they don't... (zdnet.com) -- Doesn't matter what Microsoft does, people complain. Perhaps they need to work out a different way of talking to people?
  94. Microsoft's Twitter-based tech support puts Apple in the shade (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft does a superb job of using Twitter to handle technical support. Yet Apple does nothing (and totally should)...
  95. Does the NSA make the case for a "Beneficent Archivist"? (zdnet.com) -- One PRISM theory runs that the NSA copies everything "in case they need it later." Whether this is true or not, is there a case for archiving every global citizen's private data for the benefit of future...
  96. Why is Microsoft obsessed with live tiles, and why doesn't Apple care? (zdnet.com) -- Wherever you go, Microsoft puts the Start screen and live tiles front and centre when it comes to Windows 8 and Windows Phone. But Apple seems nonplussed about ripping off the idea. Why?
  97. Backing up your Google cloud with Backupify (zdnet.com) -- Google's sysadmins know what they're doing. They'll keep your data safe. But will they keep it completely safe? Belt and braces might be the way to go...
  98. Dare Apple move the cheese with iOS 7? (zdnet.com) -- Innovation is hard, especially with an established product and a satisfied customer base. Can Apple do anything radical with iOS 7? Do they even need to?
  99. Xbox One: Do we have a moral right to sell used games? (zdnet.com) -- Does Microsoft's machinations to limit how used games can be sold on Xbox One represent a fairer condition than the status quo? I think it does...
  100. Kids without their smartphones are zombies. And that's a good thing! (zdnet.com) -- Take a smartphone away from a teenager and they fall apart. But being dependent on always having access to your social network is no bad thing...
  101. Is Microsoft's post-PC story starting to look any better? (zdnet.com) -- Now that we know more about what's coming in Windows 8.1, and companies like Acer are pitching new waves of products, are Windows-based post-PC products starting to look more likeable...?
  102. The Quantified Self: Exploring your genome with 23andMe (zdnet.com) -- Fancy the whole "quantified self" thing? You've got 1.5GB of data in your own DNA that might be worth adding to the quantification mix. I did, and it was totally worth it...
  103. Thorsten Heins: the only exec in the mobile biz that gets post-PC (zdnet.com) -- BlackBerry's CEO really understands post-PC, but he seems unkeen to take a leadership position on the evolution of tablet devices...
  104. Will enterprises buy into the new Windows vision? (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft's new vision of Windows might make sense to consumers, but for enterprises, is there any draw to using anything other than the desktop?
  105. Firefox OS puts a good $50 smartphone within reach (zdnet.com) -- I bought a 'developer preview' Firefox OS phone to try. It's a pleasant little smartphone with the promise of making good, cheap smartphones a possibility.
  106. Why is Microsoft obsessed with putting Office on tablets? (zdnet.com) -- Oh, Bill, people don't want Office on their iPads. Or Nexus 7s. Or maybe even their Surfaces.
  107. The Android HP Slate 7 might signal good news for Microsoft (zdnet.com) -- With the introduction of the HP Slate 7 (a pretty decent Android tablet for very little money), HP has firmly kicked off the race to the bottom on Android tablet pricing. But that could be good news for...
  108. Just how do you write apps for Google Glass? (zdnet.com) -- As we get closer to a point where mere mortals users might be able to get their hands on Glass, exactly how will mere mortal developers write apps for them?
  109. What do people mean when they say 'the PC is dying'? (zdnet.com) -- There's been much made of 'the death of Windows' or 'the death of the PC' over the past six months, but I've started to wonder recently what people actually mean when they say 'the PC is dying'?
  110. OEMs have the power to make or break smaller Windows tablets (zdnet.com) -- Consumers seem to prefer smaller tablets, and its down to the OEMs to try and turn out Windows tablets that work well at this smaller scale. But OEMs could muck it up for everyone.
  111. The Chromebook isn't selling, so what? (zdnet.com) -- Apparently, people aren't buying Chromebooks. Or they're buying them, but not using them. But does that actually matter?
  112. Tell me again why we need Office on the iPad? (zdnet.com) -- If we're not going to get Office for the iPad until late 2014, and we seem to be doing alright without it now, is it even something we need in our lives?
  113. Is innovation possible if you can't move the cheese? (zdnet.com) -- Innovation means change, and consumers tend to react badly to change. (Look at how Windows 8 is working out.) Can technology companies innovate without moving the cheese...?
  114. How to buy and sell Bitcoins -- Part 2: Practical (zdnet.com) -- So you want to buy and sell Bitcoins, but how is it done? In the second part of this two-part series, I'll show you how to transfer money from your bank to a Bitcoin exchange, how to use your wallet, and...
  115. How to buy and sell Bitcoins -- Part 1: Theory (zdnet.com) -- In the first part of my two part series of how to actually buy and sell Bitcoins, I look at the theory and the underpinnings of the Bitcoin system.
  116. Post-PC success comes from embracing humanity's darker side (zdnet.com) -- Smartphones and tablets cover the whole gamut of human experience, not just the nice stuff about unicorns and rainbows. Accepting that fact lets us all have better tools to support our lives.
  117. Windows 8 moved the cheese, Windows Blue doesn't put it back (zdnet.com) -- People don't like change. Unless Microsoft can start to understand that, Windows 8 and Windows Blue may never get traction in the consumer market...
  118. Microsoft needs a hundred "$1,000,000" apps, not a million "$100" apps (zdnet.com) -- It's not my idea ??? it came from one of my Twitter friends ??? but it's bang on the money.
  119. Here's why HTML-based apps don't work (zdnet.com) -- So you want to build an app. You're thinking if you do it in HTML, you can take your existing skills and port it to other platforms? You're in for a rough time...
  120. Building tablet and smartphone apps for the enterprise (zdnet.com) -- If you want to give your users the absolute best experience when accessing enterprise data, you may find yourself building apps for private use. But how?
  121. One password cracked and your business is history (zdnet.com) -- Imagine that an old, nearly forgotten password is the only thing standing between a hacker and your entire business...
  122. Memes can explain why Instagram is worth a billion dollars (zdnet.com) -- Next time you're looking to invest in an app, you'd do well to consult an evolutionary biologist...
  123. The Mailbag: What you said about '90 percent of users hating Windows 8' (zdnet.com) -- 48 hours ago I published a piece about the mistakes I felt Microsoft had made with Windows 8 design. You replied in your droves. Here's a summary of what you shared...
  124. Start8 and ModernMix -- Windows 8's last, best hope for normality on the desktop (zdnet.com) -- The users are revolting ??? it turns out that the mainstream market doesn't get (or want to get) Windows 8's clever new way of working. It's OK though, you can just undo it...
  125. Will 90 percent of users always hate Windows 8? (zdnet.com) -- Windows 8 doesn't exactly seem to be setting the world alight. Perhaps the requirement that indifferent users have to sit down and learn their way around something new is causing problems...
  126. Google Glass is "Lifelogging v1" (zdnet.com) -- Concerns about privacy and an uneasiness about Google's power is making Glass seem awkward. But it could validate the idea of lifelogging...
  127. Death of a fanboi salesman (zdnet.com) -- Our industry is changing to one that behaves more like the academic world. There's no place for allies and fanbois any more. Finally!
  128. Why can't I learn to love Windows Phone? (zdnet.com) -- In late-2011 I tried Windows Phone. I didn't like it. I've just tried Windows Phone again. I still don't like it, but I do have a better idea as to why...
  129. Giving up the file system with Google Docs (or Office Web Apps) (zdnet.com) -- I've been doing more and more work in Google Docs, and I love it. I think you might love it too...
  130. In defense of the Chromebook Pixel (zdnet.com) -- Nothing about Google's Chromebook Pixel makes sense. Maybe that's intentional...
  131. Find the McDonald's/Burger King hack funny? Just imagine full-blown corporate cyberwar (zdnet.com) -- At the time, I thought what happened to Burger King on Twitter yesterday was pretty funny. But do we need to think about what behavior we're condoning?
  132. If Apple made an iWatch, I'd buy one, you'd buy one... We'd all buy one... (zdnet.com) -- The idea of the iWatch seems unappealing to people I've spoken to on Twitter. But that's not how Apple works. If they did an iWatch, you'd buy one. You know you would...
  133. A cheap Android phone is now a good phone. Your move, Apple... (zdnet.com) -- I bought a Nexus 4 out of intellectual curiosity. After three years of using iPhones, it's now my main phone. That's great for me, but a problem for Apple et al...
  134. Surface Pro and Surface RT should have been different colors (zdnet.com) -- What products you see people using when you're out and about in public helps you understand the market and make better decisions. Why then are the two Surface variants the same color?
  135. Android developers are going to love BlackBerry 10 (zdnet.com) -- Writing apps that targets multiple platforms is one of the hardest software engineering problems. BlackBerry have solved this problem, but they won't want you to use it...
  136. Nokia's best bet for a tablet? It's Android (zdnet.com) -- Just because Nokia is doing a great job of building and selling Windows Phone doesn't mean it has to build a Windows tablet. Android might be a better bet.
  137. BlackBerry's bloody nose (zdnet.com) -- It's fair to say that RIM -- well, BlackBerry -- has been thoroughly beaten up over the years. Can they pick themselves up and come back fighting?
  138. Don't be confused by the 128GB iPad. It's not for you. (zdnet.com) -- Apple have announced a 128GB version of the iPad. Don't worry though, unless you have a very specialised job, you don't need one.
  139. Is Windows 8 a bad OS for tablets? It's time to decide... (zdnet.com) -- Last week I said that "Windows 8 was not a good tablet OS." Several of you challenged me on it. I rebooted and had an objective look and now we can all decide--is it, or isn't it?
  140. Has Apple redefined the tablet as an 8-inch device? (zdnet.com) -- I bought myself an iPad mini for Christmas and was smitten. Eight inches seems like the right size for a tablet, but has Apple caused trouble for Microsoft with the Mini?
  141. The Chromebook -- it's like an iPad, but with a keyboard (zdnet.com) -- I wasn't expecting to like it, but in the end I loved it. The Chromebook could be the perfect post-PC device that has a keyboard.
  142. Here's why Surface Pro is less portable than an Ultrabook (zdnet.com) -- Surface Pro might seem like the ultimate portable PC, but is it? And might you be better off with any other touch-capable Ultrabook?
  143. The CES cesspool is all our own fault (zdnet.com) -- It seems that most of the products at CES are "solutions in search of problems". That might be all our own fault, though...
  144. Why are we so obsessed with driving up the cost of computing? (zdnet.com) -- There currently seems to be a rhetoric that the PC is too cheap. How can it possibly be "too cheap"?
  145. Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11 continues to prove that Windows RT is pointless (zdnet.com) -- Lenovo lent me one of their Windows RT-based Yoga laptop/tablet hybrids to try. You might be better off with a Chromebook.
  146. What ubiquitous computing tells us about PCs, smartphones, and tablets (zdnet.com) -- Conceptually mashing together PCs, smartphones, and tablets isn't a terribly helpful approach. An understanding of ubiquitous computing might help all of us understand the pros and cons of each...
  147. Google Maps on iPhone shows iOS 6 Maps where to go (zdnet.com) -- I didn't think iOS 6 Maps were that bad, but turn-by-turn navigation on Google Maps is so good there's no way I'd deliberately launch iOS 6's Maps app again...
  148. Microsoft does little to protect revenues for Windows Store devs (zdnet.com) -- Looking to make money out of Windows Store apps? The support is in the platform, but the ways you have to make money are woefully easy to circumvent...
  149. Like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, Surface is lacking heart (zdnet.com) -- Product development in the post-PC age is not an issue of specification sheets and balancing costs. Products need to involve the owners and make them feel joy...
  150. If BB10 upgrades are a nightmare, why not jump to iPhone now? (zdnet.com) -- RIM is getting ready to help business upgrade to BB10 and BES 10, but if you need help to do it, why not just do something else instead?
  151. Do hobbyists any longer have an effect on Windows Phone adoption? (zdnet.com) -- Back at the inception of the App Store and Android Market, hobbyists had a positive effect in growing the market. Can hobbyists have an effect on the adoption of Windows Phone?
  152. Fantasy CTO - how would you duplicate Barclays iPad platform? (zdnet.com) -- We know that Barclays have bought 8,500 iPad to build a new retail platform, but if you were given the task of doing the same what would you do?
  153. Here's how Jakob Nielsen's Windows 8 findings should inform developers (zdnet.com) -- Jakob Nielsen, perhaps our industry's preeminent web usability expert, investigated Windows 8 and found it lacking. But we developers can mitigate some of the problems...
  154. Twitter's changing mindset -- we've only got ourselves to blame (zdnet.com) -- We know that Twitter is changing its policies to close off third-party clients, but do they have a moral right to do so?
  155. For Windows developers, Sinofsky's legacy is fragmentation and frustration (zdnet.com) -- This last year, being a Windows developer on Microsoft's mobility platform has been frustrating at best.
  156. Are the Windows 8 Mail and Calendar apps good enough for Windows RT (zdnet.com) -- Here's a question for you about Windows RT and Surface -- if Outlook is so good, why are the built-in groupware apps so bad?
  157. Surface: Is it 'Microsoft's iPad', or something else? (zdnet.com) -- Now that I actually own an Surface, it's clear to me what it's about. Spoiler: it's not an iPad.
  158. The enterprise sideloading story on Windows 8? It's complicated (zdnet.com) -- Now that businesses can buy Windows 8 and RT devices how do you run your own apps on them? It should be easy, but licensing issues add complexity...
  159. Surface preorder debacle: Sinofsky steps up (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft has failed to deliver all of the preordered Surfaces by the revised promised date of 30th October. But that's OK, Sinofsky is here to help...
  160. Surface pre-order failures: Too many cooks (zdnet.com) -- Microsoft is relying on partners to pull together and deliver Surface to early adopters. But it appears that strategy hasn't worked too well on its first attempt...
  161. In the UK? You're not getting your Surface tablet on the 26th (zdnet.com) -- You may well have ordered it last week. And you may well have been told it'll turn up on Windows 8's GA day. That's not happening...
  162. Don't hate Windows 8! (zdnet.com) -- Windows 8 takes a lot of getting used to, but it's the best OS made by Microsoft, and could be the best OS ever made by anyone...
  163. Buying tablets for business? The iPad or Windows RT dilemma (zdnet.com) -- Looking to buy tablets to roll out to your business? Now that Windows RT is off and running, is that a better bet than the iPad...?
  164. Microsoft's challenge with its TV ads: Selling a complicated vision (zdnet.com) -- Assuming that people still watch TV, Microsoft's TV ads will be an important part of their Windows 8 and Surface sales campaigns...
  165. The Netflix app on Windows 8 is Breaking ??? and that's Bad! (zdnet.com) -- Can Windows 8 replicate the "it just works" experience of iPad, or is Windows RT a better bet...?
  166. You'll need to deploy BES 10 for BlackBerry 10 to make any sense (zdnet.com) -- BB10 has some interesting features - particularly BlackBerry Balance - but you'll need to deploy a BES to take advantage of them...
  167. What exactly is a 'post-PC device' anyway? (zdnet.com) -- In a few weeks people will be able to buy Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets. Perhaps it's time to step back and look again at just what "post-PC" means...
  168. Why Microsoft developers need to unionize (zdnet.com) -- I've yet to meet a Windows Phone developer who's happy about the way the latest SDK release is being handled. Perhaps a little industrial action is required...
  169. HP's ElitePad is missing an elite Windows 8 feature: Snapped view (zdnet.com) -- Snapped view is one of the most winning features of the Windows 8 experience, but the recently announced HP ElitePad 900 doesn't support it. Uh-oh.
  170. Microsoft TypeScript: Can the father of C# save us from the tyranny of JavaScript? (zdnet.com) -- Anders Hejlsberg, the father of C#, has a new project. But can it win over developers outside of the Microsoft camp?
  171. Will anyone get fired for buying Surface tablets? (zdnet.com) -- You know how no one ever got fired for buying IBM? I have a sense that it will be possible to get fired for buying Surface.
  172. Can't shop for Windows Store apps using Chrome... But is Google being evil? (zdnet.com) -- Like using Windows 8, but don't like IE? You might seem some curious behavior when shopping for Windows Store apps on the web using Chrome.
  173. RIM asks developers to keep loving BlackBerry. Do I say 'I do'? (zdnet.com) -- It all comes down to where you want to spend your money: On an unproven platform that happens to be running late, or a platform that has actual customers?
  174. Adobe's PhoneGap Build service: It's out of beta, but does it help? (zdnet.com) -- Rather than having to keep your developer machine up-to-date with the various bits you need to build your apps, you can simply punt your code off to Adobe's PhoneGap Build service. But who should use...
  175. Giving a tablet a keyboard won't beat the iPad. Why don't OEMs see this? (theguardian.com) -- Microsoft's Surface is a post-PC tablet done right to compete effectively against the iPad. So why did 'tablets' on show at IFA 2012 look so much like adapted netbooks?Last week gave us the first chance...
  176. Dumping 'Metro' for 'just Windows' marks Microsoft's descent into Newspeak (theguardian.com) -- The name of the new interface in Windows 8 made perfect sense for anyone who had to describe it to a doubtful group inside a client company. By retrenching to 'just Windows', Microsoft is sowing the seeds...
  177. Google Nexus 7: a post-PC device for the rest of us. Well played, Google (theguardian.com) -- If your budget hits a ceiling at £200 then the Nexus 7 is just the right tablet for you. It's a really good tablet. Now, is it a great tablet?My Nexus 7 arrived in a box that was open and badly squashed...
  178. Windows 8 means the era of overlapping windows is on the way out (theguardian.com) -- For years, WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menu, Pointers) has been the way to interact with computers – but now the advent of touch means that things are changing, even if you use a keyboardWhy is Windows 8 so...
  179. Windows 8, Surface and the post-PC world: avoiding Cobol 2022 (theguardian.com) -- Some people think it's not worth learning the different techniques involved in developing for Metro because they can't see a big future in mobile. But Microsoft sees it as the future. Shouldn't you?Remember...
  180. Windows 8 needs its open source ecosystem – and fast (theguardian.com) -- Without the open source tools and programs that are essential to a healthy developer ecosystem, WinRT faces a real problem – because without them, you can't write the appsIt is a truth universally acknowledged...
  181. If Microsoft's VS11 Express changes are a problem for you, you're doing it wrong (theguardian.com) -- People are complaining because Microsoft is rejigging the versions and capabilities of the next version of Visual Studio's Express edition. But those changes don't matter if you're doing programming the...
  182. Can RIM afford to make developers wait for BB10? (theguardian.com) -- The paucity of the development tools for the BlackBerry platform let it down compared to its competitors. The improved tools for BB10 might be too lateYou know how sometimes you can cut the head off a...
  183. Windows 8? Windows RT? Is this bifurcation Intel's fault? (theguardian.com) -- Intel machines running Windows 8 will have advantages over the ARM versions. Which means no post-PC world for MicrosoftSo now we know, there will be four editions of Windows 8, all arriving (probably)...
  184. I survived a week on Windows8 on a tablet (instead of an iPad) (theguardian.com) -- In fact, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview works well, even on hardware designed for Windows 7. But the acid test may rest with the hardware companiesWindows 8 is Janus's own operating system - a "legacy...
  185. Windows 8 for tablets: success lies in being human (theguardian.com) -- The iPad's success is a bit like that of text messaging - the clue isn't in the technology but in what it enables. So, Microsoft, here's how to do it.Last week I wrote a piece on the mishmashed mess that...
  186. That Windows 8 experience? Confusing. Confusing as hell (theguardian.com) -- Trying out Windows 8 on the desktop gives a strange feeling: there's a solid update to Windows 7, and then there's a strange interface which jumps context. Plus you can't join a device to a domain? Whose...
  187. WinRT for coding for Windows 8? Is .NET really such rubbish? (theguardian.com) -- The shunning of .NET in order to get third-party Windows programmers coding Metro-style apps might make sense inside Microsoft, but outside it looks like a rebuffAt Build in September 2011, Microsoft put...
  188. Windows 8 on ARM: the Schrödinger's cat of operating systems (theguardian.com) -- There's been plenty of criticism of an article suggesting that Windows 8 will be dead on arrival – but like the mythical cat, the answer to this one is all in the observationThe other day, Steven Vaughn...
  189. Why Microsoft needs to get Michael Bublé working on Windows 8 (theguardian.com) -- WinRT, the new programming framework for Windows 8, is a bet-the-farm strategy for Microsoft as it sees tablets chewing up its field. So why are people on Twitter talking about a singer more than this...
  190. Goodbye, Nokia Lumia 800: £400 and one month on, it didn't work out (theguardian.com) -- It's only when you live with a new phone that you discover whether you like it or not. From love at first sight, Nokia's new Windows Phone offering has turned out to be not so enthralling. Want to buy...
  191. Windows Phone or Windows 8 on tablets? Only one will sell. Guess which (theguardian.com) -- Running the numbers suggests that Windows 8 tablets won't be able to compete on price with the iPad - but Windows Phone tablets would. But how will Office fit in?Last week, I popped into a branch of Phones...
  192. Can an iPad, a keyboard and an RDP client work for Windows development? (theguardian.com) -- Why not put your Windows development virtual machine into the cloud and access it via whatever device you feel like? It's certainly worth a try.Last month, Mark O'Connor blogged about swapping his MacBook...
  193. Why aren't smartphone app developers going where the sales are? (theguardian.com) -- When you mash up the latest smartphone data from Gartner with the latest app development interest from Appcelerator, you get a picture that doesn't make much senseThis week, Gartner produced the quarterly...
  194. Why the death of Flash on mobile is bad news for Windows Phone (theguardian.com) -- Why kill support for a plug-in that doesn't even run on Microsoft's smartphone? Because of that old story: developers, developers, developersThe announcement by Adobe last week of the death of Flash on...

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