There’s more to adapters than meets the eye

So here’s a thing that I don’t usually say in public: I love cables. To be more specific, I love the connectors. The actual wire I can take or leave, really, but the metal end that fits into the port is where the power is. Cables suggest possibilities; the possibility…

It’s not what you can do with computers, it’s what they let you undo

Of all the things you can make with computers, it is perhaps the things you can un-make that I like best.

Delete. Backspace. Close without saving. Edit — Undo. These functions allow you to wipe the slate clean. To backtrack and remove mistakes as if they never happened. …

The European Commission is about to force vendors to standardize connectors. But will Apple add USB-C to the iPhone?

When people ask me what my hobby is, I tend to say something CV-appropriate like reading books or watching films. But to be honest, I’m starting to wonder if my main interest isn’t cables and adapters.

I don’t know how this started, but I wander around the cable section in…

Innovator or laggard? Do you hold back because you have refined tastes or because you are late to see the potential?

There’s a part of me that thinks one day I’ll have to get an Apple Watch. I don’t want one. I don’t need one. I don’t even use a regular watch, so it wouldn’t make any sense to strap several hundred dollars of tech to my wrist and commit myself…

The judgments we cast on work

Find something you love, they say, and you’ll never work a day in your life. But I wonder how practical this advice is. For a start, there aren’t many jobs as full-time caramel yogurt eaters. And after a while, even my favorite yogurts would lose their appeal. Then there’s the…

Hard computing problems have become either trivially easy or so impossibly difficult it’s not even worth trying anymore.

The Moderna team that first created the COVID-19 vaccine designed it in two days. It was a weekend project in January. On Friday evening we had no vaccine, just a series of TGIF memes and an upcoming weekend to look forward to. On Monday morning we had the vaccine. …

In the beginning, the web was a free bonanza. Now every site tries to sign you up for a monthly subscription.

There was a time when it seemed like everything was free on the internet.

Free email. Free hosting. Free software. Free cloud storage. Free photo storage. Every social media site was free as was every search engine and every news site. The software that powered the servers running the web…

Simon Pitt

Media techie, developer, product manager, software person and web-stuff doer. Head of Corporate Digital at BBC, but views my own. More at pittster.co.uk

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