Opinion

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Opinion: Go Fischer-Price with Flat Design

No, not flat-pack design, what do you think this is? IKEA? No, software design. The user interfaces for years have been Skeuomorphic and 3D; Apple went for hand stitched and patina’d leather finishes, Windows 7 was Aero’d, glassy and transparent. Buttons were pop-up, pop-out, marbled, reflective and lozenge-shaped. Well forget all that, the future’s flat, … Continue reading

Opinion: Losing the Phoney War

In an attempt to assuage the moral outrage of Daily Mail (it’s all their idea, you know) and Daily Telegraph readers, David Cameron “wants to declare himself the first prime minister to win the war on on-line porn” What war? The one against the legal, tax-paying industry that successive governments have relaxed restrictions year by … Continue reading

Opinion: From tumblr to Tumbleweed – I Give It a Year

One Billion Dollars!! If, like me, you were surprised to hear that this is not Dr. Evil splashing the cash, but Internet dinosaur Yahoo, your first reaction might have been: wow, Yahoo has still got a billion dollars? Second surprise; they just spent it on a cash acquisition. Yes, cash. This is not one of … Continue reading

Opinion: Windows 8 [Guest Post]

Opinion: Windows 8 by Knightwise originally appeared in Full Circle Magazine issue 71. As I’m punching this out on my old but trusty HP Pavilion DM1, I’m somehow overpowered by a sense of nostalgia, and …irony. I remember getting into computers years ago, starting out on machines like these, back in the days when they … Continue reading

Opinion: The Death of Privacy, Part Three [Guest Post]

More thoughts and reflections on the digital realm from Paul Levy, founder of CATS3000 and Rational Madness. First posted under The Death of Privacy at Digital Inferno. This is about being more conscious with privacy. The problem of social media platforms with their default “public” settings and their clever terms and conditions that few of … Continue reading

Opinion: The Death of Privacy, Part Two [Guest Post]

More thoughts and reflections on the digital realm from Paul Levy, founder of CATS3000 and Rational Madness. First posted under The Death of Privacy at Digital Inferno. Many corporations and social media zealots are attempting to link openness with a kind of moral duty in all of us to heal humanity by taking down the … Continue reading

Opinion: The Death of Privacy, Part One [Guest Post]

More thoughts and reflections on the digital realm from Paul Levy, founder of CATS3000 and Rational Madness. First posted under The Death of Privacy at Digital Inferno. In the Digital Inferno, privacy is one of the major battlegrounds between individual and corporation. It’s a war taking place largely without the conscious and active participation of the majority … Continue reading

Opinion: Why Ubuntu Phone Will Fail [Guest Post]

Guest post by Ed Hewitt Earlier this month, Canonical held its first press event to unveil its phone operating system, Ubuntu for Phone. This is a product many have speculated would happen after the launch of Unity, providing a touch interface, as well as Canonical bringing Ubuntu to Android devices. While Ubuntu for Android allows … Continue reading

Opinion: Losing the Human Right to Delete [Guest Post]

Re-posted from Digital Inferno: Losing the Human Right to Delete, February 6, 2013 by Paul Levy (rationalmadness) This is an over-dramatic sounding article about what, at first glance, might look to be a fairly insignificant and harmless phenomenon. It has crept in to social media platforms such as Linkedin and Facebook among others, in recent years. … Continue reading

Opinion: The Google Conundrum [Guest Post]

Re-posted from David Wilkins blog: Uneasy Acquisitions and Polluted Ecosystems: The Google Conundrum Regular listeners to the Full Circle Magazine podcast will know that I have spent a great deal of time pondering the value of “ecosystems” in the world of technology. What is meant by this term in context, much like its ecological equivalent, … Continue reading

Opinion: Eleven Things I Hate About Ubuntu

Much as I evangelise about Ubuntu, Linux and the Open Source ethos, help out with testing on Ubuntu Quality team from time to time and report bugs whenever I can, a ‘bad Ubuntu day’ only serves to remind me that as a product, it is simply not ready for mass-market, main-stream adoption. It needs a … Continue reading

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