Can Technology End Poverty?

A ten-year-old boy named Dhyaneshwar looked up for approval after carefully typing the word “Alaska” into a PC. “Bahut acchaa!” I cheered—“very good.” It was April, 2004, and I was visiting a “telecenter” in the tiny village of Retawadi, three… Read More ›

The Day Kennedy Died

For nearly 15 minutes, McClelland held the retractor as blood ran over its edges. As the other doctors labored on Kennedy’s throat and chest or milled around the room, McClelland stood staring at the leader of the free world. His… Read More ›


Out of habit, I often look around for bargains and tend to look at certain online stores. Without looking for Black Friday deals (I hate Black Friday!) I have noticed a disturbing trend that many of you are no doubt… Read More ›

Squarespace vs WordPress

For a long long time I used Squarespace and was perfectly happy with the service, and then I stopped for a while because I realised that blogging wasn’t doing much for me anymore, and presumably not for you readers. Recently… Read More ›

A History of Hard Drives

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the venerable Hard Disk Drive (HDD). While new computers increasingly turn to Solid State Disks (SSDs) for main storage, HDDs remain the champions of low-cost, high-capacity data storage. That’s a big reason why we… Read More ›