The web and me: A 25-year relationship
I seem to spend far too much time explaining to people that the web is not the internet and vice versa. Which is funny, because the first time I heard of either it was called The Information Super Highway, the subject of a weighty EU report.
In the early 1990s I was asked to turn this into a TV news piece and doubtless left the audience as bemused as we were.
But in 1995, when we got our first proper family computer, the scales fell from my eyes. I hooked up the modem, listened to that soon-to-be familiar dial-up tone, and pointed the Netscape browser at one of the early websites.
The whole family gathered round and watched in wonder as, very very slowly, a painting from the Louvre museum in Paris appeared on the screen. From then on, we were all hooked.
My life too was transformed - as a BBC business correspondent I took an ever greater interest in the fast-growing web firms of the late 1990s and the dotcom boom and bust which followed.
The Satoshi Scoop
Ballmer bounces into retirement
Microsoft's former chief executive Steve Ballmer was in his usual lively form at a question and answer session at the Said Business School in Oxford.
For more than three decades he has been a huge and noisy presence at Microsoft, whether bouncing sweatily across a stage at a staff rally, or bawling at a colleague who announced his departure for a rival. But in Oxford today, Steve Ballmer was a quieter and more sober figure, barely audible and apparently shy in front of an audience of MBA students.
Campaigning for coding
The campaign to get children coding has hit a few bumps in the road lately. The launch of the Year of Code turned into something of a PR fiasco, with attention focused on the lack of programming experience of many of those involved. Even the use of the term coding instead of programming offended some.
But this week's Hour of Code - an attempt to get schools across the UK to give their pupils just a flavour of programming - may prove a better way of promoting the idea that we need to improve the way children understand computing.
Amazon Prime’s suspect move
Amazon has announced changes to its Lovefilm and Prime services. But are customers getting a better deal?
The other day I got an excited call from a PR acting for Amazon. He told me that on Friday the online retailer was completely revamping its Lovefilm Instant streaming video offering in the UK. That sounds interesting - since Amazon bought Lovefilm three years ago it has struggled to make the streaming side of the business stand out against competitors like Netflix and Sky.
Mac and the Micro - memories of Ian McNaught-Davis
How do you make the subject of computing accessible to a wide audience?
A very topical question, with arguments raging about the Year of Code. But maybe we need to go back and look at the work of a man who was a brilliant communicator about computers, without ever talking down to his audience.
WhatsApp - is it worth it?
Why exactly is WhatsApp worth $19bn (£12bn) to Facebook?
After all, that is more than the current valuations of the UK retailer Next, the publishing giant Pearson, or the commercial television business ITV. Those businesses earn quite chunky profits, unlike the fast-growing messaging app.
Lie detector on the way to test social media rumours
Jony Ive has resigned from Apple, Justin Bieber is dead and the army has been mobilised to deal with riots in London. No, none of these stories is true, but they are all rumours that have been spread via social media in recent years.
Twitter, Facebook and other social networks have played an increasingly vital role in breaking stories rapidly, from an earthquake in China to the emergency landing of an aircraft on the Hudson River in New York. But journalists are also learning to their cost that just because it is on Twitter that does not make it true.
The internet through a light bulb
Imagine an office where every computer, mobile phone and tablet is connected to the internet not through an ethernet connection or via wi-fi but just through the overhead lights.
That is the vision that Professor Harald Haas lays out for me when he visits my office to demonstrate his LiFi technology.
TV's changing? Not so fast….
From new devices on which we view, to a whole range of new online services, a wave of innovation has swept across television in the past decade. But how much have your viewing habits actually changed?
Here is how my weekend looked. I spent much of it binge-viewing the second series of House of Cards, the Netflix production often seen as the symbol of how TV is changing. I watched it in various ways - on the TV via my cable company which has just added Netflix, via a games console where the streaming service is now an app, and on a tablet computer, which was the simplest most portable viewing method.