Category: General

Me (Sebastian) holding a 22nm Intel wafer at MWC

After three years and nine months, with more than 2,100 of my own stories written and published — about 140,000 words in total, I reckon — and hundreds more freelancer stories edited and published, I am leaving ExtremeTech and Ziff Davis. It has been a wild ride, propelling a property that had almost faded into obscurity back into the limelight. As I leave the site, I am deeply proud that there are now several million readers who check in regularly…

Shannon, Shirly, our Berber guide, and the rest of our camel caravan

Mounting a camel is exciting. Dismounting a camel is dangerous. Riding a camel… well, riding a camel is like riding a roller coaster that has had its safety harness removed and its uncomfortable comfortable seats ripped out in favor of a hulking, strangely muscular, smelly beast that is less comfortable to sit on than Weird Uncle Jim’s knee. I don’t know if it was because I was tall, or because my camel (which Shannon had named Douglas) had eight extra…

Our Berber guide stares at some very small camels, in the Sahara desert

For the last 12 months, I have been doing almost everything with a girl called Shannon. By “everything” I do mean everything. It started off with chatting, and then a few weeks later flirting, and then, as is the natural progression of such things, eloping. We followed that up with eating, travelling around Europe, drinking lots of alcohol, exercising, watching awful TV, and being caught by the police for a crime that we (arguably) didn’t commit. Then, of course, to…

Seb, at Cape St. Vincent, Europe's most southwesterly point

Hello. If we haven’t met before, my name’s Sebastian. Why yes, I am mighty tall and very hairy, thank you for pointing that out! I used to blog rather prolifically around these parts, but after being hired to be a full-time senior editor for a technology blog this site dried up sharpish. When you write all day every day for a living, it’s very hard to continue writing in the evening. After I finish working, in fact, writing is usually…

Gosh, it’s been a while. Just over three months! In my defence, it’s been a very busy three months, full of travel, and love, and food, and work, and weddings. When we last spoke, I had just been to Bristol, and was thinking about going to Bruges. I also had four chickens. I now only have two chickens. We’re not entirely sure what happened to Florence (the ginger one), but we think she probably keeled over in a bush somewhere…

I should preface this blog post by saying that the main reason for this blog post is to try out my new mechanical keyboard. Most keyboards (your Logitech keyboard, your laptop keyboard) have membrane switches — where a bit of rubber is popped down by each key press. A mechanical keyboard has real switches under each key, resulting in a very different tactile response — and a much louder, clacky sound. I thought about shooting a video, where you could…