Gary Marshall talks technology

27th May 2010 | 10:26

Gary Marshall talks technology

The collected wisdom of TechRadar's technology columnist

In case you've missed one, here's a collectionof previous posts by our columnist Gary Marshall.

As a regular writer for TechRadar his pieces have covered subjects as diverse as online privacy to how it's impossible to make money from blogging.

Gary wrote his first bit of tech journalism - about online diaries - for .net magazine back in 1998, and he's been scribbling for technology publications ever since. Gary lives near Glasgow and blogs at

Here are his latest columns that have appeared on TechRadar:

The hidden cost of Google's free calls
Say bye-bye bills and hello to bandwidth caps
26 August 2010

Happy birthday, Windows 95 - the OS that changed it all
Fifteen years on, was it ace or arse?
24 August 2010

Antennagate: maybe Steve should blog
Did Apple's aloofness fan the iPhone scandal flames?
17 July 2010

Need more iPhone 4 signal? There's no app for that
Even Apple can't fix hardware with software
15 July 2010

How a Windows slate can take on the iPad
If your tablet needs a stylus, you've failed
13 July 2010

Apple's App Store turns two years old
Apple's shop has made software exciting again
9 July 2010

Can Nokia get its mojo back?
HTC, Apple and RIM are giving Nokia a kicking
6 July 2010

How Google can take on Facebook and win
If Google Me is real, here's what it needs to succeed
29 June 2010

Don't upgrade your iPhone 3G to iOS 4
Our iPhone can't hack it. Can yours?
25 June 2010

How an Apple sales tax would fix the economy
Britain's broke and Apple fans are affluent. Let's tax 'em!
24 June 2010

Why you shouldn't buy your iPhone 4 yet
Keep your cash until you've seen all the deals
23 June 2010

iPhone 4: genuinely good for games
Steve Jobs doesn't get games, but he's going to get a lot of gamers' money
8 June 2010

Apple beats Microsoft? Not so fast, fanboys
Forget about the numbers. It's the journey that matters
27 May 2010

Why you shouldn't trust Facebook's apology
Everyone knows that privacy isn't profitable
25 May 2010

6 things Apple should steal from Android 2.2
It's actually seven if you include Flash. Ho ho!
21 May 2010

Is this the end of Spotify Free?
Send and use your invites now - its days are numbered
18 May 2010

Has Windows Phone 7 been beaten before it's even launched?
Android and iPhone moving the goalposts again
4 May 2010

UK election: the internet gets our vote
Two and a half cheers for digital democracy
6 May 2010

Why Facebook should buy Foursquare
Yahoo's gain could be Facebook's loss
29 April 2010

Does Jobs really believe his Adobe attack?
Some of the most unbelievable guff we've seen in ages
29 April 2010

McAfee's epic fail: it's a matter of trust
Security software can't make these kinds of mistakes
22 April 2010

Now Apple is behaving like mid-90s Microsoft
iPhone OS 4.0 is all about hurting Adobe and Google
9 April 2010

The Digital Economy Bill proves digital democracy doesn't work
Now we've seen how UK politics really works
8 April 2010

Just because the iPad's simple, doesn't mean it's for idiots
'Experts' out of touch
7 April 2010

Why today's Digital Economy Bill debate is a matter of life and death
This bill is murder
6 April 2010

Happy sixth birthday, Google Mail!
You mean Gmail wasn't an April Fool?
1 April 2010

Happy 10th birthday, broadband!
Remember how crappy 56k modem life was?
30 March 2010

The Times: paywalls, porn and iPads
Paying for news is doomed. Isn't it?
26 March 2010

Paying for girls on Xbox Live is a loser's game
Buying girls' attention? Isn't there a word for that?
23 March 2010

Why IE9 is the Bono of browsers
Microsoft's singing a brand new song
17 March 2010

Why we should kill the Digital Economy Bill
Opinion You've got two weeks to wake up your MP
16 March 2010

Location-aware websites scare us silly
You can run, but you can't hide
11 March 2010

Apple vs HTC: this is great news for Microsoft
Apple's gunning for Google, and Redmond could benefit
03 March 2010

Why the browser ballot screen will help Chrome
Is this what the EU really intended to happen?
02 March 2010

Happy 20th birthday, Adobe Photoshop
This isn't just software. It's a cultural phenomenon
26 February 2010

Stop insulting the elderly with crappy technology
PCs for pensioners could be brilliant - but they aren't
23 February 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series: now Microsoft has got mobile right
Simplicity sells
16 February 2010

Google Buzz merges private and work lives: this spells trouble
Buzz off?
11 February 2009

Why every tech firm needs a tyrant at the top
Is this why Microsoft didn't get the tablet right?
10 February 2009

Facebook: it's the budget airline of tech
Never mind the quality, feel the numbers
4 February 2009

Welcome to the web: where abusive comments come free of charge
Global conversation? Global shouting match, more like
3 February 2009

10 ways the Apple iPad changes the game
Laptop alternative? It's much more interesting than that
28 January 2010

Could the Apple iPad cripple you?
Gadget love hurts. This could hurt more than most
21 January 2010

10 ways to make iPhone OS 4.0 damn near perfect
It's a good phone. Let's make it better
20 January 2010

10 things you should be sued for doing online
Forget killer Wi-Fi. These are the real digital crimes
14 January 2009

Google vs China: it was only a matter of time
Did anyone really expect this to end well?
13 January 2009

Why car firms shouldn't design computers
Would you let Acer design an Aston Martin?
15 December 2009

Why Facebook and Google hate privacy
The more you share, the more data can be mined
10 December 2009

10 ways Google Goggles will change the world
Typing things into boxes is so 20th Century
08 December 2009

Bring on the wall! Paying for news isn't new
Quality content has always had a hidden cost
3 December 2009

Why it's the end for public Wi-Fi
Is there any tech the Government can't wreck?
1 December 2009

Will Tesco kill the iPhone's cool?
Yes, but that's a good thing - here's why
25 November 2009

Happy 24th birthday, Windows!
The platform that changed millions of lives
20 November 2009

Will Google really outfox Firefox?
Chrome's ready for its next big push. Will it work?
17 November 2009

Unemployment? There's an app for that
Phones are going to put a lot of firms out of business
12 November 2009

Why everybody should be grateful for five years of Firefox
Happy birthday to the fox that reinvented browsers
09 November 2009

Why Android 2.0 is going to be a very big deal
Here come phones that finally live up to the Android hype
03 November 2009

Is there anything on the planet Google doesn't want for dinner?
If you're in any of these industries - polish your CV
29 October 2009

7 reasons Mandelson's three strikes plan sucks
Proposed net disconnection is a rubbish idea
28 October 2009

Why isn't Digital Britain disability-friendly?
Broadcasters and the web still have a long way to go
23 October 2009

Can you trust experts' opinions on Windows 7?
They say it's great - but they said the same about Vista
20 October 2009

Why Apple doesn't care about Flash on iPhone
Lack of Flash won't stop the iPhone selling
08 October 2009

Why Flash on your phone is a really bad idea
Is "more ads" at the top of your mobile wish list?
06 October 2009

How Microsoft's free anti-virus will improve your Christmas
You'll feel the benefits even if you don't use it
29 September 2009

Why you can't trust the UK broadband tax
Once a tax becomes law, it's unlikely to be repealed
24 September 2009

Let's kick Lily Allen off the net
This blatant copyright infringement must be punished!
23 September 2009

Watchdog's PS3 expose is barking mad
Yellow light of death? Big load of rubbish more like
18 September 2009

Why Spotify on mobile is doomed to failure
Music simply isn't worth what Spotify has to pay for it
15 September 2009

The Ten Commandments of social networking
Avoid embarrassment and unemployment with these tips
08 September 2009

Young people don't care about their online image
Kids will regret their "digital tattoos", apparently
03 September 2009

Should Opera dump its desktop browser?
Great browser, tiny market share. So why bother?
01 September 2009

Now Apple has used up all the good big cat names, what next?
Don't use any of these ideas
28 August 2009

Why is UK Govt ignoring its Digital Britain report?
Perhaps it's down to who our MPs are rubbing shoulders with
25 August 2009

Playing videogames makes you fat and sad
Are you sad because you play, or do you play because you're sad?
20 August 2009

The internet's mental age is seven
It's big but it's not clever. Here comes the science...
18 August 2009

Facebook wants brains so it can go after Google
Buying FriendFeed is all about taking on Google, not Twitter
11 August 2009

The sad, slow and entirely predictable death of Friends Reunited
How did it last so long?
06 August 2009

Why augmented reality will blow your mind
Reality 2.0 is amazing - and it scares us silly
04 August 2009

Sky 3D: what to expect
3D TV is brilliant - just check out these programming pearls
30 July 2009

What Ofcom must demand from ISPs
Six ways to improve broadband in the UK
28 July 2009

Win7 with IE in Europe: now it's really confusing
So when might IE make it back into Windows in the EU?
26 July 2009

Private folders are an open invitation
PC repair staff look in folders marked 'private'. Who knew?
22 July 2009

TechCrunch and Twitter: Where are the ethics?
Putting the Goldilocks defence into action
16 July 2009

10 years of MetaFilter - still the best of the web
A respite from the noise of much of the online world
14 July 2009

Could Chrome OS land Google in court?
Hey, lawyers! It's Christmas!
08 July 2009

Why Google Chrome OS is bad news for Windows
Fast, secure and free - what's not to like?
08 July 2009

Sony eats netbook humble pie
Just like it caved in on ATRAC
07 July 2009

Selling the Pirate Bay will kill it off
Going legit? Does anybody think this will work?
30 June 2009

Is now the time to end online ticket touting?
50 cancelled gigs means a lot of Michael Jackson misery
26 June 2009

IE is like malaria, and Firefox smells
Let's put the playground back into tech PR
24 June 2009

Would UK bloggers get the same support as Iranian ones?
A legal precedent effectively abolishes bloggers' right to privacy
18 June 2009

Digital Britain: the verdict
Lord Carter's report is sensible but not revolutionary
16 June 2009

Why does Trent Reznor hate the internet?
The net's brilliant. Why would anybody want to stay away?
11 June 2009

The iPhone killer isn't a rival handset - it's O2
No wonder iPhone owners are angry
09 June 2009

Opera 10 is just too good to ignore
Try it, and you won't miss IE, Firefox or Chrome
04 June 2009

It's time for ISPs to come clean about throttling
Stop burying policies in the small print
03 June 2009

Spotify could be Android's killer app
Watch out, Apple, Spotify's gunning for iTunes
28 May 2009

Tech product names suck. Bing blows
A bad name on a good product results in epic fail
28 May 2009

Rude internet users are making you stupid
Arguing on Twitter and digg will drive you daft - literally
27 May 2009

At last! Moblin has made Linux look cool!
And this is exactly why we need to kill it off now
26 May 2009

Google fail: it's the new blue screen of death
Are we putting our digital eggs in a badly made basket?
20 May 2009

Why Wolfram Alpha is bad news for the web
Google Squared and Rich Snippets aren't helping, either
19 May 2009

Stop the unboxing posts madness!
It's just a box. Get over it
12 May 2009

Why high street electrical stores are so depressing
No one buys there so they don't stock anything worth buying
7 May 2009

More stupidity from UK Govt as net tax mooted
Just what the internet needs right now: taxation
5 May 2009

Loose-tongued Twitterers are ruining TV
Stop blabbing the result of last night's The Apprentice
30 April 2009

Govt database U-Turn is nothing of the sort
Don't believe the hype. You're still being watched online
28 April 2009

Ongoing Twitter storm needs Amazon's voice
Amazon needs to join the #amazonfail conversation
14 April 2009

Wi-Fi scares - schools are missing the point
Unions should concentrate on actual problems instead
9 April 2009

Why can't more tech firms be funny?
Let's see companies put their mouths where their money is
7 April 2009

Google + Twitter: good for them, bad for us
Google buying Twitter could have wider consequences
3 April 2009

GhostNet is a wakeup call to switch to Linux
Ancient versions of Windows too easy to compromise
31 March 2009

Cloud computing - or clown computing?
Dodgy smallprint and flaky servers could lead to data loss
26 February 2009

Worried about privacy? Forget about Street View
We have more to fear from newspapers and governments
23 March 2009

3G sucks when you're in the sticks
If mobile broadband is the future, it needs to be better than this
5 March 2009

Netbooks: proof the tech industry has gone nuts
Why spend £2,000 when a £299 machine does what you want?
4 March 2009

Why Amazon's Kindle 2 just isn't good enough
Electronic paper is the future - but it simply isn't here yet
12 February 2009

Want to make money from your blog? Forget it
You'd be better off flipping burgers in McDonald's
10 February 2009

OMG! 57 versions of Windows 7!
Come on, the Windows 7 line-up really isn't that complicated
6 February 2009

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