Just when it seemed as though podcasts would never break into the mainstream, 2014 seems to be the year they made it. Here are some of the podcasts that are currently floating my boat.
For years the debate has raged on. Which image file format is better: PNG or SVG? The Commonwealth Games gave us the chance to find out.
Before this year I thought Lewis Hamilton may never win a second championship. But having triumphed in an intense season, he deserves the double.
Bernie Ecclestone has been a genius when it comes to exploiting TV for the benefit of Formula 1. The trouble is that TV is now on the decline.
Inbox is Google’s latest attempt to rethink email. But why make the world’s most popular communication platform more complicated?
Every year, at around this time of year, I get an urge to scratch that itch. I have to redesign my website. This year the visuals are jazzier. But the code behind the scenes is making me cringe.
Intrigue surrounds the future plans of Fernando Alonso. He says in retrospect his decision will be seen as “obvious”. Is the obvious choice to remain with Ferrari — in a three car team?
I can only express my shock and sadness about the accident during yesterday’s Japanese Grand Prix. I have little insight to offer. I am not a motorsport safety expert, nor a medic. But like any motorsport fan I have an opinion and I do have some concerns.
There have been two weeks to reflect on the Scottish independence referendum. Amid talk about the personalities, demographic factors and conspiracy theories, there is a simpler explanation as to why Scotland voted no.
There is mounting evidence that the yes movement is deeply anti-democratic.
With an implied probability of 30% that Scotland will become independent, it is already costing us too much.
The yes campaign’s ability to sell a hopeful future is its success, but it is also its luxury. History teaches us to beware.
Scotland is facing a big decision, and it has to get it right. This is not like a normal election. We cannot just give independence a shot and see how it goes. We would be stuck with it forever.
In 2009 I was asked to write one of a series of blog posts for the now defunct blog Scottish Unionist. The piece was a vague exploration of a federal model for the UK, but also touched on questions surrounding what independence means in a post-globalisation world.
Stories and photographs from my holiday to Wales last month.
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Formula 1 coverage may lack the pictures, but it still keeps you on the edge of your seat.
You don’t need to have a purpose to walk. The physical and mental health benefits are manifest. My daily walk is as important to me as brushing my teeth.
I used to be riveted to snooker, as did 18.5 million viewers in 1985. Today I am indifferent and TV ratings are much reduced. What is behind snooker’s slump?
Thirty-eight drivers have died during a Formula 1 World Championship event or test. The name at the end of the list, Ayrton Senna, continues to cast the longest shadow.
Why user-centred design is like a trade.
Amid all the noise about noise, a far more disturbing side-effect of the new regulations has emerged. Drivers are putting themselves in danger by trying to lose weight.
The BBC’s rolling news and sport station is now 20 years old. It has provided a lot of great memories. But it needs to sharpen up to safeguard its future.
As a web designer with an interest in brutalist architecture, I was fascinated to read an article about what web designers can learn from brutalism. But perhaps instead of taking inspiration, perhaps the lessons are in what web designers should avoid.
The world’s biggest website has made a major usability decision. As part of a series of tweaks, the hyperlinks on Google’s search engine result pages are no longer underlined. So is it time for us all to ditch the underline?
There was a very new look to the podium for the first race of the new look Formula 1 for 2014. The two podium newcomers came from Formula Renault 3.5. Two of the other stars of the race came from GP3. So what is the point of GP2?
For the past 12 months, I have been working on the new Study at St Andrews website, a full replacement for the webpages aimed at prospective students of the University of St Andrews.
The world wide web has more birthdays than the Queen. But it’s well worth celebrating — and protecting.
Bars are not open before midnight at new year in Reykjavik. But that didn’t stop it from being the best new year’s experience I have ever had.
The returning McLaren boss speaks out about the challenges facing his team.
Formula 1 appears to be surrounded by an unprecedented amount of uncertainty. Everywhere you look, there seem to be bad news stories.
It is true that Iceland can be an expensive place to eat out. And their beer is not always great. But with care, you can get around both issues.
There is some interesting architecture in Iceland. Here are some buildings that particularly caught my eye on my recent trip there.
My brother got me this wooden racing car construction kit for Christmas.
It’s no secret that Iceland has some stunning scenery. Its geography is just fantastic. Nature does not get much more extreme than volcanoes. But more visually spectacular are its waterfalls — and, of course, the northern lights.
It has been an interesting year at work, and now the digital communications team has a blog.
About half of my trip to Iceland was spent in Reykjavik. Read about my trips to a geothermal spring, Reykjavik’s museums and shopping for an Icelandic jumper.
I went on holiday to Iceland over new year. I have plenty to write about, but this first article looks at my general impressions of Iceland as a country.