Alistair Fairweather

Taking the Low Road

2015-11-20 09:35

New measures voted in by the US House of Representatives prevent desperate Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS from entering the USA. That’s exactly what ISIS wants, says Jean Barker.

How would you like to be called?

2015-06-17 07:30 8 comments | 1897 views

People are getting touchy about how you reach out and touch them. But nobody can intuit whether you’d prefer a phone call, SMS or WhatsApp at any given moment, says Georgina Guedes.

Dead man clicking

2010-04-16 09:20 10 comments | 1 views

No one enjoys the thought of death, but most responsible adults plan for it. But how many of us include the internet in our plans, asks Alistair Fairweather.

Open minds, closed fists

2010-04-09 10:34 8 comments | 2 views

We’re in the middle of a global ideological battle that will affect the future of millions, writes Alistair Fairweather.

Egg all over your Facebook

2010-03-26 08:20 12 comments | 1 views

Everyone loves a David vs Goliath story, and they don't get much nastier than Nestlé vs the orangutans, says Alistair Fairweather.

The Daily Fail

2010-03-12 08:46 28 comments | 1 views

"I posed as a girl of 14 on Facebook. What followed will sicken you." That's the headline that might cost England's Daily Mail millions in damages, writes Alistair Fairweather.

No gays please, we're bankers

2010-02-26 08:35 40 comments | 1 views

Bankers just don't learn. An American retail bank decided to block access to a business customer's account because they are openly gay, writes Alistair Fairweather.

Bear necessities

2010-02-12 08:29 12 comments | 3 views

Do the organisers of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver support paedophilia? According to an image in a Polish newspaper report, they certainly seem to, says Alistair Fairweather.

Flash backwards

2010-01-29 09:35 14 comments | 1 views

For every fan of Apple there are three anti-fans. Its products inspire either ardour or loathing and not much in between, writes Alistair Fairweather.

Blooming late

2010-01-18 07:18 12 comments | 1 views

So 10% of South Africans are now online, but forgive me if I'm a bit depressed that it took us nearly two decades, says Alistair Fairweather.

2009: A tech odyssey

2009-12-18 08:50 9 comments | 1 views

Between the recession, political turmoil and fears of global warming it’s been a long, hard year for our little blue planet. But 2009 has also been one of the most eventful and fruitful years in the history of computing...

s of the times

2009-12-04 08:24 10 comments | 1 views

The days of filling out endless forms and remembering dozens of passwords appear to be numbered, writes Alistair Fairweather.

Money for nothing

2009-11-20 10:25 7 comments | 1 views

Today, several million people will buy something online with no expectation of ever receiving their items by post or courier, writes Alistair Fairweather.

In darkies' Africa

2009-11-06 10:32 29 comments | 12 views

Twitter squashed an online conversation between black South Africans because it disapproved of a word they were using, writes Alistair Fairweather.

Window pains

2009-10-23 10:28 29 comments | 1 views

Struggling with some version of Microsoft Windows has been a rite of passage in computing for over two decades, writes Alistair Fairweather.

Alistair graduated from Rhodes in 2000 and has been working in online publishing ever since. In 2007 he took the opportunity to specialise in product management as part of’s Social Networking & Media division, where he oversaw the launch of new products, including, Play24 and Answerit. A fanatical movie lover, he would rather watch the classics than sit through another Michael Bay “spectacular”. He recently got married, and lives with her and a cat named Boo in Cape Town.

Caps off, knives out

2010-03-19 08:35 36 comments | 11 views

MWEB announced their bravest business move since their Big Black Box: uncapped ADSL. So what's the catch, asks Alistair Fairweather.

Google Electric?

2010-03-05 08:25 5 comments | 1 views

It sounds outlandish, but Google were granted the right to generate and trade in electrical power in the USA, writes Alistair Fairweather.

Production by the internet masses

2010-02-19 10:01 3 comments | 2 views

As I type these words, thousands of people around the world are busily writing short "how to" guides about every subject imaginable, says Alistair Fairweather.

Virtually broke

2010-02-05 08:30 4 comments | 3 views

The multi-billion-dollar market for virtual goods has just spawned an even more abstract idea: virtual debt, writes Alistair Fairweather.

Are they Finnish?

2010-01-22 08:17 30 comments | 1 views

For two decades the name Nokia has been synonymous with quality cellphones. So why does it seem so flustered at the moment, asks Alistair Fairweather.

Take one tablet and call me

2010-01-08 10:15 8 comments | 1 views

For 18 months Apple Inc has had geeks and journalists salivating over rumours of another revolutionary product, writes Alistair Fairweather.

What's happening, Google?

2009-12-11 08:51 18 comments | 1 views

For the last couple of years geeks have begun to think of Google as a little slow, writes Alistair Fairweather.

Don’t sniff my packets!

2009-11-27 10:02 15 comments | 1 views

Is Virgin's plan to track the internet usage of millions of people in the UK really born out of the best of intentions, asks Alistair Fairweather.

Rupert the angry Billionaire

2009-11-13 09:20 26 comments | 1 views

While his stubbornness and temper may be legendary, no one has ever accused Rupert Murdoch of being bad at business, writes Alistair Fairweather.

I see you, baby...

2009-10-30 08:48 11 comments | 1 views

With internet connections and onboard GPS, your phone can now literally "tell" all your friends exactly where you are, writes Alistair Fairweather.

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