Inside Ed Bott’s home office: ‘Two of everything’

The last time I commuted to an office outside my home, Bill Clinton had just been sworn in as President, Windows 95 was still in beta, and I had finally replaced my dial-up modem with a sizzling fast DSL connection to the Internet. I can’t say I miss much about that era.

Anyway, a few years into my work-from-home career, back in the Cretaceous period (or whatever 1996 is now called), I acquired this huge modular desk, made by a Swedish company called Kinnarps. It was not cheap, but I have more than gotten my money’s worth out of it after dragging it to five new homes in three different states over the past 20-something years.

That’s really a lot of desk space.

This desk was made for a writer, with the main working position being diagonal. That leaves plenty of room for a very large monitor to sit

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Apple updated my iPhone software and I’m slowly going mad

You see that little heart? It’s killing me.

I’d ignored it for as long as I could.

I’m suspicious of opening apps that someone else has shoved onto my phone. Especially if they tell me how I’m living my life and suggest ways I could be living it better.

They were, after all, created by people who may merely be sanctimonious tech types with a tawdry life of their own. And I’m not specifically referring to anyone who works for Apple.

Recently, though, I succumbed. I opened the Apple Health app on my iPhone, just to see what was there.

I’m lying, slightly. I have too many friends who boast about how many steps they take every day.

I’d never considered such data. I try and walk. I try and bike. I try and move. I hope to survive a little longer.

But here was one friend telling

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CityFibre awards £1.5bn to fund full-fibre construction across 27 towns and cities

CityFibre has announced a £1.5bn investment, awarding construction contracts for full-fibre deployment across 27 towns and cities. This is part of the UK digital infrastructure platform’s previously announced recruitment and training programme, through which it plans to create up to 10,000 network construction jobs over the next three years to support its national broadband roll-out.

The background to the programme is the UK government’s desire to accelerate the delivery of gigabit-capable broadband across the country by 2025, a legislative journey that began in January 2020. The 2020 Budget statement confirmed the government’s commitment to invest a total of £5bn to roll out full-fibre broadband across the country.

In June 2020, CityFibre announced a three-year recruitment and training programme to provide up to 10,000 people with jobs upgrading its digital infrastructure to be fit for purpose for the modern age.

Overall in the full-fibre roll-out, CityFibre’s Accelerated Tenders Award

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As smart TVs become more popular, advertisers want the advantages of better targeting while avoiding the privacy mistakes made by the online ad industry (Sahil Patel/Wall Street Journal)

Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:

As smart TVs become more popular, advertisers want the advantages of better targeting while avoiding the privacy mistakes made by the online ad industry  —  Marketers hope to avoid the mistakes made by the broader online ad industry  —  Advertisers entering the burgeoning medium of streaming TV … … Read More