I call this a diary rather than a blog. It's the page where I add or link to new stuff with content arranged in date order, rather than where I regularly write short pieces on what I'm doing… although some of this does read rather like a blog.

Guilt and shame in equal measure

I really ought to be in London today, marching with 100,000 others in favour of a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal

What’s wrong with PDF and why is HTML better?

Adobe's PDF logo The acronym HTML above a shield with the number 5 emblazoned on it

The Web community has difficulty expressing just how much it hates PDF. Prompted by recent events and onging discussions at GS1, here's an attempt to explain why.

I'll decide which browser I use, thank you

Sorry, this is just a rant about a company I've never dealt with telling me what browser I have to use in order to access stuff I've already bought.

Well meaning saftey idea that's fundamentally wrong

It's a long time since I worked in online safety but I was pleased to be asked to comment on a proposal from one of that domain's key players. I am a lot less pleased about the proposal itself.

My Mum, Rona Archer

Some words about my dear Mum who died very recently. So much to remember …

Hintlesham and Chattisham Community Council

A partial screenshot of the new Hintlesham and Chattisham Community Council website

A small contribution to the community.

The Astounding Ilustrated History of Science Fiction

Fron tcover of an early edition of Jules Verne's A Journey To The Interior of the Earth

My minor obsession with collecting first editions of British science fiction novels, and writing about it here, led to me making a trivial contribution to a beautiful new book.


The box cover of the Werewolves of Millers Hollow

My proselytisation and love of the game beloved of tech conferences like SXSW and W3C TPAC

Organ Donation

In the event of my death, be in no doubt: my organs and tissue may be used as most needed.



Week 1 in the new job


World WWide Web Consortium, W3C

An emotional day at the office

Claire North

Author photo of Claire North (Cat Webb)

Claire North (a nom de plume of Cat Webb) is a remarkable author who has, as far as I know, achieved the rare feat of actually coming up with brand new ideas.


The poster for the 2016 film Denial. Timothy Spall, Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson are featured.

Denialism is a subject that fascinates and scares me. I have a vague plan to study it fully when I retire, so this film, released in the 'post-truth' era of Farage and Trump, was timely and impactful.

Carols in Chattisham

All Saints & St.Margarets Church, Chattisham, Suffolk

A traditional carol concert in a Suffolk country church … makes you think.

My Dad, Roy Archer

Some words about my dear Dad who died this week. Boy am I going to miss him …

The Schmähkritik of Jan Böhmermann

I am greatly saddened to learn that under German law, and at the request of the Turkish government, comic Jan Böhmermann can be prosecuted for insulting Turkey's odious president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Eulogy for a radio

a perspectuve view of a large 1980s bedside radio
My old alarm clock radio. The wire on top is a remnant of when it was positioned at the far end of my teenage bedroom - it was the remote control

As this site more than hints, radio has always been an important part of my life. Sadly, the physical device that has been by my companion for 35 years has finally had to go the way of all things. A remarkably poignant moment.

Thoughts on the EU Referendum

Since 2000 I have had the huge privilege of travelling all over Europe as part of my work. This year so far, for example, I have been to Brussels, Paris, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Dublin, Pisa, Budapest and Zagreb. I am lucky therefore to know and work with a lot of people across our continent. That experience naturally shapes my view of the issues around the forthcoming EU referendum in which I will definitely be voting to remain.

I've tried to capture some of the arguments as I see them – I plan to add more in the coming weeks.

Applying for a Second UK Passport

I've spent the whole of today making sure I have a passport so I can go to the Netherlands next week whilst my application for a Chinese visa is being processed. Since a single passport can't be in two places at once there is only one possible course of action: get a second passport. If I had known earlier what I know now, it would have taken a lot less time so I thought I'd share what I've discovered.