Daily Archives: September 30, 2011

One of my colleagues must have the IQ of Einstein if the saying about cluttered desks being a sign of genius is true. Great mounds of paper have risen up on either side of his computer screen and, as well as obscuring him from view, they are now tottering to the extent that I fear an instant and inescapable avalanche should the long-expected serious earthquake shake us here in San Francisco

The piles of paper continue on desktops behind him, and manila folders stuffed with notes and book chapters have begun to spread over the carpet in a pincer movement, threatening to cut him off from the rest of the office.

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Tech news from around the web:

Chrome, Google’s web browser, is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, ComputerWorld reports. Chrome’s global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox’s stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%, according to data from StatCounter, which predicts that Chrome will overtake Firefox by December. Read more

Hewlett-Packard is getting more stingy with its CEO pay and benefits, according to a regulatory filing made late on Thursday. Given what it has just cost the company for 11 months’ service from Léo Apotheker  – up to $33m, by our calculations – this should come as some relief for its long-suffering shareholders. Read more

An iPad app that can do away with all your living-room remotes and replace the on-screen TV grid with a more colourful programme guide sounds the perfect solution for uncluttering the viewing experience. Logitech’s Harmony Link, which went on sale in the US on Thursday, sets out to do that, but I found the app and its associated hardware fell frustratingly short of this aim. Read more