Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.

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Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: Roget's Thesaurus

* This weekend marks the 236th birthday of natural scientist Dr Peter Roget, a man so fond of list-making that he penned perhaps the ultimate list: the Thesaurus. It wasn't the first book to bring together English synonyms – Hester Piozzi's British Synonymy predated it by 60 years – but it would eventually become a celebrated work of linguistic reference.

Office romance: Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, who falls in love with a computer, in ‘Her’

Rhodri Marsden: 'The dream of computers properly understanding us will come true'

Users' impatient gripes fail to acknowledge how far we've come

Taxing times: the frustrating experience of filling in tax return forms

Tax return deadline 2015: Could new app Zaptax turn January 31 into a pain-free date?

Rhodri Marsden discovers how technology is revolutionising financial literacy

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The Sinclair C5

Clive Sinclair's electric vehicle was billed as a "revolution in personal transport" but became one of the most famous innovation disasters of all time

Technology companies are edging us ever nearer to a wireless, cable-free future

Images have emerged on the 9to5Mac website that purport to show the forthcoming version of Apple's MacBook Air with a solitary USB type-C port

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The FM radio

* Seventy-five years ago this weekend, in 1939, Edwin Armstrong demonstrated the first long-distance broadcast of his greatest invention: FM radio. The 60-minute programme, relayed from Yonkers to Mount Washington, went without a hitch – and, according to the Boston Sunday Post, "without picking up the slightest trace of noise or static of any kind".

Facebook's new feature inviting users to review a collection of their 2014 highlights caused some to be confronted with pictures of their recently deceased family members and friends

Facebook’s newest feature has brought the internet down on its head

It’s like a mini ‘This Is Your Life’, a few minutes of self-indulgence

The landline could ring its last in 2015

Final Demand: Six gadgets that could die in 2015

The clock is ticking for items that we once considered indispensable

Rhodri Marsden's interesting objects: The Ogdens' ceramic ducks

The ducks first appeared at number 13 Coronation Street in the late 1970s and became an icon of the show

Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Object: The Christmas tree light

The first electric Christmas tree lights were installed in the New York City home of Edward Hibberd Johnson this weekend in 1882

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