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.
02 January 2014 08:00 PM
'The process was like wagering cash on a dull greyhound race and then having to jump through hoops to claim the winnings'
01 January 2014 09:00 PM
My current phone has been my trusty companion, faithful friend and indispensable conduit to the outside world for 23 months now. In four weeks, I'll be urgently embarking on the biennial horror of the upgrade process – not because I'm desperate to experience the thrill of developments such as fingerprint readers, virtual surround sound or support for communicating in Swahili, but because my relationship with my phone's battery has reached breaking point. We're barely speaking. It's not putting in anywhere near the effort that it used to, and despite regular admonishment, it refuses to mend its ways. Only today, I cursed its uselessness as it counted down from 100 per cent to 0 per cent at record-breaking speed, and I vowed to consign it to an unecological landfill grave as soon as possible.
2013 - the year in review: There's a constantly moving feast of new technology - but who's listening in?
28 December 2013 12:00 AM
As gadgetry continues to evolve at breakneck speed, it’s harder than ever for people – and society – to keep up
25 December 2013 06:55 PM
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04 December 2013 09:30 PM
As an emotionally sensitive man who has formulated a grossly over-inflated estimate of his own emotional sensitivity, I want to assure you that if you're feeling bad, I can tell. It's etched into your face, it's detectable in the tone of your voice, and more than evident by the way you keep shouting "bollocks!" at loud volume.
30 November 2013 12:00 AM
From 18th-century caricaturists to Desperate Dan, the art of talking in picture-form has a long and (mostly) distinguished history
A funny thing happened on the way to the photocopier: Rhodri Marsden's Twitter followers share cringeworthy work screw-ups
28 November 2013 07:15 AM
That most esteemed resource for matters pertaining to etiquette, Debrett's, advises people who encounter the British to "downplay your attributes and resort wherever possible to understatement". You will surely win our affection and admiration by successfully suppressing your confident swagger and any sign of high self-esteem.
23 November 2013 12:00 AM
Just after midnight on 15 May, 1978, toy manufacturer Milton Bradley unveiled its new game at legendary New York nightclub Studio 54, amid what you'd hope were unbridled scenes of rampant cocaine ingestion and promiscuous sexual activity. In a bizarrely incongruous display, a huge model of the toy hung suspended over the dancefloor directly above, you'd hope, Cher, Liza Minnelli and Andy Warhol. OK, let's be honest – details of that night are sketchy. But this four-button toy with the dispiritingly bland name of 'Simon' would end up being the biggest-selling toy of that year.
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- 1 Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
- 2 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week