Below you'll find a list of my articles, organised by publication date - newest first.
The arrival of the Kindle Fire in the UK.
Wandering round the BBC's former Manchester studios
It's very strange to be living in Sun Hill
Explaining widescreen and red button
Announcing the BBC iPlayer public beta for Freesat
Final part of the tour through the CBeebies red button archives
Continuing the tour of how the BBC Red Button CBeebies service has changed.
Part 1 of a tour through the Red Button archives, looking at the CBeebies service.
When the original BBC Text service was being planned, there were a couple of different designs tried. One was the very Ceefax inspired idea I wrote about recently. But there were more...
I recently came across a set of archive files on one of our computer servers. Amongst them were these mock ups made back in 1998 showing how the BBC's new digital text service could look.
The world of set top boxes in the BBC Red Button test farm.
If you use the BBC Red Button service on a Sky box you may notice that every now and then you come across a large "Please Wait" screen. Here's what it's all about.
There's a new addition to our office in West London. Sat in front of a green glass screen, where everything is surprisingly dark and difficult to photograph, is another part of the country. Selkirk in fact.
On Tuesday 30 September, we launched our first radio service on the Freesat platform.
The internal video feeds which power BBCi development
Building BBCi on the first new digital TV platform in seven years.
There are technical reasons why DAB is not as good as it could be. But are implementation shortcomings enough reason to condemn the whole idea?
Remembering Radio 1 in the 1990s. Written in celebration of the station's 40th birthday
North East television legend
How the analogue status quo came to Freeview.
Is Freesat a Freeview killer?
Lets dust off the crystal ball and envisage a post-analogue future for ITV.
An additional perspective on why analogue should end sooner, rather than later.
Can they get this old ONdigital victim back into pay-tv?
Until the Evoke came along, DAB radio sets had been mostly hi-fi separates ? expensive tuners to sit in serious hi-fi systems. And then the Evoke I came along.
The demise of the London News Network.
Watching Sadam Hussain fall to earth.
Searching for a Father's Day gift that doesn't involve socks, football, beer, d.i.y or Homer Simpson. "It's hard to find any male-orientated card that doesn't include either beer, football, golf or a steam train coming out of a tunnel (ooh, the symbolism!)".
The new form of radio, DAB, has well and truly arrived, but is it worth switching?
The prolonged death of Tyne Tees following a pretty major, but short-lived rebrand.
A scandal erupts as ITV Digital's receivers demand ITV Digital's receivers back. And someone was spoiling for a fight that never came.
Forty pounds or send the old ITV Digital box back. Forty pounds or bankrupt the receiver? Choices, choices...
From digital acorns do a mighty free to air digital TV system grow...
EMC's whistlestop tour of the year 2002. (Contributer).
When there is but one ITV franchisee, it will be effectively unregulated. Let's preserve the best part of ITV1 now, and save tears later.
With insufficient sleep and a pen at the ready, it was time to chart the last day of LWT and its downfall.
Channel Five - or five as we must now call it - has succeeded in all it originally planned, and far more.
20 minutes into the future with digital television.
Once it lead the way, now it seems just to follow. Channel 4 has lost its way.
And then there was one... or so the Network Centre would like. But the bosses of ITV1 may not get things all their own way.
The ITN News Channel? What a waste of time.
The fad of flagging "new" programmes onscreen.
After the demise of ITV Digital, did anyone notice the absence of pay TV? Written with Jon Bufton, James Pittman and Catherine Redfern.
C5 news bulletin presentation is setting the standard.
ITV's regional news is falling away, unloved and uncared for. It's time to bring it back out of the ghetto. Originally published under the name 'Regionality News'.
ITV Digital - so many channels and nothing to distinguish itself.
The branding of ITN's news programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
Which to choose? ITV Digital or Sky Digital? Well I couldn't see the difference...
A look at the disasterous, brief life of Channel 3 North East.
Getting the viewers to stay: invision continuity is the secret to perfect TV branding.
Why the regional system is no longer appropiate for ITV.
EMC's roundup of the year 2001. (Contributer). Not currently online.
An authorative indepth look at the launch of the new regional news programme, BBC London News, and how its set and design fits into the overall scheme of the BBC News corporate look.
A look at the highly coordinated attempt by Channel Four to brand its station. Since this article was written, it appears that BBC Two has been taking some tips from the station.
Bods goes off on one about America.
Part four in the intermitant series on supermarkets, and Bods explains what goes on behind the scenes.
It's 1996 and the internet has just arrived. And it was dead cool. Honest.
Why I write.
Sorted for E's and whizz? Sex? Yes please!
Hydra 'attempts' a sports section.
Not particularly subtle article relating to censorship in the October 1995 issue.
Answering non-existant letters, the Andrew Bowden way.
Student gormet delights.
High quality cartoon fun.
Europap music gets the R'n'R treatment.
The male obsession with the problem pages from womens magazines.
The joys of filling in for your boss.
The Hydra computer muses on life, online can machines and more.
Vanity, batman, Mark Tonderri and (amazingly) rag and bone men.
Opening up Hydra's buldging sack. Mail sack that is.
Diary entries from when I was 13. Real ones. Sadly.
Des Lynham and sex on a stick? It could only be the Corporal.
Top of the Pops - it's apparantly a good laff, but for some reason, I can't remember why.
More exciting correspondence on Hydra's letters page.
Deodrant stinks! When you get it for every birthday.
The guide to working in a supermarket continues with a look at how to answer those customer questions.
The Corporal returned for episode 2 - and was twice as big and twice as odd.
A tour of the odder end of the student social scene as Hydra revealed some of the odder clubs and societies.
More exciting correspondence on Hydra's letters page.
How do they do that? Do what? Make a TV programme that diabolical! (Hint: if you don't remember How Do They Do That? with Des Lynham, this article will probably make no sense at all!)
Learn the supermarket lingo of 1995 with Supermarket Speak. It's probably not changed much to this day!
Hydra's answer to... err... something... makes his very first appearance. And I'm sure the world rejoyced when that happened!