Edd Dumbill

Incurably curious.


My Christmas List

An English expat in California, I appreciate the daylight and warm temperatures, even in December. Christmas, however, brings me memories of things I miss.

1. Crackers — ah, the fine art of encasing cheap plastic toys in toilet roll inners.

2. Pfeffernüsse — Germany’s finest contribution to the holidays.


Technology stinks!


Poorly implemented technology often has the unfortunate side-effect of making you think it’s your fault. Ever tried to help an older relative who is afraid of breaking the computer by doing something wrong? And it’s not just the technically naive. Even if you consider yourself adept with technology, you’re probably punishing yourself quietly for something that’s not your…


My Christmas List

An English expat in California, I appreciate the daylight and warm temperatures, even in December. Christmas, however, brings me memories of things I miss.

1. Crackers — ah, the fine art of encasing cheap plastic toys in toilet roll inners.

2. Pfeffernüsse — Germany’s finest contribution to the holidays.


When Democratization Isn’t A Good Thing

The PC era has a lot to answer for


I care about style and elegance. You might call me a snob. I prefer to think I’m human…

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Fleeting glimpses of a truth

It’s cold, wet and everybody looks disappointed. But I loved it

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My Christmas List

Speaker for the crazy


In his disarmingly frank question and answer session at Google I/O 2013, CEO Larry Page urged young developers to seek out the crazy people. If you want to have an…