On Monday evening, I had my first brief opportunity to play with one of Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets running Windows 8.1.

The experience was a disappointing eyeopener.

Windows 8, supposedly made to excel on tablets, turned out to be even less satisfying on a touchscreen tablet than it has been for me on a laptop.

The superficial tablet-friendly features of Windows 8 can’t hide the fact that it’s still a desktop operating system at heart. It still requires a keyboard and a mouse to easily access critical functionality. And now that I’ve actually tasted Windows 8 on a tablet I can say that nothing on show in the Technical Preview of Windows 10 changes that fact.

A lengthy profile in the December 2014 edition of Vanity Fair reveals a lot about an ambitious entrepreneur taking a big interest in Vancouver.

Thirty-eight-year-old Travis Kalanick is the founder and CEO of Uber, a ride-sharing app valued at more than $18 billion that’s presently trying to break through regulatory barriers in the Lower Mainland and B.C.

On November 4, Vancouver taxi drivers fired a shot across the bow, filing for an injunction in the hope of preventing Uber from launching its Vancouver operation without the licenses it requires to operate legally.

Would it make any difference to you if the computer, phone, or music player you're using was made by a company headed up by a gay person?

While a wave of professional athletes made headlines over the past year when they came out of the closet as gay, and Hollywood stars have been increasingly doing so for some time, another glass closet has remained somewhat under-the-radar.

Gay CEOs of the largest companies in North America have remained invisible while many workers who are LGBT also still remain closeted at work for various reasons.

Worried about your baby's stroller getting hit by a car at night? A local company may have the product for you.

Strollbright is developing LED strips that attach to a stroller, like similar products for bikes.

The company has launched a $5,000 Kickstarter campaign, where the team says:

The first big-screen documentary about Bitcoin debuted six months ago at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

On November 3, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin will finally have its Vancouver premiere.

Netcoins, a local Bitcoin startup, is screening the film at the UBC Robson Square Theatre (Room C300).

I've seen several people tweet a link to this page showing support declining for Jian Ghomeshi on Facebook in real time.

At time of writing, statistics from the web-based tool Quintly indicated that the dumped CBC host was losing Facebook likes at a rate of over 350 an hour, or around 9,000 likes per day.

An unmanned rocket exploded shortly after liftoff today (October 28) at Wallops Island, Virginia.

The AP reported that the ship was owned by Orbital Sciences Corp., which says no one was believed to be injured.

According to the news agency, the ship was carrying gear for the crew of the International Space Station.

Cory Doctorow just taught me more about copyright issues than I've probably learned over much of my lifetime.

It came during a Vancouver Writers Fest talk that he gave today at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

I was moderating the presentation by Doctorow, the Toronto-born author of science fiction and nonfiction, including the recently released Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age.

At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver last night (October 22), urbanist Richard Florida and technologist and inventor Ray Kurzweil talked about the future.

Florida came up with the concept of the “creative class”, a term he used to describe how the modern workforce is more creative and knowledge-based than in past generations.

Sometimes you want some freebie a website is offering—a music file, a report, perhaps a technical preview of their new operating system. Often as not the website requires you to sign up and provide personal details such as your name and email.

Quite likely the whole point of offering the freebie is to harvest your personal information.

Before it will hand the thing over, the website may further insist on sending you a message with a link you have to click on to verify the email address you supplied.