I’ve been writing primarily about tech since about 2007, a natural consequence of an interest in the subject acquired since I switched to the Mac in 2003—although I started blogging in 2005.
What are the subjects you most write about?
Subjects I’m passionate about include code, good web design, yet also Net neutrality and a better understanding by government of the issues underlying the Internet. But topics on this site (have a look in the sidebar) include Apple in general and a lot of Apple-related stuff, like iOS, the Mac and any piece of hardware with an apple on it, especially if I can make phone calls with it. I also frequently look at blogging techniques and current trends in social networks. This reflects a conviction that everything's intertwined nowadays: you can’t grasp the wider issues underlying tech if you won’t look both under the bonnet and at the wider picture.
You sound very cosmopolitan. It’s rather hard to work out where you’re from.
You’re also not a typical tech blogger. I’ve seen several blog posts here about current affairs and economic issues. Where did you develop those other interests?
They’re hardly side interests! I first indulged my taste for politics and current affairs—occasionally still reflected in this blog—at Oxford at the Oxford Union Society, and then as a student in Paris, where I was President of Conférence Olivaint.
So what do you actually do? You told me you had a background in merchant banking, but what did you do next?
Since entering the service of the French Government, I’ve worked as an administrator successively in the finance, media, cultural and diplomatic fields. But I’ve always regarded tech, finance and government as inextricably linked: I’m at my best when I can stay connected with all sides of the picture.
Where else can one find you on the web?
I’ve got a fairly active web presence (full details in the sidebar), but I like to keep it focused: I blog—slightly irregularly—on this site, but I update my Twitter account pretty much daily and although I’m hardly a distinguished photographer, I have a well-replenished Flickr profile. My self-indulgence extends even to having a Facebook page.