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Can I make UK phone calls using Amazon Echo or Google Home? And other questions

Update (March 7th): Google Home devices can now make free UK calls

This Christmas an elderly relative has requested the gift of hands-free, voice-activated calling via a home virtual assistant. Much has been written about Amazon’s Echo and Google Home, and the tech press are awash with conflicting information and feature speculation.… Read the rest


Free Software as a Service presentation at 33C3 Hamburg

What are the unique challenges and opportunities for businesses which sell Free Software as a service? This was the question that I tackled in a presentation at the Chaos Computer Club Congress this month. Following a period of reflection on the economics of different Open Source business models, and which requires the lowest risk with the highest chance of success, I wrote this talk and spoke in Hamburg on December 28th.… Read the rest


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