Archive for March, 2008


Software patents - the great debate

I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure. And never has that old music hall joke been more relevant than in the continuing quandary about software patents. (more…)


Hats off to the US Postal Service

While Europe may still lead the way in terms of legislation to mandate responsible disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment, it is always gratifying to see initiatives elsewhere in the world that aim to recycle the valuable scrap that can be gained from discarded equipment. So hats off this week to the US Postal Service for its stunningly elegant Mail Back programme, which is set to make recycling of small consumer devices as simple as posting a letter. (more…)


Legal challenge to basestation backup power

How ever did the legal profession survive in the days before the electronics industry? Scarcely a day passes, so it seems, without yet another “landmark” case, whether it be on patent infringement, anti-competitive practices or just plain bloody mindedness. (more…)


Green spin

Scanning through technology headlines from around the world is seldom a dull pastime. There may be the odd gem of knowledge that I may have missed from elsewhere, but more often than not I find myself chuckling at the way trendy buzzwords are thrown together to illustrate some point or other, when in reality they couldn’t be further from the truth. (more…)

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Electronicstalk and this Editor's Blog are edited by Laurence Marchini

Laurence Marchini

Laurence Marchini began his career in the electronics press with the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1980, cutting his teeth on a variety of learned and member publications, ranging from IEE Proceedings to Electronics and Power. He moved on to join the launch team of the innovative weekly Electronics Express in 1986, and became Editor just 18 months later. Sadly, Electronics Express lasted just four and a half years, wound up by the infamous Robert Maxwell. However, Laurence had already jumped ship and joined the world of electronics PR with the agency of the 1990s, Smith and Jones Communications. It seemed Laurence was lost to the world of journalism. But after 11 years we managed to lure him back as launch editor of Electronicstalk. Laurence is married to Sally and has a young son, Alexander.

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