The Mott MacDonald technical director on his family’s views of his digital habits, and why the Android Motorola Defy seems to have been built for the building services engineer market

Eddie Murphy

What is your worst digital habit?

My wife and daughter think I have many. I habitually disagree.

iPhone/Blackberry/Android. Which side are you on?

Android Motorola Defy. Not pretty, but well built, strong, water proof, scratch proof, and complete with some quirky but manageable software glitches. It’s targeted directly at the building services engineer market it seems to me!

Are you into social networking?

Yes definitely got the Twitter bug (@edwrdmrphy). I also have a blog on Wordpress which I wish I had more time to post to. And I’m a big fan of Prezi which I find is a great way to share talks and presentations to a wider social media audience.

Who do you recommend to follow on Twitter?

@popupfarm by Professor Paul Clarke – a sustainable food expert and mass mobiliser of populous action for the good of the planet.

What is your favourite app?

Instapaper and Catch both of which grab and store interesting weblinks and photos from tweets for later consumption and storage.

What is your preferred means of communication?

Despite all of the social media around us talking face to face still works best.

What did you last buy online?

Two copies of 101 Things I learned in Engineering School, which I then presented as a token of thanks to Robert and Brandon, two Year 9 pupils at the end of their summer work experience period with us.

PC or Mac?

PC only because I have to.

Guilty pleasures: Most played tunes from iTunes/Spotify?

Not the most played, but the most guilty pleasure sing-along is Andy Williams’ Can’t take my eyes off of you.

Eddie Murphy, technical director at Mott MacDonald