Colin Barker

Colin has been a computer journalist for some 30 years having started in the business the same year that the IBM PC was launched, although the first piece he wrote was about computer audit. He was at one time editor of Computing magazine in London and prior to that held a number of editing jobs, including time spent at the late DEC Computing and was also the London editor for Byte magazine. Colin is pleased to report that apart from ZDNet at least two other sites/magazines he has worked for are still in business. Colin did also live for five years in Boston, Mass.,and as a result became a dedicated Red Sox fan.

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Fly me and hang the environment

Fly me and hang the environment

IT people don't care about the environment apparently, at least according to the annual survey by the Chartered Management Institute.Only 12 percent of managers in the sector intend to offset the carbon footprint created by long-haul flights, apparently.

published July 3, 2007 by

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Cray comes fighting back

Cray comes fighting back

IBM's time dominating the top of the supercomputing pile has ended for now.Although the Armonk giant may still hold the number one spot in the latest supercomputer Top 500 still it no longer holds the top five spots as it did last year .

published June 27, 2007 by

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The collected thoughts of Mark Hurd

The collected thoughts of Mark Hurd

Mark Hurd went from running NCR to running what is now, arguably, the largest IT company in the world, HP. He must be doing something right so here are some collected thoughts of the great man taken from two sessions held this week at HP's gathering in Las Vegas (see story).

published June 20, 2007 by

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Gates in space?

Gates in space?

Bill Gates is considering a possible flight into space according to the French news agency, AFP. A Russian cosmonaut revealed the news while orbiting the planet on the International Space Station on Wednesday.

published April 12, 2007 by

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Seedlings set for Seoul

Seedlings set for Seoul

A team from Hull University beat out nine others to win the UK prize in the fifth annual Imagine Cup Software Design Challenge. ‘The Seedlings’, as they call themselves, will now head for Seoul to represent the UK in the international competition sponsored by BT, Capgemini and HP.

published April 3, 2007 by

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Lotus aims to be cool

Lotus aims to be cool

IBM is trying to be hip. It is an almost frightening prospect, but hip is a definite feature of the IBM agenda and it aspires to be not just ordinary hip, but suited and button-down hip.

published January 22, 2007 by

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A merry Christmas for Hamleys shoppers

A merry Christmas for Hamleys shoppers

Some lucky children will have a very merry Christmas indeed this year, thanks to the website HotUKDeals and a glitch on the Hamleys site that saw it doling out cumulative discount of 60 percent on its festive goods.You don't have to be a five year old mathematical genius to work out that 60 percent off means two train sets instead of one and some nifty extra track thrown in.

published December 19, 2006 by

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Cloning Cherie Booth and pals

Cloning Cherie Booth and pals

Matrix Chambers, the legal home of Cherie Booth and, according to the Legal 500, "arguably the finest concentration of talent at the Bar", finds itself the victim of cloning. The web site of these finely attuned legal minds has allegedly been commandeered by another outfit of possible lawyers, or possibly plain shysters.

published December 18, 2006 by

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Apple designer honoured by the Queen

Apple designer honoured by the Queen

The British born designer of both the iMac and the iPod picked up a CBE from the Queen on Friday.Jonathan Ive, who was born in the UK in February 1967 and studied industrial design at Newcastle Polytechnic, became a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year Honours.

published November 17, 2006 by

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