Colin Barker

Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.

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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.

April 12, 2007 by


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.

April 3, 2007 by


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.

January 22, 2007 by


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.

December 19, 2006 by


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.

December 18, 2006 by

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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.

November 17, 2006 by